On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure to start my morning outside at Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, in hand-numbing weather and with welcoming sounds of roosters and chickens clucking, goats bleating – and much more. I got to watch the goats jump around when they saw Jamie Castano, president of Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, coming over with their food, play with pigs and kiss an alpaca!
Without dedicated animal lovers, what would a rescue organizations be? Rescues are made up of volunteers who rescue animals and make them feel loved and comfortable before finding them their fur-ever home.
I wanted to see the inside of a rescue where I was not familiar with and found myself at Beacon Animal Rescue in Ocean View, New Jersey. From the outside you will see a small property with a play area to meet the dogs and another area where the adoptable dogs are waiting. When you walk inside, you will see a bighearted team of animal lovers, striving to find loving homes for the dogs they bring in.
I had the pleasure of spending an hour or two following Jo Ann East, a compassionate and fun volunteer at Beacon Animal Rescue. I even got to witness an older couple adopt their first dog ever as a married couple. Watch the video below and become inspired to take after the way Jo Ann East takes care of Beacon Animal Rescue without expecting anything in return.
Remember, rescues are not funded through the county, nor do they receive grants. They rely on donations from money to food and hand-me-down dog supplies such as cages or beds. Volunteers drive around and pick up unwanted, fragile dogs who are either lost or abandoned, and dogs from shelters who haven’t been so lucky and are growing closer to being written on the dreaded euthanasia list. Thank you Beacon Family for all that you do!
Everyone clap your paws together for New Jersey which is on its way to becoming the first state to ban cat declawing. Cat owners have been declawing their cats for as long as it has been normalized. Declawing cats have been thought to be a “quick fix” to stop unnecessary scratching around the house and to avoid being scratched (crazy cat ladies know them as love scratches). However, it is finally coming around that declawing cats is just hurtful and if dogs get to keep their fingers, cats should too (for the people who insist cats are better than dogs)!
Are you an animal activist? Are you passionate about animals rights, but just don’t know where to start? Let me tell me you this: your voice is one of the strongest ways to make a difference.
Every dog has their own personality with their own needs. Some dogs wimper when you have to leave the house. Some dogs won’t go outside to pee without you by their side. Some dogs insist on sleeping in bed with you, despite the extra-large dog bed you bought just for them.
Deaf dogs need all of this from their owners and more. Deaf dogs are one of a kind and that calls for a perfect owner who will give them special love and care, which is not easy to find. Born in South Dakota and raised in Nebraska, Christina Lee, founder and blogger of Deaf Dogs Rock, knows this first-hand.
The volunteers at Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary are dedicated to giving their animals a wonderful home. Today they hosted a Fall Family Festival, a fun and charitable event to benefit the animals. Everyone was able to meet Funny Farm Rescue’s loving animals. There was pumpkin painting, face painting and unique vendors of all kinds. The animals, most of the 350+ of them who are rescues, were roaming freely and sharing their sanctuary with all animal lovers who attended.
Some, but definitely not all, of the animals I met are captured below in pictures. Click on the pictures to read more about them and like them on Facebook to follow Funny Farm Rescue’s journey!
It saddens me to say that I live in a state that participates in such a cruel tradition: the annual New Jersey black bear hunt. This year the hunt to control the state’s black bear population has been expanded into two parts. The first week lasted from Oct. 10 to Oct. 15 and the second will from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10.
Since the first day of the hunt a whopping number of 549 bears have been killed, marking it the second highest harvest since the hunt reopened in 2010. This black bear hunt has been held every year that Governor Chris Christie has been in office.
The aftermath of last week’s hunt ended with bad news, which may have made room for some good news. Pedals, a wild New Jersey bear who was famous for walking through backyards on his hind legs, was killed.