So to give you a little background, we have been talking about starting an animal sanctuary since January 2018. A goal that seemed totally unattainable in the near future. We trolled Zillow for land just to see what was available. Caught up in our own lives, we never really made any real efforts to look at land or file anything or really be proactive about anything. Just sort of a dream. I always said I would take our family dog, Zeus, and buy the biggest property we could afford and give him the space he deserves.
Like I mentioned before, life was busy, my spa business was growing and everything was great.
October 24th, 2018 my life changed forever. At only 4 years old, Zeus, the best dog I've ever known, passed away. I was at work and I got a call that Zeus' stomach was distended and he was lethargic. I googled it and what I read sent me into a panic. I drove to him, got him in the car and drove to the emergency vet. I ran in, told the staff what was happening and they rushed out with a gurney. While I kneeled next to his face telling him "he was going to be okay" I heard him inhale.. and one last exhale. I couldn't believe it was happening. It was so fast. The vet tech got to us and listened for a heart beat and informed me that my Zeus had passed away. As many of you have probably already guessed, Zeus had suffered from bloat. I wasn't able to save him in time. He was only 4 years old. Could I have saved him if I had gotten there sooner? He never got to run around all of that land. He'll never get to smell all of the different smells on the farm. Chase and run with the other animals. It's not fair. It's not fair to him. Those thoughts still haunt me. The guilt I feel for that will always be in the back of my mind.
After that day I decided that this farm would no longer be on the back burner in my life. Living selfishly got me no where. I’ve always been a believer that in order to live a fulfilled life, one should aspire to leave the world a better place than when they entered it. Now I know what that really means.
What we plan to do is create a sanctuary for healing. A loving home. We plan to open a farm sanctuary that will house unwanted and/or neglected animals. Eventually we plan to have space for farm animals who are unable to be cared for and on the road to slaughter. This includes any animals we are capable of taking care of. In the last year I've dedicated myself to gaining as much knowledge as I possibly can about different types of animals and trying to gauge how much help we are capable of giving. We've been and plan to continue volunteering with other animal rescue organizations to make sure we're as capable as possible.
We also discovered that animals are a powerful tool in creating a connection during the healing process with humans as well. I think a huge problem within the population today is a serious disconnect from each other and nature. With addicts they say the opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection. I've been working with children in the Big Brother Big Sister program and the Guardian Ad Litem program working with children in dependency court.
The world can be a beautiful place, but for a lot of souls in this life, there can be quite a bit of suffering. A lot of us haven’t had the “perfect” life, myself included, but I’ve been luckier than a lot of others. While we understand that animals have been used for food, we believe animals are sentient beings who deserve to live, heal, and exist in a loving home. No, this is not a farm that plans to push extremist ideas on you. This will be a sanctuary that we will invite you to visit and have the opportunity to meet and connect with animals and understand that they are not just a disposable house pet, chicken nuggets, bacon, or burger, but they are sentient beings capable of feeling love, connection, fear and even in some cases problem solving skills. We just want to provide an alternative perspective to the whole "animals are food not friends and they don't know what's going on anyway" mentality.
Once we have our farm running (more or less) smoothly, we plan on creating a program for "at risk" youth to come visit the farm and have the opportunity to have some responsibility caring for the animals. There is an opportunity here to help those who feel alone and minimal connection actually help animals who have been neglected and abused. Not only is this rewarding, but the animal and human actually create a connection that is vital to the healing process.
We're still working on finding the perfect property. The goal is between 5 and 10 acres somewhere in Sarasota/Manatee County. We'll find it. We're so close.
So there it is. Here's our mission. We're going to try to do some good while we're on this planet.
It would help us out if anyone would like to like and share this page. We're just couple of crazy people who want to help this world become a better place and it would mean so much to us if you guys would support us with that mission.
Your donation will help house, feed and heal animals of all kinds. This will include dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens...etc
Zeus Second Chance Ranch is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation registered with the state of Florida and has made application with the IRS for Application for Recognition of Tax Exemption.