Animal Rescue Profile: Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement (FARRM)

This month’s animal rescue profile is FARRM.

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They are an organization that not only rescues dogs and cats, they are an animal sanctuary that rescues abused farm animals.  FARRM was established in 2013 in response to a number of unwanted Potbelly pigs.  Since then, they have rescued and found new homes for hundreds of animal including goats, sheep, horses, cows, rabbits and chickens.  They believe that all animals lives have meaning and purpose and promote a vegan lifestyle. Their Mission Statement can be viewed HERE.

Recently, FARRM made national and even international headlines when one of their animals, Daisy, a blind goat with severe anxiety, was taken from their sanctuary. Thankfully, Daisy was safely returned after many pleas from the owners of FARRM and she was reunited with her best friend, Merlin the blind sheep.

Please note: FARRM was sadly accused of faking Daisy’s dissaperance and the person who runs FARRM was harshly criticized for offering a $10,000 reward. First, Daisy was stolen as she was found warm and dry on the side of the road after days of pouring rain. She also makes a loud screaming noise when her name is called so it’s impossible that she was “hidden” on their property in order to solicit donations. As for the award, Melissa, was willing to put up her own money and go into debt to find Daisy. Why? Because she’s family.

Even though they will be closing for the winter, FARRM does offer opportunities to take a tour and meet the animals.  Information for tours can be found HERE.

Interested in learning more and how you can help, here’s how:

Click HERE to adopt

Click HERE to sponsor an animal

Click HERE to donate

Click HERE to purchase items for FARRM & animal art (if available)

Click HERE to volunteer

Click HERE to view and attend any special events they are hosting

Click HERE to follow them on Facebook

I have to add that they are one of my favourite social media accounts to follow. Not only do they take amazing photos of all their animals, the captions of some of the photos have made me laugh so hard a few times that I actually have cried. They are an account that no matter how your day is going, you can go there it will bring a smile to your face an automatically brighten your day.

Why I Volunteer With Animal Rescue

I occasionally get asked the question “why do you volunteer with animal rescue?”.  The answer to that is simple, I love animals and want to help any way I can.

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I’ve always had a bond with animals (specifically dogs in my case), that I can’t describe.  I’ve always been a dog over people person and find as I get older, the more time I would rather spend with dogs over people.  Maybe it’s because I know no matter what, animals will always love you regardless of who you are, what you say or what you do.  They provide unconditional love and support and are always there for you.  They never judge (ok, maybe a little bit).  They never criticize and they will never intentionally hurt you.

I choose to volunteer with animal rescue because I find it rewarding and bring me happiness.  Is it always sunshine and rainbows? No.

Animal rescue is hard.  It breaks your heart, makes you angry, frustrates you and really makes you hate some people.  But, it’s worth giving back and helping out a cause I feel so deeply passionate about.  Maybe so passionate people may find it annoying, but everyone has their own quirks.

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There’s also no rule stating that if you volunteer with animal rescue, you can’t volunteer with another cause (ie. poverty, kids, the environment, social justice, cancer, ect.).  There’s no such thing as a “more deserving cause”, and that’s true when it comes to both volunteering and financially donating to.  It’s an argument that I have heard and have read for years and it’s something that frustrates me to no end.  If you feel passionately about a cause, get involved and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a worthy cause.

So how do you go about becoming a volunteer?  Contact a local rescue group or shelter in your area and ask them if they are looking for volunteers.  Most rescue groups will also post volunteer opportunities on their website and have an online volunteer application form to fill out.  If there is a specific area you want to help with (ie. home checks, website or social media, photography, event coordination, fundraising) make sure to list that on the application form.  You can also specify how many hours a week you want to volunteer for (as most rescue organizations don’t list a minimum or maximum number of hours required).  You can also volunteer with as many rescue groups as you want.  I currently volunteer with two and plan to put in more volunteer hours in the fall.  I may also start volunteering with a third local rescue as well.

So find your cause (even if it’s not animal rescue), follow your passion and give back.  I guarantee you will find as rewarding as I do.

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