Jethro and Joseph, two llamas at Gratitude Gate Farm Sanctuary, are brothers.
Jethro was born blind and uses only his ears to guide him. His brother Joseph helps him to navigate around the pastures. The brothers are one of the many inspirational residents at the sanctuary. Many ducks, cats, cows, horses and goats also reside on the farm. Two of the goats roam the farm on wheel chairs. These animals are all now seeking a new place to call home.
Gratitude Gate Farm Sanctuary was founded by Jess Huff. Huff formerly worked at Dublin and Piper Veterinarian Clinics and is certified in animal behavior studies. After suffering a concussion from a horse-riding accident she could no longer continue with her 15 years of work as a veterinary technician. She then followed her dream of being a farm maid to help animals in need.
She created the sanctuary naming it Gratitude Gate Farm in reference to the happiness she feels every day being with the 52 grateful animals. Huff describes that her recovery from concussion syndrome was possible because of the lessons she learned from the animals.
“I learned to live in the moment as they do, be grateful for what we have, love well and be enthusiastic about each day as animals do,” she said with a big laugh.
All of the animals found a home at the sanctuary through a network of animal welfare groups. For two and half years the animals have resided on a rented 20 acres farm in Upper Black Eddy. Unfortunately the farm is now on the real estate market and the lease is month to month until sale. An exciting opportunity to purchase a 41-acre farm outside of Quakertown, however, has become Huff’s latest focus.
“The barns have everything our animals need to call home. There is even an onsite location for our future goal to help more wildlife. A farm like this is extremely hard to find in Bucks County and time is running out before winter is here,” said Huff. She explained that she and her husband can cover two thirds of the cost of the property, but still need to raise $150,000 to cover the remaining price.
While the farm is not open to visitors, photos and videos of the inspirational animals can be found on Gratitude Gate Farm Sanctuary’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
The sanctuary’s crowdfunding platform can be found at http://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/critical-funding-needed-for-animals-forever-home