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Erin Murphy

September is Sponsor a Sheep Month!

September 10, 2014 | Categories: Animal Rescue,General,Sponsor

By Erin Murphy, Animal Care Staff

Did You Know? Sheep are gentle souls who are adept at expressing and interpreting emotion. They display their emotions using body language, facial expressions, and different vocalizations. Contrary to popular misconceptions, sheep are extremely intelligent animals capable of problem solving; they are nearly as clever as pigs! Did you know that sheep also have amazing memories? They are able to recognize and remember up to 50 different individual sheep and humans for up to 2 years. They are also very caring mothers and form deep bonds with their lambs who can recognize mom’s specific bleat. Sheep are all too often […]

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At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of our most important jobs is to ensure that our animal residents — some 250 or more at any given time — thrive. Many people take on this role as “pet owners,” and are delighted when our trusting companions evolve into full-fledged family members. As a species, however, we humans don’t generally consider the individuality of other animals. Most certainly, we don’t usually consider that the animals we eat might, if given the chance, develop into larger-than-life beings who’d crush in an instant any bias we held about their species. But at farmed animal sanctuaries, […]

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Erin Murphy

Beautiful Goats

August 29, 2014 | Categories: General

By Erin Murphy, Animal Care Staff

Beautiful goats! Meet Faye, Becky and Emma! These 3 sweethearts had been bred as part of program at The University of Massachusetts to teach students about breeding goats. One of the students learned that these mamas were considered “spent”, slated to be sold at an auction, and would most likely be killed. She rescued Emma, Becky, and Faye along with babies Betty Jo and Elsa (who have since found their forever home) and we welcomed them to Catskill Animal Sanctuary grateful to spare them this fate. These days the trio enjoys basking in the sun, grazing on the hillside and […]

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An Ordinary Thursday

August 21, 2014 | Categories: General

By Catskill Animal Sanctuary,

At 6:30 in the morning, Kathy Keefe, Director of Sanctuary Operations at CAS, pulls in to begin her busy day. Minutes later, she answers a neighbor’s call: chickens are running around The Homestead lawn. Concerned, Kathy rushes up the hill to discover two roosters, abandoned during the night and left at the sanctuary’s entrance. And Kathy’s day begins ensuring them a place to call home here among 150 other birds. Catskill Animal Sanctuary is inundated with calls from people wanting us to take their roosters. Whether their child participated in a chick hatching program at school or they bought young […]

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