Out of the Darkness Comes a LightRemembering that horrific…


One of the many pens of animals at the farm in Franklinville NY. Far right is Matilda and Zepha- one of the mothers we took in, is close as always.


Nectar, Kaley and Adel in their new barn with 24 hour a day access to outside. You cannot beat this.


Twin brothers Jack and Bob Barker will never know fear and were born into peace and love- the way they should all live.


Vera Jo dive bombs


A very happy family. left to right: Zepha and her daughter Laurie and twin Cindy frolicking in the grass with Izzy, Bob Barker and Bob’s mom Daniella


The babies born to the mothers who suffered loss after loss of their lambs, can finally have these babies live with them forever.


Goat boys who had never been outside in their life, spent the first months terrified to leave their barn. Thankfully you can see they got over this.


Ducks, who were surviving on eating trash and the bodies of the dead, now are enjoying the Farm Sanctuary life.

Out of the Darkness Comes a Light

Remembering that horrific

Franklinville

farm operation in Cattaraugus County, NY, is not difficult

but it is still hard. It is hard because it is painful to think that the beautiful beings we now know so well came from this hell on earth.

It is hard because these loving, caring, and kind individuals were living in darkness — some never seeing the light, feeling the sun, or touching the earth for years on end.

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Matilda, whose original rescuers took her babies away, was suffering from horrible mastitis, emaciation and exhaustion. Now. at Farm Sanctuary, she is happy and thriving.  

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All of the animals living in the barns were living in darkness with no opportunities to venture into the sun or fresh air. 

It is hard because these fragile, gentle creatures went without care

− some without shelter in the dead of winter.

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The geese were left outside without shelter in the dead of winter, but mud season was actually worse.  Due to improper housing, and living in areas with multiple deceased animals, the girls arrived with a rare and very difficult to treat parasite. 

It is hard because mothers, who we know love their children, had to see them taken away to be sold for food, and then were forced to reproduce and create more children to love and lose.

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From a birthing pen, where baby after baby is taken, Izzy and Daniella had their next babies at our sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. These babies, as you can see, are as big as mom and still with their family.  

So we remember. We cry for those who never had a chance to get out

− for the hundreds who died on that farm. We feel pain for the babies sold for lamb as their mothers were forced to let them go.

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When we arrived to pick up the sheep and goats, many were being removed or had been removed by local farmers.  We could only take some of the remaining animals.  Gabby, above back left, was one who made it to Farm Sanctuary. 

We remember those who were left to survive in barns so filthy that humans were not allowed to enter without respirators; where our eyes and throats burned from the ammonia in the air. 

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Beeley Pippin, before and after.  Arriving dirty, emaciated, and in poor feather condition, this girl has made a huge change for the better. 

But we also celebrate. We celebrate because those who are at sanctuary are feeling the earth, soaking up the sun, protected by shelter, able to live with their loved ones, and seen as someone, not something. We celebrate because we know them as the individual beings that they are

not as products of the meat, egg, and dairy industries

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Gabby, seen in the photo above where she was penned since being born, now enjoying freedom and love. 

And we celebrate because their stories will be told over and over again, so that future generations will know that these animals’ lives were worth living.  

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Walk Around the Farm With Susie: Pigs Go to Bed


Hello!!!!!! Bedding is fun! Andy loves his bed!


Joan and pals bedded down!


Honey snuggled in the straw.


Ben David piglet bedded down next to Honey, his adoptive mom.


Eric’s first bed.

Walk Around the Farm With Susie: Pigs Go to Bed

One thing we see time and again when we rescue pigs — especially those who’ve come from factory farms or been forced to live in pens consisting only of mud or in concrete-floored barns — is that bedding is what they seem to enjoy and want the most.

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Noah and Portia hate to be disturbed when napping!

Now, I love to sleep, and nothing feels better than sleeping in soft, comfortable bedding. Sleep needs to feel safe, secure, warm, and snuggly — and no one appreciates this more than a pig.

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The family that nests together stays together.

So today’s walk around the farm is all about pigs and going to bed! We will watch as our rescue-barn resident pigs make their beds and get ready to sleep. With the snow falling down right now and temperatures dropping into the teens, nothing says comfort like a warm, soft bed!

So sit back and watch some of our pigs get comfy — and I hope you all have an equally comfortable and happy sleep!

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Eric started out snuggling on a stuffed pig, and now he does the same with his real friend Bob and in snuggly straw!

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Bob and Eric now — Bob is the live version of the Gund pig above!

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Bedtime for Bovines!

Bedtime for Bovines!

National Shelter Director Susie Coston takes us along for the ride as she bids her bovine friends good night at our New York Shelter! 

One of our cow residents, Belinda, is currently wearing a coat at night to give her a little extra warmth. When she decides that she might prefer not to wear it, her friends come over to check on her and make sure everything’s all right! This is just one of many reminders we have the opportunity to see here at Farm Sanctuary that these incredible animals have rich emotional lives and form strong bonds of friendship and family, just like we do. Learn more about these intelligent and deeply social beings at The Someone Project.

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