About Us

About Our Organization

Wagner Farm Rescue Fund (W.F.R.F.) was founded from a need to establish a humane alternative to slaughter for the farm animals of the Glenview (IL) Park District’s Wagner Farm when these animals are no longer wanted at Wagner Farm. Due to a series of events, the course of development that the Park District is taking for Wagner Farm is contrary to many of the plans that were originally established between the park district and local citizens who assisted the park district by enabling them to purchase Wagner Farm through a taxpayer supported referendum in 1998.
New plans by the park district included the selling of unwanted Wagner Farm animals for slaughter, ultimately including the implementation of 4H programming in which their project animals are sold yearly to slaughter auction despite humane placement and financial compensation offered by W.F.R.F. The park district is now promoting the scandal-ridden slaughterhouse and agribusiness industry. In order to provide humane alternatives, W.F.R.F. strives to purchase these animals, arrange transport for them, and contribute to their life-long care at animal rescue sanctuaries.

How Wagner Farm Rescue Fund Raises Funds

Wagner Farm Rescue Fund (W.F.R.F.) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Illinois corporation. We welcome support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to maintain our ongoing efforts to promote humane treatment, good living conditions, finest available medical care, transportation, sanctuary placement, and lifetime care for both current and former Wagner Farm animals.

About Our Founder

Debby Rubenstein Founder / President

  • Wagner Farm Rescue Fund
  • Have A Heart Farm
  • The H.E.A.R.T. Coalition (HELPING EACH ANIMAL RECEIVE TIME)

Debby Rubenstein has been an animal rescuer since childhood. Her education background includes state teaching certification in early childhood education and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

She is involved in Chicago-area political activities, and has lectured at the college level on effective community advocacy.

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