Jennifer Sale is the Founder and Executive Director of Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary. Her love of animals started at an early age with her first horse, Patches – who taught her about commitment, loyalty, and compassion. These values became the framework in which she would approach all animals to this day. After raising a family, her lifelong dream of opening an animal refuge that is 100% off-grid was realized in 2011 with the purchase of property in the country. When she and her husband Dave began seeking their first horse to bring to the ranch, they were dismayed by the number of abandoned and neglected horses in their area.
Jen had always dreamed of founding a horse sanctuary, but after rescuing two very sick newborn goats that were left for dead at a local auction, she knew her calling was much more than just neglected horses. Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary was started as a horse rescue, and quickly turned into a full farm animal sanctuary after Jen learned about the horrors of dairy and our food system. Plus being in proximity of dairy farms, the need was impossible to ignore.
Jennifer’s background was in medicine and she entered the field as a scheduler in the radiology department of a hospital. Her experience in this setting, and interest in the OR, inspired her to become a nurse. During her coursework at Concord Nursing School, she fell in love with cardiology. Following graduation as an LVN, she continued her education specific to cardiac patient care, including CVICU and Telemetry. She became certified in ACLS and Telemetry. After a decade of working in acute care hospitals, she entered the mortgage industry for several years before returning to patient care at a wellness center. Jennifer left the medical industry in 2016 as the ranch grew and needed all her time.
Her experience with horses and background in nursing has been of great benefit to the ranch. She has the skill to reassure incoming rescues who may be traumatized and provide preventive care to a range of animals which often reduces or eliminates large veterinary bills.
Jen’s dedication to the animals of SRAS is enormous- she is 100% hands on and works along side the volunteers 365 days a year to ensure each resident receives the best care possible. She dreams big, and has goals to expand SRAS and rescue “spent” dairy cows from slaughter who spent their entire life having their babies and their milk stolen. In her rare free time, Jen enjoys live music, hanging with friends and family, and relaxing by a fire with a glass of good wine.