I am the son (and helper of) a mom who has done Animal Rescue her whole life. We have rescued animals from slaughter houses, mills and more. AMA.
Hey! My name is Mike. I was born into an animal-loving family. I, myself, love animals and grew up helping them in many ways. I currently live on a 14 acre piece of woods with my mother and other various family members in NJ. Around us is a lot of friendly, tame wildlife that has over the last 20 years or so accepted us as a part of their "norm". This is through a mix of rehabbing them at one point or another and releasing them and them having spawn that was naturally "friendlier" or just grew to like us.
Over the years, we have had some publicity with various cases. One of our more "popular" ones was "Splash" (one of the many articles - http://articles.philly.com/1996-04-10/news/25659773_1_splash-ice-dog-animal-world)
We've also adopted out to Mookie Wilson (baseball player or something).
There are a lot of dark things you see and hear about doing animal rescue... Mills for example. Probably one of the most depressing things I've seen. I've also gone to a couple of slaughter houses to save various animals from certain torture and doom.
Anyways. I'm here to answer questions and enlighten. Animals deserve a lot of respect. They are the only beings incapable of lying and yet are capable of loving.
(Hoping I can get my mother to answer a few as well on here, no promises though)
Pic of property - http://i.imgur.com/MjCBFPS.jpg
EDIT: We don't steal. Seems like a lot confused that. Lot of people also thinking im a hypocrite for eating meat yet am still doing this. That's a real lame way to think. Just saying. I understand it may not seem right, and that's fine. That's your opinion. But please, do not degrade me for my opinions.
EDIT 2: Want to thank everyone who participated thus far! This has been awesome. Probably going to pass out for the night. If anyone has any questions overnight, I shall respond in the AM. Night everyone!
EDIT: Morning! Back for more questions!