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Beat the Winter Blahs with a SASHA Sponsorship!

All farmed animals who live at SASHA Farm are available to be sponsored, and they are eagerly waiting to hear from YOU. Do you have a favorite? Or do you love them all? Check out our Facebook page to see pictures and videos of many of the animals or visit us at our upcoming Spring Social on May 12th to find that very special animal who really needs your love and compassion. You will also find some featured animals in the Meet the Animals tab on the website, with more to come – a work in progress.

Sponsorships are a great way to make that connection to the individuals at SASHA Farm, and through your sponsorship, you will learn about their stories, their unique personalities, and more about the species to which they belong. SASHA Sponsorships range from $100 for a Helping Hand Sponsorship to $1000 or more for a SASHA Star Sponsorship.  Click HERE to learn all about the various sponsorship levels and the benefits of each.

Pictured above are five sweet pigs who arrived at SASHA Farm from North Carolina with lots of help from our friends. Before their rescue, these girls were in danger. They were considered too sick and tiny, unfit for consumer profit. They were sentenced to be gassed and left for dead. Luckily, some compassionate friends rescued them, and they were taken to Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in North Carolina, where they were lovingly cared for until well enough to make their trip to Michigan. Now, the piglets are lively, happy, and stealing the hearts of everyone they meet. Three of the five still need one more thing to make their lives complete: a NAME!!  Click HERE to sign up for a Pasture Partner or higher level sponsorship which comes with “Naming Rights”.

But if a Pasture Partner sponsorship is not in your current budget, don’t dismay. The Helping Hand sponsorship is a great way to start the process. Click HERE to start the sponsorship process. Don’t miss the wonderful experience of sponsoring a SASHA animal resident, and sponsorships make great gifts too!

Please direct sponsorship questions to We’ll answer email within a day, and we can normally put together your packet of sponsorship materials anywhere from 7 to 10 days.


Valentine’s Benefit Dinner February 17 at the Detroit Street Filling Station

Buy tickets HERE!

WHEN: Sunday February 17 from 6-8:30 pm to benefit our 300+ SASHA Farm animal residents.

WHERE: Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

MENU: (100% delicious and vegan!)

  • Oyster & Enoki Mushroom Calamari with Marinara
  • Italian Chopped Salad with Housebaked Focaccia
  • Eggplant Lasagna Rollup
  • Tofu Ricotta & Lentil Filling, Topped with Marinara & Provolone Cheese
  • Spinach & Roasted Garlic Risotto with Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Italian Desserts from our Magical Bakery
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • Wine, beer & cocktails + special unleaded (non-alcoholic) offerings and other drinks will be available for purchase

TICKETS: $75 per person, and there will only be 60 tickets available, so buy your tickets NOW! If you have special dietary needs or questions, please send an email to Bob Harvie at

Looking forward to seeing you, in celebration of the SASHA Animal Residents.

“A Celebration of Life” Jefferson 2002 – 2018

Most of our followers know of Jefferson.  He’s the steer who made national news when he ran for his life on Jefferson Avenue 15 years ago.  On December 2, 2003, Jefferson was transported to the Eastern Market slaughter house in Detroit, Michigan.  As he stood in line to be slaughtered, he could smell the stench of death surrounding him and he could hear the painful, anguished cries of the cows in front of him.  The line moved forward, one by one, and the cries became louder.  Jefferson saw an open doorway.  He knew his current path meant death.  He chose the open doorway and ran.  He ran, not knowing where the doorway led and not knowing if there was anyone to help him, yet he ran.  Aided only by his will to live, Jefferson ran for over a mile, while being chased by those who wanted to kill him.

News crews followed him, police followed him, animal control followed him, and SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary supporters followed him.  Those same supporters contacted SASHA Farm and asked us to help save this beautiful animal who clearly wanted to live.

While living at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, Jefferson’s strong, independent, spirit continued and he thrived.  He had his opinion on the human race and his experience told him not to trust us.  It took time, but he slowly began accepting the love that was given to him by the SASHA Farm staff, volunteers, and supporters.  Jefferson became so comfortable at SASHA that he refused to leave when the cow gate was open.  He was content to stay in his pasture while the other cows toured the horse pasture.  The cow pasture was green and lush and he wasn’t budging from his happy home.

It is with a heavy heart that we are informing you of Jefferson’s passing.  Jefferson died on November 17, 2018.  He died at his home on the green pasture that he loved so dearly.  Jefferson was surrounded by his loving cow family when he died.  Immediately after his death, they stood vigil and bellowed in painful anguish.  He had a true family who was by his side at death as they were in life.  Jefferson is missed by everyone here at SASHA Farm.

The founders, staff, and volunteers at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary are emotionally impacted with each animal resident death.  Every animal death is difficult.  We are the humans who feed them, medicate them, clean them, keep them safe and warm, and nurse them back to health when they are ill.  We love them.  It does not matter if the animal has been a resident for 10 weeks, 10 months, or 10 years.  We love them.  The founders, staff, and volunteers need time to emotionally process every death.  These animals take pieces of our hearts when they leave us, yet we must continue caring for all the other animals.  During these times of sorrow, we do our work through tears.

SASHA Farm does not announce deaths as quickly as some would like.  We cannot and do not because we need time to grieve for our loved ones.  Jefferson’s death will surely cause many of our supporters to mourn.  We understand.  We will mourn with you.

Rest peacefully dear, Jefferson.

With much love and respect,

Your SASHA Farm family

If you wish to read more about Jefferson, here are some links to articles through the years: The Freep, Vdog, SASHA