Cruisin’ for the Animals

On Saturday September 15, SASHA Farm held a benefit cruise on the Diamond Belle River Boat. It was truly a night to remember as we cruised down the Detroit River watching the sun set over the water. We marveled at the dynamic views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines while we listened to the mellow sounds of Sean Blackman’s  in Transit Detroit. For many, childhood memories  came floating back;  for others new to the Detroit area, there was wonder at the breathtaking views and the peaceful, mellow ambience of this sightseeing journey.

AND, IT WAS ALL FOR THE ANIMAL RESIDENTS OF SASHA FARMWith our deepest gratitude to our sponsors: Gold Level – Amy and Jack Bell, and Dr. Asha Shah and Matthew Douponce. Bronze Level – Beverly Steffens  (SASHA Farm Volunteer),  Shimmy Shack, and Chili Mustard Onions. You helped to make this incredible evening a reality. THANK YOU!

In addition to our sponsors, we thank  Diamond Jack River Tours for making this benefit cruise informative and fun at the same time! Captain Steve told us all about the sights with his very interesting stories about the history of the area.  And, kudos to The Moveable Feast who catered a great vegan buffet for this event (perhaps the first one they have ever catered on the water!)

And now onto a few of the great scenes captured on camera!

Watching the sun set as we left our busy lives behind for a few hours on this incredible journey…

Bob Harvie, SASHA Farm volunteer and Board Chairman, says HI!

Sean Blackman and group entertain to SASHA supporters, while the sun sets on the river.

Incredible views of the skyline – Detroit Renaissance Center.

Ambassador Bridge – planned for the late 1800’s but finally opened in 1929 to connect Detroit and Windsor

Another view of the Ambassador Bridge

Dorothy Davies, director and founder of SASHA Farm,  and Gary Yourofsky,  animal activist and long-time SASHA supporter, wave at the camera. All enjoyed the peace and beauty of the sunset and being among friends.


And, you came for all the 250+ animal residents who will live out their lives at SASHA Farm. They are here because they needed a home where they could be themselves, and be safe and loved. They say THANK YOU to all our River Cruise attendees for supporting them. Here are some pictures of the animals showing their love for all their sponsors and supporters.

Danny, one of 8 survivors from a Livingston County MI dairy farm, was rescued in November 2017, among horrific conditions, where 70 animals were found dead of starvation.

Sheldon was rescued in 2016 by a young girl named Ruby. He was a 4H sheep, destined to be meat on someone’s table but she talked her parents into purchasing him. Now she raises money through her pet sitting jobs for his care.

Laddie, a Scottish Highland steer, was rescued when his owner had to sell his farm in Kansas. He fits right in at SASHA!

While still a very young piglet, Johnny Cash fell off a transport truck, into a ditch in Iowa.  He was presumably on his way to a “fattening farm”.  Luckily, he was found by a compassionate couple, nursed through his injuries and brought to SASHA.

Bhima, the big guy in the picture, is a Gyr ox. He was actually rescued from a farm in Michigan even though the breed originates in India. He is surrounded by the Jersey 5 (rescued from a dairy farm as one week old calves in September 2017), and Daisy Belle, a female Holstein twin born at a dairy farm who was sterile and very tiny. She had been left to die but a loving supporter brought her to SASHA.

This is Cassie, a Toggenburg goat rescued from a home in the city as part of a neglect case and brought to SASHA Farm. Now she has many goat and sheep and people friends to keep her company and she is safe, loved and well cared for.

Maitri, a Guernsey / Brahman mix, is another survivor of the Livingston County MI cruelty case. Her name means “loving kindness”.  She is doing incredibly well now, a year after her ordeal – healthy and happy and loving her life and her friends at SASHA Farm.