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The sanctuary opens for weekend tours starting on Saturday, April 4, but did you know that members can schedule a tour anytime during the year? It’s true! All you have to do is contact our Programs Manager Kelly Mullins. If you’re not sure a tour is for you, then read Kelly’s perspective on being a guide: Guiding a group of visitors on a tour of Catskill Animal Sanctuary is like walking on sacred ground while being given the precious opportunity to open people’s minds and hearts to the beloved beings who call this sanctuary home. It’s not a job but […]

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Kathy Keefe

The Price of Love

March 25, 2015 | Categories: Animals,Life at CAS

By Kathy Keefe, Director of Sanctuary Operations

People often ask me what the hardest part of my job is and are surprised that I do not say dealing with death. (The hardest part is having to say no to animals in need of placement when we lack the capacity to accept them.) As a place that rescues and takes in abused, neglected, or otherwise compromised farm animals, we see a lot of death. Making decisions regarding end of life is one of the most important things we do … and we don’t take it lightly. The decision is about the quality of life, the release from pain, […]

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Michelle Alvarez

Time for Spring Cleaning!

March 16, 2015 | Categories: Volunteer

By Michelle Alvarez, Outreach Manager

Update: Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering on April 18! Unfortunately, this particular volunteer day is limited to 32 people given the limited number of tools, equipment and staff we have to supervise, and so the spots are reserved for folks on the NYC bus. You’re welcome to register for the wait list for free and we’ll notify you a few days in advance if a seat opens up. And we invite you to drive up on your own for a weekend tour and to stay overnight at the Homestead, our guest house at the sanctuary. Also, there will be additional volunteer […]

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Erin Murphy

Meet the Pot Belly Posse

March 15, 2015 | Categories: Sponsor

By Erin Murphy, Animal Care Staff

Pot belly pigs are extraordinarily intelligent and insightful creatures and our girls are living proof. Best friends Maggie and Charlotte are inseparable, and though they don’t always see eye to eye, they would be lost without each other. Maggie and her gal pal Charlotte came to CAS after being left at a dog and cat shelter for over a year.  They are never far apart; they even snuggle up in their straw together for a nap after a day rooting in the mud and sunbathing. Shy Girl originally came to CAS with her Mama, who has since passed on. They were surrendered […]

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