In this new series, “Caregivers Corner,” I sit down with caregivers from different sanctuaries to talk about their work as caregivers. Joy Gomez is the farm manager and a caregiver at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, New York. Joy and I discuss their recent…
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Kathy Stevens, Founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, author of Where the Blind Horse Sings, and Animal Camp, public speaker, educator and much more, sits down with me at the sanctuary amidst the goats, chickens, sheep, turkeys, and other animal friends whom she calls the “under-foots.”…
After years of experience working with animals at different sanctuaries, Rebecca started her own “micro-sanctuary,” Institute For Animal Happiness. She and I sit down in her home in Woodstock, New York to discuss micro-sanctuaries, Hudson Valley Vegfest, and much more!
Rebecca explains what a “micro-sanctuary” is, and how the animals at these sanctuaries get such focused and individualized care. She started out taking in “special needs” animals from various sanctuaries that she worked at and volunteered with. The sanctuary is very professionally run. They keep animal records on all of the birds, and are laser focused on keeping every animal space clean and safe.
She talks about the care of the animals, and ethical standards of the work they are doing, as well as different health issues that some of the birds have.
Rebecca encourages anyone interested in micro sanctuaries to check out Triangle Chicken Advocates, and the Micro-Sanctuary Resource Center, who coined the term “micro-sanctuary.” They have a plethora of information to share. In addition, she talks about the importance of volunteering or working at a sanctuary, or with rescued animals in some capacity before thinking about starting a micro sanctuary.
We discuss the issues with eggs and the oppression of all females in animal agriculture and the health problems that the birds have because of how they have been bred to lay so many eggs. She talks in depth about the denigration of these birds, the history of chickens, and all of the issues that come along with the practices used in the industries that exploits these animals, including what happens to the baby males born into the egg laying industry. Rebecca shares what they do with the eggs that the chickens lay at Institute For Animal Happiness.
We touch on the link between veganism and feminism while discussing what the females go through in these industries.
Rebecca and Sande Nosonowitz started Hudson Valley Vegfest together a few years ago, and it has since grown and moved locations. She talks about this journey and how the Vegfest helps to offset the operational costs of the sanctuary.
Rebeccas shares, “I feel like we have a responsibility to do two things: 1) empower each other and lift each other up. We shouldn’t waste a minute of our time with people who do the opposite of these things. 2) support any respectful, intellectual critical dissent within any group or organization, if it is towards the goal of inspecting and improving ethics, or if it creates dialogues towards positive improvements of any kind.”
We discuss all of this and so much more in this episode! To learn more about the sanctuary, visit their website: