“Sometimes, things are just meant to be, even if it wasn’t at all what you expected. That’s how one Jefferson County man is looking at his new life – taking in abused and mistreated animals.
“There was this immediate sense of relief that this puppy is not going to be far away from his dad,” Jeff Garnsey told Spectrum News 1 in 2017.
It was one of those stories you just never forget.
It was 2017, when a man was out walking with his dog in the Town of Clayton, when he suffered a medical issue. He was lost and unable to move, and time was running out as a major snow storm was headed that way. Police and other rescue crews were doing all they could to located him, but it was Garnsey, the property owner, who took it upon himself to search, too.
He hopped on his tractor and headed out to a tree stand he often used, to get a better view.
He saw something in the distance, and when he got there, he was greeted by an excited puppy. He got them both to safety just in time.
“As soon as I turned him over to the EMS folks, the puppy pops his head out of my jacket and starts kissing my face. That’s when the significance just hit me like a hammer,” Garnsey said in 2017.
The experience inspired him and changed his life forever.
“We were going to build a big beautiful house out behind the barn. This was so far away from the plan, that it surprised me,” Garnsey said of his life in 2021.
Now, five years later, the plan for a dream house on the expansive property suddenly became home to something that meant so much more. Off a recommendation, an animal rescue reached out to Garnsey to see if he could take in an abused pig. He said yes….”
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