Funny Farm Rescue Animal Sanctuary has a new manager on site, and his name is Farley. The Australian Shepherd has made it his business to look after the other animals at the New Jersey sanctuary. Nicknamed “Farley The Funny Farm Dog,” he helps founders Matt Reeves and Laurie Zaleski run their center.
Farley first arrived at their animal sanctuary as a foster puppy. His previous owners could no longer care for him, and he was dropped off at their center. Laurie quickly formed a strong bond with the adorable Aussie Shepherd and decided to adopt him officially.
The nine-month-old puppy is naturally a herding dog, and his instincts prompted him to start chasing and herding all the animals at the sanctuary. Zaleski said she had to teach Farley that her animals were rescues, and didn’t need to be bossed around. Farley eventually learned to care for and love the animals like they were family.
Farley has become the most patient and loving animal at the sanctuary. He cares for the biggest to the smallest. He loves the baby birds and kittens. He puts up with all sorts of things, from turkeys and peacocks fighting to baby birds poking at his fur. Laurie says she often has injured and baby animals in her home, along with four other dogs. Farley helps her with all of it.
A goat named Cowboy arrived at the center with a broken leg, and while it was convalescing, manager Farley kept it company and cared for it. Farley even went with the goat to be examined by the vet. Laurie says he loves all animals and people. He is the most compassionate animal Zaleski has ever met.
The Australian Shepherd has undoubtedly earned his title as manager. There seems to be nothing going on at the Funny Farm that Farley isn’t aware.
Photo credits: Funny Farm Rescue on Facebook