Meet Rebecca Wolf, a sanctuary guardian. Learn about Rebecca’s experiences at Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary as a volunteer this year and how you can get involved in 2013!
What interested you becoming a sanctuary guardian?
It had come up in an internet search for sanctuaries in the area, but what really inspired me was when an old college friend of a friend gave us a tour. Seeing the beautiful environment and happy animals really sealed the deal for me.
Tell us little about your path to animal advocacy and volunteerism.
I’ve been vegan since 2007 because I didn’t want animals to suffer for me, but I really became aware of their plight in 2011 after seeing the documentary Earthlings, which drove me to do something more active to help. Since then, along with volunteering at Harvest Home, I’ve passed out Vegan Outreach leaflets at colleges a couple times. It’s not as much as I want to be doing, but it’s a start!
You have some special companion animals at home. Do share their stories.
Back in February, I heard of the horrifying case of animal abuse by A & L Poultry in Turlock, a place that I drove by quite often. These dear hens were starved for two weeks, on top of their already miserable conditions of never seeing sunlight, feeling grass, or spreading their wings in those dark, cramped, stench-filled cages. Thankfully, with the help of Harvest Home, Animal Place, and a few others, over 4,000 of these gentle souls were saved. My mom and I adopted ten of them (along with two hens and a rooster from a different situation). It’s amazing how far they’ve come and how much they trust humans despite living through such horrors. Now their silly personalities get to shine in the fresh open air, complete with dust baths, grazing, sunshine, and lots of cuddles and kisses.
What’s your plans for the future?
I’m starting a six-month internship at Animal Place in January and I couldn’t be more excited! Ever since I was little, I wanted to open an animal sanctuary, and to go live somewhere with everything already set up is my dream come true. In the long term, I’d like to help the sanctuaries in the best way I can, and even maybe open up one myself, including a veganic micro-farm similar to Animal Place’s to feed my local area. I am eternally grateful for Harvest Home, for both the human and non-human animals it helps, and in the future I’d like to give back at least a fraction of the profound hope and health it has given me.
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is currently seeking enthusiastic “Sanctuary Guardians” to volunteer one designated day each month at our sanctuary in Stockton. The volunteer position entails sanctuary care activities such as barn cleaning and animal health tasks. The once-a-month volunteer activity is only 4 to 6 hours of your donated time. We request a six-month commitment. Join us on Saturday, January 5th at 1 pm for a new volunteer orientation along with a tour of the sanctuary. Event link.