animal sanctuary

Our Zen tradition teaches us that we are deeply interconnected with the world around us, and it encourages us to find ways to be of service. Here at the Magnolia Zen Center, part of our practice is taking care of the animals in our environment. This includes providing food to the local birds and wild animals through outdoor feeding stations, rescuing and fostering cats (in coordination with a local no-kill shelter), and in some cases adopting cats in need. This work has become an active and practical expression of our spiritual practice and our vows to serve all sentient beings.

In addition, the Zaltho Foundation, which has supported veterans and their family members since 1993, recognizes that pets often play a big role in veterans' recovery and sense of wellbeing. Our Veterans Pets Healthcare Fund helps local veterans to afford the high cost of veterinary care. In this effort, we are partnering with two local veterinarian clinics to identify and support local veterans in need.

If you are a veteran living in the area of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and would like to apply for such funding, please download this FORM. Send the completed form back to us via email at or via US mail.

If you would like to support our animal sanctuary or the Veterans Pets Healthcare Fund with a donation, click DONATE. Thank you for your support!