I was just sitting here thinking about this wonderful place and I thought I would give them a shoutout and let those of you that are here in the NY area in on a wonderfully awesome place to visit for the day or volunteer your time. Scott and I had the opportunity this summer to go up for an afternoon and hang out with the animals. It was a really amazing experience and we learned sooo much. When we left the farm that afternoon, we knew we were going to cut eggs and dairy out of our already vegetarian diets and go full vegan. If you have a chance, I highly recommend spending an afternoon there. The animals are so wonderful and friendly, and Doug & Jenny are great and helpful and so knowledgable. All of the staff is great, actually.
Here’s a snippit from their home page to tell you a little bit more about the farm. I’m also including the link to their home page here in the post and I’ll put it in my favorite links as well for easy access. Don’t be afraid to take a look around their website. There is all kinds of useful information for vegetarians, vegans, and animal lovers alike! http://www.woodstockfas.org
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
We are a place where visitors can come face to face with these animals who most only know as “dinner” and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!
At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farm animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised in large, industrial factory farm systems.
Many people don’t realize how dramatically meat and dairy production in the US has changed over the past 50 years. Those childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms couldn’t be further from reality. Virtually all of animals who are raised for food — or their products — live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called “factory farms.” These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals.
WFAS is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our moral duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Like our faithful dogs and lap-sitting cats, farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion and to live free of fear and suffering.