Farm Sanctuary

Help keep Farm Sanctuary’s animal residents safe this winter by supporting our 2018 Winter Farm Maintenance Fund

Help us prepare our shelters for the months ahead!

Dear friend,

Right now, more than 150 cows, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, and other animals are nearing the end of their cross-country journey from Orland, CA, to Watkins Glen, NY — their new home!

Farm Sanctuary is closing our Northern California Shelter after 25 amazing years. Wildfires and an ever-depleting water system in the area were becoming a constant danger to our animal residents. So we are relocating most of them to Watkins Glen, where we will be able to protect them from the elements all year long.

But we have our work cut out for us before they arrive. Most of these animals have never experienced snow, ice, or extreme cold before, and they will be especially vulnerable this winter.

That’s why our Watkins Glen staff members are working tirelessly to repair and extend thousands of feet of fence and winter-proof our barns. We’re also stocking up on hay. And that’s on top of purchasing tons of sand to keep our paths free of ice for animals like Charlie pig and Liam and Jake sheep, as well as special winter coats for the new arrivals.

And the costs are adding up! With the arrival of the animals from Northern California just days away — and freezing temperatures right behind them — we urgently need to raise $412,000 through our Winter Farm Maintenance Fund to complete our extra-long list of winter projects in time.

Can we count on you to pitch in, friend? Please make a generous gift to Farm Sanctuary’s Winter Farm Maintenance Fund today to make this a safe and comfortable winter for our shelter residents and support all of our lifesaving work for farm animals.


Your kind-hearted gift to this year’s Winter Farm Maintenance Fund will be put to immediate work helping Farm Sanctuary’s facilities staff complete critical tasks that will make sure all of our more than 1,000 animal residents are warm, dry, and well-fed this winter, no matter what the weather throws at us.

  • Upgrading Our Fences. To accommodate the animals from Orland, Farm Sanctuary recently expanded our Watkins Glen sanctuary by 96 beautiful acres of sunny pastures and shaded forestlands. But it means we have a lot of new fencing to build. And that’s in addition to the work we have to do to repair and expand thousands of feet of existing fences to keep the animals on the safest part of the farm this winter. Cost: $350,000.
  • Keeping Our Residents Warm. The colder it gets, the more our animal residents have to eat to stay warm. With dozens of cows, sheep, and goats from Northern California joining our Watkins Glen family, we need to buy more hay this winter than ever before. Many of these animals will also need special coats to keep them warm when temperatures plunge. For example, each goat coat costs about $35 to $75, depending on the size of the animal. Cost: $2,000.
  • Winterizing Our Shelters. Our shelters are subject to extreme weather that can take a heavy toll on our facilities. At our Southern California Shelter, we’re securing barn doors that can be hit by wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. In Watkins Glen, we’re going over every exterior wall and closing all gaps and cracks, and spreading tons of sand to keep our paths and roads ice-free. Cost: $5,000.
  • Preparing for Emergencies. While we can take every precaution to prepare our shelters for winter — we are purchasing generators in case we lose power in an ice storm — there are some things we cannot completely plan for. But, for totally unforeseen events, it’s important that we maintain a reserve of contingency funds to ensure the safety of our precious residents in case of an emergency. Cost: $55,000.

We are working at a feverish pace to complete these tasks and get our shelters ready for the cold and windy months ahead, but we require $412,000 in immediate funds to finish the job.

I know how much you care about the well-being of Farm Sanctuary’s rescued farm animal residents. These special cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, and other farm animals are counting on us to keep them safe and warm this winter — which is why we are counting on you.

Please make your most generous gift to our Winter Farm Maintenance Fund right away. Winter will be here soon and we must be ready. Thank you!

Yours for farm animals,

Gene Baur
President and Co-founder

P.S. Farm Sanctuary counts on friends like you to be our first line of protection for suffering animals. If you see a farm animal in need of rescue, or believe that farm animal cruelty is occurring, please contact us immediately at (607) 583-2225. Your call can save an animal’s life!

Your gift can, too! Please help us keep our animal residents safe, warm, and well-fed this winter by donating to our Winter Farm Maintenance Fund today. Thanks again!



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