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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!

Buy Your Tickets Now for the SASHA Farm Benefit Banquet and Auction on October 14

Included in the Ticket Price is a Tour of SASHA Farm and a chance to meet the Jersey 5 on October 15!

DATE:  Saturday October 14, 2017

PLACE:  Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor Michigan

TIME:  6:00 PM until 10:30 PM

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:  An exciting evening, great vegan food, entertaining speakers, and compassionate tales of animal rescue and life at SASHA Farm, all to benefit the animals. Savor a 4-course vegan dinner, bid on items in our silent auction, treasure a keepsake gift, enjoy a cash bar, and hear the heartwarming stories of the animals at SASHA Farm.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Cam F. Awesome joins us as our guest speaker. Cam is known as “The Vegan Boxer” and has spoken at the Farm Sanctuary 2017 New York Hoedown, San Diego VegFest, Rochester VegFest and Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. Cam is a witty, upbeat and high energy motivational speaker as well as a comedian.  A proud vegan for the past 5 years, he is also a 5-time Golden Gloves boxing champion.

PRICE: Tickets are only $125, and the best part is that $75 of that is tax deductible. Included with each ticket will be a tour of SASHA Farm on Sunday October 15 with a chance to meet the Jersey 5, starting at 11:00 am. Don’t delay – buy your tickets NOW!

We are accepting donations that are new and cruelty-free for the silent auction. Please contact Bob@sashafarm.org if you have items to donate or if you have questions.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW.

 

We Knead Your Help!

Do you loaf baking? Are you able to rise to the occasion? SASHA Farm is seeking donations of vegan baked goods and sweets for our Humane Fair bake sale on Sunday, August 13. Selling sweets during the Humane Fair helps us raise additional funds for the animals at SASHA and also opens people’s eyes to delicious cruelty-free foods.

If you’re able to bake, for the animals’ sake, please contact our Board President, Bob, at bob@sashafarm.org.

All items must be 100% vegan and individually wrapped with an attached ingredient list and a suggested donation price.

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.   

 

SASHA Farm is Hiring!

 

SASHA Farm is hiring a part-time administrative assistant to work on-site at the sanctuary and to help with day-to-day administrative operations. This position cannot be done remotely. Below you’ll find a detailed job description.

If you’re interested, please provide a cover letter and resume to the SASHA Farm Director, Dorothy Davies, at dorothy@sashafarm.org.  Your cover letter should speak to your relevant volunteer or work experience as well as how you exemplify our mission to care for and promote the rights of animals. This position will remain open until filled but we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

 

Administrative Assistant Job Description

Areas of Responsibility

Communication

Social Media, website and newsletter

  • Write articles and coordinate the publication and mailing of electronic newsletters
  • Add contact information to e-newsletter list and postal mailing list as necessary. This includes volunteers, donors, event attendees and those who inquire about the sanctuary
  •  Work with the Website Manager to write blogs and Facebook and other social media postings. Respond to posts on SASHA’s social media as necessary

Communication with the public

  • Respond to e-mails and phone calls promptly. The Director and/or Board should be notified of relevant responses either in person or by e-mailed copies of responses.  Matters concerning sponsorships may be forwarded to the Sponsorship Coordinator and memberships to the Membership Coordinator

Communication with volunteers, staff and Board

  • Respond to any questions coming from volunteers or staff regarding forms and other internal sanctuary information and, if necessary, retrieve the information or documentation requested. Will direct questions regarding other issues to the appropriate Staff/ Board Member or volunteer as needed
  • Work with Animal Care Associate to prepare a weekly Volunteer Announcement email with appropriate sanctuary and animal care updates. Announcements should be stored in the office and copies should be placed in the Animal Care Log in the People Barn
  •  Maintain files and contact information for all active volunteers
  •  Update the Volunteer Handbook and other related forms as necessary and keep copies stocked in the People Barn for new volunteers
  •  Propose topics to Staff/Board for discussion at monthly Board meetings as necessary

Record keeping

  • Maintain intake documents for new animal residents as well as animal residents who have passed away or have been adopted to an outside individual or sanctuary/rescue

Special Events

  • Work with the Board to facilitate the planning and organization of events as assigned. This may include creating and organizing materials, participating in planning, advertising, press releases, newsletters and blog postings, replying to e-mail and phone questions, organizing volunteers, managing merchandise for sale at the event etc.
  •  May support the Director and the Chairman of the Board to help with tours in various capacities
  •  May be asked to participate in the creation and distribution of media such as brochures, posters, event signs and flyers etc. for events and other matters
  •  May be asked to create and organize materials and displays for tabling and events under direction of the Director/Board
  •  In consultation with the Board Treasurer, keep an organized inventory of items for sale and fulfill and package orders for shipment in a timely fashion

