Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Animal Acres, Sanctuary to Farm Animals & a Vegan's Disneyland

Once a farm animal becomes too sick or injured to be considered profitable, he or she is often euthanized or abandoned - often literally left on the side of the road, in the latter case. Sometimes, even healthy farm animals are abused, abandoned, or neglected, for no reason at all, such as the recent case of chicken hoarding.

Animal Acres is a farm sanctuary located an hour outside of Los Angeles. It's completely volunteer run, so me and some of my animal-loving friends decided to participate as volunteers. Together, we cleaned the cow and donkey pastures and horse corrals, and carried sacks of pig and chicken feed to the barn. These are some photos from the first of what I hope will be many visits to the farm!

Sundance the goat can enjoy her hay in peace now that she's safe at Animal Acres!

Posing with a friendly cow named "Sugar."
Turkey Lurky, the very vocal and comical turkey that loves to follow you around and fan out her majestic feathers for you.
Sweet, little Cowboy, the calf. He's just a baby guy!
Posing with Honky Tonk, the donkey that LOVES to nuzzle and be as close as possible to his human visitors.
From a cow's point of view, it's a much better life at Animal Acres than on a dairy farm, where she would be constantly pumped with hormones, impregnated, and separated from her calves, all just so she could produce more milk. I can only agree with her; at a farm sanctuary like Animal Acres, she's no longer exploited for her reproductive system.

If you're interested in volunteering or simply hanging out with the animals, there might be a sanctuary near you! There are many kinds of animal sanctuaries, not just those for farm creatures. Check out the list I've compiled below. And if I'm missing any sanctuaries, or if I've added a place that shouldn't be on the list, please email me or leave a comment.

Whisper's Sanctuary - Sierra Vista, AZ

The Gentle Barn - Santa Clarita, CA
Animal Acres - Acton, CA
Farm Sanctuary - Orland, CA
Animal Place - Grass Valley, CA
Animal Messenger Sanctuary - Sebastopol, CA
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary - Stockton, CA
Meadowbrook Animal Sanctuary and Haven - Lake Elsinore, CA
Piece of Peace Animal Sanctuary - Marysville, CA
NorCal Equine Rescue - Oroville, CA
California Potbellied Pig Association - Pleasant Hill, CA
Shambala - Acton, CA

Aspen Valley - Rosseau, Ontario

Bleating Hearts Sanctuary - Boulder, CO
Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary - Deer Trail, CO

Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary - Lebanon, CT

Kindred Spirits Sanctuary - Ocala, FL

Home At Last Animal Sanctuary - Salvisa, KY

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary - Poolesville, MD
Stargazing Farm - Boyds, MD
Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary - Princess Anne, MD

Vegan Peace Animal Sanctuary - Sherborn, MA
Winslow Farm - Norton, MA
Maple Farm Sanctuary - Mendon, MA

Grateful Acres - Otsego, MI
Sasha Farm - Manchester, MI

Chicken Run Rescue

Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue - Hot Springs, MT
New Dawn MT Farm Sanctuary - Stevensville, MT
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary (for horses) - Ovando, MT

New York:
Farm Sanctuary - Watkins Glen, NY
Catskill Animal Sanctuary - Saugerties, NY
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary - Poughquag, NY
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary - Woodstock, NY

New Zealand:
The Sanctuary
Pakuratahi Farm Animal Sanctuary

North Carolina:
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue - Indian Trail, NC

Northern Ireland:
Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary 

Happy Trails Farm Animals Sanctuary - Ravenna, OH

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary - Salem, OR

Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary - Avondale, PA
Godot Animal Sanctuary - Punxsutawney, PA

Black Beauty Ranch - Murchison, TX
Dreamtime Sanctuary - Elgin, TX
Safe Harbour Refuge - London, TX
Serenity Springs - Forestburg, TX

United Kingdom:
ABC Animal Sanctuary
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary
...For an extended listing of UK sanctuaries, see this index.

Best Friends Animal Society - Kanab, UT
Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary - Riverton, UT

United Poultry Concerns - Machipongo, VA

BAAHAUS Animal Rescue Group - Vashon, WA
Pigs Peace Sanctuary - Stanwood, WA
Pasado's Safe Haven - Sultan, WA
Country Critters Rescue Corral - Sedro-Woolley, WA (call 360-854-0205)
Precious Life Animal Sanctuary - Edmonds, WA

West Virginia:
PIGS, A Sanctuary - Sheperdstown, WV

Midwest Animal and Potbellied Pig Association and Rescue - Pardeeville, WI

P.S. You can find more photos from my trip to Animal Acres on the chooseyourownfoodchain facebook page.

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