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Emma's Animal Sanctuary

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Emma is a vibrant 12 year old girl with a dream to open her own Animal Sanctuary. When asked what she wants for Christmas it is money to start the Sanctuary. When asked about her birthday (DEC 10th) we get the same answer.

She dreams big and loves animals more than anyone I have ever met. She loves being outdoors swimming, sailing, hiking and also loves being online watching animal videos. Usually the silly cat ones.

Emma also has anxiety and PTSD so we bring her to animal santuaries and horse farms often for therapeutic reasons as well as for enjoyment. She has a strong bond with animals because of this. She also know many other kids are victims of abuse and assault and need this type of help and therapy too.

She wants to go to college and study to take care of animals as a vet or zooologist and live on her sanctuary.  On her walks to school she looks for hurt animals and many days come back with birds that need care.

She tells her friends about saving the planet and how animals are treated all over the world. Her love for them is "beyond, beyond". I promised her as her adoptive mother that I would do everything I could to support her dream and we would work together over the years to make her dream a reality.  Promises are important in our relationship.

The cost of a sanctuary and everything that comes with it gets costly which Emma does know but isn't prepared for. So I am looking for anyone who wants to also help make Emma's dream to a reality. I can see her holding signs on sidewalks and joining activist groups one day.  Although not completely vegan she already convinced some friends to try vegetarian and vegan food, meatless mondays, and 21 day vegan challenges. 

We accept all donations (even offers for her to come work with you at your santuary or farm or shelter!).  But today, at 12, she can't even volunteer at most shelters due to liability issues so instead this is her plan. 
Let's start her off strong.

She is already doing something amazing for the world. I hope to harness that and show that others support her dreams too. I will update however I can with drawings of her sanctuary, business plans, notes, etc. If we go over our goal we can even start sharing our filing for a 501c3 and possibly purchasing a plot of land! Maybe send out thank you gifts!

This will benefit not only the animals but children that need trauma therapy and animal therapy. She wants to one day make an area just for therapy dogs/animals for other kids.

We hope you all can help in any way at all spreading the news offering advice or donating your pocket change! She is 12 today so in a few years she can make this her after school job, then her college internship, and then her life. She will do amazing things with the help of the community.
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This weekend is Emma’s Birthday. Although she has been in punishment for non-compassionate reasons (not doing chores), I am still so excited for this. I also think it will start her in the path of understanding why chores are important when you run a sanctuary as well. I started buying lots of books for her to read on how to build this type of business from the ground up, stories from other sanctuaries, inspiration, and basics of keeping it up. I really think this will be a miracle for her. She has needed something to pull her out of this great void in what was such a troubled childhood. She needs joy. This is pure joy. I will video and post the unveiling!!! Stay tuned for the tenth and a lot of teenager screaming. Oh and side note why did I do this at 13? That is when she is allowed legally to start operating most social media so since she needs that platform it’s going to be a perfect transition time. Love you all and I appreciate every single one of you!
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So we are still going strong with keeping this secret and raising funding! My husband and I have begun to look to 1-10 acre plots of rural land that are under $10k so that maybe we can start with that and move on to getting a prefab small building and go from there. My husband is a vet and he can make just about anything and an engineer so I trust his skills to fix or make anything. We are lucky to have a bunch of other vets in our family and friends to help out from current military to those working on railroads or on eco energy projects. Please comment if you think you know a way to help us or a piece of land in Massachusetts or New England that may be a fit! We found a few so we will jump in my all electric car in a few weeks and scope them out! Emma’s big sister is now in on the secret and started crying when she saw the messages. She is all in to help also. We are blessed. Let’s keep going! Spread the word donate $1 and just keep moving forward!!! Lots of love!
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Emma and her big sister were on whale watch with the dog at the beach today. We saw a sperm whale in the bay the other day the whole neighborhood was worried it may beach itself. No whales today though... just sand, crabs, a dog, and this big white thing they couldn't move to the garbage.
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Emma's daily activities revolve around eco-friendly activities, the outdoors, and animals.
Emma learning to navigate the outdoors.
Emma working on her outdoor art.
Emma learning horsemanship and riding.
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