What can we say about our experience at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in (almost) Upstate New York that hasn’t been said by every other visitor that had the pleasure of visiting this haven for rescued farm animals on earth? CAS is an absolute gem and there are not enough words to describe how special this place is. We booked an overnight room at their Homestead which gave us unlimited access to the sanctuary grounds during our stay. We arrived on the farm by noon on a Saturday afternoon and was greeted by Erica, the Homestead Manager and checked into little Paulie’s room, named after a spunky rooster.
We were scheduled to join at one o’clock tour of the farm so we quickly got settled and walked over to the sanctuary grounds. The tour was informative, educational and interactive and the tour guide, Rocky, was wonderful and friendly. The animals were happy and well taken care of which was such a relief after hearing about the horrendous treatments they received by our fellow humans prior to being rescued. I knew a lot about factory farming practices (which is why I was an on and off vegetarian for 17 years) before coming to CAS, but apparently not enough to stop eating them… Seeing these animals in front of me, seeing first hand how they interact with us and each other really opened my eyes and heart on how WRONG it is how the common farming practices treat these beautiful sentient beings before they end up on our plates as food. Vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, I recommend that everyone visit this little piece of animal heaven to awaken the compassion we all have in our hearts and make informed decisions on our food choices affect the lives we decide to take. Even if you have no desire to become a non-meat eater, it’s still a wonderful place to visit just to meet all the happy animals!
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – Martin Luther King Jr