World Farm Animal Day!
You may be familiar with the nursery rhyme about a man named Macdonald who had a farm. As children, we spend so much time celebrating farm animals but our awareness of them tends to fade as we get older. Luckily, in 2005, Animal Rescuer and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige decided that she would create a Holiday in their honor. National Farm Animal Day raises awareness about the plight of slaughter animals, as well as find homes for those that have been abandoned or abused. We have decided to take part in this celebration and are sharing a few of our most inspiring farm stories on this special day!
The Sowers have grown their little family farm, which employees over 75 people, into a centerpiece where people can gather and experience how an authentic, functioning farm really works. They host events like carnivals, give tours of the farm, and rent out their space for community events. "South Mountain Creamery being part of the community, I call it 'Grass Roots'", Ben explains. "We want to show how we care about our animals, what we do it for and that's why we open ourselves up. We want to show the good and the bad."
3rd Generation Family Farm is Bustling Community Hub - South Mountain Creamery youtu.be
Outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, there's a 35 acre plot of land that might as well be called Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Habitat. A stroll on these grounds would put you face to face with raccoons, coyotes, cows, foxes, deer, skunks, rescue dogs, and even an African Oryx. Many of these animals were either rescued or brought to Amy when they were very young, and in many cases, near death. Healing seems to come naturally to Dr. Amy Jo and she particularly loves the care and nurturing of baby animals. But she also knows that inevitably those she rehabilitates will grow up and need to move on. "It's almost heartbreaking … it's like a kid when they turn 18," she reflected. "They don't want or need you anymore and they leave and go off to be their own animal."
Veterinarian's Home is Wildlife Rescue for Animals of All Kinds (Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Life Part 2) www.youtube.com
Watch out Wilbert! The story of real life pig, Ziggy makes him the definition of "some pig". It all started when Virgin Islands couple, Kristin and Jay, discovered an ad for a teacup pig that would grow to about 20 pounds. Well, fast-forward to Ziggy as an adult pig. this little "teacup" now weighs 250 pounds! Kristin and Jay don't mind having a full-sized pig; they say having Ziggy is kind of like having a dog! But their pet pig made finding an apartment when they left the Virgin Islands a major struggle: there aren't a lot of apartment buildings that allow for this type of furry friend. According to Kirstin, "giving up Ziggy was never an option." So she and Jay decided to hit the road with Ziggy in tow.
Ziggy The Pig Is A One Of A Kind, Unique Pet www.youtube.com
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