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BHIMA’S BLOG: Why I’m filled with woe.

Bhima’s Blog:
“Oh no! There is very little time left for you to buy tickets to the SASHA Farm Fundraising Banquet! That money will help feed me. I’m a big ox so I eat a lot. The volunteers make me share food with the other 200 animals here though.

You may have heard that I like being the center of attention and I get pushy and throw tantrums if I don’t get the attention I deserve. It’s true. I do it because I’m a wonder to behold and others should know of my magnificence.

There are 5 baby cows here who are getting a lot of MY attention. I met them. They are rather needy in a baby sort of way. They are always mooing for their bottles and the volunteers rush to soothe them and feed them. I’ve heard the volunteers call me jealous, a diva, and a drama king. I don’t know those words, but I think they mean the same thing as magnificent so I forgive them when they have to leave me to care for the other animals. 

Please buy your tickets now and donate items to the auction! I fear that these babies and the other 200 animals will eat all my food and nothing will be left for me.  

I will leave you now and spend the rest of my day filled with woe (except when I’m being fed or being pet).”

~ Bhima the Magnificent
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Bhima is right! There is very little time left to purchase tickets to the SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary Fundraising Banquet and Auction.  If purchasing by credit card, pl
ease buy your tickets before noon TODAY (Wednesday, October 11) and share this post so we can raise enough money to continue caring for over 200 rescued animals.  Please contact Bob at banquet@sashafarm.org if you need to make arrangements to pay after the credit card deadline. The banquet will be held at Weber’s Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 14, 2017.  

Learn more HERE

Buy tickets HERE.

If you can’t come but want to help, please donate HERE.
If you have new, cruelty-free items to donate to our auction, please email Bob at Banquet@sashafarm.org to arrange the donation.

Thank you for your support!

SASHA Farm Humane Fair – August 13, 2017

The annual SASHA Farm Humane Fair offers you the opportunity to connect with local advocacy groups, meet the animals on guided tours, and enjoy a delicious, vegan, catered lunch.  This is a great way to learn more about SASHA Farm and how you can help animals locally and beyond!

When: Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 12pm – 4pm

Where: SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, 17901 Mahrle Rd, Manchester, MI 48158 

 

Joining us on this day will be:
VegMichigan
S.M.A.R.T. – Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)–Michigan
Songbird Protection Coalition
Michigan Duck Rescue and Sanctuary
Animals & Society Institute
Attorneys for Animals 

You can purchase your tickets HERE or at the registration table on the day of the event.  If you have any questions, please contact Bob Harvie at bob@sashafarm.org before August 13, 2017.

*This is a rain or shine event.

**Lunch will be served from 1pm – 3pm.

For the safety of all, please do not bring dogs or any other companion animal. We know you love your canine friends, and we do too!  It is for that reason that we kindly ask that you let them stay home.

Ticket prices:  $25 per ticket;  $15 for children 10 years of age and younger; free for children 5 years of age and younger.   

 

Cat Lovers Needed!

IMG_7441SASHA Farm would love to have your help caring for 12 sweet cats in our cat barn.  Shifts are once a week for a minimum of 2 hours, but we would love to have you stay longer!  Our volunteers clean, wash floors, do laundry, scoop litter, and feed the cat residents.

Purrs and snuggles are complimentary!

Please email Darcy at darcyrocks@yahoo.com or Lynn at lynxdonell@aol.com for more information.

*Volunteers must be 18 years of age.*

** As much as we would love to take more cats, our cat barn is full so we are unable to accept cats for rescue at this time. **

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Izzy – SASHA Farm Guardian and Protector

Most animals who come to live at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary have not had an easy life.  Equines have come with sway backs and overgrown hooves.  Pigs have come overweight to the point they cannot walk.  We have welcomed run-away cows, and goats with sawed-off horns.  They all come with no trust of people and it can take years for these animals to trust us.

Izzy was no different.  Izzy came from a puppy mill in northern Michigan.  As a Great Pyrenees, she was constantly bred in horrific conditions for her “financially lucrative” pups.  Never given a break and kept in a small, dirty cage, she was bred, delivered puppies, had them taken from her too soon, bred again, and again, and again.

