8 ways on Helping Abused Animals

There are many ways to help animals. I’ve met many who want to help but feel that because they are not vegan or not completely vegan, they can’t help. But that is not true.

I created a Compendium of Compassion guide for people who are too busy to spend the time to investigate, learn, and identify an easy pathway for their journey to helping animals, and in the process, help the environment and  improve their health.

A Triple Win

✓ Environment:

If you are concerned about the environment, there is an excellent film at www.cowspiracy.com that discusses the destruction from animal agriculture. Animal agriculture affects:

  • Greenhouse gases
  • Water
  • Land
  • Waste
  • Oceans
  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife
  • Humanity

For more details, see www.cowspiracy.com/facts

About 32 trillion animals are killed just for the U.S. in 6 months in 2020.

If you eat just 1 less hamburger, you will save….

1 hamburger’s greenhouse gas emissions = 6.7 lbs of carbon or 9.1 miles driven in a car.

1 hamburger’s land footprint = .3 trees worth of land or 72.7 square feet of habitat

1 hamburger’s water footprint = 22.2 gallons, which is .2 days of personal water use or 1.1 showers averaging 10 minutes.

✓ Human Health:

As we learn more about nutrition, studies have shown how chronic diseases can be controlled or possibly reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. See www.fordsoverknives.com/the-film.


✓ Helping Animals: Every Little Bit Helps

When people think of veganism, they typically think we are only talking about food. However, veganism is a lifestyle, not just a diet. Here are a sample of 8 ways we are helping abused animals:

There is a wonderful article describing ‘why go vegan’ at www.vegan.com/why.

Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain, fear, loss and joy, just like humans. It has been proven that even fish feel.

Non-vegans can start with ‘Meatless Mondays’. The goal with a meatless Monday plan was to reduce the amount of meat that is eaten. Across the year, this strategy saves many animals.

Meatless Mondays

Avoid animal entertainment. All entertainment requires dominating animals to make them behave in unnatural ways. Do you think an elephant would want to stand on its front 2 legs without having been whipped into this stand?

Avoid Animal Entertainment

Raising children to love animals is the starting point. Share animal stories and gifting stuffed animals endears children to loving animals.

Children Loving Animals

Everyone can look for some products that are ‘cruelty-free’. See samples on this website to make it easier to know what some of these products are. There are great cosmetics and household products that are excellent alternatives. People can buy one less leather, down, or wool product.

The number of companies that are going cruelty-free (they don’t use animals in testing or in the products) is expanding so the choices are endless. Buying reusable products can reduce the plastics that pollute our environment, suffocate animals, and in turn enter our food when animals ingest the plastics.  

Products We Buy

One can contact your government representatives to share your feelings. There are petitions on social media that you can sign and share.

Connect & Share

Volunteering is always a wonderful achievement. There are so many beneficial ways to help, such as working at a shelter or farm, sharing petitions, doing administration for a non-profit, etc. And of course donations always help

Volunteer & Donations

If you see an animal in need, try to speak with your neighbors. Contact 311. For example, if you see a dog in chains, contact 311, or in a car during summers, contact 911.

Help an Animal in Need

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls,

everyone would be a vegetarian.”


— Paul McCartney

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Animals are Sentient Beings

Animals feel joy, pain, loss, fear, just like humans. Even fish are sentient.

Checkout this heartwarming video of a diver and a fish’s yearly reunion for the past 25 years:


Animal Entertainment

Animals are forced into the role of unwilling performer in venues, including:

  • Marine parks
  • Roadside zoos
  • Movie and TV sets
  • Horse & Greyhound racing
  • Cockfighting and dog fighting
  • For photo opportunities
  • Canned Hunting
  • Killing Contests
  • Rodeos
  • Some zoos and aquariums
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Sea World
  • Circuses
  • Dog sledding (Iditarod)
  • Elephant rides
  • Petting zoos
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Bullfighting
  • Trophy hunting
  • Sport fishing

Cancer Led Lisa Miskella to Her Passion of Helping Abused Animals

Did you know that most state criminal anti-cruelty laws and the Federal Animal Welfare Act don’t protect farmed animals? And when the laws do protect, they are rarely enforced.

Meet an unsung hero … Lisa Miskella.

With her lifelong passion for helping abused animals, Lisa created Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary (FFAS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in mid 2018. Lisa has a diploma in animal psychology, animal behavior and is certified in goat husbandry.

After recovering from cancer, and loving animals since she was a child, Lisa pursued her dream of having a meaningful and worthwhile life rescuing animals. This led her to creating FFAS. Now she would like to expand her sanctuary to save even more lives.

Collage of images created from her media broadcast. Please view Lisa’s interview HERE to see her amazing journey in helping animals.

