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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Founded in the famous town of Woodstock, New York, WFS takes in "food-production animals" such as cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Most are rescued from the neglect and abuses of factory farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses. WFS is a place where people can come face to face with these animals that most only know as "dinner" and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and our health.

Results: Hundreds of farm animals have been rescued, rehabilitated and cared for and thousands of visitors have come to visit us and learned about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.

Programs: Animal rescue and caregiving - includes caregivers staff, veterinary visits and supplies, ongoing food and shelter for over 200 formerly neglected, abused or abandonedfarm animals. Also included in expenses are efforts for permanent home placement, as well as emergency expenditures to assit in small and large-scale animal rescue, including transportation, veterinary care and temporary housing.

education and outreach - trained staff take visitors on tours of the farm from april 1 through october 31, interweaving individual rescue stories with the realities of billions of animals just like the ones here. Further outreach includes hosting school and community groups, conducting workshops, and creating electronic and printed media on the topics of factory farming, veganism, and the environmental impact of modern-day agribusiness. Finally, we attend outside conferences to spread this information to other areas of the country.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing when animals have a Safe Haven to be able to LIVE & be safe & happy! Thank you Woodstock for being the light of hope for precious animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is one of the most wonderful places on Earth. Seeing the wonderful care the residents get and knowing they will never be harmed by humans fills me with such joy every time I visit. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to answer visitors questions. Visitors get to interact with the animals and learn about the horrors of animal agriculture. I wish everyone could visit this magical place.

3 Hillary8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an incredible place! I've visited multiple times and try to volunteer as much as possible. Truly life changing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Woodstock is a fantastic sanctuary. I've visited a number of times and am delighted to see them in their gorgeous new location. Everything is very clean and the animals are happy and well taken care of. They also provide valuable education about farm animals and rescue. One of my favorite places to support!

3 Tony67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A bit over 4 years ago during the dairy portion of their tour, I instantly went from being a long time vegetarian to vegan. Beginning a little over a year ago I volunteered for the first time and had such a great experience doing the work, being with the residents, the staff and other volunteers that I've been unable to stop and have volunteered there at least 1 day per week since. It's a truly amazing place which I see as a sanctuary for me as well as for the residents, in that the experience mentally recharges me each week. It's also been great to be among like-minded people, both staff and volunteers, many of whom are now friends.

3 Dianna10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was contacted by them after they facilitated a rescue of a 3 week old potbellied pig from a Bronx, NY apartment. Their facility was not only clean and well staffed but the animals had plenty of room and were not stressed, a problem which occurs frequently due to overcrowding.

3 LJ S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and fundraised for Woodstock on multiple occasions. The humans that work here are some of the best people I know. Their advocacy on behalf of and care for the animals in unparalleled. They have a very special place in my heart for all of the wonderful work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I go to Facebook and read about another rescue of maybe one animal or many, it brings joy to my heart. I just wish we could have a Woodstock in every town. The compassion shown to each animal makes me believe in the goodness of humans...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting the farm sanctuary and going on a tour was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. It reaffirmed my commitment to eating and living cruelty free. All of the staff were kind and knowledgeable. I look forward to visiting again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the most selfless, loving staff. They are one of a kind!

1 Denise158

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently heard of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, but in that short amount of time, I have been enlightened. It was through their website and social media pages that I have learned about the harsh reality of farmed animals. The love and care they provide is such a blessing to animals. I only wish every abused or neglected animal could have a home at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. I hope to visit soon so I can see first hand the great work they are doing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and member of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for over ten years. I have read every newsletter and have visited the original location. I would like to visit the new sanctuary but I have some physical limitations that makes travel a bit difficult but perhaps I will be able to do it in 2017. I have met Jenny Brown and I have read her book. Every word of what she, her staff and the volunteers say they do and what they say they believe is true. They devote their hearts and minds to the support of helpless and abused animals. They educate visitors of all ages as to how each of us can best support the cause and prevent abuse of animals in the future. They have created a truly peaceful and happy sanctuary for the animals they save and for the people who are able to visit. Sometimes, when I read of their heartfelt devotion to the animals they have rescued, I am overwhelmed to realize there really is such goodness in the world. I am always pleased to donate to the cause and always give as much as I can. These good people are truly doing god's work. It is a truly caring and honest organization and I am proud to be a member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at the santuary and it has been a very rewarding experience. I have looked at life through the eyes of the animals there. They are special. I have met many wonderful people who bring much love to the animals. It gives me great joy in knowing that they are taken care of and I am apart of this journey.
Matt Madonna

