Hi! My sister and I are asking our friends to give $20 or any amount of money through our personal giving page to help care for animals in Farm Sanctuary! On October 27, 2012 we are walking for farm animals. We want to give a voice to these incredible creatures.
Every year millions of farm animals are subjected to unspeakable abuses on factory farms. Often confined in cages so small they cannot even turn around, farm animals are regularly beaten, mutilated, force-fed, deprived of everything that is natural to them, and frequently dragged to their death.
For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has taken a stand against such cruelty by inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals and by promoting compassion. This year we are joining Farm Sanctuary in its mission to protect farm animals from abuse by participating in the Walk for Farm Animals. We are walking with Farm Sanctuary to speak out on behalf of animals and to make a real difference in their lives.
By raising money for the Walk for Farm Animals, we all are showing animals, like Zeke and Jed, and Vivian (see their stories below), that someone cares.
I hope you will join me in taking a stand against cruelty to animals. Farm animals everywhere are relying on your support! Please, help us reach our goal of $1,000 for farm animals by making a donation of $20 or any other amount of money to our fundraising page today!
Thank you so much!!!!
Norma & Estela
The Vegan Twins =^..^=
The story of Zeke and Jed: Piglets Rough It in the Woods
This June, a certain backyard bird feeder in a rural setting near Rochester, New York, attracted some unusual visitors. During her daily bird watching, the homeowner discovered, much to her surprise, a pair of young piglets gobbling up the fallen seed beneath her feeder. For nearly a week, the two — apparent escapees from a nearby farm — frequented her yard, emerging cautiously from the woods where they hid to scavenge for seed. The woman began to bring food out just for them, and soon they tentatively approached her to receive their snacks. Although this tiny pair, only a few weeks old, had demonstrated impressive resourcefulness during their escape and survival, their benefactor worried for their safety. Despite her growing attachment to them, she reached out to Farm Sanctuary, and we gladly agreed to find them a permanent home.
When sanctuary caregivers arrived for pick-up, the skittish piglets challenged them to a game of hide-and-seek. In the end it was the pair's bond and the courage it inspired that helped get them both safely into the transport van. When our team finally managed to catch the clever smaller piglet, his concerned bigger brother took note, threw caution to the wind, and ran to the carrier to try to free him. Lucky for us — just the break our rescuers needed to capture him too and bring them both to the safety of Farm Sanctuary!
The team took the piglets directly to our new Melrose Small Animal Hospital for checkups. The two were sunburned, dirty, skinny, and covered with mange, but, with treatment, their condition is already improving. Once they have a clean bill of health, these plucky friends will continue their journey, traveling to their new adoptive home at The Cow Sanctuary in New Jersey, where they will live together in safety and comfort all the rest of their days.
The story of Vivian
Vivian is one of the animals Farm Sanctuary was able to help thanks to people's donations. Vivian and 50,000 other egg-laying hens were left to starve for weeks when the farm owner decided their feed was too expensive. By the time neighbors alerted authorities and Farm Sanctuary was called in, the loss was devastating – tens of thousands of hens had starved to death in their cages, never knowing that rescue was just days away. Farm Sanctuary took in more than 400 survivors, of which Vivian was one of the weakest. After much care from Farm Sanctuary staff, Vivian began to improve. Because of supporters like you, she was able to walk in the sun for the first time in her life.