Nowadays, we hear more and more stories about people who leave behind corporate jobs to follow their dreams and do something that they’re passionate about. Dan McKernan is one of these people. He was working a 9 to 5 desk job when he felt the need to change things up and disconnect from his computer. His new endeavor? Open an animal sanctuary.

Dan didn’t really know what he was doing, but he began converting his family’s 140-year-old barn into a sanctuary for farm animals, called The Barn Sanctuary . His first rescues were two cows that had never even touched grass before. From there, he rescued more and more animals – chickens, pigs, goats, turkeys -you name it. Now, there are over 100 animals living at the sanctuary!

One of his rescued animals, Mike, is a cow that was losing his eyesight. Dan knew that he had to do everything he could for this sweet cow so they road-tripped from Michigan to California to see if a surgery that Mike could get there would save his eyesight. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful, however, they made an abundance of wonderful memories along the way.

Dan’s story demonstrates the remarkable impact that connecting with animals and nature can have one someone’s life. He says that he wakes happy to go to work now and even feels younger. We’re so glad that he was able to find happiness and that these animals finally get to live in a loving, fun, and peaceful and environment.

To support The Barn Sanctuary , you can sponsor an animal or donate here .

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