May 042022

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

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.

I first saw this book when Diane posted about it. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE animals, so it was an automatic “get this book”!

It starts with Laura’s childhood and you get to know the good, the bad, and the ugly of her family. I was glad the author added all that information, it added a lot to the story and let us get to know them up close and personal.

The story has a lot of information about the animals and the farms. Some hilarious, some sad, some info I didn’t know. I loved this book. It had all of my favorite things. Animals, family, humor, overcoming life’s hardships etc. It gave me all the feels.

I highly recommend it!

Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary is located in Mays Landing, NJ

It is free to the public

It’s run with the help of volunteers and donations

 Posted by at 2:08 PM

  12 Responses to “Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski”

  1. This looks like a great one to read/listen to!

  2. I thought this was a fantastic read. I’m so glad you loved it, too!

  3. Sounds great, Vicki.

  4. I love the idea of this farm and all the animals that they have rescued! It sounds heart warming as well, which is perfect right now.

    • It was perfect after seeing so many stories about the poor animals from Ukraine! I wish I could rescue all the animals that need someone to love them 🙁

  5. Sounds like the perfect book for you, Vicki! I’ll put it on my audio list.

    • It was! I love animals so that was the pull of the book, but I also love reading about families and they were different and I enjoyed that. Lots of good times and some bad that was a bit shocking to me.

  6. This really does sound like the perfect book for you! With thumbs up from both you and Diane, I must add it to my list!

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