Share the Howliday spirit and purchase a gift adoption from the Farm Sanctuary for someone you love! Sponsor a furtastic farm animal in your loved one’s name through the Farm Sanctuary and give them a gift they’ll never forget! The Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-a-Farm-Animal project has helped countless farm animals receive food and shelter. What better way to spread the joy of the season than by giving a farm animal a loving adoptive parent!
Farm Sanctuary founders Gene and Lorri Bauston began their not-for-profit in a Volkswagen van, financing their cause by selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead shows. Now, some 70,000 members strong, Farm Sanctuary advocates for animal rights through direct rescue programs as well as legislation and public awareness crusades.
Two shelters, one in upstate New York, one in Northern California, form the cornerstone of the Sanctuary mission. Set on sprawling lush acreage, the shelters are filled with furry goodwill ambassadors. These representatives include Webster, a floppy-eared bunny who went AWOL from an inhumane farm, and Trooper, a calf who survived being used in rodeo practice and then nearly starved after being discarded. Farm Sanctuary shelters Webster, Trooper and hundreds of other animals as part of the Adopt-a-Farm-Animal program where supporters contribute to the animals’ rehabilitation and continued care.
Farm Sanctuary not only provides a haven for animals, but also a welcome respite for city slickers who need to escape the stresses of urban living. At Farm Sanctuary’s vegetarian bed and breakfast in Watkins Glen, New York, guests wake to the cry of roosters, enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the landscape and gently pass the day surrounded by the charms of creatures great and small.
In addition to direct rescue and shelter efforts, Farm Sanctuary lobbies for changes in federal and state law. Largely through their efforts, over 130 congressmen came to support The Downed Animal Protection Act, a bill prohibiting downed animals (animals too sick to stand) from being sold for food. Farm Sanctuary also championed California’s similar ‘Downed Animal Bill’, and urges law enforcement agencies and the courts to zealously prosecute abusers. Further, due to these dedicated Deadheads, some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants—including Tavern on the Green, The Russian Tea Room and The Four Seasons—have stopped serving white veal.
Powered by tie-dye and veggie dogs, Gene and Lorri Bauston have brought their Farm Sanctuary advocacy “Truckin’” all the way from a little VW van to the courthouses, the White House and the glittering limelight of the Plaza Hotel. That takes caring, commitment and a whole bunch hard work. An awful lot of animals are pretty “Grateful” these two took the time.
To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit the web site at www.farmsanctuary.org