Bonniedale Farm Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, no-kill organization and home to abused, neglected and even tortured animals. TheAnimal Sanctuary is the largest in Rhode Island and once provided a safe haven for over 150 animals including horses, goats, sheep, cats, dogs, miniature horses, pigs, llamas, turkeys, hens horses, pigs, sheep, goat, llama, dogs, cats, etc. Bonniedale now has a pet food bank for cats and dogs. Donations for the food bank are welcomed, free for those in need.
The animals were very happy on the farm. Their caretaker and owner, Daniel Mackenzie, has provided a safe haven to thousands and thousands of animals over decades. "No animal is ever turned away and no questions are ever asked. We take in everything from horses to bunnies", says Dan.
The animals adore Dan. One of the horses, Buddy, gives him kisses on cue. Hooligan, a happy goat, had been beaten by his previous owner with a baseball bat before being dropped off at the farm, learned how to smile after a few months of tender loving care on the farm. Hooligan and all the animals loved Dan! The unconditional love between Dan and the animals ispalpableand the animals owned the place and were free to roam the 7 acres. The farm is open 7-days per week, 365 days per year. Dan never takes a day off. Without Dan, most of these animals would be euthanized.
Dan is an expert in rehabilitating abused and injured animals. Dan explains it with passion in his eyes, "you have to understand the animals, I understand them and I have taken care of animals all my life."
Approximately, 30 of the 150 animals on the farm were Dan's personal pets, as Dan explains it, "I keep the animals that have been hurt too badly to be adopted out. I called these my "special cases"".
Please take a look at the Fox Providence news coverage on Dan and the beautiful animals.
Daniel Mackenzie will be hosting a talk show on WPRO 7.90AM starting in February. Daniel is currently seeking sponsers for his radio show. Daniel will also be raffeling off a 2012 Chevy Cruise. For more details call Daniel Mackenzie or Chris Hurd. Contact Dan at 1-401-574-6056
What Happened to the Animals, Dan's FarmÂ and
the Animal Sanctuary?
No voice against Wells Fargo!
Until December 2009 when Dan lost his fight with Wells Fargo bank, Dan paid his mortgage, on time, for almost nine years. However, when the note was sold for the third time, Wells Fargo did not receive the payments from the previous bank. Dan called Wells Fargo to explain that the payments have been made and he has money in the bank to continue making payments and the bank representative told him to "get an attorney". The foreclosure was unstoppable on the Animal Sanctuary and Dan had no voice.
Dan got an attorney and took the bank to court to file an injunction to protect the animals. The animals were and are his top priority. He was not allowed to go back on the property to take care of his animals. Once in court, it was determined that it was too far in the foreclosure process to stop it (unbelievable). During the court proceeding, Dan gave all the money he raised through fundraising and donations, to the state and asked that the money be used for the following; 1. properly take care of the animals, and 2. temporary place them in safe homes, and 3. provide him with a list of the locations where the animals were placed so he could get them back. He knew he needed to buy back Bonniedale Farm and he wanted his animals back. This is not a business where he can put up an "out of business sign"!
The foreclosure came and the animals were left behind as Dan was kicked off the farm and was told he had 10 minutes to leave or be arrested. He grabbed a few of his "special cases", including his beagle, Travis. It was an extremely sad day for Dan and over 150 animals left behind. He, like the animals, had no voice.
Dan has not received the court ordered list so he needs help locating the animals, buying the farm back and getting the animals back home, as soon as possible. His services are desperately needed in the state. The abused animals keep coming and he needs toÂ provide them with a safe home, or they will be euthanized. Please go to our donations page and help save animals today.
The following update from Dan was reported on July, 2010 on Fox Providence News,
"The shock came when he discovered that Wells FargoÂ would not renegotiate with him sold the farm for less than half what he says he was willing and able to pay.
"We had a mortgage for $405,000 that we were paying for eight and a half years," he said. "They wouldn't work with us."
Wells Fargo bank sold the property for less than $200,000!
"They're ruthless. They don't care," MacKenzie said. "If they can do it to us â€” we were a non-profit organization rescuing animals. If they would do it to us, they would do it to anybody.""
Snas is a friendly barn cat who currently inhabits Bonniedale. Snas is a loveable cat who greats all visitors with love and affection.
Credit: Fox providence News