Todays conversation with Odd Man Inn Animal Refuge Co-Founder and Executive Director, Wendy Smith was such a joy.
Wendy is both wise and compassionate. I could have spoken to her for hours. I’m blown away by her ability to excel in both the nurturing, care-giving component of running a sanctuary for a couple of hundred large animals and also her skill at the more strategic side of running and relocating (!) a sanctuary while also prioritising succession planning.
Wendy and her partner Josh started Odd Man Inn in Washington State. When their registered 501(c)3 nonprofit needed more than 4 acres they moved from an area with a strong vegan network to a much smaller town with a heavy reliance on animal agriculture where veganism was a foreign concept.
With the: Mission of providing lifelong sanctuary care to vulnerable animals and educating to inspire compassionate living.
Wendy, Josh and team Odd Man Inn: envision a world where all species are valued and protected.
Please enjoy this conversation about creating a safe haven for animals with no other options with Wendy Smith of Odd Man Inn Animal Refuge.
In this conversation we cover:
- Wendy’s becoming vegan story.
- Wendy and Josh started Odd Man Inn because of their commitment to a dog named Roswell.
- Relocating the sanctuary and its residents from Washington state to Tennessee.
- The challenges operating a sanctuary in an area with a strong reliance on animal agriculture.
- How to build community support in such an area AND respectfully educate.
- The importance of collaboration and presenting a united front among vegans and sanctuaries alike.
- Life lessons gleamed from interacting with the animal residents.
- Finding forever homes for hundreds of animals. From 2016-2021 OMI successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed nearly 400 vulnerable animals of 15 different species.
- It’s not just about farm animals! OMI has defined a safe wildlife corridor around the perimeter of the property.
- The importance of having a succession strategy when taking on the responsibility for 100’s of lives.
- How to support the vital work that Odd Man Inn does.
I hope you loved that conversation as much as I did. Although I only spoke to Wendy, it is clear, her and Josh make an amazing team.
As an aside, I’ve had at least half a dozen podcast conversations with sanctuary founders and this stubbornly focused, endlessly compassionate, brave group of individuals have proven to be so very worthy of respect and support.
It is no small feat to start and run a successful sanctuary. The pressure must be immense and relentless. If you too, are feeling gratitude and awe at the journey you’ve heard in this conversation you can connect with Wendy and learn more about supporting Odd Man Inn, by heading to oddmaninn.org. I also have you linked up in the show notes below.
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That’s it for this week in Healthification.
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