There is an animal sanctuary located in Central Ohio that many people have never heard of. Animals arrive there thin, neglected or abused. They are brought there to be rehabilitated and to be given something they may not be familiar with. Love. At this sanctuary, there are no cages and no kennels. Only 40 acres of peaceful rolling hills.
What is this place? It is the Ohio SPCA.
There is a lot more to the Ohio SPCA than rescuing dogs and cats. Along with intervening in animal cruelty cases, they also help bring reform to rural county dog pounds, (such as working with shelters to remove gas chambers). And they operate the farm animal sanctuary.
Think about it. When farm animals are rescued, where do they go? Sometimes they go to foster homes. Sometimes in Ohio, they go to the SPCA sanctuary. There are currently more than 100 animals at the Ohio SPCA farm sanctuary.
According to Theresa Landon, Director of the Ohio SPCA, their first case in 2006 helped save 250 starving goats. Today, there are still 27 of the original rescued goats at the sanctuary. Other animals being cared for include horses, cows, pigs, goats and sheep, which are allowed to roam free in the pastures. They also have rabbits, chickens, ducks, even pigeons. Even though the sanctuary is set up for farm animals, dogs and cats can be found living in the farmhouse.
Sounds like an oasis for an animal that previously lived a life knowing only suffering and neglect.
Take Danny for example. Danny is a Clydesdale horse rescued in April along with Little Ben. Little Ben is on his way to recovery, but Danny has suffered enough and will be at the sanctuary for life. Danny was sired by an Anheuser-Busch stallion, and had been in the Kentucky Derby. In 2008, he ended up in a kill lot. Danny was saved from slaughter by a Minnesota rescue and adopted to an Ohio family. What should have been a happy ending for Danny was not. Once again he was neglected. He was hundreds of pounds underweight when he was rescued for the second time, this time by the Ohio SPCA.
Landon advised that the sanctuary is not open to the public. She added that “I hope in the future it might be an option but it’s for the safety of the animals.” The SPCA works with law enforcement on cruelty cases, so the animals safety comes first. Visitors and groups are allowed but all must be pre-approved and times are scheduled in advance. The sanctuary is now closed to visitors for the winter; it closes after the first of October.
It is important to note that the Ohio SPCA is not part of the ASPCA, the large organization that is out of New York. The Ohio SPCA is an all-volunteer 501c3 organization. The only funding the Ohio SPCA receives is through donations made to them, and small grants.
With winter coming, and a forecast for below-normal temperatures predicted for the Midwest, the farm sanctuary is in desperate need of hay for the animals. The cost of hay has doubled; hay will cost the sanctuary more than $9,000 through the winter. If you would like to help the animals, please donate through the chip-in set up for hay by clicking here.
Although some of the animals are available for adoption, Landon notes that others, due to medical condition or age, will spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary, where they will be safe and well-cared for. These are the animals that can really benefit by sponsoring.
Want to sponsor Billy the abused goat, Peanut Butter the starved cat, or bonded bunnies Ripple and Butterscotch? To sponsor one of the animals at the sanctuary, or to read more about the animals there, like Moo Moo the pot-bellied pig, click here.
Find out more about the Ohio SPCA and the animals they help at their website and on Facebook.
With so many heartbreaking abuse cases in the news, it is nice to read about a place where animals are indeed safe, and as Landon says, where the animals are “roaming in huge green pastures and live quietly.” Please, if you can, offer the Ohio SPCA your support by donating via their chip-in to enable them to buy hay, sponsor one of their great animals, or if you are local, consider volunteering.
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