Ok, so the cast of the Jersey Shore was known more for GTL and meat-strong Sunday dinners than living a cruelty-free lifestyle.
But the fantastic trainwreck of a show did have its animal-loving moments — like when JWOWW and Snooki tried (and failed) to save a lobster — or when the whole fam (including The Situation) fell in love with Jenni’s two doggos, Bella and Noel.
However, with the iconic MTV show making a comeback via Jersey Shore Family Vacation this Thursday (aka Jerzday), let’s revisit the time the always-awesome JWOWW visited Rancho Relaxo, rockstar vegan Caitlin Cimini’s animal sanctuary in New Jersey.
The two lovelies are good friends, and JWOWW is a big supporter of the animal haven.
JWOWW brought her little kiddos, Meilani and Greyson, to Caitlin’s paradisiacal place to teach them to love and respect animals. (Mom of the year!) The little ones even helped muck out some stalls!
“We want to teach Elle and Meilani how important it is to be really awesome to animals,” she said.
The highlight of the visit, of course, was when “attack turkey” Sherman came after Meilani — and JWOWW came running to the rescue. Hey, just like people, not all animals are warm and fuzzy! They have personalities, y’all.
Here’s what Caitlin said about the visit: “I want to personally thank @JWOWW and her whole team for choosing to use their platform to spread awareness about animal cruelty!!!”
A few months ago, @jwoww came over to see all of the animals here at Rancho Relaxo. It was a fun-filled visit – the children were put to work and Jenni got attacked by Sherman. The video is finally up on YouTube: https://youtu.be/x1rpKAr7xzo ❤ You can also visit our Facebook – it is posted there as well: Facebook.com/RanchoRelaxoNJ ❤ I want to personally thank @jwoww and her whole team for choosing to use their platform to spread awareness about animal cruelty!!!
JWOWW is a self-proclaimed animal lover and has been “obsessed” with rescuing animals for years. She’s even expressed interest in having a rescue farm a la Rancho Relaxo!
“I want cows, chickens, chickadees, I want a bunch of piggies — I want them all,” she professed in an episode of Domesticated with her hubby Roger. They went on to foster a pig named Elmer from Caitlin’s ranch.
While she concluded that she wasn’t quite ready to take care of a pig (‘cuz, um, they’re a lot of work) — they did have tons of fun with the little oinker.
Now, going back to OG Jersey Shore moments, Snooki actually spoke out against killing animals.
In her words: “I came home when they were cooking the lobsters. I was like yo, are those real, that’s disgusting. I’m a vet tech. I save animals; I don’t kill them. That’s why I don’t eat lobster or anything like that; ‘cuz they’re alive when you kill them. That’s disgusting.”
Oh Snooks! So there’s a bit of a disconnect (considering all animals are alive when you kill them …) — but we still give you props for not wanting to boil the sea critters alive. Lobsters feel pain and are pretty amazing animals. Friends, not food!
On another vegan Jersey Shore note, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola (who didn’t return for the reunion) recently repped a monthly vegan fitness box from The Strength Spot via her social media. So there’s that!
Clearly the cast knows the meaning of the “v” word. Now if we could just get Vinny to move away from that heart disease-inducing keto life …