Stump Hill has been helping animals for over 28 years.
We started out by helping domestic animals such as dogs and cats as well as animals that are native to Ohio. Most people think that zoos will take their exotic pet after they get too big or un-handleable. The truth is, most zoos will not take them. Most of the unwanted animals become abused, mistreated or neglected in many ways. The majority of the 250 mammals, birds, and reptiles that live here have been in unwanted situations. We have either bought them, they have been donated or legal authorities have confiscated them and brought them here.
We try to find the animals playmates of their own kind so they have someone to relate to, especially if they do not care to relate to people any longer. We have combined animals that no one wants with people, mostly children, to educate them of the importance of animals in the wild and the loss of habitat. At the current rate of destruction, the only alternative for most of the animal population is captivity. The next generation can make a difference.
We allow people to touch and pet the animals but only those that enjoy the company. We, here at Stump Hill Farm, believe people can learn so much from just a single touch. It makes the program real, when they can relate life to a picture that they have seen in a book. We dohave animals that have been beaten and mistreated so bad that in some cases it takes years for them to relate to people. A few have to be put in their own safe place away from people.
For the past 13 years, many of the animals have appeared on television shows with Jack Hanna on Maury Povich, David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Howie Mandel Show, Roseanne Barr, Woodrow the Woodsman, The Fox 8 Morning Show, Critter Gitters, The National Wildlife Federation, Rachel Ray, Jay Leno & Many Others. And some have amazed many photographers in photo shoots for Vogue, Cosmo, Cosmo Girl, Esquire, Ladies Home Journal & Celebrity Living.
The past 20 years we have provided guided educational programs for more than 50,000 children and adults of 15 school systems of 7 counties, Nursing Homes, Safe Houses, Home School Programs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Programs, and our most rewarding, the blind, where touch is so crucial to learning.