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible work being performed here. I love reading about the issues raised by this group that I wouldn't have read elsewhere. Thanks for all that you do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I only spent 1 evening and next day and I have to say it is one of the most relaxing places I have been too! You are surrounded by love and beauty. At the Catskill Farm Sanctuary - it is a perfect world. I am DEFINITELY going back.

1 Kate104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to interact with the animals that are thoughtlessly slaughtered in mass acts of inhumanity... every day! I put my WSFAS pictures on a recent Christmas card!

2 Lindsay38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love love love Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and bring my boys whenever we can. It is a journey worth taking every time-- the tours are great and very informative. My now 9 year old is looking forward to volunteering eventually. Great to meet animals up close and hear all their stories; so glad places like this exist for allowing industry animals to live in peace and to educate the public on what their would-be lives, sadly still the lives of so many, consist of.

2 Jess29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm probably biased, because I'm a Woodstock Sanctuary staff member, but I have seen this place move from 23 acres to over 150 acres and take on an additional 180 rescued farm animals, bringing the total population here to around 340 rescued residents.

It's so important to have a haven like this, a safe space for both the animals and the people who visit, no matter where they are on their journey toward a more compassionate and equitable world. It's inspiring to come in each day and to lead tours to the public on the weekend and get to know the animals and people that have found a welcoming home at the sanctuary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary helped open my eyes to a new world of LIFE, and how our food is effecting much more than oursevles! Volunteering at WFS has been so rewarding, and meeting all of their friendly animals is so amazing. It really gives you a chance to relate the animals to food, and other industries that use farm animals.

thank you Woodstock Farm Sanctuary for all that you do! you are changing SOOO many lives!!

3 Rebecca184

Donor

Rating: 5

Because of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary I made a decision to not ever eat meat or buy anything that came from an animal. It was the best decision of my life. Thank you Woodstock for making me see faces on a pair of leather shoes or under that Saran Wrap in the grocery store. I will be forever grateful to you. Thank you for you and all other organizations that make us aware.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I had a wonderful weekend getaway at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary this past May. We stayed at the on-site bed-and-breakfast, and that really helped us to feel like we were a part of all the good that is being done there. It's such a peaceful, serene place that gives you the chance to recharge and help a great cause at the same time. Although we didn't have time to volunteer on the farm this visit, we will be returning in the future and plan to volunteer then. More than simply being a nice place for a weekend stay in the country, I was impressed with the focus on education that is presented in such an engaging way. Taking the tour, meeting the animals, and learning about their past lives is a real eye-opener for many, and represents the kind of knowledge you can carry forward and use to make a difference in our world.

4 Christina77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My home away from home! I love every part of this sanctuary. To be greeted by turkeys and goats as soon as you walk in says enough. This place is filled with love and compassion. Since discovering WFAS, I have become increasingly curious and excited to learn about living a life cruelty free, and have been for the past 3 years :-)

Patricia100

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My husband and I visited Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary 7/31/14 . It was our first time volunteering but I hope it won't be our last . If we didn't live over 100 miles away , I would be a regular! The animals roam freely around the barns which is so cool for city dwellers who never have the opportunity to hang with the gang! The vibe from staff is that they are caring and devoted and work hard to provide a safe nurturing haven for all the animals. We we're given the chore of raking and cleaning up a barn stall which may not seem glamorous by any means but I left there feeling like a star ... At least in the eyes of those gentle sweet beasts. I now have a greater understanding of what farm animal rescue is all about and only wish there are more and more places like WFAS

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband, son and goddaughter visited the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and we were so glad we did! We were so happy to see once mistreated animals living in peace. My six year old son and my nine year old goddaughter enjoyed tremendously. We volunteered for a day. They learned so much about animals and I think what's most important they were able to comprehend that animals have feelings, just like us. The workers are wonderful, caring, and very informative. I feel this place is a safe haeven not only for these beautiful animals, but for anyone else who enters.

1 Jennifer360

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WFAS) in 2010. I've been vegan ever since. The one-on-one time bonding with the animals is phenomenal. The Staff is absolutely wonderful, and extremely appreciative of my time volunteering. Living in NYC, i try to travel to WFAS as often as possible, especially when I'm craving animal therapy/nature. The B&B on the farm is perfection.

WFAS will open your eyes, melt your heart, and change your life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, is such a warm and welcoming place! I volunteered in the beginning of August 2014 and the compassion and kindness that went on was like,no other. Drive up into the parking lot and you are greeted with the view of a sun-filled farm with animals roaming about freely. Take a seat on the benches by the visitor center and you will have an extremely friendly farm cat, a friendly goat, chickens, and multiple turkeys come up to you and ask for a petting. Being a teenager, I really was not sure about volunteering (what's farmwork?). But after cleaning a duck coop, I saw the ducks playing in their new bedding and it was just so adorable and worthwhile. You don't have to volunteer if you don't want to, bring a camera and connect with the animals! The animals are truly so compassionate, and the workers there care immensely about them. They work tirelessly from coop to coop, barn to barn. Its obvious that the caretakers truly love what they do and love the animals they do it for. Support WFAS and you will support the rescued animals and workers that care deeply for them.

Janessa O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Woodstock Farm Animal sanctuary gave me my first close-up encounters with animals used for food, and therefore WFAS is where I first fell in love with farm animals. Their staff, despite being pulled in many directions at once by the needs of the animals, are so kind and friendly and fun to be around. This place became my #1 getaway destination when I needed to get out of NYC and do something truly useful. I now live across the country and am missing WFAS dearly--I am looking into other farm animal sanctuaries to volunteer at out here, but know that there will never be anyplace like WFAS!

Louise17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is one of my favorite places on earth to go. I love how intimate it is, spending quality hands-on time with the animal family and the wonderful staff/volunteers. The scenery is spectacular and the guest house is so beautiful. If I didn't have to I would never leave!

1 tatterhood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at WFAS a couple of summers ago and my experience changed me in ways that have stayed with me every day. I have them on my FB newsfeed so I can stay in touch with their work since I can't be there more often. On one of the days that I was there, I helped one of the staff work with the chickens in the treatment facility, to care for their feet. I learned so much about the condition that the animals often show up to the sanctuary in. It was heartening to see how much dedication it takes each day, each hour for the staff and volunteers to care for these beautiful rescued creatures. And it saddens me to think that these are only a fraction of the animals who are out there who don't make it to a sanctuary like this one. If I lived closer, I would be there more often to help. This place is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Last summer, I drove up to WFAS a couple of times to spend time taking care of the animals there. I was a budding vegan at the time and was inspired by the staff's dedication to the animals. There is loads of information about veganism and why it is important not only for your health, but for the safety and welfare of the animals and the sustainability of our planet. As a volunteer, I could find myself brushing the goats, cleaning the sheep pens or hen houses, or helping the care givers clean wounded chickens. All in a day's work. The work was rigorous and at the end of the day, I felt like I had really done something important. Being around the energy of these sweet animals fortified me in my choice not to eat meat or dairy.

1 pendem

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only know about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary through social media. I have to limit the number of rescue organizations that I follow. I have selected three that represent all that is the best in the rescue field. Woodstock always amazes me with their compassion and humor and dedication to all living creatures. They take on those animals that aren't instantly "Awwww" material and make them animals that we CARE about. Bulls, pigs and goats suddenly have stolen my heart. Thank you Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary takes in all types of animals and creates an eden of congeniality. Where else could you see a capybara bathing with his doggie friends? No matter how full they are, or how financially on the edge they always put the animals first. Their posts fill me with admiration because every thought is infused with a great love for the animals. I have never seen a grumbly or mean post coming from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I follow four excellent rescue groups and I can say that this one ranks at the top and that they deserve any help you can offer.

