Chatting With Allana McCarthy from Deathrow Unchained Sanctuary
At Kinds of Grace we love speaking with women who inspire us. Women who have a great sense of style, but also of morality.
Allana works at Deathrow Unchained, an animal rescue and sanctuary providing care and safe haven to those exploited, suffering and soon to be slaughtered in the animal agricultural industry. We spoke to her about what she does, the sanctuary, and how she sees things.
What are three things everyone should know about you?
I am the Sanctuary Manager at Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue (DRU) and have been in this role for two years.
I live a cruelty-free lifestyle and have been vegan for four years.
DRU is completely volunteer based and although I work part-time, I devote all my free time to rescue.
Tell us about Deathrow Unchained, how did it start and what’s it grown to now?
Our director Kate has always had a passion for helping those in less fortunate circumstances and before starting DRU she worked with children in the foster care system for 11 years. Unfortunately, Kate suffered in a horrific incident and could not return to work. It was then that Kate was asked by a counsellor, what one thing she wanted in life. Kate’s answer was to start an animal rescue, and with $200 in her bank account she followed her dreams. Almost six years on, we have rescued over 3500 animals from abuse, neglect and deathrow and have moved to a 34 acre property in Brisbane which is home to some of our special rescued farm babies.
How did you first connect with animals as individuals rather than objects?
From a young age I remember my dad always telling me to be kind to all animals and to respect them. I have always wanted to work with animals in some way. I studied vet nursing after high school but it didn’t feel like the right fit for me. It wasn’t until my early 20’s however that I started to learn more about how our animals are treated and grew a further understanding and appreciation for them.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for people who are interested in learning more about animals and what they can do for them?
Do your research, watch documentaries like Earthlings, Cowspiracy and if Dominion. Although some can be quite confronting and hard to watch they show you and demonstrate first hand the injustices that animals are facing in this world today.
Also if you have the time, become more involved with local rescues or animal sanctuaries and see first hand the difference you can make with a bit of kindness.
Is there an animal you’re especially close with at the sanctuary, or an especially sweet story you’d like to share?
All of our animals hold a special place in my heart and all are different in their own ways but yes, there is one horse here who has stolen my heart. Her name is Savannah, she is a 23 year old ex race horse who is one of the most sweet nature’s animals I have ever met. It is hard not to fall in love with her, she has a calming and loving presence. We share a very special bond and I even have her tattooed on me so I can hold her close forever.
Which Kinds of Grace bag did you choose and why?
I instantly loved the Fuscia Field Tweed because I love purple.. It's nearly impossible to find a beautifully made cruelty free handbag that I can wear with almost anything. I don't have a lot of time to fuss over accessories, but this bag works well for causal brunches with friends or date night and cocktails in the city.