When Andy Parent purchased a hobby farm in Kemptville, Ontario back in 2002, he had no idea what would come of it. It wasn't long after he moved in that people started coming to him to ask for help with their animals. Whether it was a wolf/dog hybrid that needed more care than the family could provide, or a horse that a family could no longer afford, Mr. Parent realized that his little hobby farm had become something much bigger than he originally planned.
He realized that it wasn't only dogs and cats that needed a sanctuary, but larger animals like horses, donkeys, llamas, pigs and goats, also needed a safe place to go when their families could no longer take care of them. This is what inspired The Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary.
Big Sky Ranch is the only non-kill sanctuary of its kind in the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Region that works with such a wide variety of animals. More than 1,800 animals have found their forever homes through their generous work and adoption programs. On their 26 acres of land, they have more than 100 animals ranging from rabbits to buffalo and everything in between.
The community that supports Big Sky Ranch is quite remarkable. It is staffed only by volunteers - no one is paid to be there. The volunteers who contribute their time are incredible and devoted. They run the summer camps, feed the animals, build shelters, make repairs around the farm and most importantly give the animals the love they need and deserve. They are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in joining this amazing group of people feel free to contact them.
Running a large sanctuary like this costs money. Animals need medical attention, food, bedding, and more, which does not come cheap. Big Sky Ranch is able to continue it's work thanks to the generosity of others. As a registered non-profit organization they receive donations and, because they are run by volunteers, they are able to focus funds to the animals' care. They have a few ways you can donate including:
- Donating items on their Wish List (items like food, treats, grooming tools)
- Sponsoring an animal Program which allows you to assume the financial responsibility for some of the permanent residents at Big Sky Ranch, or;
- Direct donations and fundraising opportunities
Thank you Big Sky Ranch for letting us come and visit your Sanctuary and meet all your wonderful animals. Follow their work and make sure you donate to help support the hard work they do to speak out for animals who can't speak for themselves. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and on their website.