The Power Of Pets 70 A Farm Girl “Unconditional Love”
W ritten by Matt Reeves One of the best places in the world to learn the meaning of
“unconditional love” is the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary inOne thing Laurie never noticed (at first) were the girls Never underestimate the power of girl, Mays Landing, NJ. who looked up to her as a their
especially a farm girl! role model. Some girls would If you’ve ever had a pet, you have a pretty good idea how much they love you and get
turn their Barbies into “Funny excited when you come home and how sad they are when you leave. Those are the lucky ones. Girl Power comes from incredible role models. Everyone is inspired by someone and those Farm Barbies” and they’d have an Not all animals are so lucky to have someone love them. peopleThe are also inspired by someone. It’s common that we look for role models that are a lot entire farm of little animals they animals at the Funny Farm Rescue are the exceptions. They have thousands like us or what we someday hope to become. A beginning musician may look up to a very of people each year who come to visit and give them the love they need. Most animals named after the real animals of the Funny Farm. successful or super-talented musician evensituations. if they haveMany neverwere met them in person. Roleinjured, models or Once Laurie learned she was a role model, she did exactly as she always did, nothing come to the farm from very difficult disabled, abused, give us motivation, encouragement, hope, and dreams. unwanted. Some people simply didn’t make arrangements for their pets after they were different. People all around the world fell in love with her because she is real. She cheered when gone Laurie is a role model for women girlsscary around world. life andsweet storyanimals are and Zaleski the animals had nowhere to go.and How thatthemust be Her for these an animal’s life was saved and would cry when one passed on and she shared those emotions that gave their owners so much love. simply amazing. People everywhere are taking notice at her accomplishments despite her facing with the world. Onechallenges exampleinisher a nameless little and22, white babyher goat with called, a broken leg. At less On one occasion, someone dumped 21 cats just outside the front gate. Laurie was so upset, immense life. In fact, on black February of 2022, memoir “Funny than a month old, he was injured and was in a lot of pain. His future was dark. ashe took to social media live video and told the world in no uncertain terms, that animals Farm, My Unexpected Life With 600 Rescue Animals” will be released around the globe Through by St. ts series of miracles, Laurie Zaleski, the Founder of the Funny Farm Rescue, found out about Martin’s Press. Laurie’s genuine nature and sense of humor is refreshing in this sometimes crazy should not be discarded and treated this way! this little goat’s situation didn’t anyexpectations! time rescuing him. world. Pre-sale numbers haveand already farwaste exceeded Little did she know that thousands of people around the world watched and became We made a custom splint to stabilize his leg because he couldn’t stand on it at all. He You see, Laurie’s life is extraordinary. Not only did she build one of the largest animal emotionally attached to Laurie’s frustrations, and addicted to her as a pillar of strength. People needed food and water brought to his mouth while he lay in a new warm bed made just for rescues in the northeast from literally nothing, she faced many obstacles along the way him. Farley the Farm Manager, a 1-year-old Australian Shepard, took him under his wingsent in donations to help cover the astronomical costs of fixing and getting 21 cats the food and y in including theofclosest people in her life telling her she’s crazy. Her mother rescued her vet care they so desperately needed. The world rallied around her. This was just one experience. and gave some him aoflot love and attention. from aThe terrible situation and raised her and her 3 siblings alone in the woods. She has always get little goat was black and white and looked so much like a cow that he earned theRunning a large animal rescue, there are experiences and challenges every day. y ones. loved mainly duethe to the example of her mother whoveterinarians, was an amazingZaleski role model nameanimals, “Cowboy.” Over next few days, and visitsAnne, to many took Laurie Zaleski is a woman with such selfherself. Laurie and her to him to the University of Pennsylvania, where they had the best equipment. Several determination, charisma, compassion, and love. She’s thousands of dollars were spent trying to save his leg from possible nerve damage and mother loved all animals, an incredible woman who knows how to clear her ls amputation. especially those who had mind, focus, and eliminate toxic people from her life. ess He lived in the house so he could be cared for properly and received much little or no hope. Come to the Funny Farm any Sunday or Tuesday ha socialization with other animals and people. And because of this interaction, he has no idea he’s a goat, 8-4pm year round and you’ll out he thinks he’s a dog! He notice that a huge majority of the for Seven months later, not only has Cowboy’s leg healed, he has captured the hearts of people all over ng volunteers are girls! the globe!! He makes everyone laugh and gets into everything! He is now known as the “Donations the Never underestimate the power Inspector.” When visitors come and donate food for the animals, they barely have time to get out of of a woman, especially when her their cars when they discover Cowboy is already inside their car! He has a wonderful, lovable, sweet personality and will stop at nothing to make you laugh and has name is Laurie Zaleski of the Funny dea he’s a goat, an unlimited supply of kisses! Everyone is his friend! Somehow he knows what was done for him and he Farm Rescue & Sanctuary in Mays f people all over Landing, NJ. If you think you can’t appreciates his life now. “Donations to get out of The unconditional love that comes from an animal is astounding, but the unconditional love that comes from anlook animal that and do something, at Laurie ou laugh and has was once in distress is nothing short of miraculous! Nearly 400 of these animals at the Funny Farm Rescue & again! Sanctuary are waiting think There is almost always e for him and he to meet you and your family!! Coming to the Farm is easy but leaving your new furry friends is very difficult. a way to accomplish whatever you tional love that comes from an animal that life is precious. If there is something we can do as humans to preserve and protect it, in nearly all cases, unny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary All are waiting want to accomplish! Never give up! iends is very difficult. the unconditional love you receive in return is something you will simply never forget. ect it, in nearly all cases,
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