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Episode 32 – Meet Blueberry Lane, The Sanctuary Working For A Balanced World

Episode 32 – Meet Blueberry Lane, The Sanctuary Working For A Balanced World

Blueberry Lane Farm Animal Sanctuary is working for a well-balanced world; one where humans act as stewards of the earth and care for nonhuman animals with love and compassion. Located on the east coast of North Carolina, Blueberry Lane is home to animals who were 

Episode 31 – A Feral Pig Lover And Protecter | Tracy Frank from SARA Sanctuary

Episode 31 – A Feral Pig Lover And Protecter | Tracy Frank from SARA Sanctuary

Have you ever seen 300 tame feral pigs gathered together and living their best lives? You can do this, and more, at SARA Sanctuary (Society For Animal Rescue and Adoption) in Sequin, Texas. Although “tame” and “feral” sound like they just don’t mesh, Tracy explains 

Episode 30 – If You Love Them, Paint Them with Melisa Beverage

Episode 30 – If You Love Them, Paint Them with Melisa Beverage

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Melisa Beveridge is a vet tech/animal lover/artist who took her career dreams that she had as a little girl and made them come true after an intense car accident with a semi truck. Her dreams quite literally flashed before her eyes, and she knew what she had to do. She now travels the world taking care of animals, helping out at sanctuaries, and painting her furry, hoofed, and feathered friends that she meets along the way in bold colors. 

All of the animals pictured in Melisa’s photos are recovering and healing at responsible sanctuaries. They will either stay in sanctuary for the rest of their lives or be returned to the wild if possible. Melissa donates 10% of sales from each artwork of an animal back to the sanctuary where that animal lives so that they can be cared for. You can browse her artwork, learn amore about her, and follow along with her adventures here!

Episode 29 – Healing and Hope with 4Them Sanctuary

Episode 29 – Healing and Hope with 4Them Sanctuary

From heartbreak and cancer to healing and hope, Leslie Naylor’s life was changed because of one cow. Join us this week, in a cow pasture, as we sit down with the founder of 4 Them Sanctuary in Tennessee. She tells us about her small starts 

Episode 28 – NM Farm Sanctuary | “How were we lied to for so long?”

Episode 28 – NM Farm Sanctuary | “How were we lied to for so long?”

New Mexico Farm Sanctuary is one of the most warm, welcoming, and inviting sanctuaries that I’ve visited over the years. Gabriel and Julie Cerros have truly created a space strangers turn into friends and friends soon feel like family.

Episode 27 – Veganville, OR: A  Sustainable, Loving, and Compassionate Destination

Episode 27 – Veganville, OR: A Sustainable, Loving, and Compassionate Destination

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My partner and I had the privilege of visiting Veganville and having a conversation with the incredible founder, Cecilia Mialon, back in February of 2021. Although the pandemic was raging on, we took a masked and socially-distanced tour of her place before sitting down to learn more.

Not only is Veganville a place of love, compassion, and acceptance for non-human animals, this small farm is a sanctuary for the wildlife and the natural world as well. As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Veganville decision-makers consider what consequences their actions will have on the land with each decision that they make. Vegaville has a heavy focus on permaculture, sustainable living, and animal care. They also involve the community in their work and invite them to dive deeper though their WWOOFing program.

The Veganville website says the following about the founder, Cecilia: “She has worked closely with Dolphin Project and Free The Mojave Dolphins to help educate the public on the plight of dolphins in Japan and the suffering of dolphins in captivity around the world and the importance of conserving our oceans.  She believes everything that is impacting our environment negatively today is linked to the modern-day agribusiness and the public simply isn’t aware. She believes Veganville encourages that awareness so that the public is able to make that connection for themselves.”

To learn more about Veganville in Oregon, please visit veganvilleoregon.org. You can donate to Veganville here through PayPal or join their Patreon!

Episode 26 – Podcast Announcement | Know This About Going Vegan

Episode 26 – Podcast Announcement | Know This About Going Vegan

Sanctuary tour is making some big changes! Listen in to find out what is happening.

Stories and ponderings

Stories and ponderings

Hello! I’ve missed you. Hello! It’s been a while. So much has happened this year and what a crazy year it has been! I cannot write a post without mentioning the pandemic. (I heard it’s the most searched word of the year?) Covid has affected 

Navigating

Navigating

In mid-May we ventured to the Blue Ridge Mountains to our new home just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. We are settling in and loving our new property and all the nature here. I don’t miss cars driving by my house every day….. We are literally in the middle of nowhere. (in a good way) 🙂

I DO miss working and volunteering at sanctuaries. Things have changed so much due to Covid-19 and it’s not nearly as easy to volunteer and to be around a lot of people. I’m excited that one of the sanctuaries I love and have been following is just beginning to have volunteers back! Soon I will be able to volunteer with Wild Heart Farm and Sanctuary in Marshall, NC. Not only are they a sanctuary for animals, but they are also growing lots of food and are working on permaculture. I’m looking forward to being with animals again! You can follow them on Instagram to see all the awesome work they are doing.

I’m so happy to be back in my home state of North Carolina but left some dear friends in New York. The hardest part was not being able to say goodbye to them in person. Covid was in full force when we left and we practiced safety and caution in every way. I will miss the friends I left behind. My favorite goat and one who I referred to often as my best friend passed away. I didn’t get to say goodbye to her and that made me really sad. I spent hours just sitting with Violet. Sometimes I would bring my harmonium into her stall and play music for her. She was a joy to be around and any time spent with her was precious.

Me with Violet
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Violet was 19 years old which is unheard of for a goat! She was surrounded by her beloved humans when she passed away peacefully. The kindness and compassion that Violet’s humans always showed her was profound. This is one of the many reasons I love sanctuaries so much! I will miss Violet but am so thankful she had a good long life in such a beautiful place.

Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, the animals residents, and all of the awesome people who work and volunteer there will always have a special space in my heart.

Episode 25 – Joy Gomez – Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary  – Caregivers Corner

Episode 25 – Joy Gomez – Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary – Caregivers Corner

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