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!
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.
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…