Everybody needs a home, and the nonprofit Mitten Misfits Farm Sanctuary in Grand Ledge Grand Ledge is the forever home for many senior farm animals — providing them with the care and enrichment that they need while also educating the public on how to improve animal welfare.
“We practice and promote animal welfare in addition to being a resource for the education of the public,” said Bob Worthy. “Helping to educate students and future veterinarians who study at MSU and other schools by giving them an opportunity to receive large-animal experience during their undergraduate studies is very important to us as well.”
Victoria and Bob Worthy are the owners and operators of Mitten Misfits Farm Sanctuary, with Victoria having been in animal rescue for over 35 years — more than 20 of which have included rescuing farm animals. She began her work with dogs, cats and other more exotic pets, working and volunteering with numerous rescue groups in the region.
Mitten Misfits was run as a hobby for years; however, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, its population boomed. With the increase in residents, Victoria reached out to local veterinary students for assistance. The operation also received its status as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
“Our current misfit population consists of horses — both full sized and miniature — donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs — both full sized and potbelly — chickens, ducks, peafowl and a turkey just pardoned for Thanksgiving by the governor of the state of Michigan,” said Bob.
If you’re looking for a way to help Mitten Misfits Farm Sanctuary, the Worthys are always looking for volunteers to help care for the animals or help to manage the operation, but even just sharing the work of the organization on social media is appreciated.
The continued success the Worthys have had has put a strain on their ability to house and properly feed the animals in their care, so they also are accepting contributions through fundraising or animal food items. They’d also like to continue growing their facilities to meet the needs of animals in the area. With five horses on the waiting list, the couple hope to build an additional barn to give these animals their forever home.
Visit mittenmisfits.org for more information about how you can get involved.