Kat Howkins has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. She held aspirations of becoming a veterinarian growing up, but a failed attempt at Chemistry 121 set her career on a different path. Until 2010, she owned a landscaping business and lived in Atlanta with her partner, Susan, their dogs and some chickens. When neighbors complained about the growing number of canines, Kat and Susan starting looking for a space large enough to accommodate all of their animals. When a local pig needed rescuing, they knew it was time to make the move.
Taking care of all these animals and tending to their specific needs is not cheap -- some estimates of the monthly costs are outlined below. Sweet Olive Farm is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations to manage the cost of its operations.
“We’re pretty much always in the hole,” Kat said. “But I’m always hopeful that it’s going to turn around and I’ll get that big grant from a foundation that will make it so we can really go to the next level.”