My name is Anne Shroeder, and I bought this property (which was christened Star Gazing Farm shortly thereafter) in 2002. I’ve always loved animals, and it seems to have run in my family, as my mother was always helping homeless dogs and feeding stray cats, and my grandmother used to regularly go to the horse auctions and buy the saddest creatures to take home with her. I’ve had a long and varied career, and while I still work (running my own businesses – web development and seasonal shearing) I love the farm the most.
Who is your favorite animal on the farm and why?
This is an impossible question. I love all of them. I pet and talk to each of them every day and each has his/her own personality. However, I’d have to say that the one animal who is the most frustrating, the most charming, and the one who really has my heart, is Mr. Newman Goat. He moved into the farm only 6 weeks after I did so we’ve been friends for a long time.
What about volunteering here makes you most happy?
I love feeling like I can help animals in need. And what really inspires me is seeing the relationships that evolve – both amongst the different animal species and between the animals and the volunteers. The human-animal bond is, in my opinion, one of the greatest hopes we have of cultivating a kinder and more humane society where animals are appreciated and valued, and not just used and put on the dinner plate.
What is a fun fact about you?
Two fun facts: (1) I lived for a year in Cairo when doing my graduate studies in Arabic Linguistics. (2) I met Paul Newman when I was working at the Saudi Embassy in DC; he was very handsome, but very short!