A makeup artist traded glitz and glam for slop and scat when she realized her true “calling” was rescuing disabled farm animals.
Amanda Clark, 33, runs the Here With Us Farm Sanctuary along with her husband Steve, 35, in Shermans Dale, Penn. The rescue is alleged to be house to 180 farm animals, together with cows from dairy farms; battery-farmed hens; and pigs saved from the slaughterhouse.
The vegan couple drew inspiration from a go to to a sanctuary in New York in 2017.
“We had been so touched by their tales we actually turned vegan in a single day,” Clark defined to SWNS.
The pair rescued two goats, named Patrick and Darby, in July 2017 — and each are nonetheless with them. Clark’s brother initially allowed them to preserve the animals in a fenced-in part of his yard.
The sanctuary contains sheep, cows and pigs. Amanda Clark/ SWNS
Then they rescued 4 hens — Tofu, Happy, Peanut and Peg — and purchased their very own land in York County, Penn., to save much more animals. They shortly outgrew that land as effectively.
In 2019, Here With Us turned a registered nonprofit charity that depends on donor funds, with 10 to 12 volunteers serving to out, together with the couple’s 9-year-old son, Fin.
“Steve nonetheless works full-time, however him and Fin are such a nice assist — they’re simply as concerned,” Clark revealed.
The nonprofit sanctuary is run with the assistance of native volunteers, the youngest one being the couple’s 9-year-old son, Fin, who loves mucking with the animals.Amanda Clark/ SWNS
“The day we moved in, we bought a cow fence put in for 2 rescues, Ronnie and Reggie,” she continued. “I simply knew it was what I wished to do, and I quit my job as a makeup artist to take care of the animals full-time.”
Clark begins her day at 7 a.m., to feed the surface animals. She returns inside the home to take care of the disabled ones.
Three geese, named Tuck, Cheerio and Dandy, endure neurological problems and require a wheelchair. The latest arrivals — a feminine cow, Vasana and her calf, Wilbert — had been rescued simply two days earlier than they had been due to head to a slaughterhouse.
“Some are from cruelty circumstances, and a few had been discovered deserted and purchased to us. Loads have been rescued from the farming business or simply earlier than being slaughtered for meat,” she defined.
“Diesel the rooster was surrendered to us with mobility and ‘anger’ points, however he has by no means proven any aggression,” Clark added. “It simply goes to present all of those animals deserve love and endurance.”
Here With Us Farm Sanctuary is situated in Shermans Dale, Penn.Amanda Clark/ SWNS
“All of the animals have emotions and feelings – identical to folks,” Amanda Clark stated.Amanda Clark/ SWNS
The sanctuary has gained a loyal following on Instagram with greater than 22,300 animal lovers maintaining with farm life.
“I have by no means cared for disabled animals earlier than, nevertheless it’s simply one thing we’ve realized on the way in which,” Clark stated. “All of the animals have emotions and feelings — identical to folks.”
“The sanctuary has been 4 years within the making, and I couldn’t think about myself doing anything,” she added.