Cancer Led Lisa Miskella to Her Passion of Helping Abused Animals

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

About: Pets of the Homeless

About: Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless, legal name Feeding Pets of the Homeless, is located in Nevada.  Helping abused animals is not the only way to help animals. They are a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless across the United States and Canada. Of the approximate 3.5 million Americans that are homeless, between 5% to 24% have dogs and/or cats.

The homeless not only need to find ways to help themselves. If they have pets that they love, they want to take care of them too. Pets of the Homeless utilize collection sites that accept pet food donations. They deliver it to distributing organizations (food banks, homeless shelter and/or soups kitchens) which have agreed to distribute the pet food to the homeless and poor.

Pets of the Homeless sponsor veterinarians that go to where the homeless congregate and provide veterinary care such as vaccines, spay/neuter and other needed treatments at Wellness Clinics.  They assist homeless shelters that will allow pets sanctuary with their owners by shipping crates so that the homeless can come in out of the cold and heat.

Pets of the Homeless addresses many initiatives: recruiting collection sites and distributing organizations as well as awarding grants, answering hundreds of requests for information on how to start a pet food pantry, how to volunteer, how to help a homeless person on the street, how to donate if there isn’t a collection site in the area, where to take pet food, and where to get pet food and veterinary care.  They work with social workers, school children, Scouts, churches and companies who want to help. They talk with homeless everyday about their pets.

By helping the loved pets of the homeless, you are also helping the homeless.

“Feeding Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important in the lives of many homeless.  They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets.  They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less.  Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.”

Visit their website to find out  more about their initiatives such as:

  • Promoting to veterinarians and pet related businesses the importance of joining the organization as a collection site
  • Campaigning to food distributing organizations the importance of distributing pet food to the less fortunate
  • Speaking out on the issue of pets of homeless and disadvantaged
  • Providing funding to licensed veterinarians and other nonprofit organizations that meet our objective to administer veterinary care to pets of the homeless
  • Providing funding for crates to nonprofit homeless shelters that will allow pets sanctuary with their owners

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NYS’s Bag Waste Reduction Law #BYOBagNY

NYS’s Bag Waste Reduction Law #BYOBagNY

New York has finally passed a new Bag Waste Reduction Law that will take effect starting March 1, 2020. In New York State, over 23 billion plastic bags are used yearly, typically for only one time to bring goods home, then thrown out. Our environment sees bags stuck in trees, as litter, and floating in our waters. They pose a very significant harm to humans and wildlife.

In my previous blog post3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics‘, I explained that plastics have a huge carbon footprint. They do not break down as biodegradable products do. One can think of plastic as forever-lasting. They leach out toxins into our food and drinks, affecting our health.

There are many ways we are abusing animals. Using reusable products are helping abused animals.

The statistics are staggering. 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste is produced globally. Of that staggering number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste. 8 million metric tons of plastic enters our oceans. Sea life ingests plastic, potentially killing them or strangulating them. Seafood is then ingested by humans.

This Bag Waste Reduction law applies to grocery stores, clothing shops, home improvement stores and others. Consumers are urged to bring their own bags #BYOBagNY. Stores are not required to have bags available for customers. There will be a $.05 charge for each paper carryout bag provided at checkout, where not exempt. Some bags such as from pharmacy to carry prescription drugs are exempt.

Store that covered under the NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act are required to collect plastic bags from consumers for recycling.

Consumers can bring their own bags, have them readily available in their cars and closets so that they don’t forget to take them when going shopping.

There are many great reusable bags for produce and other products. Samples are shown below. One can also consider avoiding to buy 6 packs with plastic rings around it. See what it does to turtles. Consumers can also purchase reusable products such as bottles and containers.

Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

The Humane Society of the United States

With the help of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and volunteers, a number of legislations have been passed and are currently being reviewed in the goals of helping abused animals.

In New York, areas of focus during 2020 include the legislation to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet shops. This is critical because people are unknowingly buying pets that, many times, are not healthy. Some kind owners will support the resulting medical bills needed. However, others may decide to dump their pets. Such pets come from puppy mills with the puppy mill mothers are not well taken care of, living in small wire cages without sufficient water and food. Their puppies are sick due to poor sanitation. There is a lack of veterinary care.

In the area of wildlife, NY is looking into banking wildlife killing contests where the game is to slaughter coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other animals , all for a prize. giraffes are also at jeopardy due to trafficking and trade of their body parts for boots, knife handles, furniture, bible covers and more. Over the last 40 years, the giraffe’s population dropped 40%, with not even 100,000 giraffes remaining the the wild.

HSUS, with their volunteers, have been at the forefront in recent years promoting many initiatives to strengthen animal fighting laws and improve standards of care, banning sale of illegal ivory products, rhino horns, wild boar, and shark fins. HSUS succeeded in stopping elephant circus acts in NYS and wild animal circus acts in NYC.  Legislation has provided $5M in state funding for local animal shelters. Legalization of snare traps for wildlife has been defeated. NYC passed a moratorium on the horse slaughter market. Spaying and neutering and micro-chipping of all dogs and cats are required prior to sale in NYC. Anti-tethering laws were passed in Syracuse, Utica and Buffalo. Pet leasing agreements have been prohibited. Heated cage/box dryers in grooming shops have been banned.