Amy_166

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is a beautiful place. By providing a place for rescued farm animals to live in comfort and peace, with care and love, it's a force of good in this world. The Guesthouse B&B is a lovely place to stay, whether you spend your day at the farm or venture into nearby Woodstock or the surrounding countryside. We had a lovely, relaxing time, and are eager to go again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer and member of this amazing organization. I love their mission and being on site at the sanctuary is like being in paradise. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide loving care for the animals and an enjoyable experience for all visitors. Everyone has a smile on their face at WFAS! We are actually considering buying property nearby so that we can volunteer more frequently!

1 Marybeth T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I whole heartedly believe in their mission. Extraordinary place for our animal friends to live out their lives in a peacefully way. The volunteers are informative, compassionate people. One of my favorite places on earth.

Cathy77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the greatest places on this globe.
They deserve so much praise for the work
they are doing by helping stop farm animal abuse
for educating the public and for their selfless
efforts of kindness and compassion.

Marilyn42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited this summer with my 3 boys, sister, niece nephew and husband. We all had an awesome time. Meet wonderful animals and the tour guide was excellent. Taught me some new stuff that I never knew. Purchased a shirt. This is a great place to support. They are helping such awesome animals and educating all who will listen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I toured the sanctuary several years ago for the first time and we found a bit of heaven on earth for farmed animals. This is what a sanctuary truly is! Nestled in the Catskill mountains, this small place is the home to a number of pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, turkeys and cows. There are a few cats and dogs living here too. The couple who run the sanctuary have dedicated their entire lives to animal protection and are actively educating others in the community and at the sanctuary. Jenny Brown, the co-founder, wrote the fantastic book The Lucky Ones on her experiences as an animal activist and how she came to found this sanctuary. When our visit was over, we did not want to leave. The respect they show the nonhuman animals in their care is impeccable and their passion for their safety is self-evident.

Kai M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary helped me get the word out about an animal welfare related movie screening I organized last year in Tarrytown, NY. Haven't been there yet, but am planning to go volunteer soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit that perpetuates a lifestyle that benefits all mankind, animals and the earth. It is the message of the future.

1 Cece K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been forever changed by the stories of the rescued animals at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary -- from hundreds of hens to Wilfred the goat and Elvis the bull. I love them all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This evening's post was not easy to read. It was about baby calves being taken from their mothers upon birth, then sold and slaughtered.

I volunteer at a shelter in Marblehead, MA. It is mostly cats and their kittens we rescue while trying to find foster homes which hopefully lead to forever homes.

This was sad for me until tonight. The recent MA "Puppy Doe" tragedy, as disheartening and difficult as it is to follow, has brought a level of awareness to people who never give a thought to the animal abuse caused by sadistic, sick perpetrators. I'm proud of the outpouring of concern and hope it grows.

But to think that people are employed to remove new born calves from their poor mothers, to think that this is a thriving business, makes me confused about how us consumers are so removed and protected by big business from the suffering that occurs in the name of money and our indulgence and habits.

I am changing my habits as of this evening, thanks to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I became originally because I loved their warm stories about good farming. They provide both the good and the evil, otherwise I would not be feeling the way I do tonight and writing this. Barbara Hashian

Donor

Rating: 5

A group of selfless animal lovers who devote their time, energy and money to saving the lives of farm animals. They speak for those that cannot speak for themselves & I am proud to be a donor to this sanctuary and only wish I could do more to benefit this amazing cause.

