Tag: Animals

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 

Episode 23 – Kathy Stevens –     Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Episode 23 – Kathy Stevens – Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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.” 

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

Episode 20 – Party Animals Catering – Mike Barootjian

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Episode 20 - Party Animals Catering - Mike Barootjian
Mike with Villette at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

Mike Barootijian is the owner and head chef of Party Animals Catering – A vegan catering service and meal plan service in the Hudson Valley in New York. It was a pleasure to sit down with Mike and discuss his work, his vegan story, and much more.

Mike working hard at the Farm and Flea event at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, New York.

We talked about his recent trip with me to tour Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary and how connecting with the animals fuels his fire and validates why he does the work he is doing. We discussed the work Mike does at various events, including Hudson Valley Veg Fest, and other veg fests, his meal plan service and how to connect with Mike to order his food or book Party Animals for your next event.

Kevin Hillier and Mike Barootjian

We are excited to announce that Mike will be the chef cooking at the first Vegan Cooking Class and Tasting with Party Animals Catering at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in their new location just down the mountain from the previous location in Poughquag, New York on Saturday, January 18, 2020. This is a free event open to the first fifteen people who sign up. Mike will demo how to make his FAMOUS Mac n cheese, vegan meat loaf, delicious roasted Brussel sprouts and share this deliciousness with all participants!! In addition to the cooking class and demo, everyone will enjoy a guided tour and meet some of the rescued animals who call this beautiful sanctuary home.

Sanctuary Tour at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary
Kim and Mike with some of the rescued goats who call the sanctuary home.

To connect with Mike, please visit Party Animals Website or find him on Instagram or Facebook. If you are in or near the Hudson Valley, Mike will help you with your next event or party, or provide delicious gluten free – vegan food for you to pick up at designated locations.

Mike and Violet.

Please visit Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary to learn more about the incredible work they are doing with rescued animals and to support this crucial work.

Jules before her friends came to join her at the sanctuary.

If you are interested in the vegan cooking class or future vegan cooking classes, please email kim@sanctuarytour.org

Episode 15 –                          Mark Hawthorne – Author of Striking at the Roots – A Pratical Guide to Animal Activism

Episode 15 – Mark Hawthorne – Author of Striking at the Roots – A Pratical Guide to Animal Activism

I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Mark at the Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, to discuss his book, Striking at the Roots- A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Mark recently released the second edition of the book, (ten year anniversary) with 

Episode 10 – Woodstock Farm Sanctuary – Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director

Episode 10 – Woodstock Farm Sanctuary – Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director

In this episode Rachel McCrystal and I sit down in the grass pasture with the turkeys at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Rachel introduces the beautiful turkeys and tells us that Beatrice is nine years old, which is very uncommon for turkeys to live this long. Beatrice 

Episode 8                                  HHHH Farm Rescue with Lauren Rosborough

Episode 8 HHHH Farm Rescue with Lauren Rosborough

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Episode 8 HHHH Farm Rescue with Lauren Rosborough

Lauren tells the story of how HHHH Farm Rescue was started, and her first rescue, Celtic (a horse), and purchasing her own farm when she turned 25. She discusses her second rescue and the latest rescue (Beau) another horse.

They recently rescued Veda (meaning life) and Sasha (meaning protector) two sisters from an auction selling animals for a sacrificial holiday.

Lauren talks about the use of animals as property, the tags and paint their “owners” use to identify them, and the reason for this in animal agriculture.

We discuss the plight of animals in the industry, from animal agriculture to horse racing. We talk about her rescued cows and how friendly and sweet they are. (they are best friends) Lauren and I talk about the heart on Hamilton’s head, (who I mixed up with Oatmeal)… and their rescue story.

Lauren discusses ways to support the sanctuary, volunteering, and their visitor day coming soon.

HHHH Farm Rescue is a family affair. Lauren’s family is very involved with helping keep the sanctuary running by helping out and supporting her mission.

If you would like to support HHHH Farm Rescue visit the website. Links to donate and other info. are on the site.



To learn more about the horse racing industry, visit Horse Racing Wrongs:



Episode 7 – Arthur’s Acres – Todd Friedman

Episode 7 – Arthur’s Acres – Todd Friedman

In this episode Todd Friedman tells the story of how Arthurโ€™s Acres was started and talks about the animals he has rescued.   We discuss the dark side of animal agriculture, about different alternatives and options to meat products and the impact animal agriculture has 

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

Episode 6 – Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary

Jennie and Jason Hays, the founders of Oliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary, in Luther Oklahoma talk about the work they do and the animals they rescue. This animal sanctuary is run solely by volunteers. Jennie and Jason work at other jobs to support themselves and 

Episode 5 –                                    JP Farm Animal Sanctuary

Episode 5 – JP Farm Animal Sanctuary

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Episode 5 - JP Farm Animal Sanctuary
Oscar and Lynn

For this episode I visit Oscar and Lynn, the founders of JP Farm Sanctuary, to talk with them, and Oscar’s sister Britt about life on the farm and the wonderful work they are doing. We are in the living room of the gorgeous house they designed and built in Litchfield, Connecticut overlooking the pasture where the cows graze. Just down the hill I can see the progress of the new barn being built for two new residents coming soon. The entire property is surrounded by tall trees and a bright blue sky.

Oscar begins by telling the story from the beginning of how the sanctuary got started and how it has progressed. Lynne and Britt talk about the amazing bond the cows have with Oscar, and his nickname “the cow whisperer.” They share the story of Tallulah and working with Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY to bring her here to their sanctuary.

Lynn talks about the new residents, two pigs “Beanie Tofu and Dolphin” also known as “the pink girls” coming to the sanctuary soon, and the story of how they were rescued from becoming meat.

Oscars sister Britt shares different ways to stay in touch with the sanctuary and the work they are doing, and talks about her work at the sanctuary after moving from the Netherlands back to the states to be with her family and living the dream~

They all talk about what a privilege it is and how centering it is to spend time with and connect with the animals.

Their first volunteer day was Sunday, August 18th and there will be more to come.

We discuss food, family, and fun and ways that anyone listening can support the beautiful work they are doing here at the sanctuary. They all love to cook and Britt took a plant based class and loves to convert recipes by using plant based substitutes and alternatives. Anyone listening can email her to inquire about recipes and plant based food, or follow her Instagram (britt_kitchenoflove) Britt Janssen Kitchen of Love .

Britt talks about pain management for a few of the cows who have hip dysplasia (a bilateral malformation of the hip  joint, often associated with secondary osteoarthritis) and how cold laser and other modalities are helping them cope with the pain.

Oscar shares the rescue story of their dogs who were rescued from Little Pink Shelter in Westport, Arkansas and the process of rescuing animals from them. https://www.pinkshelter.com

Lynn talks about the way they start their day by talking to the animals and enjoying the stillness in the cow barn. Oscar says “it’s just such a privilege to be in the presence of these beautiful creatures.” Lynn hopes they can share the feeling with others so that they have the opportunity to look at the animals in the eye and see the joy. They have opportunities to volunteer and in the future may have tours for visitors to meet the animals and learn more about the work they are doing.

Please follow JP Farm Animal Sanctuary on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website to follow the blog and to support.

To learn more or to support the sanctuary please visit jpfarmsanctuary.org

Follow on instagram jpfarmanimalsanctuary

Episode 4 Daniel Turbert – The Sentient Project

Episode 4 Daniel Turbert – The Sentient Project

Daniel Turbert with Millie at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary.
photography by Jonathan Brant