Listee Features — Animal Rescue

Laurian Rauen

LAURIAN RAUEN

Always wanting to be a veterinarian, Laurian Rauen applied to veterinarian school twice and was accepted both times, but her mother told her that if she chose that path, she would be on her own from there. She decided to listen to her mother’s warnings and never pursued veterinarian school again. However, she had been involved with animals in some capacity throughout her entire life. Working with animals had always been her passion. Ms. Rauen got her first parrot between 30 and 40 years ago, and continued to rescue them for years to come. Unfortunately, her sanctuary was robbed for expensive parrots like macaws and cockatoos. She was then contacted by several people in the industry and learned “the plight

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LAURIE ZALESKI

Laurie Zaleski is a truly remarkable, accomplished, self-determined and inspirational woman living in southern New Jersey. Her mother, Anne McNulty, rented a home for 28 years while working for an animal control service and raising four children on her own. Anne would save every animal she could that once faced no hope. She called it her “funny farm” because most of the animals were misfits, but she loved them just the same. Ms. Zaleski would watch her mother struggle to pay rent, buy food and make ends meet, but still showed incredible compassion to animals that no one else wanted. She told her mother that, someday, she would buy her her own farm, where she could save as many animals

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