Izzy, 2013

Izzy was approximately four years of age when she was rescued and came to live at SASHA Farm.  She received immediate medical care and lots of love.  Unfortunately, one of her eyes had to be removed due to the lack of medical care she received while at the puppy mill.  Her suffering was officially gone because we were not going to let her be trapped or bred again.  Izzy’s happiness while running and playing in the large pastures at SASHA Farm made everyone smile.

In no time, Izzy became the guardian of the gate at SASHA Farm.  Her instincts blossomed and she was protector of the sheep, goats, and people – whether they wanted it or not.  She loved any toy she was given.  Sometimes she loved toys by destroying them.  Sometimes she loved toys by tossing them in the air and pouncing on them.  Her mood dictated how the toy would be loved.

After her position as “Gate Guardian” was secure, she expanded her farm role to include “Produce Taster”, “Play Police”, and “The Paw”.   Izzy made sure the produce being fed to all the residents was fresh and delicious.  When other animals played, she stood watch until she decided that they had played long enough.  “The Paw” was Izzy’s signature move.  Simply put, Izzy told everyone when they were allowed to stop petting her.  If someone stopped prematurely, that person got “The Paw”.

Time crept on and Izzy began having difficulty walking and breathing.  Last week, Izzy passed away, surrounded by those who loved her.  She is now at the Rainbow Bridge and she is joined there by some of her pups.  She gets to spend time with them and play without the confines of a dirty cage.

We love you and miss you, Izzy.  You are now the Gate Guardian at the Rainbow Bridge.  Do what you do best – protect, love, and play.

RIP Izzy 2005 – 3/23/2017

Have dinner with us!

 

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Our Valentine’s Day  Benefit Dinner for the Animals will be on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 6pm – 9pm ET.

We look forward to spending the evening with you as we raise funds for the animals while enjoying delicious food prepared by our friends at The Lunch Room in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Tickets must be purchased before February 6, 2017 and seating it limited to 35 people, so buy your tickets soon!  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

 

The ticket price is $75 per person and it includes:

  • Appetizers
  • Entrée
  • Dessert
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, soda, and limeade)
  • Cash bar available

The Menu

Appetizers

  • Spring Rolls with Sweet Chile Sauce
  • Tempeh Reuben Burger Sliders
  • Avocado Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Entrees 

  • Pasties & Gravy with Stewed Collard Greens (Collards are Gluten Free)
    OR  
  • Orrechiette Pasta with Lentils, Kale, Walnuts and Butternut Squash

Dessert 

  • Two dessert options  
  • *Gluten Free desserts available if requested prior to February 6th

For questions or any food allergy/special diets requests, please email bob@sashafarm.org.

** This dinner is limited to 35 guests.  Tickets must be purchased prior to February 6, 2017.  Please note that there are no refunds on ticket purchases. ** 

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Last Day to Donate for 2016

taxdeadlineToday is the last day to donate for the 2016 tax year.  We can’t thank you enough for your support this year and in years passed.  Without the support of our donors, we would not be able to continue our mission of rescuing abused and neglected farm animals.

If you have a PayPal account, you can donate through this link.

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can donate without opening an account and this link allows you to do that.

SASHA Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. To donate via check, please mail the check to SASHA Farm, P.O. Box 222, Manchester, MI 48158. 

Produce Volunteers Needed

Update as of July 8, 2017:  We are no longer in need of produce volunteers.  We will be sure to inform you if our needs change.  Thank you for considering a volunteer position with us!  Please click on the Volunteer Information link to learn more about our other volunteer opportunities and how you can help.  Thank you!   

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Our animal residents love their fresh produce treats.  Unfortunately, we don’t have  produce volunteers to cover Monday through Friday and the residents have voiced their displeasure about it.  Bhima, our resident Gyr ox, is Produce Distribution Management. If you are interested in volunteering with rescued animals but didn’t know how you could help, being a produce volunteer might be a good fit for you.

