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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary 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. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.*

Mission*

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, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

They 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 visitors 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 the WFAS 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.

Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary 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. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.

History of WFAS*

Founders Jenny and Doug*

Perfectly situated in Woodstock, NY, couple Jenny Brown and Doug Abel began the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in late 2004 with a small group of rescued chickens from a factory farm, and a rooster who had been dumped in a NYC schoolyard.  Their wedding in October of 2004, the first fundraiser for the sanctuary, took place on what is now the new pasture and barn for rescued goats and sheep.

Starting with an empty, unfenced hay field, in under 6 years they have grown faster than ever imagined.  They have raised funds to build two large barns, two sheds for the cattle, five chicken coops, a duck/goose shed and pond, a modest animal hospital/treatment room and visitor center–and almost a mile of fencing. This has allowed them to rescue hundreds animals who either stay here for life or are adopted out to loving homes that meet their strict criteria.

The shelter regularly takes in or works to place other farm animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect. Most of these animals are rescued during investigations of farms, stockyards, auctions, and slaughterhouses; others arrive from humane societies and SPCA cruelty cases. A surprising number of the rescued animals come from the streets of New York City. For the first time in their lives, these animals that have only known fear, isolation and pain now enjoy warm and clean barns, nourishing food, veterinary care and love.

Apart from their visitor hours on the weekends, thy host regional school groups on field trips and other large groups. These days, children seldom have the opportunity to see these animals up close because the small family farm is largely a thing of the past. Few organizations exist that provide shelter and care to farm animals as opposed to the many that exist that focus on companion animals. Seeing these animals in the environment that they were meant to be in is a rare and rich experience. Visitors walk away having learned that these animals are not unlike the animals we call pets—they each have unique personalities and can be as affectionate and loyal as a dog or cat.

Welcome to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary*

*Text and photos courtesy of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

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