JONESBOROUGH, TN (WJHL)- It’s a place where every animal has a heartbreaking story but where they all get to live happily ever after. Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary opened this year in Jonesborough.
The goal is to rescue and provide care for farm animals who have been abused or neglected. It’s a unique mission the Jones family said never expected to take on.
About a year ago, in her role as a veterinarian, Brooke Jones took a phone call from someone looking for a place to take a hen in bad shape. “They asked if we know anyone that would help and so I said sure,” Tilted Tavern co-owner Brooke Jones said with a laugh.
After the hen, “We rescued one cow and a chicken and now we have around 50 animals,” Tilted Tavern co-owner Robert Jones said. “We would’ve never thought we would be here.”
The husband and wife team have turned their historic 50-acre farm into Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary.
“Right now we have chickens, ducks, cows, horses, a goat, and a pig, and two roosters,” Robert Jones said.
He said animals like Skittles the goat and Dumbleboar the pig have come along way since they first arrived. Like most of the animals here they have a heartbreaking story.
“We’ve had neglect, we’ve had animal cruelty, our pig is from an animal fighting ring,” Robert Jones said.
Without the animal sanctuary, “Some animals would’ve just died at where they were at the beginning before we got there, others would’ve been euthanized,” Robert Jones said.
Once an animal is rescued, if they are not fit for adoption they come here where they are rehabilitated, loved, and safe.
“The fact that I can not only help the community out but also help animals and have something for them is really wonderful for me personally,” Brooke Jones said.
Now after living through nightmare situations, the animals get to to live out their days on this peaceful Jonesborough farm.
Tilted Tavern in a nonprofit organization. If you would like to find out how to donate or volunteer you can visit its website by clicking here.
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