UPDATE: There has been plenty of help for Big Oaks Rescue Farm after our story aired on Wednesday. We’re told more than $10,000 in donations have been made as of Thursday morning.
Pam Stone – comedian and now living in the Upstate – tells us after she posted about the need on Facebook and our story aired there has been an outpouring of support.
In addition, two farms in Simpsonville and Tryon will bring more than 25 bales of hay to help the rescue farm in Greenwood.
GREENWOOD, SC (WSPA) An Upstate farmer in the business of rescuing animals is pleading for help. The charity is running out of donations, which could lead to them shutting down and exposing some animals to slaughter.
As founder of Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood, Joe Mann works countless hours to rehab and rehome horses, donkeys, goats and other animals that some people have abused.
He’s developed a reputation as man who’ll step in when the call is sounded, whether it’s from county or state agencies, even if he doesn’t get funding in return.
“I don’t want them to die,” he said.
But, with 300 animals filling his farm to the brim, the slow summer months and a lack of donations, Mann is down to his last dime.
He’s asking for help.
“I don’t have a choice. We need some help,” said Mann in tears. “Every dime of donations goes to these animals.”
6 bales of hay feed his animals daily. He’s now down to a 3 1/2 day supply unless something changes. That’s not counting other feed costs and vet care.
“I have exhausted my means. I’ve exhausted my means,” said Mann.
Talking to Joe Mann, you can tell it’s not an easy ask. Instead of letting tears shed, he keeps walking, working and comforting the animals that are his world.
He says he prays nightly for help.
Big Oaks Rescue Farm is a 501c3 charity and donations are tax deductible. DONATE HERE.