A Special Sanctuary for Animals and Pets in Need
“Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?” -Jean Paul Richter
Andy Parent rescues animals from their past professions and gives them a second chance at life.
Big Sky Beginnings
It began with Andy taking in a few unwanted animals from folks around the area, as he had plenty of room on his hobby farm. Word spread quickly about his kindness, until even the local authorities started bringing abandoned or abused animals to the ranch-automatically! None were ever refused. Today, Big Sky is the only non-kill sanctuary of its kind in Eastern Ontario-and no wound or sickness ever goes untreated. But what’s most important here is that the animals receive the kind of love and attention they need and often find new appreciative owners to spend brighter futures with.
Andy’s Pet Project
The ranch gives back to the community in many ways with children’s education programs, visiting seniors’ homes and keeping pets, free of charge, for victims of domestic violence until they get resettled. In addition to these community initiaitves, Andy also has a pet project, which is to allow youth offenders to work out their community service at Big Sky. Having had a very rough childhood himself, Andy has a special affinity for troubled teens. He believes that working with the animals brings out the best in them. Andy says, “Teens about to travel down that wrong road are reached by the animals in ways that people cannot. Often, after [troubled teens] have served their time, they return on their own as volunteers.” And Big Sky depends on volunteers!
Big Sky Needs Your Help
It costs some $50,000 annually to keep the animals fed and sheltered, not to mention vet bills. Though Big Sky receives some sponsorship, they need additional financial aid now more than ever because Andy has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. He says, “I don’t know how much time I have, but I must know that this sanctuary will live on as my legacy. If I don’t beat this thing, I can still die a happy man knowing that the animals will always have a place to go.”