Most animal sanctuaries pursue the identical noble aim: to present animals a protected dwelling. The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Excessive Falls takes it a bit additional. After founding the sanctuary in 2004, Jenny Brown and Doug Abel targeted their mission on adopting animals which are generally exploited, abused, or killed within the agriculture business and connecting them to folks in a significant approach. By excursions of the sanctuary, the animals turn out to be the face for the causes of veganism and animal rights that the workers so fiercely advocate for.
The sanctuary, which was initially positioned in Woodstock, moved to Excessive Falls in 2015. The present 150-acre property is dwelling to some 400 animals, giant and small, from cows to bunnies. And so they imply dwelling—whereas some sanctuaries are merely a transitional spot for animals awaiting adoption, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary lodges animals for almost all of their lives. They not often allow adoption because of the sources and a spotlight wanted to maintain giant livestock equivalent to pigs, sheep, and cows.
As of Might, weekly excursions of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary can be found to the general public. These farm safaris enable friends to tour the property and listen to the rescue tales of the cows, goats, sheep, pigs, geese, geese, chickens, and turkeys they meet, whereas being educated in regards to the animal agriculture and farming industries. Tour guides and house owners of the sanctuary hope that guests depart with the imaginative and prescient that livestock, who are sometimes seen merely as meals or commodities, are literally people with actual life tales that contain households, trauma, abuse, and neglect.
This sanctuary supplies an unusual alternative for folks to fulfill bigger livestock that won’t be bought, killed, or put to work sooner or later, with a kinder and fewer exploitative bent than a petting zoo. “Our hope is that individuals are impressed by the rescued residents they meet and incorporate extra compassionate decisions of their on a regular basis lives after they depart the sanctuary, not just for the animals, however for people and the planet as properly,” says sanctuary worker Kat Farrell.
With a purpose to proceed rescuing and offering good lives for his or her resident animals, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary not too long ago accomplished its first annual fundraising marketing campaign referred to as “Woodstock Giving Week.” Below this program, they have been capable of efficiently earn $80,000 in funds inside 10 days of fundraising. The sanctuary is 100-percent donor-funded, with all contributions going instantly in the direction of their mission; donations could also be gifted by way of their web site year-round.
Scheduled and ticketed excursions happen weekly, operating on Saturdays at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm till November. The 10am excursions are really useful for households, as they’re extra fitted to youngsters. Excursions present friends the prospect to fulfill goats like Sassy which were saved from butchers, pigs like Stanley that spend their days dwelling within the peaceable retirement barn, and shy sheep like George that like to work together, when you get to know them. Tickets might be bought right here for those who wish to expertise that robust animal bond with any of the 400 associates on web site.