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.
One of the many animal welfare heroes is Lisa Miskella. With her lifelong passion for helping abused animals, she created Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary (FFAS) (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 to have a meaningful and worthwhile life rescuing animals.
About Freedom Farm Animal 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 in cages too small to allowl them to move. Many are physically altered without anesthesia, or provided with medical care when sick or injured, so that they can live the remainder of their lives free and safe.
FFAS rescues animals from abusive situations, livestock auctions and slaughter houses. They rehabilitate these traumatized animals.
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.
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:
- Farm Sanctuary,
- Gentle Barn,
- Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue,
- Twin Oaks Horse Sanctuary,
- Mercy for Animals
How You Can Help
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. All these animals are sentient beings that feel loss, pain, fear, just like humans. 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.
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 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. 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
Farms would love your physical support in caring for their animals or with helping to maintain barns, supporting tours at their farms and other onsite assistance.
And maybe the easiest way is to donate funds so that organizations can pay for the care of animals.
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.
People feel good when they do something to help others. And more and more people are considering animals when they are considering ‘helping others’. Whether it’s by drinking plant-based milk, reducing the amount of meat eaten, buying less leather, donating to animal welfare organizations, every little bit counts.
Please consider donating to Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Any amount would be appreciated.
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