With their own Facebook page and a following of more than a quarter of a million people, Hamish and Kyloe have become a symbol of the love and bonding between a man and the animals under his care.
"Thistle Do Farm originally started out as just a simple hobby farm... but it quickly became apparent that Hamish and Kyloe had a bigger purpose in life. One of the most amazing things that I've learned since I started posting the videos, is seeing the bond I share with my Highlands, give people hope. The stories I get from people who offer me thanks and encouragement when they're sometimes at their lowest, is humbling."
"A new friend who fought breast cancer....another who lost her husband to Leukemia....my friend with an autistic child, who's family spent 14 hours on the road to bring us a tractor....and the grandmother who can't leave her home anymore because of her health, but tells us that watching our videos brings back her memories of when she was growing up on a farm...and for at least a few minutes each day, she has a reason to smile.
These are just four examples of the people that make our story special. We have 260,000 followers.
I'm in awe of the ones who are fighting much bigger battles than we are, yet still find the strength to encourage us and show us support. There's no way for me to begin to pay that back"
But maybe we can pay it forward.
Hamish and Kyloe have their home. The place they can feel safe and never have to worry about being killed or culled, simply because they "didn't measure up" on a production farm. Many other animals aren't so lucky. "Most farmers in this area won't... or can't, take the time to find a good home for an animal who may have been injured, born small or stunted, who may have lost their mother during labor...or even just those people who can't afford to take care of their livestock any more."
Thistle Do Farms recognizes the growing need for a farm animal rescue, and is now endeavoring to answer that call. We have already begun the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to provide a life sanctuary for farm animals who may be injured, sick, or like Kyloe was, simply born small and sickly.
Whether its a rabbit, pig, goat, cow or any other farm animal, our goal is to give them a place they can call home without the worry of being slaughtered simply because they are no longer wanted.
To give them a place they can live out the rest of their natural lives with love and affection.
To educate the general public and local schoolchildren through tours, field trips, and outreach programs, on how to take proper care of a pet, no matter the size, and to help them understand the needs of that specific pet, so that they will be more aware of what being responsible for that life, really means.
To assist animal owners in finding solutions to behavior issues or other concerns that may cause the owner to later reject that animal.
To serve as a central location for local rescue groups to host adoption days, rabies clinics, and guest speakers on topics such as animal husbandry, farm management, veterinary care and the handling of livestock or the training of companion animals.
To act as a secure facility if needed, by local law enforcement and animal control officers.
As you can imagine, there is a very large price tag involved with such an undertaking.
The single greatest cost will be for the purchase of land large enough to serve as a permanent home for the sanctuary, as well as material needed for the construction of paddocks, fencing, quarantine areas and shelters for each type of animal and for the storage of hay for feeding.
But there is still work to be done here. The tractor will be irreplaceable moving forward, but it does need work. We've replaced what we could and fixed what we can. Unfortunately, it requires more than we can do ourselves.
Seed will need to be sowed and new fencing will need to be installed to increase our grazing area, along with other projects we have identified as necessary.
We need your help, again.
If you would like to support Thistle Do Farm as it transitions to becoming a nonprofit sanctuary, please click the link below. We understand if you are unable to donate monetarily, but we hope that you will please consider sharing our link and help us spread the word.
Thank you all for your generosity and unending support!
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