Jeremy Wagner, founding member and guitarist of the heavy metal band Broken Hope, has decided to donate his whole rural Illinois farm, buildings and all, to an animal rescue and rehabilitation organization. The death metal guitarist made the following statement on his Facebook fan page:
“Today I made the biggest donation of my life. I signed off and gave away my entire farm to the animal rescue rehab group I’ve been working with since I purchased the property last summer. I’m too busy to manage and enjoy the place, but it does my heart & soul good knowing I have now given a refuge and paradise for many animals who will be given help and love and new homes for many years to come. My generosity and good will for the benefit of animals will never stop. Giving my farm away for free was a super-huge sacrifice, but it was an awesome one and it won’t be the last time I do it. In this life money doesn’t mean shit if you don’t do good with it. So I do as much good as I can before I leave this rock. Cheers!”
Wagner will still have a hand in helping the organization, when he has the chance to visit on occasion. Since last summer they have rescued 40 plus dogs, dozens of cats, rats, raccoons, and a rooster. With new stalls, new electric water and heat installed in the barn, horses, cows and other livestock that would have been destined to die will be saved.
Wagner definitely has a big heart, this animal rescue will go a long way to help countless dog, cats and animals live happy lives in a beautiful place they can enjoy. It goes to show that while Death Metal and Metal music might hold a dark stigma to outsiders, it proves that when you look outside of appearances there are kind and caring rockers too!