Shop to Help the SASHA Animal Residents

Yes, this is Norman the mammoth donkey. Read about his new shirt below!!

We have many gifts you can choose from for your friends and family – and for all those special people you love and miss. Why not a Team Norman t-shirt or crewneck? Or choose from many other styles, colors and sizes, including youth sizes.

ORDER HERE by December 5th: https://www.bonfire.com/team-norman-sasha-farm/

Just one of many styles and colors to choose from

It’s the first time SASHA’s beloved Norman the donkey has had his own shirt, and he is so happy! This campaign ends December 5th (yes, that ‘s right around the corner), with items to ship between December 14th and 24th. If you are not trying to ship the gift to arrive by December 24, we will be running the campaign again later this month and possibly in 2021.

Thanks to Volunteer Shaunna Cahill and Joe Maroon Photography (@joemaroonphotography) for designing this fabulous shirt!

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SHOP TO HELP THE ANIMALS!

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and during the entire month of December, it’s a busy time for online shoppers. Amazon makes it easy to add SASHA Farm as your favorite charity through their Amazon Smile program. Start by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ and log on to Amazon as you always do. You can then select SASHA Farm as your charity. By signing up, a percentage of your purchase total will be donated to our farm! Thank you for supporting SASHA in so many ways!

For gift ideas for SASHA Farm and the animal residents, check out the tab on our website called “How You Can Help”, and scroll down to our WISH LIST. The direct link is: https://www.sashafarm.org/how-you-can-help/wish-list/

Our SASHA Farm gift shop has a wide variety of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, water bottles, and so much more that will make perfect gifts for your friends and family. Check out the shop on our website HERE: https://www.sashafarm.org/shop.

Place your order by December 18 to arrive in time for Christmas.

We are so grateful for your support in 2020. Thank you!

Celebrate ‘ThanksLiving’ to Honor Turkeys Everywhere

Turkeys are intelligent, social beings, with their own unique personalities as varied as humans. At SASHA Farm they are attached to their caregivers, and often greet their human friends with love and affection, sometimes making low purring noises and snuggling in laps.

Here are some interesting facts about turkeys:

  • Turkeys enjoy having their feathers stroked and like listening to music, with which they’ll often loudly sing along.
  • In nature, they can fly 55 miles an hour, run 35 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.
  • Turkeys are social creatures that form tight bonds. If a turkey is removed from their flock, they will squawk in protest until reunited with their friends. When reunited, they will dance.
  • Turkeys see three times more clearly than you do. They also have a 270-degree field of vision.
  • Turkeys like to look their best. When they’re not being forced to live in filth on factory farms, they like to groom their feathers with dust baths and preening.
Here is beautiful Fiona, living happily at SASHA Farm. She wandered in and never left! Ellie the emu (behind) is one of her best pals.

But instead of living long and happy lives, which can be up to 10 years in the wild or at sanctuaries such as SASHA Farm, most turkeys are raised for holiday dinners on factory farms, slaughtered before they are 6 months old. Thousands of them are packed into dark sheds with no more than 3.5 square feet of space per bird. They’re genetically bred to grow as quickly as possible, and often become crippled under their own weight. They are never allowed to be themselves or know the good lives they would have if respected and honored as sentient beings on this planet.

An astounding 35 million are slaughtered at Thanksgiving in the US and 250 million over the entire holiday season. It is our hope that one day Thanksgiving won’t be celebrated with the killing of millions of our feathered friends. Until that day, we will continue to advocate for their precious lives.

What can you do to help keep turkey off the table and give them the opportunity to live out their lives in safety? There are many plant-based dishes that all family members can enjoy, easily found on websites such One Green Planet, PETA, and many others. We will also be posting some of those recipes on our Facebook page over the next few days. Also, you can sponsor a turkey now or anytime during the year at SASHA Farm. Inquire at sponsorships@sashafarm.org. And, speak up for your feathered friends – share your love for turkeys with others who know little about these beautiful birds.

Here’s Jack (actually a ‘she’ despite her name). She was brought to SASHA Farm by a volunteer who rescued her from a local farmer in over his head.

June Carter Cash the Pig: From Raffle Prize to a Lifetime at SASHA Farm

June’s journey to SASHA began when she was raffled off as a prize at a church fair. The “winner” was a kindhearted woman named Jenny (now a volunteer) who had no intention of winning a pig, let alone sending one to its death so the pig could be dinner on someone’s table. So, you can imagine Jenny’s surprise when she heard she had won and was asked where she’d like June to be delivered and “processed”. Her answer: “Nowhere. I’m sending her to a sanctuary.”

Once June’s destination was announced, the offer to deliver her was withdrawn. Monte Jackson hooked up the SASHA trailer and started down the road to pick her up. June arrived on a Sunday, hopped off the trailer, and with no hesitation she joyfully explored her new living quarters. After a brief period of living by herself, where she was still able to see the other pigs and touch noses through the fence, she was gradually introduced to her new pals in person, and introductions went very well. June’s friendly and playful demeanor from the start had a lot to do with how well she integrated with the others so quickly. Although she was destined for slaughter, she came to SASHA with her spirit still intact, so we imagine her early days pre-SASHA may have been spent with caretakers who treated her kindly.

June loves to play with hoses, bowls, and scrub bushes – pure joy!

Her name, June Carter Cash, was a “no brainer”. She has become the perfect good buddy for Johnny Cash.

Today, you can observe her running and playing in the grass, splashing in puddles, throwing her bowls around like frisbees, and playing with the scrub brushes that staff and volunteers use to clean water troughs and bowls. Our animal care manager tells us more about her personality: “June is a leader and has taken over the matriarch position of the Big Pigs. She is super friendly and extremely sweet. June enjoys human company, which includes tons of belly rubs. She lives for rubs. You will often catch her wandering around the yard rooting around with her tongue out (typical look for this queen) or snuggling with Johnny Cash during nap time. Also, she’s a tail wagger. Whenever you visit, and especially when you call her name, her tail goes nuts. She’s an amazing part of the pig family. Everyone loves June!”

Now, June Carter Cash has a beautiful life, one that most pigs will never know. Thank you to Jenny, June’s rescuer, who made it possible for all who come in contact with June at SASHA to share the joy of her life.

Jenny and husband Chris trading kisses with June! She is so happy to be at SASHA!