After he retired from “The Daily Show” in 2015, Jon Stewart planned to turn his 12-acre farm in Middletown, New Jersey into a sanctuary for farm animals.
Animal activists praised Stewart and his wife, Tracey, for their efforts.
But like life, plans change and a few years after they said their farm would turn into the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary, the couple announced their hopes of turning a 45-acre farm into an animal sanctuary.
In January 2017, the town approved their plans.
In October 2016, Jon and Tracey purchased Hockhockson Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey. They wanted to create a safe haven for farm animals and an education center.
Just a few months later, the town approved the couple’s plans.
“It’s one of those things like where after you give birth you forget about the pain,” Tracey told NJ Advance Media after she testified in front of the town’s planning board. “So right now I’m feeling really good and positive.”
A mom’s hug lasts long after she has let go. Happy #MothersDay2016!
The Stewarts planned to open Hockhockson Farm to the public in 2018, but according to the farm’s website, the sanctuary is not open to the public nor are they looking for any volunteers. The farm is still in its “nascent stage.”
However just because it’s not open to the general public doesn’t mean the Stewarts haven’t been helping animals.
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The Hockhockson Farm Foundation receives animals who need rescuing from Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN), and they currently have several goats, sheep, horses, and pigs.
In August 2018, a pair of goats were caught wandering the subway tracks in Brooklyn. The farm animals were captured and animal control contacted Farm Sanctuary, which is based in Watkins Glen, New York. They contacted the Stewarts.
Jon and Tracey Stewart also played a part in the bull that escaped a slaughterhouse.
Most recently, Jon and Tracey Stewart helped retrieve a goat that was discovered wandering a construction site in the Bronx.
To keep up with farm life at Hockhockson Farm you can follow The Daily Squeal, which Tracey Stewart regularly updates with photos of rescued farm animals.
Be careful, cute is trying to sneak up on you!!
Let’s hear it for Jon and Tracey Stewart!
They’re incredible humans for saving all of these farm animals!