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“I Love You, Dad…But I Stand With the Horses” Reflections on Derby Day

My father, Ed Stevens, was a charismatic, larger-than-life man who built Rocketts Mill Farm one pasture, one road, one barn at a time—the same way we built Catskill Animal Sanctuary. […]

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10 Steps to Take Before You Even THINK About Opening a Sanctuary (Part 2)

I’m always asked, “How did you get the money?” as if there’s a single approach. Nope. There are a zillion approaches. A couple suggestions, though…

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10 Steps to Take Before You Even THINK About Opening a Sanctuary (Part 1)

If sanctuary founders have one thing in common, it’s a desire to help suffering animals experience safety, security, and the touch of kind hands: in other words, the opposite of suffering. Beyond that, we’re an eclectic lot: we are former teachers, marketers, attorneys, truck drivers, activists, sales-people, filmmakers… and Daily Show hosts.

Best Friends

Did you know that the activities you do to bond with your dog are also loved by farmed animals? At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, games of tug, wet kisses, and belly […]

Don’t Carry Food

We ask visitors to not carry food in their pockets. There’s always someone who decides to not follow the rules, not realizing that a goat can smell a stick of […]

Have You Wondered What It’s Like to Intern at Catskill Animal Sanctuary?

Read summer intern Kaden’s experience. Two years ago I arrived at college a new vegetarian after having just read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I wasn’t vegan yet as […]

Reflections of a Chicken Lover During National Chicken Month

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 […]

Beautiful Goats

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 […]

An Ordinary Thursday

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 […]

Erin’s Barn Brief

Spring has finally sprung!!!!!! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it is now…. mud season!!!! Movings and Shakings We’ve been playing musical birds over the last week […]

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