Mary Ann S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this is a wonderful organization. The work and love that they have put into the sanctuary is felt the moment one enters. the staff, volunteers, owners....everyone is loving and caring. i've been vegan for about 6 years but my husband is still indulging in animal products, however, our recent visit there has had an impact on the both of us. My husband is slowly transitioning and hopefully with more exposure to the sanctuary he will eventually change his diet completely. I was so touched by having the opportunity to experience these wonderfully cared for animals intimately. Aside from the public having access for education, they are providing a grander service to other beings whose only crime is being born a species other than human. Thank you WFAS.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock animal sanctuary provides extreme care for any animals, they take in creatures of all kinds with genuine support for them. All profit goes to the animals and it is very notable because they do a great job. I think extra funding could help Woodstock do even more though! Woodstock never asks for donations but tries to provide their own money through guesthouses.
Woodstock is great for educating people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place ever! Changed my life. The sanctuary is just that -- a safe haven for farm animals that otherwise would have lived miserably short lives only to be brutally and heartlessly executed. The warmth and caring provided to these beings opened up a new world of appreciation for their lives. I was a vegetarian before I went to the sanctuary but now I'm a committed vegan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a vegan for 1 1/2 years; however, meeting the staff, the volunteers and the animals has helped me connect the dots on a very deep level. I appreciate all that this organization does to promote protection for the farmed animals. I follow them on facebook and directly from their website. Anyone who is not sure about how animals are treated should follow this non-profit. You'll never go back to eating animal products and you will help others to see the "light"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The amazing work by all at this rescue is heart touching. All animals are welcome from chickens to horses. They all get the same attention, devotion and loving nurturing to bring them back to a happy, quality life in loving, natural surroundings. I can't say enough about how they inspire me with their wonderful rescue stories and the wonderful results they get with these animals. God bless the founders and all the dedicated people who volunteer and work there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with what this sanctuary is doing that I am inspired! I am researching places to purchase so that I can do something similar where I live. It's so important, in a world that mostly hurts animals, to be able to take some of them in and allow them to live out their life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visit with our 2 boys at least twice a year. The founder and the volunteers create such a compassionate environment for their rescued. It is one of my favorite places to be.

Chrissy V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Doug & Jenny Abel and the entire staff at WFAS are dedicated, knowledgeable, sincere and so loving...the kind of people you wish made up the world because it certainly would be a better and kinder place! They have taught me a lot over the years, most importantly the plight and abuse of farmed animals and the importance of promoting compassion. I will forever be thankful to them for all that they do for farmed animals and all animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication of the staff is remarkable. Its a wonderful environment for neglected and abused animals to heal and live a full life

Diana49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As I liked Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary on Facebook, I have not been able to visit it because I live in the Netherlands.
I enjoy the updates of animals that are finally safe at the sanctuary. This gives me some peace after confronting myself with the horrifiying cruelty behind animal products.
It is a blessing that there are people with a heart for the exploited and mistreated animals which only live because of our profit. Some of them can be saved from death and be given a life they all should have.
The farm also wakens up people of the facts behind their animal based food. This is so important to hopefully make a change in people's minds and wake them up.
I hope to be able to visit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary one time.

Sue_63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rescuing and caring for farm animals and gentley and kindly educating the public on factory farm animal abuse. The most peaceful place and people, inspired me to become vegan. Jenny Brown is inspiring and the hardest working person I have ever met.

MarĂ­lia S.

Donor

Rating: 5

In my opinion, the most neglected and abused living beings are farm animals. The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary put its efforts in rescuing and giving to some of these animals phisical and emotional peace, and there are very few organizations in the world that does that.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is a wonderful charity that helps rescue & care for farm animals that have been abused in one way or another. My wife & I recently visited their farm for the first time & were amazed at all the animals they've been able to save & take care of on their "little" farm. The work and dedication that you see coming from everyone on the farm - from the person behind the desk in the office to Jenny Brown, herself - when you talk to them. It's just not a place to see animals living a peaceful life after spending so much of their lives being tortured, maimed, & the like, but it's a place where they try to educate the public (vegan or not) to the dangers each type of animal faces from factory farming. They also provide a vegan B&B on the premises for those who might be volunteering or those who want to stay close to the farm. It was one of the best experiences I've had as a vegan, specifically, & as a person in general. They do worthy work that needs to be promoted!

Mary208

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great work to save animals! Also read the book by one of the owners.

Tonya6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I went to WFAS on Sunday, 9/8/2013. We went to volunteer and we took the tour. As a vegan, I've wanted to visit here for a long time. I was not dissapointed. I absolutely loved it here. The work that WFAS is doing to help abused and neglected farm animals is so, so important. You could tell just how much each person working TRULY cared about each and every animal. Everyone was above and beyond nice. It was such a joy to meet everyone. Not to mention meeting all of the animals....being able to actually touch and interact with these beautiful farm animals was astounding. I will by all means be going back. I also become a member that day. I'm so happy to be able to see updates on Facebook and just be a part of something so amazing. I would recommend WFAS to ANYONE. They go above and beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodstock is taking in several rescued hens very soon, and giving them a safe home. Wonderful and compassionate.

