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animal rescue/giving back

homestead body is a certified vegan and cruelty-free company - no animal product will ever find it's way in our products - not even beeswax.  we love and respect animals and are particularly sensitive to animal products in body care - there simply is no need for it - and the karma stinks. the thought of any animal being harmed, violated, tested on or exploited to make what we are applying on our skin is a tragic thought for us.

we are certified cruelty-free and vegan by both the Leaping Bunny Organization and PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies - and proudly display our bunny logos on all products.  we take this passion very seriously and are committed to donate a portion of every sale to animal farm sanctuaries - and we do!

homestead body is very excited and humbled to announce that we are a Pasture Partner with our local animal farm sanctuary, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in New York.   like other caring sanctuaries, Woodstock is completely dedicated to rescuing animals that were exploited, abused, neglected, abandoned, and most often found in very poor condition.....the opportunity to live out a beautiful life - providing the care they need - and as importantly....LOVE.

they provide shelter to rescued cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits.  

...a few pictures taken during our last visit to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is open to visitors who interact with the animals face to face. Here, you can hang out with goats in a large open pasture, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

the farm sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the typically horrific treatment on animals who are raised for food.

we are very happy to support the ongoing efforts of animal rescue at Woodstock and other farm sanctuaries and in doing our little part to help spread the word about abused and imprisoned animals who don't have a voice and don't have a vote.

we hope that one day all animals are seen for what they really are - loving, caring, and nurturing - and more will have the chance to roam free of stress on a field of grass like the lucky ones do at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

we look forward to our next visit.

gina + ross

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follow here for recent happenings at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary:

ThanksLiving - November 18th, 2017!

ThanksLiving is the most anticipated gala event of the year at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, where the rescued turkeys are honored and their lives are celebrated - as well as creative innovations in vegan cuisine are thoroughly enjoyed.

nothing made us happier than to celebrate ThanksLiving with the turkeys and with the caring people at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.   

Hallowoodstock 2017!  

On Saturday, October 28th, more than 1,200 friends and supporters came out (many in awesome and incredible costumes!) for the 2nd annual family fall festival, HalloWoodstock!

we had a great time tabling and it was a great opportunity to meet and talk with many wonderful people who were there to enjoy the day and to support the animals.  

our great crew was ready for anything.  the weather was great and we were very happy to donate 50% of our sales to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

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The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will be closing after October for the winter season.

They are open for tours on weekends (Saturday & Sunday only) from April through October so there's still time remaining this year!

Address: 2 Rescue Road (formerly 6 Epworth Lane), High Falls, NY 12440

Weekend Tour Times (Hourly, starting at 11am with the last tour at 3pm)

11:00 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

(Price of tour included in admission.)

Please be prepared to walk/ambulate in the open air for about a mile and half, and to endure whatever weather Mother Nature sends our way!  Tours run for about 90 minutes. We reserve the right to limit or cancel tours during dangerous conditions like lightning, very high winds or extreme heat.

*We are closed on holidays that land on Monday (but still open on those Saturdays and Sundays): Memorial Day,  Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day

June Jamboree 2017

Join us Saturday, June 17th from 10:30AM – 5PM (rain or shine) for our annual all-ages festival! Your participation directly benefits our rescue, shelter and outreach work for farm animals.

Award-winning veggie food trucks and booths, live music, and vegan- and animal-themed tattoos done on-site by the artists from Gristle Tattoo in Brooklyn!

We’ll also be serving up signature brews from our friends at Smart Beer – NY’s only organic (and all vegan) brewery! Proceeds from all beer sales benefit the animals of Woodstock Sanctuary.

Plus, kids’ activities include face-painting, crafts and a bouncy castle and waterslide! Spend the day with family and friends and meet over 350 friendly rescued cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and more!

**Note: there will be no regular sanctuary tours on the event date, but there will be opportunities to interact with the animals, learn their stories, and ask questions of our knowledgeable staff members and volunteers.

 

The Lucky Ducklings

It’s spring and we have babies at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Ten little ducklings are in our Animal Hospital, getting the care and love they need after undergoing severe trauma at a hoarder’s house. 

We got a call from the Ulster County SPCA asking for our help regarding a duck hoarding and neglect case in Woodstock, NYWe’re so glad we were able to help…and we were only able to because we had just gotten the funds to rebuild and predator-proof our duck coops.

A group of full-grown ducks were being held in the backyard covered in filthThere were no coops, shelters, or access to water, so the ducks were completely exposed to the elements and predators…who knows how many had been attacked.

But it gets worse. Down in the dark, musty basement amidst the stench was a small wire cage with malnourished and dehydrated ducklings who were sprawled out on the crusty grated bottom...burning up under a large lamp with no way to escape the heat. Their only source of nourishment was an inadequate makeshift feeder with not nearly enough food and water for even one duckling.

But thankfully, they were rescued. 

When the ten ducklings first arrived at the Sanctuary, they were nervous and huddled close together as a group. But as they discovered clean food and water they broke out of their shells and started peeping with joy, splashing around and snuggling up to caregivers and each other.  

Based on the situation, these little guys were likely shipped from a hatchery at just a few days old to be raised for human consumption. But now they‘re safe at the Sanctuary and are finally getting the care and nutrition that they need. They are named after characters in children’s books that teach empathy to animals. Say hello to Winnie, Eeyore, Tigger, Roo, Kanga, Charlotte, Wilbur, Templeton, Ferdinand, and Horton! 

