Techie Leaves High-Earning Job to Rescue Animals in 'Saved by the Barn'

Rick and Christina Gables
SAVED BY THE BARN DAN MCKERNAN WITH PIG
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For Dan McKernan, it was the chance to trade in a good living for a great life.

In Animal Planet’s newest series, Saved by the Barn, premiering Saturday, April 11, we’ll meet Dan who picked up from his six-figure tech job in Austin, TX and left it all behind to take over his family’s 140-year-old farm in Michigan and transform it into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals that have experienced abuse, neglect, and much more.

SAVED BY THE BARN DAN MCKERNAN WITH COW

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In this new series, audiences join Dan and his family as they learn the ropes of their new life on the farm, give these barnyard animals a second chance at life, and experience the compassion Dan brings to every animal in his care.

We’ll tag along as Dan travels across the country to rescue barn animals including a set of roosters from Chicago who were forced to fight each other, Charlie, a blind goat; two ducklings who undergo special water therapy; Lola, a goat who needs prosthetics for her back hooves, and many others farm animals that get the opportunity to be integrating into a new life at the Barn Sanctuary.

SAVED BY THE BARN GOAT

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In the premiere episode, audiences will watch Dan prepare the opening of the new pasture after an arduous winter in Michigan.

We’ll meet dwarf goats, Twitch and Portia; goats Steve, Chevy, and Martin, also known as "The Three Amigos;" in addition to pigs, cows, sheep, and more. We’ll also meet the farm’s latest rescue, a sheep named Ginger, who needs surgery on her front legs after a birth defect has left her unable to walk.

Saved by the Barn, Premiere, Saturday, April 11, 10/9c, Animal Planet