Whether talking about the Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW, fundraising for Farm Sanctuary, volunteering at Vegan Haven for Pig’s Peace, or promoting a Wine & Cheese benefit for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary, there is no doubt that this jolly redheaded vegan believes firmly in supporting animal sanctuaries. Why treasure the few animals who are able to escape the horrors of farming when so many languish and die? What difference does it make?
If you haven’t spent time with pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and other commonly farmed animals when they are at peace and just doing their thing, you are missing out on one of life’s most generous moments. I don’t care how much of a City Person you are, getting out into the country is worth all of the inconveniences you can conjure. Once you see first hand how each animal experiences every moment, once you look into their eyes and recognize something familiar, you can no longer see animals as a big theoretical group. You instead imagine every single individual. You can better comprehend the scale of our departure from them and nature. Sanctuaries provide connection and inspiration for vegans and non-vegans alike. They are examples of our capacity for compassion in the face of so much oppression.
OK, that sounds pretty heavy, but I meant to talk to you about something AWESOME. That is that now we all can go up and hang out with the Animals at Pasado’s Safe Haven. No ticket necessary. Next month! You don’t even have to volunteer. Every quarter (maybe more often in the future) they will open their big gates and give a public tour.
The tours will be lead by members of the Education and Advocacy (Community Engagement) program at Pasado’s. This October, they will re-launch their tour with Lindsey Soffes at the helm (she is an amazing person, go meet her!). The complete tour will take about 2 hours and cover all of the sanctuary grounds. Wear comfy clothing that can get muddy and big ol boots if you have them. After the tour you’ll get to visit the gift store and share some tasty vegan snacks.
“We have been working hard to rejuvenate our tours, which now include visits to our cow pasture and horse property! We have also opened up our tours to children under the age of 12 (as long as accompanied by a parent).” – Tracy Campion, Pasado’s Safe Haven
Bring treats for the animals, it is a sure way to make fast friends! Animal friends! Sanctuary residents love: leafy greens (e.g., lettuce, spinach), celery, seedless grapes, blueberries, strawberries, frozen corn, carrot, apples, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn, unsalted peanuts. In addition to treats, the animals are grateful for and can always make good use of cat litter, dog and cat food, dog and cat beds, collars, leashes, blankets, towels, paper towels, bleach, etc. This is a great place to bring friends and family who are veg curious.
Those of you who are familiar with Pasado’s and maybe even familiar with their past financial and legal issues, can take heart. They have a brand new Executive Director, Laura Henderson, who is vegan and wanted to reinstate those core values that Pasado’s Safe Haven was founded upon. Best thing is to go check it out for yourself. Here’s the scoop: