From farm and never to fork: A trip to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Surrounded by the beautiful Catskill mountains in upstate New York is Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, where farm animals are treated like kings and queens and will never end up on your fork, unlike the other billions of farm animals in the world slaughtered for food each day.

I had the great pleasure of visiting and volunteering at Woodstock Farm Animal sanctuary last week. My experience was so enriching that I feel compelled to share it, so that hopefully someday you can pay a visit to all of the loving animals and warm associates at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I visited during the week so that I could volunteer and offer a helping hand. The sanctuary relies heavily on their volunteers to keep up with the daily tasks of running a farm. Families can also visit on the weekends for a $10.00 donation for adults and $5.00 for children. Accommodations at the Guesthouse B&B are available with advanced booking, but there are many other accommodations nearby.

A little history on Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Jenny Brown and Doug Abel founded Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in late 2004 from a small group of factory farmed chickens that were abandoned in a New York City schoolyard. Prior to starting the farm animal sanctuary, both Jenny and Doug were employed full time in the film industry. Jenny had been an animal advocate from a young age and through her work shooting an undercover video on animal abuse at a Texas stockyard, she had seen enough and wanted to make even more of an impact for the fight for farm animals.

Now, the couple calls the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary their home and has dedicated their lives to creating awareness on the horrible truth involved in the mass productions of animals for food, while simultaneously building their farm animal sanctuary. Through coordinating volunteer contributions, fundraising and a lot of hard work, the couple and their staff are able to provide unconditional love and care for the animals that call the sanctuary their home.

Having never been to Woodstock, NY I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Like many of you, I immediately pictured a bunch of hippies at the oh so famous Woodstock music festival of 69' that took place at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the town of Bethel, NY. Bethel is actually an hour and a half drive Southwest from Woodstock itself, so unfortunately I didn't have enough time to sneak in a visit to this historical landmark (next time). However, spending time at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary was far more fulfilling then snapping  a few pics and bragging to my pals that I stood where legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young and Janis Joplin once performed.

Take a journey though the following photographs and captions to fully embrace what a joyful experience visiting or volunteering at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary can be for you and your family.

"Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more."
Franz Kafka

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