When Josh and Wendy Smith adopted Roswell, the dog, they didn’t imagine caring for him would lead them to start their very own animal sanctuary. We’re thrilled to welcome Josh and Wendy to the podcast this week to hear this and more inspiring stories about their sanctuary, Odd Man Inn, their animal advocacy work, and their recent move across the country.
That move involved relocating the sanctuary and its many animal residents from Washington state to a much bigger property in rural Tennessee, where they assumed the care of an additional 160 rescued pigs. Whether they are talking about their breakdown on the highway, trailer full of rescued pigs in tow, the challenges involved in refitting their new property, or the stories about what their new Southern neighbors think of their animal advocacy, the animals are always at the center of the story. Wendy also shares how a career as a nurse prepared her not only to run a farmed animal sanctuary but also to educate people from where they are.
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Josh Smith is the Facility Manager and co-Founder of Odd Man Inn animal rescue; he is the Farm Dad, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a personal interest in “Scroungineering.”
Wendy Smith is the Executive Director and co-Founder of Odd Man Inn; she is a military veteran, emergency room trauma nurse, and Farm Mom.
Josh and Wendy started Odd Man Inn because their dog Roswell, who suffered from fear-based aggression and a tendency to bite, made him extremely difficult to manage. Instead of giving up on him, they purchased land so he could leave city life in Portland behind and created a safe space for him and other animals who were out of options.
“It felt like we blinked our eyes and had 60 animals on our small three-and-a-half-acre property.” – Wendy Smith
“Our discussions have to be: ‘I, as your citizen brother, want you to succeed and do better than you’re doing now, not on the backs of animals.'” – Josh Smith
Highlights for Episode 683:
- How Josh and Wendy’s desire to give their high-needs dog some space to roam evolved into the Odd Man Inn sanctuary
- Why the animals coming to the sanctuary for refuge changed after Odd Man Inn officially became a non-profit organization
- Some of the farmed animals they have rescued from horrific situations and really connected with, including Frances, the pot-bellied pig, and Magpie, the goat
- How they work to educate people about animal agriculture
- How living in a community that is hostile to your purpose can make life challenging
- Why it’s so crucial for sanctuaries to plan and prepare for leadership transitions
- The advice Josh and Wendy would offer to anyone interested in starting an animal sanctuary
- Some of Josh and Wendy’s mentors and supporters in the sanctuary space
- A Deep Dive on Squalane
- Tyson shares the love with heart-shaped chicken nuggets (YUCK!)
- RSVP for the Our Hen House Community Launch Party!
Connect with Josh & Wendy Smith:
- Odd Man Inn Website
- Odd Man Inn on Instagram
- Odd Man Inn on Facebook
- Odd Man Inn on Patreon
- Odd Man Inn on YouTube
- Email: Wendy@oddmaninn.org
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