As a young man in Manahawkin, Kim Brown took care of cats, dogs, rabbits, ducks and even squirrels, including one that fell from a tree as a child and broke his front teeth. Brown fed and cared for him for some time, then took him to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation facility, after which he was eventually released back into the woods.
Brown’s love for animals later led to him volunteering and promoting various rescue groups. “I took my first animal—a kitten—from the Facebook page. He was very sick. I traveled for six hours back and forth to pick him up,” she recalls. “Then I started taking care of more, taking more cats, then dogs, and then moving them as well, to save them from killer shelters,” many of them in states farther south.
In 2016, Brown founded her nonprofit, Kimmy’s Safe Haven Rescue, which is dedicated to finding homes and love for animals throughout Ocean County and beyond.
As Brown explained, she lost her younger brother and committed suicide in 2015. “I was very depressed, I went through a lot. But I said to myself, ‘I’m helping these animals; I’m saving as many as I can.'”
“Basically, by saving these animals, they saved me,” she said.
Kimmy’s Safe Haven Rescue, an official 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated specifically to giving voices and second chances “to neglected, abused, or abandoned cats and dogs locally. …The rescue relies on volunteering and organizes animal adoption events.” Pets, fundraising and educational opportunities to raise awareness of animals in need.”
On October 11, for example, the nonprofit holds a Halloween field day for home district teachers. “We’re getting ready for a fun-filled day,” said Brown, who moved from Little Egg Harbor Township to Egg Harbor City not too long ago. The zoo houses a turkey called the Big Bird, a group of pigs including a 600-pound hambone, goats, chickens, and a rooster, as well as cats, dogs, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
“Kids will be able to meet our farm animals, take dogs for walks, learn about the importance of spaying and neutering, and about helping animals in need — and how important it is to make a difference by taking care of someone else,” Brown said. “We will have children making donations to help rescued animals,” and they will be able to enjoy snacks, draw pumpkins, and ride the tractor.
Many of the animals that Brown greeted were found in sad circumstances: a guinea pig, now called a Cheeky, who was left in his cage on the sidewalk with litter when people were driven out of the house, or the 12-year-old Henry Boy, found roaming the streets of Tuckerton , bald and skinny. Some come from cases of hoarding; Others come from local animal shelters or from far away.
Brown said Kimmy’s Safe Haven Rescue program is always looking for nurseries and funding, as the costs for animal food, supplies, shelter, veterinary appointments and medical treatment are “never ending.” As she explains, a large portion of what her husband, Shane Brown, earns as owner of Chimney Medics goes to support the rescue.
Individuals who wish to adopt, adopt or volunteer at Browns Farm can visit kimmyssafehavenrescue.com Or call Kim Brown at 609-713-4278.
The site also includes a link for donations or use 25. paypal.me/kimmyssafehaven25. All donations are tax deductible.
These animals “can’t help themselves,” Brown said. They depend strictly on us to take care of them and give them love. Your donations will go a long way to providing shelter, food, and medical treatment to our animals, and giving them a second chance at life.
“Open your heart to these animals. Without us they have no chance.”
– Juliette Cassas Hoch
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