New Richmond (WQOW) — For nearly four years, SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary in New Richmond has been taking animals that need a second chance and giving them a new lease on life.
“Animals need a place — a safe place, where they can be themselves and be loved and cared for and protected. I think that’s our job as humans is to protect them,” said Kara Breci, founder of SoulSpace.
On eleven acres, a variety of animals graze freely at SoulSpace.
“None of them have been treated the best, and that they would no longer be here if SoulSpace wasn’t here,” said Sara Rogers, a volunteer at SoulSpace.
All the animals are rescued from abandonment, or abusive and neglectful situations, and get to rehabilitate for a second chance.
“It’s amazing how quickly they learn to trust again, that’s been a very powerful thing for me to see,” said Breci.
“You can have just a tough day and you come out here and start doing things and you completely forget about it because you have think about what their lives were like at one point too,” added Rogers.
SoulSpace’s mission may be to rescue animals, but the humans involved say they’ve been rescued along the way.
“I just fell in love with all the animals and the mission is amazing and it’s great to meet other like-minded people as well,” said Shelly Sharp, another volunteer. “It’s a great place to just go and enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the animals, spend some time outside. When you turn to come here, it’s just like ‘oh yeah, here’s real life again, this is actual life.”
“I really feel like this is my purpose in life,” Breci told News 18. “I feel like the way things fell into place were definitely something higher than myself.”
SoulSpace is a growing community, with more than 120 volunteers pitching in.
“Since it started, all of the right people, all of the right things have just fallen into place to create this amazing space,” said Breci.
“The most rewarding part I think is just having a safe place for these animals,” Sharp told News 18. “They’re loved and they don’t have to worry about anything every again and they just get to live and be happy and do their thing.”
SoulSpace runs on donations and volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, click here.