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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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