Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

by Laurie Zaleski
Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

by Laurie Zaleski


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An inspiring and moving memoir of the author's turbulent life with 600 rescue animals.

Laurie Zaleski never aspired to run an animal rescue; that was her mother Annie’s dream. But from girlhood, Laurie was determined to make the dream come true. Thirty years later as a successful businesswoman, she did it, buying a 15-acre farm deep in the Pinelands of South Jersey. She was planning to relocate Annie and her caravan of ragtag rescues—horses and goats, dogs and cats, chickens and pigs—when Annie died, just two weeks before moving day. In her heartbreak, Laurie resolved to make her mother's dream her own. In 2001, she established the Funny Farm Animal Rescue outside Mays Landing, New Jersey. Today, she carries on Annie’s mission to save abused and neglected animals.

Funny Farm is Laurie’s story: of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found. It’s the story of Annie McNulty, who fled a nightmarish marriage with few skills, no money and no resources, dragging three kids behind her, and accumulating hundreds of cast-off animals on the way. And lastly, it's the story of the brave, incredible, and adorable animals that were rescued. Although there are some sad parts (as life always is), there are lots of laughs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250272836
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/22/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 133,977
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LAURIE ZALESKI is the owner and founder of the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Since 2000, the farm has welcomed all kinds of rescue animals. Laurie is also the founder, and CEO of Art-Z Graphics. She has been named a New Jersey Heartland Hero, and is listed in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Who’s Who of Professional Women publication and has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for her work to save animals and educate the public about animal abuse. She is truly an inspirational woman of our times.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Part I Necessity Is a Mother

1 Runaways 19

2 We Were the Joneses 39

3 What Doesn't Kill You 60

4 Accidentally Eden 68

5 Going for Broke 82

6 Mayonnaise Sandwiches 94

7 The Facts of Life 106

8 Jersey Devils 119

Part II Annie's Girl

9 Father Figure 139

10 The Trespasser 154

11 The Good Fight 197

12 Crossroads 216

13 Nightfall 231

14 Homeward Bound 243

Part III Oh Give Me a Home

15 Moving Day 261

16 A Pig Too Far 276

17 Chucky 294

18 Act Two 314

19 No Fences 321

20 Valentine's Day 336

Epilogue 347

Acknowledgments 350

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