We could only rescue them because of you. These sweet ducklings are truly fortunate to have supporters like you to care for them, and for that we are calling them the Lucky Ducklings. We would be so grateful if you could help once more by making a gift for the Lucky Ducklings to cover the costs of their care.

Welcome, Lucky Ducklings. We are going to take care of you for the rest of your lives. We already love you.

 

A Year of Lifesaving Change at Woodstock Sanctuary

Photo credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary


The outpouring of support we’ve had from friends in our first full year at our new location gives me a deep sense of gratitude and optimism — and most of all hope in a time of uncertainty for so many.

The past year shows how far resistance and resilience – and especially love – can carry a growing grassroots organization that’s fast becoming a leader for deep change on the animal rights frontier.

Because of you, we accomplished even more than I thought possible. Your vision and dedication are the reasons we all have so much to be proud of, and why the Woodstock Sanctuary community has so much to be grateful for as I reflect on a year of new milestones and ground-breaking firsts.

We had our first births and welcomed the Tiniest Herd – 11 baby goats and two baby lambs, their mothers rescued from a backyard butcher just over a year ago – into a long life of love and peace.

We rescued our first horse, a sweet, beautiful colt named Trident, whose only hope of escaping death was in our welcoming him to the Sanctuary. Now, he is happily bucking and prancing on his new state-of-the-art prosthetic leg.


Photo credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

In fact, we've rescued more large animcals since late last year than in any period of our history, while growing and professionalizing an incredibly dedicated and talented staffing team that rises to every challenge.

We hosted the country’s only overnight vegan camp for kids, educating and inspiring the next generation of animal advocates.

And since our grand re-opening just over a year ago, we’ve welcomed a staggering 20,000 people through our gates. That’s not just unprecedented for Woodstock Sanctuary. That’s just plain unprecedented.

Even more amazing, our first in-depth survey of tour participants from the 2016 season indicates that 70 % of our guests feel so inspired after meeting our animal residents that they are getting animal products out of their lives — with almost one-third becoming vegetarian or vegan on the spot!  

That’s serious impact. It shows our reach extending well beyond the sanctuary boundaries, as we save countless lives through educational encounters that powerfully connect visitors with the rescued animals living here. That direct eye to eye contact with animals, plus the virtual contact provided by our fast expanding multi-media platforms, combine to multiply our victories. By far, we are opening more hearts, awakening more people, and touching more lives than ever before.

We were also excited to be part of the coalition that passed Massachusetts Question 3, a state ballot initiative rejecting intensive confinement for many farmed animals, and setting precedent by also banning the sale of products derived from intensively confined animals from other states.

Yet the victories that mean the most to us come with a name, not a number. Just before Christmas and Chanukah, I had the honor of welcoming piglet Rudy, our newest resident, who’s becoming fast friends with another beautiful piglet, Ari, who we’d been able to save just weeks earlier. In their eyes, so full of curiosity and wonder (and impassioned demand at breakfast time), I see souls celebrating life.

And I remember that they’d both been destined for the barbecue pit within months. Like all pigs raised for food, they were to be killed as babies. Instead, they will spend their entire lives here in love and peace. Thousands of people will meet Ari and Rudy, learn their stories, witness their beingness – and stop eating animals.

2016 proved both the depth and now breadth of the activism of love and connection. But after one year at our incredible new location, with all its budding potential, I still feel like we’re just getting warmed up. There is so much work to do, so much possibility, so many lives to save. So we welcome 2017 in full faith that we’ll keep going forward – because we know the real strength that truly distinguishes this precious sanctuary: It’s the authentic community we’re creating together… It’s you.

Over and over again, your generosity of spirit inspires all of us at the Sanctuary, as our shared commitment spares so many innocent lives. With the new year, we can all rededicate ourselves to saving as many lives as possible. Whether you’re volunteering, making a donation, or going vegan and leading others to choose compassion, 2017 will be better when we know we’re making the world a kinder place.

I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making a real difference for farmed animals here at the Sanctuary and around the world.

 

Give the animals #HayEveryDay this winter

Photo credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

I woke up today to frost on the ground and a brisk chill in the air. It’s starting to feel like winter up at the Sanctuary – we even got a few inches of snow. Our caregivers are wearing winter coats and heavy boots to go out and care for the animals every morning. But most notably, the cows are going through hay very quickly. And we really need your help to stock up.

We have the heat lamps blazing and hand-knit sweaters for the little ones but with more rescued animal than ever before, it’s important that our large animals like cows and goats have enough hay to keep their bellies full. They eat more during winter months and can’t graze on grass like they do in the summer.

So the animals need you. We’re asking our closest friends to be “hayraisers” – that is fundraisers that give the animals hay every day this winter. We go through 30 bales of hay each day. That’s 2,700 bales to get through the winter. So if 45 of our supporters donate or raise two days of hay, animals like goofy Willy and sweet Kayli can stay warm and full in the long, cold winter ahead.

And helping is easier than ever. Just choose how many days you’d like to feed the animals for and then share with your family and friends.

As a thank you, we’ll send you pictures of animals eating on the day that you sponsored their hay! This means so much to them…and to me and all the caregiving staff.

Thank you for being there for our cows, goats, sheep, and our newly rescued baby horse this winter.