July 4, 2021

Jameson Humane: For the Community

After more than a year of living through the Covid 19 pandemic, we have all become a lot more familiar with immune systems. At the first hint of disease, the immune system kicks into action: dispersing cells, producing chemicals, turning on systems, and orchestrating a beautifully diverse response of actions and reactions designed for one purpose: to keep the body safe. But what would it look like if an entire community had an immune system? Something designed to be prepared, to keep the community safe, to respond to any need that might arise. The Napa Valley has such an immune system. But that immune system is not for one body or even for humans. It’s an immune system for animals in distress, helping an entire community, and its name is Jameson Humane.

A white, great Pyrenees dog named Jameson looks into the camera. Jameson was an adopted dog who inspired the name of Jameson Humane.
Jameson Humane was named after and inspired by Jameson the Great Pyrenees. Adopted by founders Monica and David Stevens, Jameson spent 14 years teaching people about love and compassion. He is the inspiration behind the mission of Jameson Humane.

Helping Humans by Helping Animals

Situated among vineyards, farms, and other mainstays of California’s wine country, Jameson Humane is an incredibly diverse rescue organization. Founded as Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch in 2014, the story of Jameson Humane is unlike that of any rescue organization we have visited. The diversity doesn’t just come from the animals, which range from senior cats to cows to bunnies, but from the wide range of programs that span every need animals and their human caretakers have across the entire region.

All of Jameson Humane’s programs focus on helping the larger community that spans a ten county area with a focus on Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Lake Counties. While rescuing animals is one way of helping this community, Jameson Humane maintains a much bigger picture. For example, its spay and neuter mobile clinic works to control community animal populations so fewer animals end up in shelters. From another angle, the Community Animal Assistance Program works to keep animals with their human caregivers. This means providing veterinary care and food for animal caregivers who are struggling financially.

The key theme to every program is this: Jameson Humane supports humans in helping animals by keeping animal welfare at the forefront. Jameson Humane is proud of the fact that the rescue property is 100% vegan, meaning any food brought on property or consumed by humans at Jameson Humane is plant based – this includes food at all fundraisers and events.

A large brown horse poses for the camera at Jameson Humane. He has one white stripe on his nose.
Jameson’s Community Animal Assistance Program was notified that handsome JJ was going to be put down if he did not find a home. They immediately rescued him. At 10 years old, JJ has Navicular Syndrome, which means he cannot be ridden. But he can still live an amazing life! JJ’s rescue is one of countless examples of Jameson’s community programs helping people and animals.

Monica Stevens: A Real Life Super Hero

It’s not everyday that you get to meet a real life superhero. But when we met President and Co-Founder Monica Stevens, we found just that. Monica’s superhero uniform includes a pair of unapologetically pink (and 100% vegan) cowboy boots and an infectious smile. Monica has the uncanny ability of being able to bring joy to every situation while simultaneously conveying tremendous empathy and compassion around difficult conversations.

Everything at Jameson Humane radiates Monica’s infectious energy. Following Monica around the stalls of Jameson Humane felt like being paparazzi trailing a movie star on the red carpet. All of the animals were going crazy in preparation for her visit to their enclosures. The pigs perched up on the fence, the cows mooed, the horses gathered around, and everyone seemed anxious to say hi to Mama Monica.

What makes Monica a superhero and not just a celebrity is her humility. She’s not in it for the fame, and there’s no ego involved in what she does. Monica Stevens is in the moment as each animal joyfully reacts to the apples and watermelons she hands them. She’s in it to see two horses finally starting to bond; to visit Hillary the blind cow and tell us her story; to see five goats saved from a fire adopted out into loving forever homes. In short, she’s in it for all the right reasons, and that energy permeates everything that Jameson Humane does.

In a pink dress and pink cowboy boots, Monica Stevens of Jameson Humane gives two enthusiastic pigs an apple over a fence.
During our visit to Jameson Humane, we had the pleasure of following President and Co-Founder Monica Stevens as she gave love, apples, and watermelons to all the residents. Monica’s vision of Jameson Humane as a community resource creates and drives all the programs Jameson’s provides.

Changing with the Community

With a focus on responding to community needs, nothing at Jameson stays the same for long. This includes the organization’s name, which changed from Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch to Jameson Humane in 2020. While Jameson Humane most definitely rescues animals, the theme of their work is much broader. In short, Jameson Humane works to improve animal welfare and increase compassion in the local community and the world.

With a new name came a new logo. Inspired by the idea of joy and happiness that is innate in all beings, logo designer Michael Roche turned the letter “u” in the word “humane” into a smiling face. The logo is prominent throughout Jameson, with employees and volunteers wearing it on shirts, hats, and other swag.

Jameson Humane also moved locations to be closer to the community members it serves. In 2018, Jameson purchased its current property which sits on 4 acres of land in the middle of the Napa Valley. This new property offers a better location for Jameson to welcome volunteers. Eventually, Jameson will also allow visitors for tours. The move also brought Jameson closer to some of their biggest supporters: the wine industries of both Napa and Sonoma. Members of the wine industry have enthusiastically supported Jameson Humane’s work and been incredibly generous in fundraising efforts.

A pink pig at Jameson Humane starts to eat a small, round, green watermelon.
Jack was found wandering the streets of Mendocino, California when he was rescued by Goatlandia Sanctuary. Then, at nine months old, Jack came to Jameson Humane so he could make some pig friends his own size. Like many pigs, Jack is intelligent and playful. Through the Farm Animal Enrichment Program, Jack has learned to walk on a harness, respond to verbal commands, and channel his incredible energy.

Fabio and Cher: Wildfire Survivors

In late 2019, the Kincade Fire raged through Sonoma County burning 77,758 acres over a period of several weeks. It became the largest wildfire during the devastating 2019 California wildfire season. Like so many wildfires, the Kincade fire caused numerous evacuations and devastated many residences. Fabio and Cher – an inseparable mini horse and pony couple – found themselves displaced when the fire devastated their owners’ residence. In fact, animal displacement due to fire evacuations and fire damage has become an important issue affecting animal rescue organizations throughout California. Luckily, this adorable duo found a permanent home with many loyal fans at Jameson Humane.

Today, Fabio and Cher exemplify some important issues that have become the cornerstone of Jameson Humane’s vision. First, they emphasize the importance of helping individuals creating emergency plans that include all types of animals. Second, they represent the importance of community services for animals in need during times of crisis and disaster. Fabio and Cher’s story is just one of many that motivated Monica Stevens and the Jameson Humane family to undertake their current project: the creation of a Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Center.

Fabio and Cher found their lives turned upside down when the Kincaid Fire raged through Sonoma County. Now they have a safe and permanent home at Jameson Humane, and their story inspired the development of more services for animals during times of crisis.

A Community Response Center

The story of Fabio and Cher – along with those of many other animals – highlights an important fact many animal lovers do not know: the government does not fund animal response during disasters. In California – where record droughts have caused increasingly violent wildfire seasons – this leaves an incredible need to be filled. So, Jameson Humane is stepping up to be there for their community. The Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Center is Jameson’s new project that will provide services for animals during times of crisis.

According to Monica Stevens, Jameson’s Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Center will be, “The nexus between the CART (Community Animal Response Team), the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), law enforcement, and sheriff’s departments. We all come together in a very special moment to help save more lives.” Focusing on Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties, the center will also assist other counties in crisis as needed.

The creation of this center is no small undertaking. It will include space for communication, classrooms for educational programs, supplies, safety equipment, a mobile veterinary clinic, and more. In addition, the center will provide training for community volunteers who want to help when disaster strikes. When a crisis comes up, getting these brave volunteers the right equipment is essential. Protective equipment such as helmets ($100 each), vests ($50 each), and kneepads ($25 each) will be ready and waiting for volunteers to help keep them safe while they work to rescue animals in need.

A firefighter posts with a rescued brown, cocker spaniel puppy. The Regional Community Response Center at Jameson Humane will help make rescues like this possible.
During times of crisis, we often hear about human evacuations and injuries. However, animals – both wild and domesticated – are often in need of rescue and medical attention as well. Jameson Humane’s new project will create an organized, regional center to facilitate help for animals when disaster strikes.

Get Involved with Jameson Humane

With its determination to respond to the ever changing needs of its community, Jameson Humane needs your support. Here’s how you can help!

  • Social Media: Follow and engage with their social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Donate: Make a tax deductible donation by credit card, Paypal, or check. You can make a general donation or support a specific program.
  • Sponsor an Animal: Through the Animalship program, sponsor a specific animal at Jameson Humane. The program includes several levels of sponsorship with benefits such as social media shoutouts, pictures of your sponsored animal, invitations to exclusive events, and a private tour.
  • Volunteer: Like so many nonprofits, Jameson depends on the help of generous volunteers. If you live in the area, volunteering at Jameson Humane means you get to make a difference for animals. You’ll also get a lot of animal love in the process.
  • Website: To get more info about Jameson Humane, check out their website.
Hillary (left) and Roman (right) were on their way to a horrible fate when a compassionate neighbor stepped in. The blind mama cow and her son were rescued by Forget Me Not Farms and brought to Jameson Humane where they would never again fear for their safety. Through Jameson’s foster to adopt program, they are now with a wonderful family in the community.

Final Thoughts and Further Reading

An immune system doesn’t just protect a body, it builds it up and it makes it stronger. That’s what Jameson Humane is doing for its community. Jameson is truly an immune system for the Napa Valley’s animals, and all beings in the region benefit from the work they are doing.

There’s another thing about an immune system: it never rests. Even though Jameson Humane has a variety of robust programs, it’s clear in talking with Monica Stevens that they are just getting started. We can’t wait to see what they do next!

Now that you know how to get involved, what is one thing you are going to do to support this amazing rescue? Let us know in the comments! If you liked this post, check out these others:

A portable trailer sits on the property of Jameson Humane. This is the beginning of the Community Response Center.
Jameson Humane’s Community Response Center will eventually include several spaces and a variety of resources so the community can help animals in times of disaster and crisis. Jameson Humane’s fundraising efforts for this center started in June and your generous donations will help make it possible!

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About the Author: Stephanie Mathers
Stephanie Mathers is an educator, writer, and vegan explorer. When she's not blogging or saving animals, she is snowboarding, hiking, or reading.

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22 Comments

  1. Keirsten July 5, 2021 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness this place and Monica sounds so incredible! I love that she only has vegan food on site and how all of the animals want to greet her.
    It’s so sad to think that the government doesn’t support/fund animal rescues like that. But I’m happy to hear that more ppl are volunteering to help 🙌🙏💜

  2. Alexis Farmer July 5, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

    What an awesome organization! I’m here for anyone that helps animals in need 🖤

  3. Cindy July 5, 2021 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great organization. Are all the animals vegan as well?

  4. Terra Booth July 5, 2021 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    What an amazing organization! I wish there were more places like this around, there are always so many animals in need.

  5. Marianne July 5, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Amazing! As an animal lover, I applaude people like this who are working so tirelessly to protect and rescue vulnerable animals. Sounds like a pretty amazing organization.

  6. Roselyn Franke July 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    What an awesome organization; on my bucket list to visit for sure!

  7. Tiffany July 5, 2021 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! Much respect!!! To be able to grow as you recognize new community needs is amazing 🙂

  8. Alicia July 5, 2021 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    This sounds like an incredible organization!! I moved a few years ago into a community where there is a woman who takes donations from the community and shares pet food with anyone who needs some so that the animals can stay in their home. I had never heard of such a thing, but it makes so much sense! I love that Jameson Humane is doing so much for the animals.

    • Alice July 11, 2021 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      What a great organization!!!

  9. Cecile July 5, 2021 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    What a great organisation. I love that they are doing great thing for animals.

  10. Barbara July 5, 2021 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    This is wonderful!

  11. Suzan July 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Such good work! I hope JJ was able to find a home!

    • Anyka July 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      I’m so close to Jameson Humane! About 30 minutes or so. I would love to see there beautiful rescue animals!

  12. Kristin July 6, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    What an incredible organization. Thank you for spreading word about such an important cause. It sounds like they really stay true to their mission and help animals but also the community at large. I have family in the Sonoma are so I am grateful for Monica’s work in that community!

  13. Danielle Ardizzone July 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I had no idea that the government does not fund animal rescues during emergencies. How wonderful that there are organizations like this that help!

  14. Darby July 6, 2021 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    This is such an incredible place! I’ve never heard of it until reading your post just now – they are definitely filling a void for animals that need their support!

  15. Whitney July 7, 2021 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Oh my freaking goodness! This is beautiful & Monica is a true jewel. Great vibes. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Sabrina DeWalt July 8, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful program!

  17. Cindy Moore July 10, 2021 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    What an amazing place! I love all that they do and how they help people care for their animals.

  18. Shawn M. Collins July 11, 2021 at 6:02 am - Reply

    I am one of Monica’s brothers. And I can tell you that the way she is portrayed here is authentically who she is. She has loved animals, and been passionate about their care, since she was a very small child. With Jameson Humane, Monica is doing exactly what she was put on this earth to do. It is awesome to be in the presence of someone so singularly determined to make the world a better place. Monica’s family is enormously proud of her.

  19. danielle nieman July 11, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    What an amazing place!! Thanks for sharing. Reading about Monica was truly inspiring!

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