In 2014 we adopted our first dog. He had been in the system for 9 months, having gone from shelter to shelter until we found him at an adoption event.
Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Roughly 1/3rd of those, 1,300,000, healthy and adoptable dogs are put down each year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
We later learned he suffered from severe irreversible brain damage caused by hydrocephalus that wasn't diagnosed early enough in life. As a consequence, he is autistic-like, only partially potty trained, and when overwhelmed -which happens easily- will bite.
We made some special accommodations for him, figured out a routine that works, and while limited in his abilities, he seems to be leading a happy life. Refarm is because of him. Sydney set in motion a chain of events and decisions that ultimately manifested the farm animal sanctuary we are operating today.
We moved from the city to the country in the spring of 2016. Lamas, sheep, and goats settled in before we did. By summer we were hosting 30+ animals. Barn and fence construction was in full swing.
Early 2017, Ollie the Steer joined the family. He sealed the fate of the property. Refarm was officially established as a non-profit animal sanctuary shortly after that. Our greater mission is to educate our community about common agriculture practices and advocate for the humane treatment of all kinds.
Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. We have all been conditioned to look at cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and fish as inferior beings whose reason for existence is to provide us with meat, milk, and eggs.
We currently care for well over 100 animals. The number fluctuates. Up when we take in emergency situations. Down when we find suitable forever homes. Our story will continue to unfold. Already it is far bigger than we could have ever done alone. Join us in our efforts!