Day in cage for animals

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — The need for funds to build a barn to help shelter rescue animals will have animal rights advocate Missy Townsend in a cage for eight hours a day for four days if all goes to plan.

Stretching prior to the event may be important as the area where she will hang out really doesn’t allow room for a full-sized chair. The tent cage does have a plastic roof to keep her dry if the rain comes.

Townsend founded Helping Hands Farm Animal Rescue, a 501c3, on Aug. 14, 2019, and needs a barn to house the animals. She said she has helped two horses, six chickens, four docks and a myriad of cats but has not been able to take more animals because of the shelter issue.

Townsend said two of the horses have been afflicted with cancer and one had to be put down.

“I was devastated,” she said.

She said the organization’s reverse raffle and craft show had to be canceled due to the coronavirus so her volunteers suggested she spend time in the “cage” as a fundraiser during a yard sale on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The small shelter, usually used for ducks and other small animals, will be her home this weekend. She said the organization hopes to raise $1,000 to construct a barn for the animals at 1384 Carson Rd.

People may donate in person, on Venmo, Facebook or PayPal.

Townsend said local businesses may help with reduced supply costs and her husband has designed the barn. She joked that she would rather have a new condo to relax in, but the tent cage will do to help the animals.


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