We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
A strong work ethic for starters. Always putting the client first. Follow up is so critical. Always speak with a smile on your face.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When we started Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, we knew we wanted to approach rescue with a different business model. than most we knew of. We wanted to be hands on, but did not want an institution type environment. We wanted the animals we rescue to be able to feel like they were “home”. To allow them to do what comes natural to them, whether its barking, digging , rooting squawking. Their God given right. All while being safe, feeling loved, and healing ,both physically and emotionally. Many say ,” if i win the lotto”, well we did not wait for that. On a shoe string budget and sale of the assets we had, we literally gave up what most take for granted and “bought the farm” . We took a 6 acre overgrown plot of [swamp] land, and created our vision. Barky Farms, where all animals are welcomed and loved. We used a tremendous amount of reclaimed materials and pre owned structures, keeping our footprint as small as possible. Being as green as possible while building a haven for our rescues and the wild life we coexist with. We certainly put in the sweat equity too ! However , without the support of our community, we could not have come as far as we have today. As of this writing, the 3 of us , backed by our amazing village, have rescued over 800 dogs, dozens of cats , and hundreds of farm animals. ‘ The farm will be a legacy not only for us , but the animals who grace our gate, and will continue on long after we are gone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So, this is a difficult question for me to answer. We literally do not go anywhere socially, and long before the pandemic. We are here for the animals 24 / 7. On the rare occasion we do have family or friends in town, we typically spend all our visit time here. Occasionally, we will drive them over for a short walk on the beach,
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Before founding Barky Pines Animal Rescue, we spent decades in the auto body business. At my first dealership position, I was given a book by the general manager titled” Customers for Life” customers and how important they are That stuck with me throughout my career, and today. . Treat your customers and clients as you would want to be treated and you cannot go wrong. .Granted, doing so comes with a lot of self sacrifice and you have to be willing to accept that. Today, credit must be given to those who support our mission, for without them ,and even with all of our own blood, sweat and tears, our success would not be possible.