Episode 40: Laughing with the Funny Farm: How Laurie Zaleski Turned Her Passion into a Mission

July 3, 2023

Laurie Zaleski is an unstoppable force in the animal rescue world who turned her challenges into a mission to save animals through her organization Funny Farm Rescue.

The healing power of animals has always been a part of Laurie’s life, thanks to her mother’s unwavering determination to help those in need. Fleeing an abusive home, the family found refuge in a humble shack in the woods, where they had little more than each other and the animals they rescued. Laurie’s mother taught her the importance of compassion and perseverance, values that Laurie carried throughout her life. She excelled in school, earning scholarships to college, and eventually continued her mother’s work of rescuing animals. Through her journey, Laurie learned that even in the face of adversity, the love between humans and animals can be a powerful, healing force that transcends hardship and unites us all.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Unveil the secrets to overcoming obstacles and building resilience in animal rescue work.
  • Delve into the role of inspiring role models and structured discipline in personal growth.
  • Grasp methods for steering clear of toxic relationships to improve overall well-being.
  • Unravel the therapeutic effects of animals and how animal rescue work benefits human lives.
  • Get inspired to cultivate kindness and encourage empathy between animals and people.

Laurie is the founder of the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary. Inspired by her mother and her love of animals, Laurie has grown the Farm to a beloved destination by enthusiasts world-wide. The Funny Farm has earned many awards, including the Top 10 Places to Visit in New Jersey, Children Making Change recipient of choice, and has 10s of thousands of followers on social media.  Personally, Laurie has earned the NJ Heartland Hero Award in 2017, the Who’s Who Hero Award of Professional Women 2019, and has been inducted into the NJ Veterinarians Animal Hall of Fame 2018. Laurie was also awarded the Founders Live Girl Power Award as one of the Top Five Women Entrepreneurs in the Northeast. In addition, active in her local community, Laurie has her own Kindness Program, which includes a school program to teach kids about anti-bullying and special needs. With several of her friendly animals to show how different species interact with each other, Laurie demonstrates to children that we can all get along despite our differences. She also visits nursing homes and inspires everyone never to give up!

She is a published author of her autobiography, has co-authored three children’s books, and developed an inspirational film about her special needs dog entitled “Chuck, A Funny Farm Story.” Her film, produced by Glasstown Productions, has already won numerous awards at film festivals. 

Laurie is also the President of Art-Z Graphics and a licensed pilot. She is truly a unique and inspirational woman of our time. For Laurie, each day is an adventure, a Funny Farm Adventure. 

Connect with Laurie:

Web https://funnyfarmrescue.org/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/funnyfarmrescue/?hl=en

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FunnyFarmRescue/

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9aJTZKVpz8Cw23n7oIpcCw/about

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