A Week at Farm Sanctuary: Celebrating a Special Rescue-versary, Catching Up with our Calf Friends, Visiting with the Sheep, and More!


Bob Barker lamb


Luciana hen

It’s finally starting to feel like fall at our New York Shelter!

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As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, all of us — rescued residents included — are taking every opportunity we can to enjoy these beautiful days at sanctuary!

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A Very Happy “Rebirthday”

This week marked one year since we and fellow rescuers were able to save more than 170 suffering farm animals from a deplorable backyard butcher operation in New York’s Hudson Valley. A year on, these survivors continue to inspire us with their courage and resilience.

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Hudson Valley survivor Tatiana and her herdmates enjoyed some tasty
leaves as the sun set on another day of Farm Sanctuary life. With a little help
from their humanimal friend Luke
Hess
.

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Tatiana’s best friend Archie is never far from her side.

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Like Tatiana, herd leader Olive has blossomed over the past year, loving every moment at sanctuary and relishing special treats like these leaves (obviously).

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Even little Aretha will now come up to say hello and get a snack! While still shy, Aretha has come such a long way from the terrified goat we first met a year ago, and we know that being able to keep and raise her twins Lulu and Min has had a lot to do with that positive change!

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(Psst, Lulu, you have something on your lip!)

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Like her buddies Lulu and Min, Maggie was born in safety at Farm Sanctuary, meaning that she will never know anything but love and care from humans.

We marked this happy rescue anniversary with a live video visit with Tatiana, Archie, Olive, Aretha, Maggie, Lulu, and Min — if you missed it, you can catch the replay here! Meet more of the Hudson Valley survivors here.

Visiting with Pig Friends

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Andy
pig
, above, is all smiles for the weekend!
This cheerful guy finds joy in the little things in life, like a lovely fall day.

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Andy’s herdmate Liza
is also taking advantage of the cooler weather with a long stroll through the
pasture. (To the right, behind Liza, you can see two of our brand-new tiny
houses
, part of our onsite B&B. Guests have been enjoying the lovely view that includes Andy and Liza’s pasture!)

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Meanwhile, best friends Emily and Tim happily snooze together. Life in the main pig herd wasn’t quite the right fit for either of them, but they found friendship in each other and the rest is history!

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In other pig news, little Cameron
is getting bigger by the day. It’s incredible to think that he is the same tiny
piglet we first met just two months ago. He’s never far from his beloved
squeaky toy pig.

Checking In with the Calves

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We’re also amazed by how quickly our bovine buddies — including young Cashew, above — are
growing up!

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Cashew has mastered the art of the “chin scratch” face, and of course, we’re happy to oblige.

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Jerome continues to thrive at Farm Sanctuary, with Cashew and mom Liz doting on him day and night.

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Jerome tentatively tastes some weeds in the pasture.

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The whole family enjoying a cool fall graze together, Liz leading the way!

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Little Carlton is growing as well, but he still has that sweet baby face we all know and love.

Greetings from the Sheep Barn!

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Bob Barker lamb and his family — mom Daniella, brother Jack, “aunties” Izzy and Zepha, and “cousins” Vera Jo, Cindy, and Laura — recently joined the main sheep flock.

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As you can see, Bob Barker is settling in well, with help from mentors like Francis sheep (in the background).

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Before long, Francis will be teaching Bob Barker how to make silly faces.

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Another new addition to the main sheep flock: Scott lamb! As you may remember, Scott came to us very ill and without his mother. During his recovery, he bonded with another very special resident who was living in our onsite hospital at the time: June Bug goat, who sadly passed away earlier this year. After June Bug’s passing, Scott was very lonely, and we knew he needed companionship. We tried to introduce him to the main flock, but he wasn’t ready for them yet and was very intimidated. We next tried him with Chucky and Benedict goats and their turkey and chicken friends. Chucky and Benedict are very gentle, so this was a good fit during a formative time for Scott.

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Recently, Scott showed us that he was ready to give the main sheep flock a try again, and this time it has been a big success! He’s happy to be with his “sheeple,” and we’re delighted to see him thriving in the group at last.

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Among the new friends in Scott’s life: Sarah lamb, above, and her twin Clare.

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Sarah and Clare came to us recently after being found wandering loose in a New Jersey suburb, becoming the second and third members of their very distinctive-looking breed at our New York Shelter. Their arrival was met with enthusiasm by Jake sheep, previously the lone member of the Jacob breed in the flock, who is happy to have a few faces resembling his own in the group!

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The ever-friendly Louise and all of us at Farm Sanctuary wish you a very happy weekend and week ahead!

For more Farm Sanctuary updates, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Want to meet our incredible rescued residents in person? Learn how to visit here. Want to help? Your support makes our rescue, education, and advocacy efforts possible. You can also help by sharing our residents’ stories to spread the word that farm animals like them are each someone, not something. A compassionate world begins with you!

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