What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset. ~Crowfoot
Welcome to Gemini Farm! We are a small hobby farm nestled in the northern fringes of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. The farm has always been a work in progress as we educated ourselves on what the ‘animal industry’ is all about and the wants and needs of the animals in that industry. For some reason we thought that all horse owners loved their horses, all dog and cat owners saw their pets as furry family members and all farmers looked at the animals that provided their income as living breathing animals that suffered pain when sick or injured. Our idea that people are caring and compassionate, is true for most of the many people we have met and worked with in all areas of the animal industry. Pet owners everywhere see their pets as part of their family and farmers treat their animals compassionately. But we were wrong to assume that those responsible ownership attributes were and are universal. We should have understood that there are good and bad people in every aspect of life and the animal industry is no exception. So, because of the few people or groups out there that, for whatever reason, see no reason to treat their animals humanely, we never strayed from doing rescue.
Our rescue efforts began in the late 1970s and continue to this day. Over the years we have raised registered dairy goats, Thoroughbred race horses, Miniature Horses, Australian Shepherds and Chinese Cresteds. During all these various ventures we never lost sight of the need to rescue the animals that needed us the most. In the end, we saw little reason to continue raising the various species that interested us and at the current time, we are almost exclusively a sanctuary for unwanted and unadoptable animals. It makes no sense to us to continue to produce animals when tens of thousands of animals die every year because, through no fault of their own, their owners dump them.
There are pet owners who see no need to spend money on an animal, farmers who view their cows as a piece of equipment and people in the horse industry that see no value in a horse that doesn’t earn money, fame and glory. Our mission is to be there for as many of these helpless animals as we can, provide education that contributes to the improvement of the lives of animals and to work in our community to stop the production of unwanted animals.
Please check out the bios to learn about the animals that have found refuge here. Check out the TNR page to learn about our partnership with Paws & Claws Society, Inc to stop the production of unwanted kittens. Visit regularly to read about the day to day workings of the farm sanctuary in our blog, which will also provide our thoughts on a variety of topics important to the health and well-being of animals and communities.
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind."