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Since I have some new friends on here I thought I’d share a few things about the person behind these images. - My parents nickname for me was Imelda Marcos because I loved shoes. I’m told that age 3 is when I started taking my shoes off in stores to try on other ones. - I could live off olives. - I am a HSP + an introverted empath. I have social anxiety, but I’m pretty hilarious if I feel comfortable around you. - My first connection to veganism occurred at age 6 because of a lobster. I’ll share more about this story on another post. - I speak 3 languages. One of them is sarcasm. - I have a disorder called trichotillomania, which means I pull out my eyebrows involuntarily - something I’ve done since I was 9. For me, and many others, it is caused by severe bullying, body dysmorphia + low self esteem. For the first time in years + years I have real, full eyebrows. I’m pretty proud of myself because it’s very hard to control. - It takes me some time to respond to emails + messages. Please don’t be offended if I don’t answer right away. I promise I’m not being rude. - I love reading. Both of my grandfathers were avid readers + I’d like to think I inherited this love from them. I have very little possessions except for my book collection. - A few of my favourite things are a peat fire, bookstores, rain, being around non-human animals, fast cars, hockey, + Achill Island aka my home. - Clair de Lune makes me cry. - I do not have any photography training. I studied criminal justice with a minor in psychology in college. My goal was to be a police officer + help other females get some kind of justice after traumatic events. - I am stubborn. When people tell me I can’t do something, I certainly will do it. Or when they force me to do something, I probably won’t. I’m a Taurus zodiac, if that makes sense. - If you’ve read all this, thank you! Tell me something about yourself! I’d love to get to know you. 💛

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Hi friends, I hope you’re having a lovely day/evening wherever you are! 💛 - I am offering a buy 2 get 1 free sale on all items in my shop, including canvases until 8/5. I need to raise much needed funds to get to several sanctuaries in the coming months. If you believe in my mission and work please consider ordering a print. You can also make a donation via the link in my bio. All donations solely go towards getting me to sanctuaries. This is something I rarely talk about but I have so many places to get to with very little funding. - To shop: click the link in my bio > click shop prints & canvases > enter code B2G1 at checkout. [or you can directly visit my shop by going to www.sammanthafisher.com/shop] Thank you so much for your support, it means everything to me! 💛

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Baby Stephen from @boochaces sanctuary is here to cheer up your day! He and his sister, Janet, are much bigger than this now but still just as adorable. I mean look at that little smile - it’s contagious. - I’m curious, what kind of animals would you like to see more photos of? 💛

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This is Manny. Isn’t he majestic? He and his sister, Michelle, will live out their lives surrounded by love at @springfarmsanctuary - a haven for rescued animals in Minnesota, USA. It would mean so much to me if you’d follow them + support the vital work they are doing! 💛

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Thank you everyone for the outpouring of love + support you’ve sent me! I’m blown away by it + am truly so grateful. I am working on getting back to as many people as I possible can. I appreciate every single one of you more than I can say. - In case you missed it, head on over to @instagram’s page + scroll down a bit to watch my #Advocates video! - I’ve had a lot of messages asking if I sell prints + ship worldwide. Yes, I do! There’s a link in my bio that will take you to my print shop [sammanthafisher.com/shop] where you can go through images separated by sanctuaries or animal species. Get 10% off your purchase until the 25th by using code: ten19. Thank you so much for your support! #fortheanimals 💛

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Head over to @instagram where you can see my #Advocates video - which is on their main feed + IGTV. But first I have a little something I hope you’ll read. - I haven’t allowed anyone to photograph me for years. The thought of having my picture taken horrifies me. It’s debilitating. The truth is severe bullying during my childhood did serious damage I’m certain I’ll never be able to repair. But for the animals, I faced my greatest fear. I did it because the work I do + the world I’m fighting for is so much bigger than my life will ever be. If you want to change the world you have to be brave - or at least pretend to be. - When @instagram reached out to me inquiring about a series called “Advocates” I couldn’t believe it. There’s no way they’d want to feature me out of the millions of accounts filled with inspiring, hard working people. I’m just your average person trying to make the world a better place. I always say I don’t care if people know my name - I just want them to remember how my photographs make them feel. - I won’t lie, I wanted to say no at first to filming because of my extreme fear of being photographed. I realized though that this would be a huge disservice to the non-human animals whom I work so hard to help every single day. I did it for all those whom are suffering every second of every single day. I’ve seen the horrors they endure + I will do what I can to speak on their behalf. - At times I’ve wanted to give up because this work can be incredibly depressing + stressful financially. I am a starving artist but I know a life of meaning with less means more to me than living any other way. I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way, sent me words of encouragement, liked + shared my work, ordered prints, + donated their hard earned money towards my cause. I wouldn’t be here without each + every one of you. I hope you know how much it truly all means to me. - I can’t not thank @instagram + their incredible team who made this possible. I wouldn’t have been able to stay calm without their kindness + support during filming. I am so grateful. + of course thank you to @boochaces for allowing us to film at Rancho Relaxo. 💛

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Working towards a world where all species are seen as equals, all life is respected + all pigs smile just like Piggy Sue - who will live out her life surrounded by love at the wonderful @rastasanctuary. Please be sure to follow their sanctuary + support their important work helping our animal friends! - Ps. Something wild is happening today, I’ll be sharing more soon! 💛

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This is Stephen. He was rescued with his sister, Janet, by @boochaces who is holding him in this photo. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some pig facts; - Pigs are smarter than 3 year old children, dogs + some primates. That means they 100% comprehend mistreatment + like us they feel fear, empathy, happiness, + many other emotions. - Pigs have excellent memories - they can also problem solve + learn symbols. They are one of the only animals that recognizes that a mirror is a reflection + not a window. - Domestic pigs can live up to 15-20 years old. But the majority of pigs in animal agriculture are killed at 6-8 MONTHS old. - A lot of people have the misconception that pigs are dirty - especially because they like to bathe in mud (they prefer water). Pigs actually do not have functional sweat glands so to cool down when it’s hot out they will bathe in mud. Not only does it keep them cool but it protects their skin from the sun. Sadly most pigs are forced to live in unclean conditions with no access to the outdoors. They live their lives out on concrete floors where they can not bathe, root in the dirt or even feel the sun on their skin. - Mother pigs called “breeding sows” are forced to have babies for 3-4 years. On most farms they are kept in gestation or farrowing crates where they can not even turn around or move to help their babies if they are in need. Pig moms form a strong bond with their babies + sing to them while they are nursing. - Something to remember is that the flesh of pigs known as bacon + other processed meats are a Group 1 Carcinogen - meaning there is scientific evidence to prove it causes cancer. It’s also linked to heart disease, high blood pressure + strokes. There are so many amazing vegan alternatives that are not only good for your health but kind to animals + the planet. I’ve listed some brands below: - @the_tofurky_company @eat_oumph @lightlifefoods @beyondmeat @vivavivera @uptonsnaturals @sweetearthfoods @yvesveggiecuisine @lindamccartneyfoods Feel free to share your favourites + any other pig facts. 💛

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Have you ever had so much to say but can’t quite find the right words? Today is one of those days. - I do want to say that cows are beautiful, peaceful beings and they are deserving of compassion + respect like all species on this planet. They have always been my favourite animals, along with deer. - I remember when I took this photo - I didn’t sleep the night before because I had so much anxiety about many different things; life in general, the status of our planet, thinking about the suffering that so many are going through - most of which goes unnoticed or people simply just don’t care, among many other things. I laid in bed, staring at the ceiling waiting to see the light of day come through the blinds. Sometimes it’s really hard to hold onto hope that in the future things will be better for all species. I decided instead of laying there - and allowing my mind to wander further into the depths of sadness - to head out before the sunrise. I ended up finding a field full of cows where I spent the whole morning laying in the grass, photographing + petting them. Just being present in the moment. Being around animals brings me so much joy + for that time my anxiety seems to disappear. - Do you have a favourite animal? Is there a reason why they are your favourite? 💛

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I am hurting from visiting an auction house yesterday. Emotionally drained. My head is pounding + my throat is on fire from breathing in the dirty, bacteria laden air for hours on end. I’ll be fine + will continue to visit these places forever, it’s the animals I feel for. I don’t cry for myself ever - I cry for them. I drove 2.5 hours home last night in tears the entire way, wondering what more can I do? How can we end the mass suffering that’s occurring every single day? The animals don’t deserve the treatment they receive. It’s so unnecessary + in 2019 we CAN do better. - Though there are many bad days, there are also wonderful ones where I get to spend some time with rescued animals. This beautiful + lucky soul is Arthur whom resides at @arthursacres. He reminds me a lot of the one pig we wanted so badly to save yesterday - she was laying on top of other pigs, awaiting shipment. I’ll never forget her face. - @arthursacres - which is run by the wonderful @vegan_4_the_animals - is heaven on earth. Seeing the animals thriving, free + happy is the greatest gift. Look at his eyes - they are so similar to the eyes we all see looking back at ourselves in the mirror. Animals think + feel. They understand physical pain + grief. They don’t want to be abused or killed. If you or I were in their place we would want someone standing up for us + our kind. Please open up your hearts + minds. For the animals like Arthur, the environment + your health. 💛 #veganismislove

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Ah, love. Happy Valentine’s Day from these two beautiful rescued beings, Hoss + Potato at @boochaces. - In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I want to briefly talk about what love means to me. I’ve loved a few boys in my day, I’ve had my heart broken more times than I’d like to admit. I used to throw around the words “I love you” when I had no clue what that really even meant - and now I am very mindful of who I say it to. I remember my Dad calling me after one of my high school boyfriends broke my heart + I sobbed uncontrollably as I told him, a man who was married for longer than I was alive, that he knew nothing about love. That honestly makes me laugh, and I’m pretty sure he laughed too. I’ve learned so much about love - and loss - since that time. - To me love is being compassionate, supportive + affectionate. It is remembering the little things. It’s not disrespecting or hurting your spouse, with your actions or words. Love is never ever abusive. Love is about making compromises + being able to say you’re sorry. It’s a commitment that says “I’m here for you” regardless of happy times or horrible ones. Love has nothing to do with money or possessions - or expecting either of those things from your spouse. Love is respect; I don’t think you can have one without the other. Love is choosing to share your life with someone despite knowing the heartbreaking reality that one day you or your spouse will die, leaving the other behind to suffer the loss alone. - What does love mean to you? 💛

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Hi @instagram 💛 it’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted. A lot has been going on! Like getting bit by a poisonous spider (she didn’t know I was harmless apparently) + trying to help animals 24/7. What have you been up to? - Ps. How adorable is Stephen’s little smile?

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This adorable doe is a Key Deer. She + the others like her are the pint sized subspecies of the North American white-tailed deer. The largest males are only 3 feet tall! - Key Deer are an endangered species that only reside in the lower Florida Keys; there’s under 1000 left in the wild. They were almost brought to extinction back in the 1950’s due to poaching + habitat loss. Thankfully the National Key Deer Refuge provides protection for them. But they are not safe from car accidents, diseases like the screwworm outbreak, which killed 135 in 2016-17, + worst of all - climate change. - A @nature_org study shows that the Keys where a majority of Key Deer reside will be underwater within a matter of decades. - How can we help protect Key Deer from climate change? I highly recommend visiting cowspiracy.com/facts for a plethora of factual information on many topics like global warming, animal agriculture + the changes you can make to help our planet, the majestic species like Key Deer + our future generations who NEED us to care. We are running out of time. Please stop looking away + be a part of the solution. 💛

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Potato was born at a dairy farm close to my childhood home. He was taken from his mom shortly after birth + brought to an orchard. Placed in a small area with just a veal crate, he was left there to attract families with children to stop by to purchase apples + ice cream. Once the season ended Potato would have been sent to auction + sold for hardly anything. He was one of the many I’ve met at this farm - and he certainly won’t be the last. Every season brings a new baby just like him. - Male calves like Potato are a by-product of the dairy industry. Because he is male he can’t produce milk like his mother, so he’s useless to dairy farmers - on some farms calves like Potato are killed right after birth. The ones who aren’t are taken from their mothers, who grieve for them like a human would, + raised for veal or cheap beef. On many farmer’s Instagram pages when their cows have a baby they’ll write about their disappointment that the calf was born a male, how they’ll be sent to auction the next day or week + how hopefully next time she’ll have a female calf (because females = money). - How can anyone look at Potato or any others like him + say he is unworthy of love? That it’s okay to deny him of staying with his mother who was pregnant for 9 long months? That he isn’t deserving of living a full life with a natural death? That eating dairy products is more important than his life? It’s devastating. How have we allowed this to occur all for greed + selfishness? The time has come for humans to stop using the milk of another species - we wouldn’t use dog or cat milk + the same should go for cows. We must evolve + leave dairy behind. - I’m so glad Potato will live out his life surrounded by so much love, thanks to @boochaces for taking him in without hesitation. Potato + I have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to Caitlin. We both wouldn’t have the lives we do without her kindness. If she hadn’t believed in my photography I certainly wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today with my animal rights work + I’m forever thankful for all she’s done for me. Love you lots @boochaces. 💛

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I’m pleased to introduce the friendliest, most affectionate donkeys I’ve ever met - despite the abuse they’ve endured they now welcome + love attention. - Yesterday after months of communicating through email I finally met Koby + Chad, the founders of @sycamoretreeranch + wow, I am blown away by them. - Koby was persistent on following up with me (+ I’m so glad she was) because as many of you know, it can take a while to hear back from me. I am trying my best + will eventually have to breakdown + hire an assistant to help with emails + scheduling because I just don’t have enough time. - I am deeply inspired by this hardworking, down-to-earth couple. They walked me around their sanctuary + shared the story behind each of the lucky animals who now reside on their piece of paradise here in Texas. I could truly feel the love they have for each animal + each other. As they cared for the animals later in the evening, they held hands as they walked around + my heart just melted. - Koby + Chad have given up a lot to save animals. They weren’t raised vegan + I commend anyone who has a sanctuary in Texas surrounded by farms + slaughterhouses. It’s not easy being here. Instead of making an expensive car payment they made the selfless decision to get rid of the car + use that money towards their rescued animals, leaving their young family of 4 with only one vehicle. - Koby, Chad + I share a common desire of wanting to help America’s Veterans. Chad himself is one. In the future they plan on opening an animal-assisted therapy center to help individuals who may have encountered trauma or grief. I want to see this become a reality because I think it’s a beautiful idea that can benefit many, especially vets. Hugging + interacting with animals is very therapeutic + will help people make the connection to veganism. - This is why I do what I do, for the animals + for humans like these two. Can you all do me a favor + follow their Instagram @sycamoretreeranch? I know many don’t have a lot to spare, but if you have $1, €5, £10 - they could really use the help. Follow the link in their bio to donate. 💛

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Since a lot of people might not know much about me I thought I’d share a few things. - I’m Samm; I am named after my maternal grandparents. I had no relationship with my grandfather until I took care of him for the last 5 years of his life. He was a WWII vet who survived D-Day. He became one of my best friends + was the reason I started drinking soy milk. He’s also the inspiration behind me becoming a hospice volunteer years ago, something I think everyone should do. - I am an animal rights... photographer. I really dislike using that word as I don’t feel I’m deserving of calling myself that yet, even though it’s my job + passion. To me humans like Sebastião Salgado are worthy of the title; watch the documentary The Salt of the Earth tonight. - The sole purpose of my work is to be a voice for the animals. - My first connection to veganism was as a child. My parents took our family to a restaurant + ordered my brothers + I lobsters. When the waiter brought out the lobster + placed him/her in front of me my eyes started to well up. I couldn’t hold back the tears + locked myself in the bathroom for the entire dinner. After that I wasn’t allowed past the seafood section in stores because I’d start yelling about how they all deserved to be back in the ocean. - I’m an extreme introverted empath. I feel for everyone, not just animals. - I have no training whatsoever in photography + only picked up a camera a few years ago. I went to college to become a police officer. In high school I felt there should be more female officers + ones who genuinely cared about people. I always said I’m not a fan of most cops, but that’s why I wanted to become one. I could get back to being one tomorrow, but I love what I’m doing. - My favourite animals are deer + cows. I also adore opossums, raccoons + foxes. I’m dying to photograph kangaroos, @estherthewonderpig + field mice. - I’m not impressed by money or material possessions. I don’t have much of either. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love cars + grew up around them; but having cool stuff doesn’t make you a decent person. - Curious about anything else? Leave a question below! 💛

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A day old calf + his protective, loving mother. We owe it to these two + the billions of other mothers + children to never stay silent on the suffering that the meat + dairy industries cause families like this, regardless of the backlash we receive from others. Yes, these two are still a family even though they are not humans. Their bond is just as precious + meaningful. But babies like this one will be removed from their mothers. Their fate is a life of suffering; ultimately being raised for their flesh + for dairy calves, veal or cheap beef. For dairy cows, the mother’s milk will be used by humans + she will experience this loss over + over again every time she is forced to have babies until her body can no longer produce milk. At which time she will be sent to slaughter. There is no peaceful retirement or a thanks for their years of misery, just death. - I wasn’t born vegan. I was vegetarian for so many years. I loved cheese + always said I “couldn’t live without it” but now after knowing all I know + having witnessed so much sadness + death I would never be anything but vegan. I share things without judgement but with the hope that people will open their hearts + minds. I know for many it is hard to give up the foods they grew up eating or to realize all they’ve been taught about food was a lie. But when you put yourself in the place of these animals, like the mother + son shown here, I think it makes it much easier to see you aren’t giving up anything at all by going vegan. You are gaining compassion, love + respect for all beings + our planet. - I want to end this with a fitting quote from a kind soul: “I recognize that a large majority of meat + dairy consumers are unaware of the horrific process these animals endure in order for them to eat these products. I was a meat eater for a long time, + I would have made different choices in my diet if I had known the facts about factory farming. I now feel it’s my moral obligation, + I’m very passionate about educating people on making better, more humane choices when it comes to the food we eat.” - @katemara 💛

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The other day at the grocery store the cashier reminded me to get my discounted ham for Easter. I kindly said I don’t eat animals + if I wasn’t travelling for work that I’d get a tofurkey instead. He responded with anger, “you kids these days don’t eat anything. When I was your age I ate whatever was put on my plate. Millennials are so ungrateful.” Wait... what? - Being vegan I’m met with a lot of hostility. If I go out + someone mentions that I’m vegan to a group, without me even saying a word, I’m usually verbally attacked. I’m told I’m stupid on occasion, that we’ve been eating meat since we were cavemen, that I clearly am not healthy because I’m not getting enough protein, that soy is going to give me breast cancer (completely false btw), that humans are at the top of the food chain, etc. - I’ve often heard that vegans push their beliefs on others; but in reality it’s the other way around. I can’t watch tv without seeing 50 ads about eating meat + dairy. I can’t drive down the highway without seeing a billboard telling me to eat chicken + drink “fair life” milk, which is complete propaganda. I can’t go to the grocery store without being called ungrateful for not eating animals. But it appears like vegans “push their beliefs on others” because we do not conform with what society sees as “normal.” Myself + other vegans have nothing to gain from educating you on living compassionately - we are just trying to make the world a kinder, healthier, better place for all inhabitants. Animal agriculture + so many other big corporations on the other hand have everything to gain by trying to convince you that you need to continue buying things that are detrimental to your health + the wellbeing of our planet. - Looking at this image of smiling little Batman from @boochaces it’s hard to believe that if he lived in a factory farm he would have been slaughtered within 5 short months after this was taken. This Easter I hope you decide to have a compassionate meal in honor of Batman - @the_tofurky_company vegan ham roast is insanely delicious. Give it a try! 💛

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We call babies like these the lucky ones. Their mother, Lulu, was rescued + they were born at @thehappyherd in Canada; never to be exposed to the cruelty almost all pigs face at the hands of humans. - Did you know that more than 97% of pigs spend their entire lives indoors in factory farms? They are cramped into small areas, most females in gestation crates; which are a complete abomination. The only time pigs see daylight + leave their enclosures is when they are headed to slaughter. Most travel for days to their deaths without food or water. - When I think of pigs my mind always sends me to slaughterhouse footage of three pigs. One is currently suffering her fate, while the other two are cowering together in the corner of the small room. When the man comes to take one of the two left, the one pig tries to protect her friend. Yes, pigs do this. They are protective, loving + intelligent beings. They sense fear + feel pain, just like humans do. Killing pigs is the exact same thing as killing dogs. - In the past two months I’ve been to several pig slaughterhouses, one of the largest is the heartbreaking Farmer John’s in LA, California. This place is massive; the trucks keep rolling in completely packed with innocent + terrified beings. The walls of the building are painted with happy pigs playing on farms with their families. It’s so confusing + a far cry from the truth. The pigs that die there were never smiling, never even saw a blade of grass or enjoyed companionship. - The reality of these industries, like pig farming, is devastating. If you take some time to read about the practices in factory farms you will understand why I am fighting for change (google @free_from_harm’s article “bacon: a day in the life”). Change begins with you. The animals + planet, your children + future generations depend on YOU to care. To make changes, no matter if you start with baby steps. Please stop covering your ears + eyes + become a part of the solution. It’s never been easier. 💛

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The cutest little babies, Potato + Chester. Both #savedfromslaughter, now living the dream at @boochaces. 💛

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Last week I read about a beautiful 14 year old girl named Dolly. Dolly is from Australia + committed suicide on January 1st. Why? Because of bullying - she could no longer handle it + saw no other way to escape it. People are shocked when children commit suicide, but shocked is not a word I’d use. Understanding is. I’m heartbroken for Dolly + the countless others who end their lives because of how they’re treated by their peers. When will it end? - The way I was treated as a kid certainly plays a huge part in why I‘m so passionate about fighting for animals. People may think because I care so much about animals that I don’t care about humans - but I do, especially when it comes finding an end to bullying. - 2nd grade journal entry, I had to write about a wish (with corrected spelling): “I wish I didn’t look like this. Every night I wish to wake up looking like someone else. It’s not nice to be made fun of for being ugly.” The truth is ever since I was called ugly for the first time as a child I’ve carried it with me every day + told myself that’s what I am. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror + thought “I look beautiful today” or good or even okay? I haven’t, ever. Several years ago I went to a therapist - she asked me to hold a mirror in front of my face + compliment myself. I couldn’t do it, I sat the mirror down + sobbed uncontrollably. I listen to amazing women like @ellenfisher + @plantifulsoul talking about self-love + wish I could understand the concept + make it a reality. No matter what I try, I can’t. I know it all leads back to bullying + the things said to me that I can never forget. - I can’t remember a lot of my childhood except for every insult that’s been said to me + by whom; from other kids, their parents, teachers, family members, + random people on the internet. It’s almost like my brain only had enough room for the negatives + purged any joy I had. I look at old photos + have no recollection of any of it no matter how hard I try to remember. I feel robbed of so many precious memories, especially of my father + can’t make sense of it. - I want to share what I went through in school. I’ll continue in the next post tomorrow. 💛

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A few nights ago @boochaces messaged me to tell me someone had donated a substantial amount of money to Rancho Relaxo in honor of my work. There’s no way - I didn’t think it was real. I sat trying to figure out who would possibly do such a thing. I was brought to tears as I read the letter sent with the donation: “due to support + advocacy of Sammantha Fisher from the Alex Tirpack Foundation.” I’m positive Alex doesn’t want recognition, but I must acknowledge him + his generous, meaningful gift. - Alex has been a supporter of my photography since day one. I remember when he messaged me to compliment my work when I first started. It was the boost of confidence I really needed because I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. Being me, I didn’t want to learn from anyone. I insisted on teaching myself everything I could about photography + developing my own style. A little while later Alex connected me with a local publication + he was the reason I was published for the very first time. - Alex has shown me that he has more courage + grace than most, myself included. Unfortunately for all of us we do not get to decide what happens to us during our lifetimes from accidents to cancer to enduring things that make us question our existence. But we do get to decide how we react to these events, where we go from that starting point + how we change because of it - for better or worse. - Alex + I have both been given a second chance at life. Both completely different situations + what I’ve been through is nothing at all in comparison to him. Not even close. Alex is a survivor. A gifted writer. An inspiration to me + countless others. His greatest attribute without question is his beautiful heart. - Thank you, Alex, for believing in me + for extending your kindness to Rancho Relaxo. I will never ever forget it + either will Murdock, Toast + Crew. - Without Caitlin + Alex you probably wouldn’t be viewing my work today. I have so much love for these two people + also all of you who have cheered me on, supported me + been there with words of kindness when I needed it most. I’m so thankful BEYOND WORDS. 💛

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What sanctuaries do you want me to photograph in 2018? - Is there a particular animal’s story that resonates with you? A sanctuary owner who has a story that needs to be shared? Or maybe a sanctuary that you just think is doing wonderful things? I’m excited to hear your suggestions from around the world + to discover more extraordinary humans + animals this year! - I know there are several sanctuaries waiting for me to share their images; I just want to book my year to make sure I help as many animals + sanctuaries as I can. Thank you to my wonderful + generous Patrons who make it possible for me to help animals + the humans behind it all. I couldn’t do it without you + as always, I’m so grateful for the love + support. 💛

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We will never know all of the pain + sadness these eyes have seen. Faith was worked for 26 YEARS. I can only imagine the manual labor she was forced to perform + the abuse she endured - especially after seeing countless donkeys + mules on the side of the road all over Northern Spain. Most were pulling carriages filled with rock, cement bags + heavier items. They all looked exhausted + hung their heads low to the ground, admitting defeat. The sad fact is that a majority of farmed animals like Faith will never be rescued + certainly will never be shown compassion or love. - After 26 years Faith was no longer able to perform her duties for the humans who were enslaving her. Her body just couldn’t tolerate it any longer evident by her limp + the way she holds her one leg up while just standing in place. The family decided instead of thanking Faith for her life of service by letting her retire, that they were going to slaughter her. This is the heartbreaking reality that faces working animals. Luckily @minovalleyfarmsanctuary intervened + gave Faith a second chance at a retirement surrounded with love, relaxation + friends like Bartello the Donkey. - Can you think of what is going through her mind every day since her rescue? To know she’ll no longer be whipped for working too slow, starved or mistreated in anyway. To finally feel safe. Animals are intelligent beings, just because they don’t speak our language doesn’t mean they don’t understand pain, joy or feel anxiety. From all the sanctuaries, farms + slaughterhouses I’ve been I can certainly say they understand 100% what’s going on, more than most humans will recognize. - I thankfully had a lot of time to get to know Abigail + Mikey who founded + run @minovalleyfarmsanctuary. They are such gentle + giving people - their lives are dedicated to saving + being a voice for the animals. I encourage everyone to please go + read Abigail’s post (her with Luna the cow) about the hardships sanctuary owners face + how she has struggled this past year. The work is tiring, cruel at times + above all: never ending. They need our love + support more than ever. 💛