This is a beautiful journey, a gentle and open first meeting. So now, how will your honour your ally? You have drawn him which is wonderful and now have you been researching? Finding out all about your ally, building an understanding, what they eat, where they live, their life cycle, when do they mate, do they mate for life, how many offspring do they have, do they hibernate, dig dens kill their own food or scavenge? What are the myths and stories from all around the world which relate to your ally? How do other cultures see him?
To answer your question, yes a sanctuary is common, a safe place where we can venture from and come back to is very common indeed.