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!
Sometimes rescuing animals is not only a running thought, but it is an instinct. This is exactly how Jena and Anthony Mazzio felt when they finally opened Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary and it certainly showed when they saved a 10-day-year-old pig who only had a 5 percent chance of living before he was lucky enough to meet them.
Rocky the miracle pig has brought the Mazzios’ a story that will forever remind them why they are doing what they do. Rocky is named after Rocky Balboa for the fight he put up and for the Mazzios’ hopes of never giving up.
After opening their dream sanctuary in March of 2015, Jena and Anthony Mazzio find themselves with a loved handful 11 chickens, 6 ducks, 5 pigs, 3 rabbits, 2 sheep and 2 goats later.
Here are two happy, playful and loving kittens. Can you see a difference between the two? Probably not. One of these kittens is only four months old and has already been through surgeries, medications and pain. However, as you can see, she is not letting any of those obstacles get in her way of living like a normal cat.