The Animal Lovers
Tobi Kosanke didn't intend for her home to become a refuge for unwanted animals. But after being forced to leave New Orleans when Katrina hit, Kosanke, her husband, their infant daughter and their eight pets evacuated to Houston. They eventually purchased a farm in nearby Hempstead, Texas that came with a few furry and feathered friends. And then more started showing up, from neighbors, strangers and eventually the SPCA.
Today, Crazy K Farm
is a 35-acre facility that's home to more than 200 rescued ducks, chickens, geese, cats, dogs, parrots, donkeys, horses, sheep, fish and goats. Some of the animals are too sick or injured to live outside, so the family shares their home with a few, including a one-legged chicken and a domesticated duck that's terrified of wild ducks. The farm is funded by Tobi's salary as a geologist, donations to Crazy K
and through the array of pet and poultry products
they sell. Her 7-year-old daughter supports the project by doing chores and happily dressing up as the Crazy K mascot.
"[This lifestyle has] brought us together because we have a shared goal," Tobi says. "If one of us isn't pulling our weight, it's a lot of work on the other one."