The Friends for Life Forever Farm has been housing and caring for senior and special needs animals for ten years. Some of their dogs and cats have been fortunate enough to be adopted into loving homes despite their age or infirmity, but most of the residents  have spent their last days at the Forever Farm.  And, as time passes they have found that more or their population are in need of palliative care, and hospice.

The Board of Directors of Friends for Life is very excited to announce that they received a significant charitable gift from Mrs. Nancy Pickelsimer of Brevard designated for the purchase of the property once known as Frances Warde Health Services, located on Highway 64 in  Rosman.  The primary use of the clinic building on this property will be to provide a tranquil, restful, setting for Forever Farm animals in need of palliative care and hospice. The facility will be named in memory of Mrs. Pickelsimer’s late husband Joseph, who was a passionate animal lover.

This beautiful five acre wooded  property is adjacent to the national forest and includes several small waterfalls, meandering trails, and a caretaker’s cottage.  The 2,600 square foot clinic building is in impeccable condition and needs very little remodeling for it’s newly intended use. A memorial garden will be developed where the ashes of  departed Forever Farm animals will be spread.  An invitation will be extended to Friends for Life supporters to scatter the ashes of their beloved pets should they so desire. The beautiful trails along the creek will be developed with “contemplation benches” by the waterfalls for visitors to escape the turmoil they sometimes feel in their lives, especially with loss of a pet.

Friends for Life encourages everyone wishing to be a part of this compassionate project to contact them at 828-508-2460 or friendsforlife.foreverfarm@gmail.com.  Friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the Forever Farm, a lifelong sanctuary in Lake Toxaway for senior and special needs companion animals, as well as the new facility for animal hospice and palliative care.