Brian68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited WFAS for my first time this year with my fiance after having read a lot about them. After being there for a weekend to volunteer my appreciation for what all at WFAS does is at a completely different level. Not only are they working hard every day to keep up with all of the physical needs of the farm and care for the animals, but they have an energy to explain and share their stories and the animals' with everyone that comes to visit. We had a rainy, cold, and windy day and all I saw was smiles.
They truly make a difference not only to the animals they take care of, but also in the education of everyone that comes to visit on why their mission to help rescue farm animals is so important on so many levels.
I can't wait to visit again soon!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited WFAS a few times with my children, ages 13 and 10, and always leave feeling that our lives have been enriched by the experience. We have been so fortunate that our tours of the farm were led by the amazing Jenny Brown. Jenny has so much knowledge and compassion for animals, that her work has inspired us to live more consciously. With each visit to the Sanctuary my commitment to a vegan lifestyle is renewed with joy! These animals truly are the lucky ones. Thank you and keep up the awesome work.
-michelle

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary a couple of times now and can't say enough great things about this organization. It's clear that everyone who works and volunteers at the sanctuary is passionate about the cause. The tours are fantastic. You learn a lot about issues related to the treatment of farmed animals as well as getting to hear stories about many of the individual animals at the sanctuary. There's a great little gift shop as well. I'm hoping to be able to attend their ThanksLiving event this year and plan to volunteer sometime soon!

Donor

Rating: 5

After recently becoming a vegan, my husband and I attended an event where Jenny Brown ( co-founder) spoke. We were so moved by her story that we became members of the sanctuary. We have visited the sanctuary 3 times this year. It is an educational and moving experience. We became vegans for health reasons, but after visiting the sanctuary we are now ethical vegans.
They do an amazing job, visiting the sanctuary is one of the best things I've ever done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary after I became vegan a few years ago, and I was searching for more information. After reading about their mission, I decided to sponsor Andy the pig, and shortly thereafter sponsored Mickey and Jo the ducks as a gift for my fiance. I ready "Lucky Ones" and followed WFAS on Facebook after that. We finally found time to visit the farm and WOW - we were completely amazed at how incredible of a place it is. We stayed at the Guesthouse and volunteered at the farm for an afternoon. All of the people we met were so dedicated to the mission and their love for the animals was simply heartwarming. We went on a tour of the farm - of course, I already knew much of the information that was provided but Jenny was so informative in the most genuine way possible. (Learning about the horrors of factory farming for the first time can be really hard but Jenny made the information accessible without seeming pushy.) We got to meet the amazing residents and fell in love with Boone the turkey (we were so blessed to have been able to meet him). By getting to spend time with all of the animals, we were able to learn their stories which we now share readily with anyone who will listen. It's so much easier to explain why we are vegan when we can talk at length about the amazing creatures who inspire us to live this way. WFAS is a sanctuary for my heart - I have never felt so at peace anywhere else in the world. Its employees are my heroes. I proudly wear my WFAS gear wherever I can in support of their incredible mission.

1 Leslie39

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband & I recently visited Woodstock. we were sure to make a stop at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary so we could get and give some animal love. We weren't disappointed of course. Lots of furry friends to pet and visit with. Such a beautiful, loving place. It's obvious that the volunteers care beyond measure about the animals. You hear it in the stories; you see it in the constant attention to the kind creatures. The volunteers know each animal by name, know their stories, and, sadly, know of the horrible fates the farm animals would otherwise face.
We left with warm hearts, loads of information, emotional encouragement (it's hard to hear the stories sometimes and keep dry eyes), and dirty hands (lots of petting). ; )
LOVE and thanks to WFAS volunteer staff. keep up the good work. we need you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello,

Shortly after my wife and I became vegan, we had the chance to visit the Sanctuary for a day trip. We arrived not sure about what to expect, but we were greeted warmly by the staff and got an extra tour (they had just had the regular tour leave shortly before). The staff member was knowledgeable and friendly. We had the chance to really touch and watch the animals as they relaxed and just lived their lives, free from the harsh conditions at factory farms, and we discovered how rich and varied their lives can be if they aren't used as food.

Even if you're not a vegan or interested in the animal rights movement, this place will show you just how real, loving, and intelligently alive the animals are that we routinely use for food. It is a life-changing experience, and I return whenever I can.