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!
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!
After educating myself on rescues and sanctuaries, I wanted to try to visit one at least every month. Becoming closer to animals (physically and emotionally) has always been a goal of mine. I’ve always been jealous of the people who live in the states where they are lucky enough to be able to walk outside and spontaneously see wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate our New Jersey squirrels and rabbits and still act like a little girl who wants to keep one as a pet when I see one.
I used to have trouble finding places in New Jersey, but they are here. I made it easier for you animal lovers to browse through and choose where you want to visit first…