Amelia, Ohio's Foreverland Farm Saves Animals in Need — Including This Internet-Famous Lamb

The local sanctuary was featured on animal site "The Dodo" after hosting a birthday party for pregnant sheep Lala

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click to enlarge Lala and her lamb, Marvel - Photo: Provided
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Lala and her lamb, Marvel

Ever since Brittney Kane was a child, she gravitated toward helping animals. Back then, it came in the form of sneaking salamanders into her parents’ house. In 2016 — along with her wife, Leann — that initial instinct developed into a full-fledged animal sanctuary.

Drive through bends and twists of woodsy roads and you’ll find their farm, dubbed Foreverland, in Amelia, Ohio.

“It’s just something that really speaks to me,” Brittney says of saving animals in need.

And while the farm is rooted in a compassionate vegan lifestyle, the duo isn’t militant about it. 

“I guess veganism has a big part in (the farm),” Brittney says. “(But) we don’t necessarily preach that to people because that’s just our lifestyle.”

Their backyard sprawls, the animals each lazing or roaming in their respective pens. They currently have more than 30 rescues ranging from horses to bunnies, kittens and more. On a hot day, one pig, Iggy, rolls over the mud and seemingly grins as the Kanes walk up to the fence, her pink skin splattered with brown. They laugh, bending down to scratch her head. Across the field, two roosters (Nick and The Captain), who they saved from a cockfighting ring in Colorado, spar with one another; they run over to break it up as the birds cluck and holler.

Though they bought their current residence two years ago, the couple was saving animals prior to having their own place — they just boarded their animals at other properties. Both still work full-time jobs alongside running the farm.

Aside from two horses — Whitley and Charlie — who stay at a nearby farm, the whole gang lives together now. Still, Brittney says they eventually hope to expand.

“We have more land behind the barn, there’s probably two more acres of land we could expand for pastures and enclosures for animals. But we’re really maxed out on the number of bigger animals we can take,” she says, adding that they hope to eventually move to a bigger facility.

For now, they’re focused on taking care of the animals that rely on them, all of whom were abused, neglected, abandoned or slaughter-bound.

Take Lala the sheep, who was featured on The Dodo last month because the farm hosted a baby shower for her. Ironically, Lala’s original owner wanted to get rid of her because he believed she couldn’t have offspring. 

click to enlarge Marvel! - Photo: Provided
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Marvel!

“When I heard that she couldn’t have kids and that was the reason she was just being given away for whoever to do whatever they wanted with her, seriously, that to me was just feminism 101,” Brittney says. “To be a woman and to be written off and discarded because you can’t have kids.”

Lala came to Foreverland terrified of everyone. Every morning and evening Brittney would sit with her — as close as she’d let her — as she ate. Eventually, because food is a great motivator, trust was restored.

They hosted a donation-based name contest for Lala’s lamb, where participants gave a dollar to submit a name for the newly born babe. The results? Marvel. On the day of the reveal he wore a colorful collar with pom-pom balls, still clumsily walking alongside his mom.

While animals like Lala needed more time initially to build a healthy bond, the couple says that two horses they rescued from dire circumstances trusted them innately. They saved a pair of Tennessee Walkers from a backyard in Lower Price Hill. According to the couple, the horses were used as currency in a drug deal.

“I think he tried,” Leann says of the owner. “He had no idea what he was doing.” Leann says the owners were trying to feed the horses grass clippings, which can cause a blockage in the abdomen. Both horses were dangerously malnourished.

Once rescued, they said it took months — nearly a year — to restore them to full health. Initially, they boarded them at a farm in Melbourne, Ky. (Now they stay at a residence just down the road).

Since becoming a nonprofit in February, the farm has taken in donations via Patreon, Paypal, Venmo (just search Foreverland Farm) and old-fashioned checks. They put those funds toward building better homes for the animals, food, bedding and taking in other rescues, if the need and capability is there.

At the center: A compassionate lifestyle grounded in giving farm animals forever homes. As Brittney says: “If we say we’re going to care for (an) animal, we’re going to care for this animal for life.”

Foreverland Farm is located at 2885 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia. More info: facebook.com/foreverlandfarm.

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