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Kind Field Trip: Bear’s First Visit to the Farm Sanctuary

The last time I was at the Southern California Farm Sanctuary (previously called Animal Acres) location (there are two in California and one in New York), I was pregnant with Bear and was celebrating my birthday. So to return again, this time with Bear and friends in tow, was a delight.

This was Bear’s first time at the Farm Sanctuary and he was beyond excited to see and play with all of the animals. He brought along some of his best friends to join in on the experience.

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

We were lucky enough to meet one of the farm’s newest members, Safran the baby calf. Safran had been saved from a nearby dairy operation and arrived on the farm very weak and hungry. The Farm Sanctuary gave him some extra TLC and he was particularly excited to see us and decided to show his love with some ticklish licks and nibbles. He was so much fun and absolutely adorable.

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

These goats and sheep were so lovable and friendly, and they couldn’t get enough of our attention. From head pats to horn scratches (goats love to have their horns scratched!), these goats were soaking it all up.

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary Photos by Stephanie Todaro

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Bear was so interested in the geese on the farm. He was curious about their incessant honking sounds and wanted to know more about them.

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary Photos by Stephanie Todaro

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

After a quick snack of some farmer’s market goodies, we had the chance to give the chickens, ducks, and turkeys a snack of their own. The kids especially loved serving these birds some delicious treats of lettuce, cranberries and pumpkin puree.

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

Kind Field Trip: The Farm Sanctuary

The day was simply perfect and I highly recommend you go to a Farm Sanctuary near you, or another local sanctuary to meet the animals.

Share your favorite/local sanctuaries in the comments below so we can all learn about the wonderful farms out there that are saving animals.

 

All photos by Stephanie Todaro 

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  • Sweetvegan

    If you’re ever in NJ, please visit For the Animals Sanctuary! They have regular visitor days, as well as special events and parties. Hang out with rescued cows, goats and chickens!

  • http://www.marystestkitchen.com/ Mary L – Mary’s Test Kitchen

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. It’s such a special place!

  • http://www.barrylovelaceblog.com/core-exercises-workouts-strength-strengthening-barry-lovelace/ Barry Lovelace

    Greatest place on earth! Looks like Bear loved it….good stuff! keep being you and thanks for all you do for the animals :)

  • Angela Van Horn Neumann

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. If you’re ever in Portland try to visit Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary just south of us. It’s a lovely place!

  • katiespitfire

    Aw, merry Christmas Bear and family xx

  • Kelly

    I cannot wait to visit there. You ROCK Alicia!

  • http://ReverseDiabetesHolistically.com/ Dr. Nicki Steinberger

    Absolutely precious. Such a great way to teach love…

  • Tuca Santos

    Aren’t animals just the most beautiful creatures on Earth? How can people kill and eat those wonderful “people”? Lovely place… I am sure it was a fun day! :-)

  • Amanda Sigler

    I work closely with several farm sanctuaries in Oregon and am familiar with the amazing work that others are doing as well. Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio is wonderful as well as Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Sanctuary One in Southern Oregon, Wildwood Farm Sanctuary in Newberg, and Hockman Ranch! You should check out all of these wonderful organizations as well!

  • Clinton Blake Squitieri

    Beautiful pictures Alicia. I have the picture of Bear standing at the fence looking back on my screen saver. He is so handsome! Love you! Blake

  • Rebecca Ratliff

    Those pictures are so precious and wonderful! I can’t wait until I get the chance to visit a farm sanctuary.

  • Cathy Fisher

    Lov-ily!! Great photos, wow! So sweet. :) Thank you!

  • Brenna Paige Gutell

    I’m glad you posted this. I knew about Animal Acres & have been meaning to go, but had no idea it’s not Farm Sanctuary.

  • Xandra | Fashionably Light ★

    Sheeep! Oh I want to visit now. Send any Massachusetts sanctuary recommendations my way please :)

  • Lauren Beth

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them and for all you do :) We love the Woodstock and Catskill Animal Santuaries in NY!

  • clalexander

    Such sweet pictures! Nothing makes me smile more than my turkey running towards me looking for a treat…watching my chickens scratch in the earth is the most beautiful, amusing thing ever ♥

  • Joli Selten Hyphen Forbes

    You and your posts are inspirational, thank you! This is such a great kid spot… My friends joke that I occasionally host “hippy daycare” haa! and guess what… we’ll be going here, next!!! I also want to take my little ones to One Gun Ranch… that place seems awesome, too! http://1gunranch.com/education Much love and Happy New Year! Joli from Mama Love Grub (www.mamalovegrub.com)

  • www.purevoyager.blogspot.com

    Thank you for sharing your visit

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  • http://www.269life.com/ Rakefet Cohen

    Thanks for what you’re doing for the animals! We need more people like you.

  • Alex @ delicious-knowledge.com

    Love this post! So sweet, glad you had a great time :)

  • christinatanios

    What an amazing experience! I love all of these pictures and am so happy to see animals being loved and care for – you are an amazing mom for making Bear aware of the beauty of animals.

  • veganamericanprincess

    Precious!

  • Michele

    Love love love <3

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  • Tob Breogh

    Blessed be all Farm Sanctuaries and their enlightened staffs !

  • Chrissy Perry-Michalik

    We went to visit Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville MD when we went to DC this past summer on vacation. Our son was 2 1/2 at the time and loved the friendly goats. I would love to go back for the vegan thanksgiving they do. I enjoyed meeting Carlyle the bull we sponsor. Great place to visit or.volunteer.