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We’ve MOVED!

Our dream of starting Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary has come true!

We invite you to come visit! Our Christmas stockings are up in our NEW SANCTUARY! Please stop by, pick up a stocking (each animal has their own!), fill it with goodies, and return!

Our new address is 326 Wye Mills Rd in Queenstown, on Rt 662 right behind Chesapeake College!

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary Update:


Please click here to help!

Nine months ago, an enthusiastic group of volunteers took the plunge and purchased this c.1900 farmhouse on over 5 acres of rolling land with the dream of turning it into the area’s ONLY pet sanctuary. The first phase has been to renovate the old house into the Chesapeake Cats and Dogs offices and a “free roam” living environment for the cattery. The new center will have additional living spaces for our “special needs” felines and kittens as well. We care for the animals with special needs that other area shelters do not have the time and resources to manage.

Since acquiring the property, we have gutted the interior, installed new electric, plumbing and HVAC, insulation to keep our guests cozy, vinyl windows, vinyl siding, exterior doors, a handicapped accessible bathroom, all new drywall surfaces, and a REALLY expensive well. We have scrounged and sweated and begged to get to where we are and are SO close to finishing, we can almost see the finish line!

Now we need your help. We are fundraising here to complete the interior trim, painting, cabinetry, vinyl flooring. and a handicap-accessible ramp. Please click here to help!

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary: Work Days

201507141734192397We are finally ready to move forward on our Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary project, and we need YOUR help!

On Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th from 8am until mid-afternoon we’ll be working again at the Sanctuary. There is a wide variety of small and large jobs to tackle, both inside the house and outside on the grounds. Please consider giving some time this weekend to help move the Sanctuary forward. The sooner we are able to get the place ready for occupancy, the sooner we will be able to relocate!

If you are unavailable to help on our Sanctuary work days, please consider supporting our efforts to build a new home for our cats and dogs by making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary: Phase One!

12348110_10206348214116618_2526632748151938020_nPhase 1 of our Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary goal is COMPLETE! Now watch us GROW!

December 18th was settlement day for the 5.5 acre site near Chesapeake College. We are so very grateful for all who are helping make our dream of becoming Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary a reality. We want to publicly thank Scott Saunders, who has been our Sanctuary project manager and has driven this entire process; and the Wentzels, without whom we would not have realized this dream as soon!

Over the next two months, we will be working to repair the farmhouse to transform it into our interim office and adoption center until the new facility is built. We will need YOUR help and support to get this done; including volunteers to help us with labor and donations of items needed for repairs. Work started on the farmhouse with our New Year’s Weekend Fix Up, but there is still a lot of work left to be done. We will update this post with needed items and work events; for now, our Sanctuary wish list includes:


  • Building materials:
    • 6 (4’x8′) sheets of 3/8″ cement fiber board
    • linoleum flooring
    • drywall
    • screen doors
    • insulation
    • paint and painting supplies
    • interior trim
  • Pet Screening for Windows
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Revolution flea treatment for cats and dogs
  • laundry detergent
  • dryer sheets
  • a floor cleaning machine
  • lamps
  • light bulbs
  • household supplies (toilet paper, basic tools, etc.)
Reaching settlement was only phase 1 of our Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary project. Our long-term goal is to build a brand-new state of the art animal adoption center and home. To support our Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary initiative, please click on the “DONATE” button to the right:

Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary Update:


142 generous people donated $10,335 to our Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary Indiegogo campaign!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

While the Indiegogo initiative has closed, you may still donate to building the Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary by clicking HERE. Funds raised will be used to cover the down payment and perform necessary repairs prior to relocation. Once we have purchased the property, any funds raised specifically for Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary will be put toward paying off the mortgage and a building fund for the new state-of-the-art adoption center we’re planning on the property (pictured below). For more information about Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary, please click here. For a flyer to print and distribute to local businesses, please click here.


Announcing… our future: the Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary!


  • We were featured on ABC2’s IN FOCUS program on July 30th! Please CLICK HERE to watch the coverage.

Chesapeake Cats and Dogs has been serving our community for nearly 10 years as a lifetime haven and no-kill rescue for homeless cats and dogs. Now it’s time to for us to GROW! We are working to turn this c.1900 farmhouse into the Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary, which will enable us to fill the ever-growing needs of our community. We want to be able to help more cats and dogs. We want to help people who come to us in tears and say, “I can’t keep my dog or cat any longer, but I want to know they’ll be safe and cared for”. Please help us say YES to more people in need.

Our Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the new Tree of Life Pet Sanctuary behind Chesapeake College is now in its FINAL WEEK! Please CLICK HERE to help us reach our goal!

jt2w4ltzeahvtlaxnvotWe are already halfway to the first goal of $75,000, which will be used for a down payment and repairs to the property. For a visual tour of the property, please click here. Our future goal is to eventually build a NEW, state-of-the-art home for our furry friends on this 5-1/2 acre site right here adjacent to Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. This new center will include medical treatment rooms, training & educational areas, as well as comfortable sleeping areas and outdoor play spaces for the animals.

Also, please share our campaign on your Facebook page to help us get the word out!! You can cut and paste this link in emails and such: http://igg.me/at/tolmd/. Please also print and distribute this flyer: click here to download.

THANK YOU to those who have already donated!