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Growing up, Monica Smith and her six siblings were known for taking in half a dozen stray animals at a time. “What’s one more Smith?” they’d joke. Smith, now CEO of Marketsmith, an advertising company in Parsippany, New Jersey, has converted swaths of her three-acre farm in nearby Chester into a sanctuary for 100 cats, two dogs, and four goats. It’s aptly titled “One More Smith.” Smith funnels $55,000 a year and countless hours into the sanctuary, which her partner, Amy, manages full time. Smith's family is known for taking drastic rescue measures: they’ve stopped traffic for an hour to save a swan, negotiated with drug dealers to extract a kitten from a crack house, and salvaged goats from a hoarder. She admits it all sounds a little “crazy cat lady.” “It’s not just other people who think I’m nuts,” she laughs. “I think I’m nuts. We could be free of cares and on vacation. But this is what makes us feel aligned.” –R.M.Y.