“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” -Anatole France
Welcome to Animas Animals
When you look into an animal’s eyes you sense an energetic essence. A life-force animates the Earth’s creatures. They are more than machines. This non-physical aspect of our pets is the part we most adore. It comes when we call, comforts us when we are sad, protects us, and makes us laugh.
I call this vital spirit—animas. Animas is the Latin root of the word animals. It means souls, breath, and life. No other part of the animal is as important, yet we rarely discuss it in veterinary medicine…until now.
The Spiritual Nature of Animals: A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals
For more than 20 years, Dr Stange has studied what the world’s religious, scientific, and spiritual teachings say about animals in order to better understand their spiritual nature. In addition, she has gathered information from the animals themselves while working as an ambulatory veterinarian in southwestern Colorado. She consolidated the information from her fascinating journey into a memoir that has been published by New World Library.
The goal of this book is to better understand the non-physical makeup of animals for the highest good of animal care, the human-animal bond, and the well-being of all concerned.
Testimonials from our happy clients
Karlene Stange's name is "out there" in the animal world around Durango. I live in an area where all our neighbors have horses and many of them speak highly of Karlene. Well, I have llamas (4) and for ten years Karlene has helped me with the yearly maintenance of my llamas-shots, filing teeth, overall health check-ups.
Then my oldest pack llama, Dreamcatcher, started showing signs of old age. He'd been packing all his life and around 17-18 years of age arthritis set in. He also had an episode of choke and then an infection. Karlene was there to help on the choke and infection so he made it through it all. The arthritis was an ongoing challenge to see what Dreamcatcher would respond to so he could move his neck better and walk more easily.
Acupuncture treatments were used first; then a Chinese herbal powder called Loranthus that is easily mixed in with his Equine Senior. This was used for maintenance. To watch Karlene work with my llamas (especially the acupuncture), you know she has a fondness and ability to communicate with them. I'm so thankful for her knowledge and help. Now Dreamcatcher moves around much easier and keeps up with the other 3 boys in the pasture. He is a happier older llama.Lois Bartig Small
I am happy my traditional veterinarian recommended Animas Animals for "Kate," my sweet 16 year old Aussie who had wounds and paralysis from an accident with an auto. It was obvious from the first appointment that she felt better. Your care, professional knowledge, and treatment plan were all reassuring. Kate and I both looked forward to our appointments. Everyone is amazed with her profound recovery. Thank you Dr. Perkins and Dr. Stange for your outstanding services!Jackie Ellis
Karlene is truly a magician with horses. We had heard that horses responded better to acupuncture than any other animal, including people. We were thrilled find Karlene. Within a few minutes of the needles, our 23 year-old horse Stryder, went to sleep. Our vet had advised us to put our beloved Stryder down. He was lame and couldn't raise his head. We were told he could never carry a rider again. After one treatment with Karlene, Stryder was able to raise his head, and after a few treatments his lameness healed. She also put Stryder on Chineseherbs, which helped enormously. We appreciate that Karlene was willing to fight for Stryder when other vets had given up on him. Stryder now been ridable for a few years. He is a very healthy, affectionate wonderful horse and we are deeply indebted to Karlene for helping us heal him. We also gave him organic grain and lots of love. We also had her treat our little dog for a ruptured ACL in his knee, and he was able to heal with out surgery. Karlene is truly a miracle worker!Dr. Erika Chopich
“I think that I benefitted as much from Karlene's services as my dog Blizzard did. Blizzard was suffering from chronic sinus infection and sneezing which caused him discomfort and general unhappiness. I was referred to Karlene after several expensive and painful procedures, which did not help. Karlene was able to balance Blizzard's overall health and cleared his sinus problems with acupuncture and natural medicine. He is doing amazingly well. Thank you Karlene.”Jason Gordon
It was a cold November evening in 2009 when I heard the weak calls from a bony stray cat. I went outside and saw the poor creature calling out for help. He made himself at home very quickly and was graciously accepted by my husband, loved by my daughter and our dog Gus became his best friend. Our other cat Luna just tolerated him. My husband named him Tomtom; even though he had other names like Romeo, because he was such a lover-boy and my daughter called him Scarfie, since he liked to lie across her neck like a scarf. My daughter never loved an animal as much as Tom. At his first Veterinarian visit 27. Nov. 2009 he only weighed 8.7 lbs; 3 weeks later he gained over 3 lbs. He also had to endure an operation where his 3rd eyelid had to be removed because of proliferative growth like squamous cells and he recovered very quickly. During his 1 year checkup it was discovered the cancer came back and it was recommended to remove the eye. I made up my mind; Tom would not have to go through that. You see, he loves to be outside and hunt all day. Dr. Stange used a Chinese herbal both topically and orally and the mass disappeared and did not return. I sincerely can't express my gratitude to you for taking Tom on as a patient and for saving his life!!! I gave up hope and you fixed him! THANK YOU.Angela Carpenter
"Dear Dr. Stange, We will never be able to thank you enough for saving our beloved Ute's life! You have made Mike and me big believers in Eastern medicine. When the ophthalmologist from CSU came down and saw his eye, he said it would be a gamble to send him to the veterinary hospital. Even if he arrived there alive, there was no guarantee he could be saved. I thought for sure he would have to be euthanized. The day you came to do acupuncture on the dogs was the best day of Ute's life! You called 48 hours later and I was sure you were going to tell us he had died or nothing could be done to save him. Imagine how surprised we were when we arrived at your clinic to see him eating, and instead of the horrible putrid tissue, it was pink and healing! Mike and I, and especially Ute, want to thank you." Note from Dr. Karlene Golden Yellow Powder, a Chinese Herbal formula, was the thing that cleared his severe eye infection in two days after he had been on 3 antibiotics for 10 days.Mike and Sandy – Bruce Rancho del Perrofeo