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Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties
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We drove the 3+ hours west from Boston, because we'd heard positive things about this farm animal sanctuary. It's all true. Alexis led our 1.5 hour tour around the sanctuary. She's smart, personable, ... read more »
Wonderful work being done here both in saving animals and informing the public about terrible factory farming practices and how to support a vegan lifestyle. Animals are friendly and the volunteers al... read more »
It was little Violet, the goat, who was born tiny and rejected by her mother that got to me. She was hand raised by a staff member and is as cute as a button. All of the animals have a story...and a n... read more »
Terrible! The whole tour was about pigs and a few chickens. No exaggeration. We drove 100 + miles to get there, Paid 32.00 for 2 adults and our toddler and all we got was lecture after lecture on how no animal should ever be used as food. I understand they're vegans but at least give people what they paid for. I went there especially to play with the goats and horses and cows. Their website boasts about goats walking up to you and generally gives the impression of close interaction with many animals. The cows were far off, Horses were far away too. The goats ran off and there were a few horses and goats in the barn but she said the tour was over so we were not allowed to visit the goats and horses. My son was so bored. He kept saying, " i wanna go home ". I left there so disappointed and sad. Sorry for the bad review but it's the truth.
I will give 3 stars because I think the rescue and rehab of animals is a noble pursuit. I will NOT give them 5 stars because I was unaware we would have guilt and shame for not being vegans shoved down our throat for an hour and a half. Parts of the farming practices the guide was decrying are not common practices and should be told to visitors with no farm knowledge as such. Saying that it is common to cut off a sheep's ears during shearing is preposterous and if it does happen its rare and on a particular farm. To say there is NO ethical animal farming is a slap in the face to those working diligently to care for and harvest their animals. I myself own free range chickens and buy meat from local farms and eat other ethically and locally sourced food. With the images the tour guides explain and the pictures and props on the farm I would not recommend taking a child there. Lastly, the website insinuates you will have interaction with the animals. There was interaction with a pig and a turkey. Other than that the tour guide pet the animals and told us how awesome it was.
We spent the night at the CAS bed and Vegan breakfast last year, and it was a wonderful experience. The house was comfortable, clean and cozy. The staff was friendly and prepared a delicious breakfast, and we spent the rest of the day meeting some of the rescued animals. We planned our trip and booked a night there, and paid for us and our two little boys to take the tour. We are grateful for their organization and their mission to bring awareness to animal abuse, slavery, torture and murder; and their hard work adopting abused animals and making sure the rest of their life is a kind one. Book your visit ahead of time, we also made the mistake weeks earlier of just trying to stop by, because we were in the area for the day, but we simply explored other things in the area and booked our trip 2 months later. Highly recommend!!!
I'm glad someone is taking good care of these animals now! I took the tour with my girlfriend two days ago and I appreciated the animals. The tour guides were very knowledgeable.
This is by far one of the most extraordinary, well-kept, joyful and loving animal sanctuaries I've ever visited. The animals are so well cared for and so so content. The farm is beyond clean and neat and runs so smoothly. ALL of the staff and workers from the Homestead to the sanctuary ground were so nice and helpful. Even tough I am vegan, I learned so much about factory farming and all the ways I can help our animals friends, hence the educational outreach is top notch. I had an amazing experience and am already planning my next visit!
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