Facing foreclosure, sanctuary owner fights for her ‘family’ | SummitDaily.com

Facing foreclosure, sanctuary owner fights for her ‘family’

BRIGHTON ” Maxine Mager cuddles with Emily the iguana.

She hugs Howie the emu, who’s just had a mud bath to beat the 100-degree heat on the prairie northeast of Denver. She helps Boo-boo, the one-legged duck, jump into a wading pool.

They’re among roughly 300 abandoned, orphaned or abused animals that Mager, a 47-year-old New York native, literally lives with.

For the past 20 years, Mager has cared for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, ducks, ferrets, guinea pigs, peacocks, sheep and assorted other creatures on her free-roam animal sanctuary, Creative Acres.

The animals are her family.

Now Mager’s fighting to save that family. Her 44-acre property about 40 miles northeast of Denver is in foreclosure and she has a month to raise $357,000 to save it.

“This is 20 years of experience and passion. I’m not giving up,” Mager said.

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