My name is Jeanine. I have been an avid animal lover my entire life. In 2010, I decided to make a life change to become directly involved in trying to make animal’s lives better and was accepted to a veterinary technology program. Over the last eleven years, I have worked in small animal medicine, orthopedic surgery, critical care, mobile equine medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation. I have been a foster mom to animals rescued from ASPCA cruelty cases, rescued seven cats from different rescue organizations and recently adopted two Great Pyrenees to work as livestock guarding dogs on my new farm. I have been a volunteer at different shelters caring for cats and farm animals throughout my career. I even had the great privilege of working with some of Africa’s most magnificent creatures when I volunteered at The Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia for one year. However, my true calling became clear to me last year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In April of 2020, I started to read reports of Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant in South Dakota, JBS meatpacking plant in Colorado, and Tyson’s Foods plant in Iowa, all being shut down after hundreds of workers tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Close to a dozen factory workers died. This led to disastrous repercussions for the animals. The pigs housed at these factories grew beyond the maximum allowable weight to process for food. The chickens on-site were in greater numbers than the reduced staff could process as well. When the factories reopened, millions of pigs and chickens were inhumanely euthanized due to their size and insufficient staff to process the meat.
This heart-wrenching information started a chain of events that has led me to where I am today. I began to research farm animal rescues,I reached out to the women that were role models in the farm sanctuary community, I started looking for a property with acreage that could house pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and any other animal in need of a safe haven, and finally found my haven on the hill, which I have come to name Gentle Acres Animal Haven.
Our mission at Gentle Acres is to provide a safe and loving home for factory farm animals that have been abused, abandoned, discarded, and have special needs. Our purpose is to provide these sentient beings with shelter and protection so that they can live free from fear of cruelty and, instead, enjoy safe haven filled with comfort and kindness for the rest of their days.
In order to fulfill this purpose and begin our journey of rescuing animals, a functioning barn is critical.
While in the midst of preparing the farm to receive animals, we recently discovered that the barn's infrastructure is in need of extensive repair, so much so that we are unable to rescue any animals until the damage has been tended to. The original structure of the barn is such that the potential for collapse is significant. It stands at the bottom of a hill with one side of its roof sitting at ground level due to years of erosion of the red clay that is predominant in our region. Contributing to this erosion are the torrential storms we have frequently in our area. The water has nowhere to go, due to the physical location of the barn and lack of any installed drainage. We were informed by the farmer in the pasture below us that the barn has flooded for years and rivers of mud run under and through the barn boards into the stalls where we are planning to house our animals. Unfortunately, none of this was disclosed upon purchasing the farm.
This is why we need your support. We were in the process of deep cleaning and preparing our barn to begin the process of rescuing animals when we realized the extent of damage to our barn. Every day that our barn is in disrepair our mission to provide safe haven to those animals in need is delayed. Will you please consider joining us to make this mission a reality? No gift is too small - every dollar raised will ensure a safe and secure enclosure for farm animals waiting for rescue.
Thank you for considering joining us in the movement to end animal cruelty to factory farm animals. Your generosity means the fulfillment of our dream to create a safe haven filled with kindness and comfort for the forgotten animals.