by Carrie Jackson
Forgotten animals can get a second chance to thrive at the Ravens Nest Rescue Farm and Sanctuary. The farm, located on just under one acre in Feasterville, offers a safe haven to animals that have been abused, abandoned, neglected or are otherwise unwanted. The farm takes a wide range of animals that include chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, dogs, ferrets and other small, farm favorites.
Lisa Rogers is the director of the farm, which is a nonprofit organization entirely staffed by volunteers. “We are more than just a rescue farm. We are a network of people who provide foster care and love to seemingly unadoptable animals, and a sanctuary to those we can’t adopt or place into the community,” she says. The animals are cared for with essential oils, energy work and other holistic therapies.
Ravens Nest raises money through a weekly, organic CSA it offers to the community and by operating an online thrift store. “Many local high schoolers come in on a weekly basis and help with the care, feeding and rehabilitation of the animals. It’s an important opportunity for them to get away from their electronic devices and connect with nature,” says Rogers. The farm is currently seeking volunteers to help rebuild the 900-square-foot bird run, and to offer complimentary or discounted veterinary services.
At Ravens Nest Rescue Farm and Sanctuary, the main focus is on education to prevent animal abuse and neglect. “There are a lot of misconceptions about farm animals. For example, rabbits are not meant to live in a hutch outside. They are social creatures and need daily care and attention,” says Rogers. The farm hosts a number of events throughout the year to educate and involve the community. “We have an Easter egg hunt in the spring and a pumpkin patch in the fall,” says Rogers. “Families can visit with the animals in a safe and fun environment.”
Carrie Jackson is a frequent writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at Carrie1Jackson@yahoo.com.