Penny is a red fox that was saved from a fur farm in Minnesota. CONTRIBUTED

Remember the story of Louie and Libby finding sanctuary in the Keys after their rescue from a Minnesota fur farm? Well, two more foxes facing death were retrieved from a fur farm and brought back to safe quarters in Key Largo.

Recently, Key Largo resident and animal enthusiast Nicole Navarro traveled to Miami to meet Save A Fox Rescue to get Penny and Jasper. The two foxes were pulled from the fur farm on July 15 by the Minnesota nonprofit, which has saved many foxes facing death. Penny and Jasper returned to Navarro’s residence where her other two foxes, Louie and Libby, reside. She’s not breeding, selling or adopting out the foxes.

“Penny and Jasper were deemed ‘no good’ and were slated to be destroyed because they wouldn’t breed them,” said Navarro, who runs the nonprofit Pawsitive Beginnings Inc. “They are adjusting well and will take food from me already.”

Jasper is a white fox rescued from a Minnesota fur farm. He has a flat foot, and Navarro said it is the direct result of poor breeding and trauma.

Jasper, the white fox, has a flat foot. Navarro said it stems from poor breeding and trauma from confinement in a small wire cage, which didn’t allow the fox to get adequate exercise. Treatment for flat feet includes medication, splinting of the affected legs or surgery. Navarro said it all depends on the severity of the condition.

Penny, the red fox, appears to be in good health, Navarro said. 

The biggest thing people can do to help shut the industry down is to refrain from buying fur, Navarro said. According to Humane Society International, 100 million animals are bred and killed on farms to supply fur not just for coats, but also for jackets, pompoms, shoes, gloves and other accessories. 

More information is at Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.’s Facebook page.

Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.