Jon Stewart’s Stunning 12-Acre Farm is Now a Sanctuary for Abused Animals
Jon Stewart may be known for being a comedic genius and his time on the Daily Show for nearly two decades, but he’s also known for something else—something more sincere: Being an animal lover, In fact, he and his wife, Tracey, both are. In fact, Tracey is even the author of the book, “Do Unto Animals.”
The couple’s first pets were two rescue pigs. And even since then, they just couldn’t stop adding on. They soon rescued four dogs, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one birth and two fish, and they love each and every animal like their own children.
In fact, the couple loves their animals so much that they actually decided to make a pretty big move with them—in all senses of the phrase.
The Stewarts decided to turn their 12-acre farm on their home into a Farm Sanctuary for all kinds of abused animals. Farm Sanctuary, which is an advocacy group that cares for abused animals, already had three other animal safe havens in the U.S. before the Stewarts’ property became its fourth.
“We bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of starting a farm sanctuary of our own with an educational center, but what I’m announcing tonight is that our farm is actually going to be the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary,” Tracey Stewart said. “We’re going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement.”
“It’s one of those things like where after you give birth you forget about the pain,” she added. “So right now I’m feeling really good and positive.”
This was all back in 2015 (It only make sense that Jon needed something to keep him busy in retirement, after stopping hosting The Daily Show that year). Fast forward to today and the farm, deemed Hockhockson Farm, is thriving. While they already had a large family of animals, it’s grown even more—with cows, sheep, chicken, goats, turkeys, you name it, the farm is full of creatures in need.
It’s not currently open to the public and sadly and they aren’t looking for any volunteers to help out (despite us wanting to sing up ASAP). However, you can find adorable photos of all the animals on the farm on their website, as well as read about their background. Just a warning: It might make you a little teary-eyed if you’re an animal lover!
“As animal lovers, we can always do and be more for those who depend on us. When we make changes in our lives—whether big or small—that move us toward seeking compassion for others, we are moving in the right direction,” Tracey says.
Below, you can check out a clip from an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” when she visits the Stewarts at their farm.
Man, we wish we could start a farm sanctuary! How amazing are Jon and Tracey Stewart for making such big strides for animals in need? Did you have any idea that these two had such big hearts for animals?