Meeting animal residents at farm sanctuaries was life-changing for Greg and me, providing the critical impetus for us to become vegetarian and ultimately vegan.
Two sanctuaries in particular played prominent roles in our lives – first Animal Place when we lived in Northern California, and then Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary after we moved to the greater Washington DC area. Today, I support both of these sanctuaries through the Greg Fund and with my volunteer time.
The 200+ animals of Poplar Spring, where I now volunteer on a weekly basis, have begun to feel like my extended family.
Residents of the DC area – and beyond – have a great opportunity to come to the sanctuary’s annual Thanksgiving with the Turkeys event on Saturday November 18 from 12 to 4 pm – where in addition to the turkeys, you can meet alpacas, chickens, cows, goats, horses, pigs, sheep and other Poplar Spring animals. Oh, and you can also participate in a humongous vegan potluck! More info at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary website and Facebook page.
Many new animals have come to the sanctuary this season, each with a unique story of survival – some so amazing that they made the news!
Mason, a Polish crested rooster, rescued by an Appalachian trail hiker who carried him 46 miles through three states. (Photo: Heather Bolt)
Ellie, a piglet who was found on the DC beltway after apparently falling off a truck.
Benjamin, a young sheep who was rescued from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. (Photo: Lee Blinder)
Penny and Petra, two baby goats who were intended to be raised for meat – but were then given up by the farmer when they became very sick. Both required life saving blood transfusions, and are slowly gaining health. (Photo: Maureen McGowan)
Dominic, a piglet who was born the runt of the litter on a Maryland pig farm. After his mother rejected him, a kind woman convinced the farmer to let him go, and then rescued and bottle raised him.