WinterView Video When a bankrupt industrial chicken farm closed its doors in the winter of 2018, leaving their baby chickens to freeze or starve, Winter was one of the thousands left behind. Dedicated rescuers managed to save 610 chickens, and Winter, along with 14 of her siblings, came to live at the Sanctuary, where they’ve been able to thrive, knowing love for the first time. Winter has a totally independent spirit. She loves escaping her yard and taking walks around the Sanctuary to check out tractors, look for snacks, and inspect the pig fields.
AmeliaOur sassy girl Amelia was rescued as a piglet from a notorious animal hoarder, who had a pile of carcasses in the woods. Like most pigs, she is sensitive and fiercely intelligent; unlike most pigs, she can be moody and quick to snap. Watch your fingers!
Amos and JesseDear Amos, as gentle as an old golden retriever, and Jesse, not so much, arrived as calves in 2006 when Catskill Game Farm closed its doors and many animals met tragic fates.
BenjaminBenjamin arrived as a six-month-old calf after a New Jersey beef farmer had a change of heart and decided to place his remaining cows in sanctuaries. Luckily for Benjamin, not only did we have room, little Blossom needed a sibling.
BlossomIt’s quite rare for cows to reject their offspring, but that’s exactly what Blossom’s mom did at a grass-fed beef farm. The Brattleboro farmer gave her to a farm worker, who reached out to us. Tucker the steer was as happy as we were to welcome little Blossom.
BrucePrecious Bruce: the duck who wags his tail when he sees people, and bites them when they try to leave. No, we’re not kidding. Bruce came from an elderly Brooklyn woman who kept him as a house duck, though his cut beak suggests he was originally an industry bird. When the woman lost her home, Bruce came to us, and we’ve been smiling ever since.
BuddyBuddy arrived in 2007, newly blind and suffering from dangerous, debilitating panic attacks. Today, loud or unfamiliar sounds still create anxiety, but he’s generally a happy, expressive goofball. At 32, he has some health challenges but, for now, with outstanding care, his quality of life remains good.
CharlotteNow 14 years old, Charlotte and her recently deceased friend Maggie spent a year locked in a cage at a dog and cat shelter, because that's all the shelter had. Charlotte and Maggie were slated for euthanasia when we intervened. Charlotte is reserved, but if you approach slowly and sit down with her, she’ll hang with you.
ChristopherChristopher’s mom Noelle was brought to us from the streets of Manhattan; Christopher was born in the wee hours, Christmas Day 2005. Terrified of us for years, he’s been transformed by the love and patience of long-term volunteers Dawn Freedman and Donna Albright.
CricketCricket was rescued from the notorious hoarder depicted in our founder Kathy’s book, Where the Blind Horse Sings. Cricket was chained by the leg to a tree, without access to water or shelter, and endured this wretched life for nearly two years while many worked tirelessly to bring her to safety. This breathtaking photo was taken the first moment Cricket was released into her large pasture.
DollyIn 2015, we rescued 27 goats from the notorious “backyard butcher” in Newburgh, NY. More than 100 animals were rescued that day; all had lice, a parasite count so high that many were severely anemic, fungal infections, respiratory issues, and a contagious virus known as ORF. Gentle Dolly and her friends now live at our annex on Route 32 in Kingston, where it’s easier to manage their health.
DozerDozer, a massive Jersey cross steer and one of our gentle giants, went from a New Jersey veal farm to a traveling petting zoo. His rescuer kept him in her backyard but soon realized he was getting far too big and needed more than she could provide. How delighted we were to welcome him!
Freddie and TravisBest friends Freddy and Travis are loving, people-friendly chicks who were part of a group brought to us by a concerned child and her mom after an elementary school’s egg-hatching project. Chicks born to this archaic practice rarely meet a happy ending.
Giselle and SabineGiselle and Sabine were lucky to survive when their crate fell from a transport truck leaving Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The other ducks packed into the crate were not so lucky. When the girls arrived, they were caked with dried food and utterly terrified of humans. Today, they enjoy their friendship and a tranquil life on our pond.
HermioneDear Hermione was dumped on the lawn of The Homestead, emaciated and riddled with internal and external parasites, rotting hooves and scours. We were concerned that she wouldn’t survive, but she did, and today she’s Tigger’s special buddy and a happy-go-lucky member of our free-ranging “Underfoot Family.”
JuliusOnce terrified of us, Julius is now a gentle, affectionate mush. He was rescued in 2015, along with 13 other horses from a Saratoga, NY, hoarder who, despite having dozens of horses, had no food for them when we arrived. Hoarding is now recognized as a mental illness.
JasmineJust call her St. Jasmine! Rescued after living as a feral pig, Jasmine spent two years as the ever-patient step mom to eleven piglets. She’s deeply kind and affectionate and has a special friendship with Travis the rooster.
MadelineSweet Madeline is one of 11 piglets surrendered to PETA by a Virginia woman who couldn’t care for them. Madeline and her siblings have been part of the Sanctuary family since June 2015.
MarioWhen pig farmer Bob Comis had a change of heart, he managed to find homes for eight members of his last herd. Mario was spared because, in Bob’s words, he was “the kindest pig.”
MichaelStill eating turkeys at Thanksgiving? You’ve clearly not met Michael, who wants nothing more from life than to love — and be loved by — humans. Be forewarned: she very well may change your life. Lucky Michael was wandering in the road outside a turkey farm. Rather than return her, a kind soul brought her here.
NellieNellie was on a slaughter truck when she luckily gave birth… and was dropped off with her baby at a dog rescue, instead of at the slaughterhouse.
PilarLike Freddy and Travis, Pilar and Sidra are egg-hatching project survivors. A boy who didn’t want the chickens he’d hatched for his science class to die reached out for support, and Pilar and Sidra came to us. Pilar is a perfectly polite chicken; her pal Sidra is a brazen, in-your-face, my-way-or-the-highway kind of gal.
RussellWe welcomed young Russell from a dog and cat shelter in 2010, when he was merely a year old. He was adopted a year later but returned in 2017, when his aging human could no longer provide proper care. A member of the “Underfoot Family,” Russell clocks several miles a day roaming the Sanctuary in search of tasty treats. No FitBit needed!
ScoutScout and dozens of other sheep were rescued from an illegal slaughter operation, where numerous animals were found starving, desperately sick, or dead. The bony bodies of the living were covered in matted, feces-filled wool, and most suffered from severe foot rot. The weakened babies could barely nurse, and many debilitated mothers lacked adequate milk. Today, Scout is a proud, confident and kind leader of the “Underfoot Family.”
SebastianWhen a Long Island woman learned that a local gang was shooting and burning feral cats, she began desperately trying to save them and, in so doing, discovered Sebastian the rooster and some hens. With patience, she finally trapped them all and brought them to us. (Rumor has it, they’re far happier here.) Like Aiden, what Sebastian lacks in size he makes up for in attitude.
Sister Mary FrancesBorn in 2010, Sister Mary Francis was surrendered by a woman who was evicted from her home. Now Sister Mary Frances is a delightful member of the “Underfoot Family,” whose tail rarely stops wagging.
ZolaZola was rescued from a mass neglect situation in Westport, MA; the ASPCA seized nearly 1,000 animals, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary took in 111 of the calves, geese, turkeys, ducks and sheep. Zola protects his mate and his home with a threatening stay-away-from-us hiss, but when you sit quietly with him he’ll relax in your lap.