Chenoa Manor's Teen Program: Finding Common Ground Between At-Risk Youth and Abused Animals

Everyone and everything deserves a second chance, and veterinarian Rob Teti offers a new perspective on life for abused animals and their human counterparts.

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Lucky residents of Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary and Youth Assistance Facility in Avondale. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)From the start, Tyrel Watson found something noble about Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary and Youth Assistance Facility, a rural respite in Avondale for some 250 rescued and abused farm animals. “I began connecting with the animals, remembering their names,” says Watson, who first volunteered at Chenoa during his sophomore year at the School at Church Farm in Exton. “Then so-and-so wasn’t just an animal anymore.”

He was also impressed by the near-herculean efforts of Rob Teti, Chenoa’s founder and executive director. “I admired Rob for finding and rescuing the animals, and I asked what more I could do,” says Watson. “He said I could volunteer for the summer—that there was plenty to do.”

In a world where instances of animal abuse continue to mushroom, Chenoa Manor is addressing an increasing need. Still, there’s a limit to what one man can do, and Teti must turn away some. “We can only do what we can comfortably do,” says the 39-year-old licensed veterinarian.

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