Glow: “Sanctuary”, is about how in the midst of establishing our animal sanctuary in Sicily, Italy, I would need sanctuary the most. Tecla and I decided to dedicate Rifugio Isola del Sole to my son Blaise, after he took his life. When we conceived of the sanctuary, it was our experience that anything dark could be transformed––a rebellious past, being the black sheep, not fitting in, feelings of unworthiness and shame. However, I had no idea how dark the world would become in the years after we first established the Rifugio. “Sanctuary” recounts my experience starting and running a much-needed animal sanctuary in an area of the world with antiquated laws and non-existent humane education. It recounts my personal journey throughout all the ups and downs that come with creating something so profound, the difficulties in starting from scratch, and how to transform any dark journey into something positive as I discover that where there is love, there is life.
Inspired by my experience with Tecla in Sicily, I visited other animal sanctuaries around the world––including Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Hawaii––to uncover their stories and understand how they used their unique glow to affect positive global change in the world of animal welfare.