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September volunteer day at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary

Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary is again in need of help with grounds maintenance, as the population of rescued animals continues to grow. 

At present, there is very limited help available, while there is much required to be done on the farm to compensate for the daily requirements. 

The animals there are very special, affectionate and in need of your assistance.  Your help will be greatly appreciated towards providing for them.  Many thanks in advance to all who sign up!

Volunteer days are 18+ only. Please leave 4-legged family members at home.

What To Bring:

- Rake (if you have one)
- Shovel (if you have one)
- Gloves
- Hat
- Bug Spray/Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Water!
- Snack (no meat, please)

*Donations of produce (apples, carrots, melons, bananas, greens) and/or financial donations are always needed and much appreciated!

**We are also looking for volunteers who can pick up donated /discarded produce at the Cayce Farmer's Market on Saturdays (not every Saturday, just whenever you are available) and deliver it to the farm. You can stay and feed the animals and you can bring your child as long as you coordinate with Jan, the Cotton Branch Director. Email Rosemary ([masked]) for more details.

The entrance to the farm is located on Lightwood Knot Road, which connects to Cotton Branch Road. Both are unpaved roads. See the map below.

(This event is hosted by our member Rob, an engineer who is assisting Cotton Branch with structural repairs and plans for landscaping, etc.!)

Contact: Rob Francis –[masked] / [masked]

^ Jan, founder and director of the sanctuary, and also the original founder of Carolina Wildlife Care (now Carolina Wildlife Center).

Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary
A non-profit home for abused and neglected animals

Location: 507 Cotton Branch Road, Leesville, SC 29070

Note: This event was cross-posted from SC Animal Advocacy League because many Columbia Veg members are interested in farmed animal rights/welfare.

While we realize many other members are primarily interested in exploring a plant-based diet for health reasons, an event like this can provide a great opportunity to meet and interact with animals who are usually used for food in our culture. Many people who have the chance to connect with pigs at sanctuaries (they are funny, affectionate and VERY smart- smarter than dogs with the cognitive level of a 3 year-old human child!) find they can't imagine ever eating them again!

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  • Laura.pierpont

    Great day, great weather, and met new 2 and 4 legged friends!

    1 · September 13, 2014

  • Rosemary

    Thank you so much to everyone who came out to help today! There is much more to be done, so we will be scheduling regular volunteer days the second Saturday of every month. Feel free to email me with any questions.

    September 13, 2014

  • Rosemary

    The weather looks clear at least through 3 pm so our volunteer day will proceed as scheduled!

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am pregnant 8.5 months but active. Is this a good idea? Never been before but I'm rethinking going now. Just because it's hard to get around. Thanks

    September 13, 2014

    • Rosemary

      Hi Michelle, it is up to you if you want to come and do what you can. There aren't 'public' bathrooms but of course Jan has one in her house which is on the grounds.

      September 13, 2014

  • Laura.pierpont

    What is the plan in case of rain?

    September 12, 2014

    • Rosemary

      We are going to keep watching the forecast but as of now we are still on.

      September 12, 2014

  • marleen

    I have at least one rake and a shovel. Looking forward to meeting everyone and helping the animals.

    1 · September 12, 2014

  • Carla W.

    I will be running late, but I have a small saw and regular leaf rake

    1 · September 12, 2014

  • Rosemary

    If anyone has a saw/chainsaw to bring, that would be great, along with painting equipment, garden tools for clearing vegetation, rakes and shovels.

    September 11, 2014

  • Alexandra C.

    I've got some items Jan wanted from Kurstyn, but I won't be able to make it to the volunteer day. Is anyone willing to meet beforehand and take it to her?

    September 8, 2014

  • Paulette

    I will get to this place eventually!!

    September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cant go, as I am moving. However, I have a saddle I would like to donate to Jan if someone could bring it to her.

    August 30, 2014

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