Dear Animal Lovers,
Hi! My name is Kristin Severson and I'm so happy to be able to welcome you to the Silver Linings Sanctuary website. Thank you for visiting and know that this page will be expanding and updating regularly to better serve you as we continue to learn and grow. Enriching the lives of our supporters is a very important par
Dear Animal Lovers,
Hi! My name is Kristin Severson and I'm so happy to be able to welcome you to the Silver Linings Sanctuary website. Thank you for visiting and know that this page will be expanding and updating regularly to better serve you as we continue to learn and grow. Enriching the lives of our supporters is a very important part of what we do. Most of us want to help animals - but, with so many in need, it can feel overwhelming and we can all use some extra ideas and encouragement. We believe we can make a huge difference when we commit to support each other in helping one animal at a time. Even though we are a comparatively small sanctuary, none of our 20+ residents would be here today if we hadn’t tried for them when they needed it.
My husband and I had talked about the idea of an animal sanctuary for years - but, with my hectic dressage training business, it seemed like one of many things in a vague and far distant future. However, as it did for so many of us, 2020 turned everything upside down. The number of animals in our care almost doubled - all of them elderly, formally or informally rescued from horrible conditions and certain death, having special needs or all three. More and more, our friends and family were asking for our advice to help their own furry friends. These chats proved so useful for them that they encouraged me to begin offering phone consultations through my horse business, eventually becoming so popular that I added them to my permanent service menu . Better still, doing so much virtually, I was able to help so many more people and we could communicate from anywhere in the world while we continued to tend our own little special needs tribe uninterrupted. Little by little, without even consciously realizing it, the "someday" sanctuary was forming right in front of our very eyes. The residents here were flourishing, we were helping dozens of other animals and the people who cared about them every week with our experience - we were starting to make a difference and it felt great.
The big lesson was this - when we learn how to help one animal, it makes it easier to try for another...and then, another and another. By passing along what we’re learning, together, we can create exponential positive change and that’s why our primary focus is to empower and educate all animal lovers by sharing the stories of our residents lives and what we do for them.
With this in mind, these are our three main initiatives:
* We will be actively blogging and making regular videos to detail the various aspects of our program. Requests and questions for content are always welcome and private consultations are available as time permits.
*We also intend to expand our facilities to better serve both the needs of our animals and our education mission year-round.
* Our high standards for quality and the specialized care that each of our residents require, make it necessary to keep the number of sanctuary animals relatively small. Along with our farm improvements, which will give us more options for residents, our organization plans to support and promote other worthy no-kill animal welfare nonprofits.
All of our animals will live out their lives here and none of them are available for adoption. For their safety and yours, we maintain a private, contained environment. At this time, we do not have a quarantine facility (which is a part of our expansion plan) and cannot accept any surrenders.
Private tours are only available by appointment, contact us to arrange yours.
Thank you for your support!
Best to you and your animals,
Silver Linings Sanctuary was cofounded by husband and wife team Kristin Severson and Ed Amador. They are lifelong animal lovers who are passionate about giving homes to unwanted and injured animals. This desire to serve made it a natural choice to turn their small Chester County, Pennsylvania farm into the home of Silver Linings Sanctuary. Ed worked on a horse farm with his grandfather as a young boy and has regularly volunteered for numerous animal welfare groups. Kristin has been a professional dressage horse trainer for almost 30 years. She has had the opportunity to work with some of the best horsepeople in the world and her own classical education, compassionate and consistently high quality training has earned her an excellent reputation. She loves passing along what she's learned, working with animals of all kinds and is proud that many of her equestrian students have gone on to become trainers themselves.