Hey animal lovers! I just signed up for the Farm Sanctuary’s San Diego Walk for Farm Animals in October with some buddies from my vegan cooking club. I’m so excited! I’ve only recently started getting involved in animal advocacy activities. This will be the biggest event I’ve participated in and I just can’t wait!
About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Santuary rescues farm animals that have been discarded in stockyard “dead” piles, left on the side of the road, escaped, or reported as needing rescue by concerned citizens. They are provided sanctuary and given medical care, to be nursed back to health and live in an environment that is as close to their natural one as is possible. Farm Sanctuary has rescued and provided shelter for thousands of animals since it’s creation in 1986.
Farm Sanctuary also spends time and resources legally advocating for animals, doing their best to outlaw cruel practices on factory farms. They were critical in getting gestation crates banned in California, Arizona and Florida. Additionally, Farm Sanctuary has thousands visitors to the New York and California shelters each year so they can meet the rescued animals and hear their stories in an effort to spread awareness. Farm Sanctuary also creates educational materials that volunteers (like me!) can give out at events to help inform the public of the harmful truth of factory farming.
Michael, a dairy calf, narrowly missed being sold at auction for veal or cheap beef. Male calves of dairy cows are considered too costly to feed and raise, so they are taken from their mothers within a few days of birth and sold off or killed.
Fortunately for baby Michael, the farmer held him back from a group of calves because she felt there was something special about him. Michael’s story got around thanks to word of mouth and social media, and eventually animal rescuer Mike Stura caught wind of it. Mike used his own money and time to buy a transport trailer and pick up Michael just as the auction truck was arriving to take him to market.
Michael was treated for diarrhea and giardia at the Melrose Small Animal Hospital. He is now learning to be part of the herd, and will be mothered by one of the female cows at the sanctuary.
About The Walk for Farm Animals
The Walk for Farm Animals provides critical funds for Farm Sanctuary, and it gives the animal advocacy community an event to come together and show our love and support for animals in a public way.
Our team is aiming to raise $500 or more. The money goes towards supporting Farm Sanctuary’s of rescue, sanctuary, legal advocacy, education and awareness. To give you an idea of how much donations make a huge difference (even the little ones!) here’s a breakdown of what your money can do:
- $10 feeds three chickens for a whole month
- $15 provides critical antibiotics for one sheep
- $30 feeds one piggy for a whole month
- $50 gives clean bedding to two cows for a whole month
As you can see, donations even as small as $5 make a huge difference in the life of these animals. If you want to help my team reach our goal of $500, go to my fundraising page and make a contribution!
Every little bit helps!