Belden Boy

Gives Back

  Welcome to the Virtual Whistleslick Farm Sanctuary  

Have you ever wished that you could have a few farm animals on a small farm in the country?  Maybe it could be a rescue, a place where abused or unwanted animals could live safely for the rest of their days.

Well, the good news is that you don't have to own a farm.  Sponsoring an animal from  a sanctuary or rescue is an easy way to make a difference.   We've compiled a list of sanctuaries for you to contact for sponsorship.


But there is another way you could donate as well. Through the purchase of the Belden Boy books, your child could benefit from reading the award winning, anti-bullying series. With any purchase of Whistleslick Press books either online or at any Farmers Markets, a generous portion of proceeds goes to help care and feed animals at farm sanctuaries and rescues all over the United States.  


P.J. HarteNaus and the Belden Boy Gives Back Program has created something different.  Enjoy visiting our Virtual Farm Sanctuary below and see the animals that Whistleslick Press has already rescued and sponsored.  If you visit some of the Whistleslick Sanctuary animals in person, don't forget to tag us online at #beldenboygivesback.

Here are some great ideas for you to do with your child for the upcoming year whether in school or at-home learning. Most sanctuaries will send you a picture about your animal.  However, you may want to:

  • Research about the care and feeding of the animal,

  • Math lesson for your child as he or she save their allowance for sponsorship,

  • Writing a story about their new friend!

                                                                                                            Happy Sponsoring!

Here is a list of animal sanctuaries listed by state for you to visit.

Meet Hank Indigo


Hank Indigo, a miniature calf, was taken from his mother at an early age and tied up against a wall for six weeks. Calling out to her, hoping to be reunited, the feed lot had other plans for the small calf.   Along came a kind soul who finally untethered him, saving him for the cruel abuse of the veal industry. He was sent to Tiny Hooves Sanctuary in Union Grove, WI.  Here Hank is showered with kisses and attention each and every day from its volunteers.


The Belden Boy Gives Back Program is proud to be able to sponsor Hank each month with the funds needed for his care. Hank is very special to us as he is not only our first rescue, but he represents something personal for educator

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and author, P.J. HarteNaus.  The family business was a veal meat packing company in Chicago. P.J. remembers the sadness she felt as a child for the things she saw. So much so, she became a Vegetarian at 18 years of age, and now a Vegan.


Contact Becca at and you can sponsor one of her many rescues



(Pictures Copyright of Tiny Hooves Sanctuary)

Follow Tiny Hooves on Instagram for more adventures of Hank and his friends!

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Meet Misty


Our second rescue is a horse named Misty from the state of Washington.  This adorable sorrel paint has its own story as do all rescues.  Used as a farm horse, Misty was sold at auction when the farm closed down and sent to a kill pen in the state of Washington. The Sammamish Animal Sanctuary rescued her and brought her to safety where she receives lots of love and attention. I don’t think many of us think about horses being on the same journey as cows for meat, but truth is, they are.


We are now sponsoring Misty from afar.  Though she is in Washington, we have someone special

who will be volunteering to help Misty...P.J.’s daughter, Rebecca, who lives in Seattle, 13 miles from the Sanctuary.  What a win-win situation for all of us, especially Misty!  The Belden Boy Gives Back Program has helped yet another animal soul deserving of a good life on earth!


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(Pictures Copyright of Sammamish Animal Sanctuary)

Follow Sammamish Animal Sanctuary on Instagram for more adventures of Misty and her friends!

More Animals Coming Soon to our Virtual Sanctuary!

  Donating to Animal Rescues  

The Belden Boy Gives Back Program gives cash donations from a portion of sales of all Whistleslick Press books sold online, sold at Farmer’s Markets, local stores, and at school functions.  Here are a few of our recipients who are doing fantastic work for all animals big and small...


Iowa Farm Sanctuary

One Tail at a Time

Safe Haven in Elizabeth, IL

The Humane Farming Association

Tiny Hooves Sanctuary

Please follow their websites and Instagram pages where you, too, can donate, adopt or sponsor your own animal!