December 5, 2023
Agnes Barrelet and her daughter on the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm. Courtesy picture

San Diegan Agnes Barrelet mentioned her life modified 10 years in the past after seeing the Matt Damon film, “We Purchased a Zoo.” 

“My daughter and I had been moved by the story and residing circumstances of these deserted animals and the film confirmed me I may make a distinction in animals’ lives,” Barrelet mentioned. “It took a couple of 12 months to search out the fitting land to start out what grew to become the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm.”

In the present day, Barrelet is the founder and government director of the sprawling 20-acre sanctuary and farm that’s residence to greater than 200 domesticated livestock and unique animals from all over the world. 

“I hoped to supply a grounding, nurturing and real-life place for my daughter to proceed to develop into an exquisite human being,” Barrelet mentioned. “I grew up with quite a lot of animals in my life who taught me lots. They love with no hidden agenda— it’s pure and true.”

Agnes Barrelet with ostriches on the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm. Courtesy picture

Most just lately, Barrelet added a backyard to assist feed the animals and serve the bigger group. 

“You will need to me to offer wholesome meals to our animals and our group,” Barrelet mentioned. “We like to share our information and present friends or college students how we develop our greens. That is just the start. We have now new gardens we’re engaged on so we will present higher meals for our animals and our group.”

However the San Diego Animal Sanctuary and Farm serves an excellent bigger function. The ability, which is open to the general public and discipline journeys, additionally teaches kids in regards to the significance of compassion. 

“I noticed what number of kids want a spot to be grounded,” Barrelet mentioned. “How a lot they should find out about compassion and the way a lot life is effective and valuable. It was essential for me to offer a spot for my daughter to flee the Web world.

“Our friends immerse themselves within the peacefulness of the farm. It helps them recharge and reset, take a step again and mirror. It additionally gives a protected haven to mothers in want of plenitude. It’s a spot of affection and peace.”

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