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Lulu's Rescue & Farm

Organized by: Chelsea Coldeen

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THE STORY:

The Lowdown

My passion has always been animals. From the time I was little fostering kittens and injured wildlife, then continuing on to work at veterinary clinics. I've always had one goal no matter where I was in my life - to open an animal rescue. I always thought that I would have to find some high paying job to support this rescue some distance in the future. But I realized my dream is right here. I want to create a place where I can combine a happy, safe animal sanctuary with a learning experience that can benefit people of all kinds on many levels. So I'm diving in. My sanctuary is named for my chicken Lulu, a wonderful little indoor chicken I rescued many years ago who touched my heart like nothing else has.

The Rescue and Farm will be two part working together. My medium scale animal rescue will support farm animals, pets and exotics. It will focus on quality of life and as large as possible free range areas for animals to live out their lives as they were meant to. It will also spread awareness for how animals are treated from food animals to pets . The entire project will be documented on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lulus-Rescue-Farm/752639... and later on our the webpage  www.lulusrescueandfarm.com when we get started so people can see how their money is working! It will host approximately 60 fowl, 10-15 dogs, 10-15 cats, 10 guinea pigs, 10 rabbits, 20 various "pocket pets", 2 horses, 5-10 goats, a few pigs, and multiple bee hives with potential room for more animals as we expand on the property.

The farm will be both the support for the rescue as well as a teaching tool. Farm produced products such as goat milk & cheese, eggs, honey, and natural health and beauty products will be sold to support the rescue. The farm will also demonstrate permaculture in a sustainable design, focusing on water conservation and food production geared for an environment such as southern California. It will have classes teaching people how to use these sustainable methods in their daily lives, animal care courses, art classes and more which will also support the farm!

The Nitty Gritty

The total goal of this project is $450,000 raised in multiple ways ($250,000 on this website). This covers purchasing the property, the first year of operations (food, preventative medical, general care, etc for all animals), building the barns/animal shelters, licensing, and other expenses. The $200,000 I'm currently raising is to purchase the ranch property, so progress can begin! We did some research and found an incredible 19 acre property already zoned correctly, for about half the price of other similar properties in Southern California, check it out here:http://www.landandfarm.com/property/Home_on_19_Acres_Martin_Rd-1388999/
 The documentation of all the funds will soon be shown on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Lulus-Rescue-Far... in the beginning, and lulusrescueandfarm.com once we get started!
The farm will be organized and formatted with sustainability in mind. I am currently enrolled in a program to be certified in permaculture design. With these tools, I hope to implement such beneficial features as: water conservation techniques that could cut the water bill more than 50%; food production for sales, as well as animal and human food; employ solar energy; use natural heating and cooling tactics; and eventually work toward a very low to zero waste system. It will also produce a variety of products and have classes to support the costs.
Amounts for certain complete items (barns, kennels, etc)  will be posted on the webpage, and if people want to donate for specific items, or to have a barn named after them or their animals they can! Also, we want to work out yearly funding programs available to people in the San Diego area with monthly deliveries of eggs or other products.
Even if we don't reach the goal this time around we wont stop trying. Its a long process to open a rescue and all the funds will go towards that as they come in!

The Impacts

We provide that safe place for animals often forgotten. Cats and dogs are on the forefront of many rescue projects. They need more help than most animals, but people forget that many fowl, farm animals, or exotic pets need just as much help. When an owner can't care for a pet, some will just let them go, or take them to local shelters where many are euthanized. Also, old, deformed/amputated, just plain ugly,  or animals with chronic illnesses also have a very difficult time getting adopted. I want to be there for them. To go with that , I want to educate. So many people are unaware of the pain and suffering of the creatures we share the planet with. Education about pet care can help reduce the amount of unwanted and poorly treated pets in simple ways. We can teach people about the animals their food comes from and help them make the right decisions for them and their budget when buying. 

And finally, we make sustainability not just a saying for farmers and agriculture, it can better people's live on a daily basis, while improving the environment. Change doesn't come over night, it grows piece by piece, from awareness, education, and demonstration.Sustainability is something everyone can have a hand in and create real impact. Spreading awareness about these ideas, especially in areas short on resources, like water here in southern california, is extremely important. 
Sometimes people can't contribute, but want to help anyway. Spread the word for me, make some noise! Also, I'll have a variety of other needs people may be able to help with in the San Diego area, which I'll post on my page. Thanks!

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