The produce volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, reliable, courteous, professional, strong, and have a vehicle large enough to transport large amounts of produce from the Whole Foods Market Ann Arbor stores.

The produce volunteers’ duties include retrieving produce at two Whole Foods Market Ann Arbor locations, maintaining a courteous and professional relationship with Whole Foods Market employees, delivering the produce to the sanctuary in Manchester, chopping, sorting, and distributing the produce to the eagerly awaiting residents.

Please be realistic about your availability and willingness as this volunteer position takes time, dedication, and commitment.

A few important notes:

  • All SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Training is done at Whole Foods Market and at the sanctuary.
  • Whole Foods Market is very generous to our animal residents and we want to maintain our good relationship with them, so professionalism and courtesy are extremely important to us.
  • Whole Foods Market requests that produce pickups be done between the hours of 8am – 11am.
  • It can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes for store pickups.
  • The produce can be heavy so the volunteer must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Depending on the amount of produce donated, it can take 4-6 hours to sort and distribute the produce.
  • Flexibility to switch with a produce volunteer on another day is available.
  • The produce volunteers report directly to Bhima, the Produce Distribution Manager.

Produce volunteer is known as the best volunteer position at the sanctuary.  This is not an easy position, but the produce volunteers get the best form of gratitude -nuzzles and sloppy kisses from the animal residents!  They look forward to seeing their produce volunteers, and they stand by the fences and voice their excitement very loudly.

If you are interested in becoming a produce volunteer or learning more about the position, please email volunteer@sashafarm.org.

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Bhima overseeing produce preparation.

      

 

A Successful Fundraiser . . . Because of You!

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SASHA Farm‘s annual benefit and auction is our largest fundraiser each year.  The money raised allows us to continue providing food, shelter, and medical care to animals who rarely received these necessities prior to becoming our residents.

SASHA Farm became a non-profit, 501(C)(3), charitable organization in 2001.  We celebrated 15 years of animal rescue and animal welfare education during our banquet on October 28, 2016.  Each year, our fundraiser is made successful by our attendees and those who donate to our auction.  A big “Thank You!” goes to everyone who supported us throughout these past 15 years and who continue to support us.

Please help us thank our 2016 auction donors by recognizing their contributions and help support them by your patronage.

Thank You

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Hometown Life Article

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The Shimmy Shack 2017 Michigan’s Sexiest Vegan’s Calendar is getting well-deserved attention from the Observer and Eccentric Media’s Hometown Life site.  Writer, Sharon Dargay, interviewed Shimmy Shack’s owner, Debra Levantrosser, to discuss her reasons for creating the calendar and her charitable donations from the profits.

Fifty percent of the profits from the 2017 calendar will be donated to SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary and the calendar was filmed on our grounds.

“SASHA Farm’s values match our values.  We believe animals have personalities and deserve love.  To us, eating a pig is the equivalent of eating a dog.  If people got to know pigs, they’d see pigs have personalities, just like dogs, and the same with cows,” Levantrosser said.  “We like what SASHA Farm does and how they do it.”

Thank you Debra!  We agree!

You can purchase a 2017 Shimmy Shack calendar on their site HERE.  You can read the full article HERE.

SASHA Farm: A Coloring Book for Rescued Animals

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SASHA Farm: A Coloring Book for Rescued Animals by E.J. Miranda

We truly have wonderful volunteers and supporters.  Erin Miranda Patiño, a volunteer at our sanctuary, dedicated several months of work toward the creation of the one and only SASHA Farm: A Coloring Book of Rescued Farm Animals!  Her work and dedication to our sanctuary is inspiring.

Besides driving two hours each way to work at the farm every week, Erin took time away from her evenings to create this coloring book on our behalf.   We don’t know how she managed to do it all and work a full-time job too, but we can’t thank her enough.

The profits from the sale of the SASHA Farm: A Coloring Book of Rescued Farm Animals go to the sanctuary and you can order this coloring book directly from Amazon.  Don’t forget that if you order from Amazon, choose to have SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary as your Smile Charity and we will receive additional donations for every purchase you make through Amazon.

Thank you Erin!

Purchase Here