They’ll Steal Your Heart – Get To Know The Rescued Farmed Animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary piglets

Mark your calendars for April 6th and 7th as Catskill Animal Sanctuary, the region’s beloved haven for farmed animals celebrates opening weekend! Visitors to the Sanctuary, open since 2001, will meet hundreds of rescued animals and sample vegan food demos prepared by award-winning chefs.

“It’s our favorite time of year,” explains Founder Kathy Stevens. “People don’t expect affection from cows and pigs, and they certainly don’t expect friendly ducks, chickens and turkeys to climb into their laps. But that’s what happens here, and it’s often the beginning of a profound shift in people’s thinking.”

Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s mission has always been to build a more compassionate world for all, and it does so not only through direct rescue, but through signature programs designed to encourage humanity to move towards plant-based living: vegan cooking classes, a free mentorship service for those looking to make more vegan choices, a summer day camp program, a wide offering of onsite events and festivals, and a heart-warming, eye-opening tour experience for visitors. Led by knowledgeable tour guides, Sanctuary tours are “up close and personal,” allowing for an experience that’s tough to find in today’s world.

Visitors are joyfully disarmed by affectionate Sanctuary residents, like Jasmine, a pig who runs to the fence when her name is called, or Elery and Imogen, turkeys who fall asleep in guests’ laps. And then there’s Tigger and Hermione, the goats who gather around visitors, demanding attention— and baby goat Leo, who is deaf and blind but loves to snuggle. ?Guests are invited to discover these animals as unique individuals, as well as ambassadors for their species. The Sanctuary welcomes everyone, no matter their point of view, honoring and celebrating those who come down the driveway to engage and to learn. “We’re all on a journey towards greater compassion,” says Tours Manager Kaden Maguire. “Our mantra, ‘Love Spoken Here,’ describes how we do the work.”

All tours are child-friendly, with Family-Focused tours (specifically designed with youngsters in mind) offered at 11am. Day Passes are available for those who want to spend extra time exploring the Sanctuary’s grounds.

But the Sanctuary experience doesn’t end when the last pig’s belly has been rubbed. Each tour finishes at Peabody’s Place (named after a beloved rooster who spent hours with guests) where Sanctuary chefs offer plant-based food demos and tastings of original recipes from the Sanctuary’s highly anticipated new cookbook (available for pre-order and arriving in May). Come with an open heart— and an appetite!

Opening Weekend Details:  Public tour season begins on April 6th, 2019 at 11:00 am. See website for details. Tour season continues every Saturday and Sunday through the month of November. The cost is $12/person for adults, $8/person for seniors, veterans, and children (under 13). Children under 3 are admitted free of charge.

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