HOW WE STARTED
Buddy, with Jodi Kelley, Founder & President of
Rock Run, and husband, Chris
In 2008, we moved from the city of Harrisburg to a property with 10 acres in Shermans Dale. Soon after we moved, folks started asking us if we could provide a home for different animals. Why not? We had the room now. We took in cats, dogs, horses, goats, and chickens who were in need of a home. Some were going to be taken to auction or the SPCA, tossed in someone’s yard, or their owners simply were no longer able or willing to care for them. By 2012, we found ourselves sharing our home with 3 dogs, 12 cats, 6 chickens, 2 goats, and 3 horses. It was a busy 4 years!
In the summer of 2012, I received a phone call from the ASPCA seeking their yearly monetary donation. I listened to this very nice woman on the other end of the phone, and when she was finished speaking, I told her we had so many animals, we would prefer to be on the receiving end of their donations instead. We laughed…and then we rolled into a serious, long conversation about starting an animal rescue/sanctuary. After much thought and discussion, Rock Run Animal Rescue was officially created and incorporated in September of 2012. We became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and we are (still) 100% volunteer.
In a very short time, we accepted dogs, cats, kittens, and more chickens under the wing of Rock Run Animal Rescue. I began learning a lot more about what actually happens to animals; not just, “out there”—many animals were in horrible situations in our own community as well. The need was, and continues to be, so incredibly large and overwhelming. We found homes for many of the animals, and others will have sanctuary with us for the rest of their days.
We realized we needed more usable space than what our current property and home could provide. We were in the woods on a steep mountainside with limited usable ground. We knew we needed a farm.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
In September of 2016, we sold the property in Shermans Dale and personally purchased a 20-acre farm in Newville (northwest of Carlisle) with multiple outbuildings and hay fields. There’s an entire building, the “Catty Shack,” for the cats and several areas for the goats, and horses. We built two runs for the dogs. The farm has amazing potential; however, it requires some renovations and restoration of buildings and fencing.
We are now located in a different county and are gradually meeting members of our new community. We are looking for local volunteers and animal loving folks who are able to help in other ways. Currently, we are caring for 7 horses, 9 cats, 4 dogs, 1 goat, and 2 geese at the new farm. It takes a village to provide for them financially and physically!
We have grown, learned, and changed as necessary since 2012. We are now focused on providing sanctuary for the animals; particularly horses, allowing them to live out the rest of their days on the farm. The horses are not ridden, and most have special needs due to conditions that accompany age. We believe horses, regardless of their physical abilities, have so much to offer humanity. They are natural healers…it is simply their nature. Humans helping horses helping humans in return is a win-win for everyone!
We are currently enrolled in a 2-year certification program through Touched By A Horse. Upon graduation, we will be offering Equine Gestalt Coaching as a service to our community. For more information, please see the following link: https://touchedbyahorse.com/
We will have achieved certification for Equine Gestalt Coaching in early 2022 and begin offering sessions through, “Kintsugi Equine Gestalt Coaching,” at Wabi Sabi Farm. Our goal is to assist with suicide prevention and help those affected by suicide.
“Kintsugi,” is a very meaningful word. It basically means to repair with gold; the end result being more beautiful and resilient. People have experienced trauma, and that trauma can leave us feeling shattered. Kintsugi Equine Gestalt Coaching assists with repairing our scars in a wholistic, experiential manner. We become stronger as a result.
This is a very unique program, and (unfortunately) very much necessary.
Click here for an article with more information on Kintsugi.
Here is proof of the efficacy of Equine Gestalt Coaching:
Together, we can make a difference in our community. We can do our small part by helping horses in need, helping people by partnering with horses, and educating the public. A tall order? Perhaps. But a worthy one. ALL are worthy of our efforts.
Jodi Kelley, Founder & President
Rock Run Animal Rescue, Inc.
“They are calling…will you respond?”