A few weeks ago I finally made it along to an open day at Farm Animal Rescue, and I’m so very glad I did. It’s been ages since I’ve spent any time at all with farm animals, so for that reason alone it was worth the trip. But I was very happy to also discover that there were ample opportunities to pat the cows, goats and pigs. If only the sheep and chickens had stayed still long enough, I would have tried to cuddle them too. lol. That’s just the way I roll.
But of course, the day wasn’t at all about me or my overwhelming need to cuddle animals. The open day was a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the work done by Farm Animal Rescue, to hear the (often sad) stories of how the animals arrived in their care, and to raise awareness about the (often cruel) realities of animal industries. I’ve been plant-powered for more than twenty years now, and it can sometimes feel like I know as much as there is to know on the farm animal front, so it was a pleasant surprise to learn a few new things (in particular about the caring, social behaviour of rosters and hens).
As the animals are able to range freely over the 55 acre property, we were lucky that on the (particularly hot) day of our visit, most animals were in close proximity. However we were grateful to have worn decent walking shoes, because without them the trips up and down the very steep hill would have been much more difficult. After our tour, which took about an hour and a half, we could not have gobbled down our tofurky sausages quickly enough – we were absolutely famished!
If you’re keen for a visit yourself, there is another open day on this weekend. It will be an experience that will stay with you long after you clean the dirt from your shoes and brush the grass seeds from your legs. Be sure to say hello to the piggies, goats, sheep, cows and chooks for me!