We'd like y'all to meet Charlie, our newest member of the sanctuary!
At the beginning of the summer, Charlie was rescued from a bad situation by a sweet family who knew they wouldn't be able to keep him, but knew he couldn't stay where he was. They spent the summer fattening him up with lots of food and love.
Charlie was malnourished and beaten by the first hands that tried to care for him. People often ask: why would anyone do such a thing? We don't have the answers to that. What we do know is love creates a sweet space for trust to return. We see this time and time again with all our animals. Something else we see, animals don't hold onto the stories based on their past. Take Charlie for example, he is cautious with us, especially if we walk towards him too quickly. As soon as we slow down and create a peaceful space for him, he comes to us, even though we look, act and smell similar to the hands that once hurt him. Charlie is a Champ!
We are very honored to be able to give him a beautiful life here at The Farm Way. And we look forward to seeing all the lives that Charlie helps, little and big, become their own Champs!
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.