Rotary Learns about Special Needs Animals

on Sunday, 09 March 2014. Posted in Recent Programs

Program Recap - February 26, 2014

Rotary Learns about Special Needs Animals

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley received a presentation by Kimba Nichols, Executive Director of the Friends for Life Forever Farm, an animal sanctuary for senior and special needs animals located in Lake Toxaway.

Kimba has been involved in Animal Welfare and Rescue since 1990 and has fostered, rescued, and provided sanctuary for dogs and cats for over 25 years. “The Farm is a haven that is similar to a nursing home or assisted living for animals,” explained Kimba. 

With a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home senior and special needs companion animals, the Friends for Life Forever Farm project was created 10 years ago by Kathy Bub, a longtime friend of Kimba’s. Kathy had a dream for animals that are typically not adoptable because most people prefer puppies and kittens to older animals with problems. Today the Farm is at capacity with 174 animals, including 120 cats 50 dogs and 4 horses. All are individually cared for and assisted with special needs ranging from blindness to genetic disorders due to over-breeding.

Kimba encourages visits to the Friends for Life Forever Farm where tours are provided daily after 1:00 pm. “You will see happy caregivers and animals that are ambassadors of love,” she said. The Farm is funded by private donations and collaborates with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane society. For more information about the Friends for Life Forever Farm call 828-508-2460.