Now a touring Vegan Educator, her days on the farm are behind her. But without Jenny Brown, Woodstock Sanctuary and its roots would have never come to be…
Jenny Brown, Woodstock Sanctuary Co-founder
Planting the Seeds
After completing a documentary project on downed animals in 2003, Jenny Brown’s focus was invigorated in a way that revolutionized the course of her career. Compelled to do something to protect the animal victims of factory farming and other cruelties, Jenny made the bold decision to leave her blossoming career in film and television production behind. Forever changed by the experience of that 2003 project, her purpose was clearer than ever before.
Tilling the Soil
A year after the assignment documenting downed animals, Jenny Brown decided to take an incredible leap. Her fight for victims of the food production industry became a proactive effort with the foundation of Woodstock Sanctuary.
Alongside her husband, Doug Abel, Jenny Brown founded Woodstock Sanctuary as a safe haven for the animal survivors of factory farming. The vast majority of the animals in the Sanctuary’s care are disabled due to the tragedies they have faced. Strengthened by her own experiences as an amputee, Jenny was able to relate to and understand these animals in a unique way. With a goal of rehabilitation in her sights, she called on her connections with prosthetics manufacturers to create devices that aided the rescued animals in life-changing ways. Many of the Sanctuary’s animals have been fit for limb prosthetics, as seen in this video from 2009:
Though her days on the farm are now behind her, Woodstock Sanctuary remains a core part of Jenny Brown’s identity. Both in her written works and public speaking efforts as a Vegan Educator, she continues to highlight the incredible work accomplished by the unique animal rescue initiative.