During my senior year of High School, we were required to volunteer at a nonprofit organization. This is when I came across Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue and Erica Rushing, the amazing women who has worked very hard to build this organization in order to help the animals that have been abused, neglected, mistreated, and involved in natural disasters. I have always had a love for animals, and I knew from the first time I visited, that this was there I wanted to stay and volunteer. Erica has a positive work ethic and is a joy to be around. While working with Erica over the past year and into the summer, I have learned and gained so much knowledge. I better understand how to handle large farm animals, and the importance of taking proper care of them. At Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue, I helped pack supplies for the animals that were involved in the Butte County Fires. I prepared stalls for the incoming injured and displaced animals (Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Tubb's Fire, and Campfire in Butte County) During my time there, I helped complete a horse arena, and learned the importance of basic farm animal care. I learned how to put a harness on a horse, dewormed, vaccinated, and trim the hooves of a herd of sheep, and so much more. I am so thankful to have met Erica Rushing, who gives everything to work with these animals, rehabilitate, and re-home them into a new loving family. It has been quite an amazing adventure, making my senior year unforgettable. Even though I have now graduated, I still plan to be of service and volunteer at this amazing farm. All donations are appreciated and very important for this Non-profit organization. Everything is put to good use and utilized for the care and upkeep of these amazing animals. Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue is an important part of our community. Let's keep it that way!!
Flat Broke Farm is saving lives!
I've had the great opportunity to see first-hand how hard Erica, Flat Broke Farm and all the volunteers have worked rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals! They provide a sanctuary with medical and emotional support. This is truly an awesome rescue with hardworking, caring, selfless folks that are all about the animals!
Our pet pig decided he did not like his new human sister and had grown aggressive. Erica has reached out and said she might be able to help. The farm was full with animals she had fostered/saved after the Sonoma County fires of 2017 but she found a nice space for him. Countless people offered to adopt him but she waited until the perfect person came around. We are able to follow his life still and visit. We owe them a giant debt of gratitude for making a difficult situation better. Erica doesn’t just run a rescue farm. She is a bonafide first responder in service of animals of all types.
Located in the heart of the wine country, Flat Broke Farm stands out as a sanctuary for farm animals and the loving volunteers who work with them. Every animal that comes to the farm has a story filled with heartbreak. Every volunteer that works with the animals has so much to give in different ways. This is what makes Flat Broke Farm a perfect balance of healing and love. Erica has done an outstanding job of answering the call for hurt, injured, or animals in need, not only of this community, but others as well. The number one goal of Flat Broke Farm is the welfare (both physically and mentally) of each animal. There is a little farm in Sonoma county that represents hope and comfort for all animals it is called “Flat Broke Farm”.
Erika at Flat Broke Farm saved my family. We had some unfortunate and very sad circumstances happen where we had to re-home my pig (who was my baby) after the arrival of my first human baby. After 6 months of struggling to find anyone to help me Erika contacted me and took my baby in, she kept him warm, safe, fed and loved while she screened potential adopters for him, and during this time let us come visit him and spend time on the farm learning about all the animals and their stories. I was included in the adoption and have remained close to my baby and his new mommy. All the animals at the farm have their own story and each is individually cared for according to their needs and all equally treated like family. I don’t know what I would have done had it not been for Erika and her huge heart. This Farm and her work is a god send and so very needed in our community.
Wonderful rescue. Adopted my precious pot belly pig Stewie from here, he was paralyzed and they did such a wonderful job rehabilitating him. Then when I lost my house in a fire they took him in again as we rebuild our lives. Couldn’t have better people loving on my pig. Wonderful property and even more wonderful people!! Erica has done an amazing job!
Just wanted to honor Flat Broke Farm on this website...I became aware of this sanctuary last year, 2018, during the horrific California wildfires. As expected, those concerned about all animals, wild and domesticated, were frantic to protect them. I actually found learned about Flat Broke Farm from a wonderful sanctuary on the East Coast, who was posting on social media sanctuaries that were providing temporary homes for those animals that were displaced. And Flat Broke Farm was one of them. I've been donating as I can since then....and, hope to one day, visit them and see the animals that have been given a second chance at life. They also find loving homes for their animals, making it possible to rescue even more.
Flatbroke Farm rescued and boarded my goats during the fires. I am forever grateful.
2 years ago the property next to where I live was purchased and lots of building noise was heard for months. I waited forever to introduce myself as there were 2 horses I was very concerned about that were still there. So, I introduced myself and was bold enough to asked to see them. They were in much better condition than they had been including a dry clean sweet smelling barn.
I was impressed by the changes. Learned about the mission and saw first hand that the verbiage and the reality were in line. Now I volunteer and roll out when needed. I have learned so much from Erica on so many species. She is smart and intuitive. Compassionate and practical. Hard working and fun. I support Flat Broke Farm Rescue 100%!
Erica was able to give Cornelius, the pig a home while his family moved from CA to NJ. She not only transported him, but has sent video updates showing how happy he is with his new friends! I appreciate Erica’s hard work and communication throughout the process. Thank you!