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How We Began

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A little Golden Love NUGGET Animal Synergy history ::

How it all began... A Love Story of sorts :: 

This little golden busted love “Nugget” helped launch the geriatric compassion program with Ferdinand & Friends and was the catalyst (along with my father & Animal Balance) for @animalsynergy.

I was taking a tour of the shelter with Janice/Ferdinand & Friends in San Diego and there was this little old skinny dog (he looked a little like an opossum) barely moving in the back kennel, awaiting death. The shelter said he had one more day and then that was it.  I decided then and there that I would take him to spend the remainder of his old life with me and my animal family.  I would love him and do everything I could to stop the pain and provide him with dignity for his last days.

Nugget was given 2 weeks to live, but with the amazing help of Dr. Rebeca Serrano, he lived for another 7 months.  He beat the odds, lived longer, loved longer and played longer because he received love, medical care and respect.  He changed my life and I am in awe by his golden nugget strength.  I miss him everyday and work in honor of his memory.

We will continue to provide respect and dignity to all beings, no matter of their age, appearance or health status.  As we work together, we will end the needless destruction (killing) of animals and create a lifesaving nation.

Together, we are a movement of love.  We are compassion in action.  Together, we are the change.

The time is now to begin.....Begin.

We have begun.










"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  - Margaret Mead


Carla Naden


Synergy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) -
Synergy Animal Hospice
EIN: 80-0231779


Operating out of Bend, Oregon & San Diego, California. 

A rescue, rehab & sanctuary for special needs animals.



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