Out from Slaughterhouses into a Loving Farm Sanctuary

Lisa’s focus is on farmed animals because of the overwhelming abuse to many breeds of farm animals, such as goats, sheep, rabbits, chicken, ducks, cows, pigs, horses and others.

These animals are cramped into cages too small to allow them to move even an inch in some cases. Many are physically altered without anesthesia, nor provided with medical care when sick or injured. They can’t roam around with freedom nor be with their young ones who are taken away at an early age for slaughter. Some actually have tried to save their young because they know they will never see them again.  This is the life of most farm animals. They only know abuse, torture and slaughter.

Animals are sentient beings…
They feel pain, fear, loss, joy, just like humans.

FFAS rescues animals from abusive situations, livestock auctions and slaughter houses. They rehabilitate these traumatized animals.

Lisa would like to expand her sanctuary so that she will be able to save more abused animals. Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary relies completely on donations to maintain the sanctuary.


Meet sweet Matilda

Matilda, a 2 month old goat, was rescued from a livestock auction in 2018. She was very ill with lice, worms, and coccidia, and an infected ear from the auction tag in her ear. Now she is healthy and safe at Freedom Farm. 

Lisa remembers the day she saved a goat named Goldie at one of the auctions:

 “There were hundreds of goats and sheep packed into a corral with no place to move around. I knew that I only had the space to adopt one or two from the group. I noticed Goldie looking at me and watching me walk around the room. No matter where I stood, she found a way to get through the crowded pen to stand in front of me. She chose me! Like many of our other rescues, she had lice and parasites. She also had a severe ear infection where the #39 identification tag was punched through. I’m happy to report that Goldie is healed and thriving at the farm! It’s so fun to watch her as she has taken on the role of  ‘mother’ to all of the younger rescues,” says Lisa

Some Eye-Opening Statistics


What are some of the statistics? About 54 billion animals have been killed in the U.S. for food in 2018. The 8 x 10″ cage is where egg-laying hens live their entire lives. Breeding pigs live in crates so small that they can’t move, 2 x 6.6′. These farms are called ‘factory farms’, where they are pumping out products at a very quick pace to meet demand and produce profits. 99% of farm animals are ‘living’ the factory farm nightmare.

… more statistics


Thank you to the Many Rescue Organizations


There are luckily many organizations helping animals. But given the enormity of the statistics, it is minuscule. People are becoming more aware of animal welfare. Awhile ago, I started making a list of 501c organizations that are helping animals. There were too many. About 100+ are listed on my directory of rescue organizations, in the hopes that it gives our viewers information to help the organizations who are at the frontlines of helping abused animals.

Some of the organizations listed on the directory are:


4 Ways You Can Help Animals

Many people don’t connect the dots between the food they eat, or the products they wear or use, to the sentient beings behind the products. We see cows hiding their calves because they already have learned that they will never see their babies again (so that humans can have their milk), or running after trucks that are driving away with their babies to the slaughterhouses.

Sharing Information

One way people can easily help is to share information across social media. This promotes awareness that can lead to additional help. One can share information about rescue organizations such as Lisa’s, as well as sharing petitions, articles of information, or great recipes that don’t use animal products.

Purchasing cruelty-free products

I created an online store that highlights compassionate products making it easier for people to find great cruelty-free and ‘go-green’ products. Parents can share great books about loving animals with young children. Once they get attached to animals, they will be life-long animal lovers.

Volunteering at organizations

Sanctuaries would love your onsite assistance for caring for their animals, with helping to maintain barns, and assisting with tours at their farms.


And maybe the easiest way is to donate funds so that organizations can support their animals.


Would you like to Help Lisa Save More Suffering Animals?

The truth is that the situation for farm animals is very heartbreaking. But Lisa is making a difference. She needs your help to expand her sanctuary to save more lives.

People feel good when they do something to help others. Luckily, more people are considering helping animals. Whether it’s by drinking plant-based milk, reducing the amount of meat eaten, buying less leather, or donating to animal welfare organizations, every little bit counts.

Please consider donating to Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Any amount would be appreciated. You will be helping to save a life.


I am creating a fundraiser for Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary to help them in their quest of helping abused animals and expanding the number of animals they can save. I hope that you can share this post to support this wonderful organization.

In appreciation for a donation of $50 or more, I will send individuals (continental U.S. only) my Helping Abused Animals bag to showcase your love of animals.

If you would like to donate,
100% of proceeds goes towards the
Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary

Would you like to donate to Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary?

It will enable them to save more animals.

Thank you for caring about animals and considering to donate to help Lisa save more farm animals.  Sharing this information with your friends and social media connections will great help too.


Dahlia Benaroya

Founder, Helping Abused Animals
Owner, Dahlia Web Designs LLC

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