Our Story

 
 

It all started in July 2016 when…

Nick and Rachael decided to move to a small equestrian town in Riverside County so they could rescue goats and pigs to their hearts’ delight. Rather quickly, they began rescuing goats, pigs, chickens and more, as well as fostering and adopting out animals and coordinating with other rescues that needed assistance. Soon, they were caring for over 20 animals including dogs, pigs, chickens, goats, and a sheep. They felt lucky to be able to provide a loving home to animals in need and felt a great sense of pride and purpose in the work they were doing in their spare time. As their crew began to grow, so did their dreams for the future. They just needed more free time to grow this passion into something greater.

In mid 2017, along with the birth of their first child, new career opportunities for both Nick and Rachael allowed them to spend less time commuting and more time close to home. Able to invest more time and energy into the animals, 2nd Street Hooligans continued to grow. Along with that, the public response to what they were doing also grew as family, friends and strangers alike felt moved to support their efforts. Soon, they were taking steps to establish 2nd Street Hooligans as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity so they could more effectively carry out their mission and vision.

As they waited for IRS approval, they continued to grow and spread the word about their organization and mission. They welcomed numerous visitors to the farm to meet and learn about the animals and provided educational field trips including for a local girl scout troop and middle school students from a neighboring county. Currently, 2nd Street Hooligans cares for over 40 animals daily and seeks opportunities to educate the public whenever possible about animal exploitation and living a cruelty free lifestyle. Finally, in March 2019 their 501(c)(3) status was approved. Now, the board of 2nd Street Hooligans, with the generous support from our donors and followers, is focused on strengthening our organization and building upon the work of the founders to inspire others to fight against animal cruelty and take a stand for what is just and right.