HSUS Animal Rescue Teams supported NY during Hurricane Sandy.

Training law enforcement and promoting humane education in schools has been provided.

Federal legislation that have been passed or are currently being reviewed include:

  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 1776
  • Kitten Act of 2019: H.R. 1622
  • Big Cat Public Safety Act: H.R. 1380, 1818, 3546, 1998
  • Prepared Act: H.R.1042
  • Woof! Act: H.R. 1002, 4691
  • Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019: H.R. 693
  • Humane Cosmetics Act: H.R. 2790, 2858
  • Past Act: H.R. 1847, 3268, 1518
  • Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017: H.R. 1406
  • Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2015: H.R. 2849
  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 2856
  • Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act: H.R. 847
3 Bills that Support Helping Abused Animals

3 Bills that Support Helping Abused Animals

There are several bills that we need all NYC Council Members to co-sponsor bills that would help reduce animal torture and slaughter. Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain, loss and fear, just like humans. We won’t stop all inhumanity against animals, but we should at least stop it where we can.


Intro 1378 – Sales Ban on Forced-Fed Foie Gras.

  • Foie Gras is the diseased and enlarged liver of a duck or goose produced through force-feeding by shoving pipes with food down their throats.
  • Foie Gras is sold in about 1.5% of NYC restaurants. So, this bill doesn’t impact most of the restaurants.
  • Force-feeding geese with pipes down their throat causes damage to the esophagus, liver and causes other diseases.
  • This bill has overwhelming support:
    • 81% of NYC
    • Over 60 not-for profit charities
    • Over 50 NY-based veterinaries
    • Nearly 100 NYC-based restaurants

Intro 1476 – Sales Ban on Fur Apparel

  • Over 100 million animals are killed for their fur every year, worldwide.
  • Fur-farms keep their animals in unbearably small cages for all their lives, so small that they can only go a few steps in any direction, awaiting being skinned alive, or electrocution, or to be gassed to death. The animals are many times awake while getting skinned alive, while having clamps and rods forcing them down. The farms are filthy places with little to no food and water. These wild animals actually go crazy in these small cages from anguish and frustration, leading to self-mutilation, biting at their skin, tail and feet, and even cannibalizing their cage-mates. Parasites and disease run rampant.
  • Animals that are caught in the wild for fur are caught with excruciating traps. They are so painful that animals try to gnaw off their trapped legs. They stay in the trap for days in this horrific pain till someone comes to take them, only to be brutally slaughtered.
  • Why would anyone not support the ban?
    • More and more people are becoming aware of the brutality and have stopped buying fur anyway.
    • Voters are becoming more selective in voting only for humane legislators.
    • There are more jobs lost due to automation, than to furriers if fur gets banned. It is estimated that 73 million US jobs will be lost by 2030 due to automation. But that doesn’t stop us from proceeding with automation. In the same way, fur job loss shouldn’t be a reason to continue with fur brutalities.

Reso 798 – Support Statewide Sale Ban on dogs, cats, and rabbits from pet stores.

  • Pets that are sold in stores come from abusive mills that don’t take care of their animals. Some stores have been found to continue that abuse, as seen by undercover investigative teams. People that end up with purchased pets that are sick many times dump these animals instead of caring for them.
10 Victories in Helping Abused Animals

10 Victories in Helping Abused Animals

Here are more than 10 victories in helping abused animals that lift our spirits. Of course, there is SO much more to do. These victories were enabled by great compassionate heroes and organizations. They were also enabled by people sharing information about the realities of animal abuse and signing petitions.

Four Paws UK saved lion cubs Masoud and Teres. Four Paws International saved Simba and Saeed. They also saved Misa, a little bear, who is making progress since she was rescued from being permanently trapped in a cage.

Humane Society International stated, “U.S. pro-trophy hunting group, Safari Club International announced it will not allow captive-bred lion hunts to be sold or promoted during its conventions, will no longer accept advertising from operators offering these hunts, and will prohibit entries of captive lion hunts into its record books!..huge step forward for lions.”. UK and Taiwan governments have announced bans on ivory sales, a huge win for elephants.

Portugal: Vegan options are required by law now.

Compassion in World Farming: Sodexo (one of the largest food service companies in the world) expands chicken commitment in Canada, a huge development in the fight to end factory farming.

The Humane Society: Great Dane brutal commercial breeding operation was stopped.

In Defense of Animals: San Francisco bans fur sales.

IFAW team responded to more than 4600 stranded marine mammals since 1998. “One day a record-breaking 17 dolphins were rescued after becoming stranded on the shores of Cape Cod.”

Vegan biotech companies are disrupting the leather industry.

Non-dairy milk is growing.

IBM is helping to protect rhinos with their technology which predicts threats and combats the poaching in South Africa.

All these organizations and efforts are helping abused animals, saving many and bringing awareness of the abuse.

Thank you to all!


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