Animals have a way of calming, uplifting and making people happier. They provide us with unconditional love and companionship.

Our furry friends can also decrease stress, elevate our mood and more. At times, animals can also provide support, in return we should do what we can to help them and make their lives better as well.

A Hudson Valley farm sanctuary provides care to over 400 rescued animals. They have saved thousands of animals' lives and allow visits to stop by to hang out with their furry friends.

Where Is The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is located in High Falls, NY. This organization was founded in 2004 and later moved in 2015 to their current location in High Falls, NY with 150 acres.

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has hosted weekend tours, annual events and welcomed guests to The Gray Barn which is an "award-winning on-site inn".

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary shared,

"The Sanctuary has grown to become one of the most recognized and well-respected animal sanctuaries in the world, continuing to advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements. "


"Our animal residents are given lifelong sanctuary and are treated with respect as individuals. By giving farmed animals the chance to live their lives with dignity and by sharing their stories, we advocate for veganism and aim to reduce suffering for all."

Who Lives At The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is home to hundreds of rescued animals. Chickens, ducks, geese, cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, a llama, sheep and more live on site.

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary takes pride in providing medical support and daily care to over 380 rescued animals. They are also the home to over 230 birds.

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How Can People Give Back To The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

I had the opportunity to meet Hervé Breuil, the Shelter Director at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. My heart melted when he shared his stories of how he has saved animals to help give them a better life. We need more people like Herve in the world.

Hervé has fought for animal rights in the United States and also in France. He was also involved in undercover investigations along with being a Campaign Manager for the French animal rights organization, known as L214.

Hervé has many roles at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary that include Outreach Coordinator, Humane Educator, Animal Caregiver and also Shelter Director.

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary shared,

"His love for animals is fulfilled by the hands-on time he spends tending to our residents, observing and understanding their behavior, researching and working with vets and prosthetists to create and implement the best care and treatment protocols, and overseeing our team of caregivers."

Donations are always accepted at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in efforts to assist rescued animals.

Why Will People Be Picnicking With Cows In The Hudson Valley?

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will host a Harvest Picnic Gala.

This event will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 2pm to 6:30pm at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, NY.

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary shared,

"A vegan gourmet picnic in support of rescued animals!"

The Harvest Picnic Gala is the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary's biggest event of the year. This gourmet vegan picnic will take place in one of their cow pastures. There will be a silent auction, open bar, gifts bags, raffles sand more.

The Harvest Picnic Gala event will, 

"raise necessary funds for the 400 rescued farmed animals who call Woodstock Farm Sanctuary home and to support our ongoing education and advocacy efforts. "

What Can Guests Expect At The Harvest Picnic Gala At The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

Tickets for the Harvest Picnic Gala at The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary start at $250 for general admission. Different ticket levels are available, such as those who are interested in being in the special sponsor reception. Attendees should plan to arrive at the Sanctuary by 3pm for the event, the pre event sponsor reception will take place at 2:30pm.

Those who are interested in becoming a sponsor can reach out to Christine at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

The different ticket levels are listed below for the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary's Harvest Picnic Gala.

Turkey Talkers ($250)

This includes General Admission and Gift Bag.

Cow Companions ($500)

This includes General Admission, Sponsor Reception and Premium Gift Bag.

Sheep Sidekicks ($1,000)

This includes General Admission, Sponsor Reception, Premium Gift Bag and Sponsorship of event listed in program.

Pig Pals ($2,500)

This would include,

"A room in The Gray Barn for Friday and Saturday night (up to 2 people) + Two Tickets for the Harvest Picnic Gala including access to a special Sponsor Reception before the event + Premium Gift Bags + Sponsorship of the event listed in program."

What Other Events Will Take Place To Help Animals At The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary?

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary hosts a wide variety of events. In addition to their Harvest Picnic Gala, Pumpkin & Pigs will also take place.

Pumpkins & Pigs is a guided tour at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary which will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 10am to 2pm.

On site, guests can walk around this beautiful sanctuary and mett some of the 400 rescued animals that call the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary home. Those who visit can feed pumpkins to their pigs, snack on vegan food and visit the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary store.

If you plan on attending this event, it's suggested to arrive 10 minutes before the tour time. The tours are held rain or shine.

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