I always considered myself an animal lover, and had been a vegetarian for most of my life. When I learned the truth of the egg and dairy industry that my eyes were really opened to the horrors of animal agriculture. When I decided to make the change to become vegan and align my choices and actions with the love and compassion I felt, my entire life changed for the better! After much soul searching, I founded Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary to give animals refuge, safety, and a voice. I quickly learned that cows and pigs are every bit as intelligent and complex as dogs and cats, turkeys love hugs and music and chickens purr when you pet them. I honestly believe if people knew the truth about how sensitive and loving these animals truly are, they would come to the same conclusion I did—let compassion win! I love ALL animals, and I am absolutely committed to educating the public about how a vegan lifestyle is a win for our animal friends, our planet and ourselves.
I decided to be the change I wished to see in the world. I wanted to get healthy and learn more about life. I became increasingly interested in the farm animals I passed every day on my way to work. I realized when I spoke to them, they always responded to me—and I ate them. I became a vegetarian. After more research about animals’ consciousness, I became cruelty-free. After researching and learning about how about horrific the dairy industry is, I became Vegan. I wanted to do something more. I thought I loved animals before, now I wanted to help! I finally found Oliver and Friends Farm Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Jennie and Jason created a sanctuary for animals without hope to live their best lives! Every being that comes to O&F can feel love and security, making it the most magical place I’ve ever been.