Our first random pick Volunteer Spotlight for January is Andrew Frueh: We hope you enjoy reading all about him and getting to know him. He's a super interesting guy and we are so fortunate to have him as a volunteer at Clementine Ranch! He volunteers the first two - three Sundays of each month.
Andrew has been volunteering at the ranch shortly after he moved to Utah in March of 2009. That makes him our longest seasoned volunteer currently at the ranch.
He started volunteering because “Animal welfare and animal rights have been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. When I found the ranch I decided this was an opportunity to put my beliefs into action in some small way.”
Andrew had not been around farm animals much before volunteering. He grew up in the suburbs of Philly. His mom grew up on a working farm so when they went back to visit relatives he got a brief glimpse of farm life at a distance.
Andrew doesn’t really have one favorite animal at the ranch, though he is very partial to the pigs. He has been the designated pig feeder on the days that he volunteers, so he has gotten to know their unique personalities and considers them friends.
When asked what the best part of volunteering at Clementine Ranch is, Andrew shared this quote from the writer Terry Cummins, “When you see that you're making other things feel good, it gives you a good feeling, too.”
A lot of funny things happen when you’re working with animals. So we asked Andrew what has been his most embarrassing experience. This is what he told us; “One morning we discovered the doors between our flight pens had been left open, so everyone was mixed up and in the wrong places. Several of the volunteers got together to herd chickens and try to get them all back where they belonged. At some point, a volunteer said, “Hey Andrew, can you grab the turkey?” “Sure”, I thought to myself I’ll just grab the turkey. So I reached down and scooped him up the way I would have picked up a dog. Well almost immediately I got a very hard lesson in just how strong turkey wings are. The turkey wanted nothing to do with being picked, so he flashed open his wings and clocked me square in the jaw. I was black and blue for the next week like I’d been in a street fight. But I couldn’t exactly say you should’ve seen the other guy… because he was a turkey.”
Some of Andrew’s favorite foods include; Vegan Chicken & Waffles, Vegan Egg Biscuits, his favorite meal of the day is brunch and he highly recommends Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen cookbook.
Andrew’s interests & hobbies outside of the Ranch include; a job that he feels very lucky and fortunate to have as an UX (User Experience) Designer for a healthcare technology company, he enjoys reading Science Fiction and Fantasy novels; his current read is Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive Series. He’s also a big film buff and considers the Sundance Film Festival a highlight of the year. This guy is amazing; he has also been an endurance athlete since college, including running, cycling and triathlon.
We are so grateful for Andrew’s continued commitment to the animals, for sharing some of this very interesting information about himself and for being such a wonderful advocate for the vegan lifestyle.