Alachua family asking for the public's help with animal sanctuary

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One unique family in Alachua has taken it upon themselves to create an animal sanctuary in their own backyard.

But, after years of trying to self-fund the sanctuary, they are now asking the community for help.

“This is one of the few places that have really tried for a long time to sustain themselves on their own and I know that’s how we heard about it, they do need help from the community,” said Community Unity Volunteer Christina Jeffries.

Ananda Pacheco and her family take in animals from abusive or other life-threatening situations and provide them with a safe future.

Shakti, one rescue dog, came all the way from California.

“So they were going to put her down pregnant? Yes, she was actually on her last day," Pacheco said.

And it isn’t just dogs that community unity houses, they take in everything from birds, to horses, to cows and even peacocks.

But Pacheco said there is still a lot of work to be done.

“If you know plumbing we could use plumbing work to reroute spout waters to the trout’s for the cows for instance.”

The family wants everyone to know their farm is a place for people with special needs to connect with animals and for anyone to come unwind from city life.

“I've personally seen a growth in my own children just being around the animals and being able to offer that as a free service to the community means a lot to me," Pacheco said.

If you would like to find out more about how to donate, volunteer or visit the sanctuary head over to their Facebook page.

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