It's no secret that I am an animal lover, so when I was asked to take part in a fundraiser for an animal sanctuary I readily agreed. On Saturday June 18th I went out to Bee Meadow Farm, located about ten minutes from Apple Hill, about an hour and a half southeast of Ottawa.
It was my first time in the area and I was impressed. This is farming and ranching country, the properties well tended, and I am told, many are still in the hands of original owners.
Bee Meadow once belonged to the MacDonald Family. Today it is owned by Natalie Rowe and Gordon Campbell, a Toronto couple who purchased the 86 acre farm and property nine years ago. They were looking for a quieter life.
Today they run a sanctuary for farm animals. It was not their intention, but the need was there, and Natalie and Gordon, both animals lovers, found themselves agreeing to take in abused and abandoned animals rescued by the Cornwall SPCA. It began with a pot bellied pig named Ophelia and grew from there. Today they look after more than a 100 animals, everything from horses to chickens and goats. They have volunteers who help out, but Natalie does the bulk of the care, along with tending her bee colonies. Gordon, a lawyer, often takes on animal cruelty cases. The Fundraiser, organized by Peggy Blair will help with the high costs of looking after the animals in their care.