Financial Responsibilities

  • Working under the direction of the Treasurer, facilitate the solicitation of monetary, in-kind and service donations
  •  Acknowledge receipt of monetary and in-kind donations through PayPal, PayPal Giving and other mediums with hand written notes or template driven acknowledgement letters
  •  As directed by the Treasurer, may enter new donations into Quickbooks, confirm addresses, and prepare bank deposits
  •  Work with Director, Treasurer and Accountant on financial reporting as assigned
  •  Categorize receipts and send to accountant monthly
  •  Submit qualification information as required to intermediary charitable organizations such as iGive, Benevity, etc.
  •  May research and submit grant proposals as requested

Other Duties

  • Housekeeping of the office – vacuum, clean surfaces, recycle and empty trash as needed
  • Check People Barn regularly to ensure forms and supplies are in supply, including liability agreements, confidentiality agreements, paper supplies such as paper towels and toilet paper, dishwashing detergent, hand soap, first aid supplies, etc.
  • Assist Director or her designee with other tasks as requested
  • May be asked to assist with animal care in emergencies
  • May be asked to pick up mail at the P.O. box at the local post office or at the sanctuary

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. **

Supporting REAL Animal Sanctuaries

A bear at Summer Wind Farms (c) PETA

In 2017, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released an undercover investigation into Summer Wind Farms, a so-called animal sanctuary in Brown City, Michigan. During their investigation, PETA found animals living in cramped, filthy enclosures, others who were denied veterinary care and still more who were exhibiting chronic psychological distress.

In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a formal legal complaint against the “sanctuary” arguing that they failed to meet even minimal animal welfare standards including a failure to handle animals as carefully as possible, a failure to provide animals proper medical care and a failure to provide animals a clean or safe shelter including in inclement weather. Between 2012-2016, the USDA alleges that Summer Wind Farms violated the Animal Welfare Act over 200 times.

PETA’s investigation raises important questions about what it means to be an “animal sanctuary” and which animal organizations should be receiving your support.

There are hundreds of animal organizations and facilities across the United States that claim to be “sanctuaries” for exotic, domestic or farmed animals. Unfortunately, many of these “sanctuaries” would more aptly be called roadside zoos or even hoarding situations where animals are warehoused and put on display for overly trusting tourists. Visiting these types of places, which buy, breed or keep animals for profit, or even for seemingly well-intentioned purposes, unfortunately support the animals’ continued confinement and suffering.

Before attending, donating, sharing their social media posts or in other ways supporting a “sanctuary,” you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the organization a non-profit? If so, check that they’re a registered charity with the government (you can do that here). While this doesn’t guarantee that they’re a bona fide sanctuary, it is a good indication of their motives for keeping animals.
  • Does this organization buy, sell or breed animals? Real sanctuaries never breed animals. While sometimes sanctuaries are able to rescue animals as babies or pregnant moms who give birth to babies shortly after their arrival, baby animals at any sanctuary should generally be a red flag.
  • How are visitors allowed to interact with animals at the facility? Most legitimate sanctuaries have limits on how and when people can visit and interact with their animal residents. Sanctuaries should never encourage animals to perform “tricks” for visitors, or allow visitors to feed them junk food or interact with scared or aggressive animals. Visitors should never be allowed to hand-feed, hold, or touch dangerous animals like tigers and bears.
  • Along these lines, you should ask yourself how the animals look. Do they look healthy or ill? Do they look happy or stressed? If they look ill or stressed, be sure to ask why. Many sanctuaries take animals who have been abused or neglected and many animals come to sanctuaries with previously untreated medical issues. Sanctuaries truly concerned about animal welfare should be providing all ill animals with appropriate medical care and should be willing to discuss that care with the public.
  • Are the animals living in spacious, clean and enriching enclosures? Or are they cramped, dirty and barren? Animals living at genuine sanctuaries should live in groups with space to roam, explore, play and relax free of trash, debris and excessive muck and waste.

Visiting or donating to pseudo-sanctuaries only perpetuates the suffering of the animals kept there. And sharing their pictures or other posts on social media only serves to legitimize them and increase their reach to more unsuspecting animal lovers. If you see an animal in distress at one of these facilities, please contact your local humane society or animal control. You can find more tips on helping animals suffering from abuse or neglect here.

Please, only visit or support real sanctuaries truly committed to the care of their animal residents and to supporting the rights of animals.

Thank You for Making the Spring Social a Success!

Sunday, May 21st was our annual Spring Social Fundraiser and Open House, a time for SASHA members and supporters to visit and tour the sanctuary, meet the animal residents, and socialize with others interested in animal rights and plant-based living. This year over 500 members and supporters came out for the Social, helping to raise much-needed funds for the animals who live at SASHA.

If you missed the Spring Social, fear not, we’re having public tours at the Sanctuary on June 18th, July 16th, and September 17th. All tours are on a Sunday from 11 am until approximately 2 pm and are $10 per person. To RSVP, please email Bob at bob@sashafarm.org.

And don’t forget about our annual Humane Fair on Sunday, August 13th. The Humane Fair will include guided tours, a catered vegan lunch and informational booths staffed by area animal groups. It’s a great opportunity to learn about SASHA, meet the animal residents, and learn more about animal rights and local groups working towards humane reforms for animals in Michigan and beyond. You can find more information about the Humane Fair, as it becomes available, on our website and Facebook page.