Abused, Neglected Farm Animals Get 'Fantasy Farm Life'

Jenny Brown runs the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York.
8:43 | 09/10/15

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When I was ten years old I was diagnosed with bone cancer. To learn I had cancer was. Terrifying. It just didn't really. Resonate with me and terms of what that was like and what that meant other than death. It was down in my right ankle it was very painful. They worried about it spreading they tried to stop it winds. Kim a therapy. After. Four months of chemotherapy heavy duty chemotherapy. They came in and had a conversation with me that it wasn't streaking the two were fast enough and the only way to stop it was to amputate my leg. As a ten year old child it's terrifying. Some is gonna chop off part of my body. I didn't really. Fully understand. What was happening to me. But it was scary. And I felt powerless. And I fell victim or taste and I felt like why me. And when a two run an escape from the hospital. Before I was able to go back to school. My mother allowed me to adopt a cat. And I had spent so much time at home. That this little cat named bookie who we adopted as a kitten. She became my steadfast friend. I was her person. And I loved and attention and I loved her affection. Especially during the time it was undergoing chemotherapy. And shed many tears she would come and crawl up on my lap and would link my tears. That was not one or two occasions. That was the newer with her. All my hair fell out from the chemotherapy. And I missed two years of school going back to school I was fairy self conscious because I had to Wear waned I did what I could to. Cover my like cops just embarrassed and ashamed. I would come home he always had both he and she would miss me and she did talk to me and IA I wonder sometimes if I could have made it. Through. My period of cancer without having her primary sign. She was the catalyst for a different way of thinking bogey really changed my life she changed the way I viewed animals and meat we realized that. They have thoughts feelings and emotions to yourself aware. Then they're not here to do with as we please. We started in 2004. With just six chickens and that was eleven years ago we. Grew to. A sanctuary that has had as many as 300. Plus rescued farm animals. Goats sheep cows pigs chickens turkeys ducks geese. And some remnants. Here's a place where you can come. And UK and visit a farm. It's a different type of far it's a different way. Looking at these animals it's a different way of thinking about them it's a different way of living and being. At a sanctuary. They're someone else and not some things and they have names and not numbers. They're tangible. You can touch them you can look him in the and I. You can hear their story and overcoming adversity themselves. And how they escaped their situation and truly how they're the lucky ones. We try to shift the way people view. Think about these animals and allow them to realize. That we have pretty schizophrenic. Relationship to animals and that we love Sturm and we need others. And we try to blur those lines. When I was sick and had cancer my mother cared for me deeply she was always there for me. Willing to do whatever it took for me to be healthy again. And my constant companion Mike kept bookie. She was also there for me and my in my darkest hour and my most. Depressed. States in my saddest moments she was there for me. I'm there by their side when they need it when they need care when they need veterinary attention when they need physical therapy when they need. Assistance to live. And normal life. I like to be there for the animals. Knowing how my prosthetic leg changed my life when and Al be the goat arrived and when he had to loses leg because horrible infection. I spoke to my prospect list whose to gentleman who makes my artificial lights. And asked if there was anything that he can do and he was willing to give it a shot. So he crafted. An artificial leg for him as well when little Felix the she came and he was missing and back flag when he came to us it was so bad you know. Part of this bone was sticking out through his way on the can now. She had an untreated injury infection to Ernie. And when we were contacted about her that that had said you're gonna have to put her down and we saw the opportunity. To have surgery on her like to see if her legs can be straightened out again surgery corrected it and this was not long ago and she's getting stronger every day. And she wears braces on her legs. How the now uses a front wheel carts Felix the sheep. He wears an artificial leg that was actually a 3-D printed artificial way it so we have been I think a little pioneering earlier on. And having devices made for animals that enable them to live a more normal life. And to be ambulatory. And to not be limited by care disabilities. You know normally these animals would be put there. Farm animals are in a category where if they are sick injured debilitated. Normally on farms they would just be. Put down. By its I would wants. Somebody to help me. If I had an ailment if I have. Disease if I had a handicapped. At least to give me a fighting chance and that's what we do with these animals. I sort of prided myself. On being different. I've been through something that other people haven't been through and he gave me a greater appreciation. For life. And it made me stronger. It may be a lot stronger. It's shaped who I am today. I think. I think bookie my cat food key she's the reason why I'm doing what I'm doing she was who. Opened my attorneys and I see. Every animal and our care now Azubuike. They're no different they think in the field and suffer just like you and Ernie they're sensitive beings. This awful beings they're intelligent beings. We just need. To give them a chance for them to show who they are. Yeah.

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