Welcome, Animal Rescue!

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Dear Editor:

There is a wonderful animal rescue organization coming to Machipongo in May.

Katie Cook, founder, will be moving her nonprofit operation from Ojai, Calif., to Machipongo. Katie and her husband, Les, recently purchased a 115-acre farm with the dream of moving their children and all their 100+ rescue animals to one property.

Currently, Katie has the animals housed on three different properties in California. These include alpacas, pigs, horses, donkeys, mules, dogs, ducks, geese, turkeys, and chickens. All were rescued from abandoned, abused, kill pens, or neglected situations. Each has its own story of survival, including many who were rescued from the California wildfires.

It takes great faith, courage, compassion, and love of defenseless animals to do rescue work. Then, add on the work of not only caring for them but moving them from the West Coast to the East Coast, and it becomes quite a feat. But Katie has worked miracles, extending deadlines, contracting with people to build fences and barns, investing her family’s own funds, and gathering other nonprofits to help move the animals.

Their dream is becoming a reality and they will be here soon! You can check out her nonprofit, The Little Farm Rescue, on Facebook and wish them the best!

Gwyn Coghill, Cape Charles