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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.


SASHA RUN FOR THE ANIMALS: Update from Charles Leister

Charles ran 100 miles on September 7, 2018 to raise funds for the animal residents at SASHA Farm. Read his incredible story below:

Hello everyone. First, the most important update regarding the fundraising campaign. I am very pleased and grateful to report that we have exceeded the fundraising goal by accumulating $3,165.00 in website, check, and cash donations! A sincere thanks to all donors who helped SASHA reach its goal. It is truly terrific that so many people have come together to help the animal residents, and future rescues, live out their days at SASHA in a compassionate and safe environment. The website is still open to donations if you would still like to make a contribution:

As for the run:  It was an experience of highs and lows all throughout. A swarm of wasps did not make this run any easier for me as I was stung over a dozen times on my right leg within the first 14 miles of the race. Thankfully, the next aid station was only three miles away from where I was able to receive some medical attention before heading out to continue the run. The 100-mile course consisted of 6 x 16.66 mile loops across the Potawatomi trail and horse trails in Pinckney, MI. I dedicated each of the first 5 loops to a group of animals at SASHA (birds, pigs, cows, etc.). Bhima was included in with the goats and sheep since he spends most of his time with them. The final loop was dedicated to the founders, Dorothy Davies and Monte Jackson, as well as all of the fantastic volunteers at SASHA Farm.

As I stood up from taking a 10-minute food and rest break to prepare to complete the sixth and final loop, my body basically told me that I was no longer moving forward and that 84 miles was enough. I had come so close and now my body just did not want to respond, but I felt that I just couldn’t quit now considering all of the support and well wishes that everyone had contributed to the campaign.

I used every bit of my mental and physical energy to keep moving through those final 16 miles knowing that the pain and discomfort that I felt would be worth it in the end. As I crossed the finish line in 25 hours and 31 minutes, I was filled with overwhelming gratitude for all of the donors, supporters, and volunteers who put forth so much effort, love and compassion to make this world a better place for those who do not have a voice.

With sincere thanks,
Charles Leister

(Check out a video of Charles’ run HERE)

SASHA Farm Benefit Cruise September 15 – Please Join Us To Help the Animals!


Please contact with questions.

Below, you will read about two of the 250 SASHA Farm animal residents who could all use your help as we prepare for the winter ahead. You can help each one of them when you purchase tickets for your unforgettable experience cruising down the Detroit River on the Diamond Belle. Jefferson and Frankie and all the other animal residents will be forever grateful for your support!


  • Many of you have asked whether the food served will be vegan. Please note that ALL food served on the cruise by The Moveable Feast will be VEGAN and there will be gluten free options. 
  • Please RSVP by September 7th to if you plan to buy a ticket on or after that date.
  • Parking is $5.00, not included in the ticket price.
  • No outside beverages can be brought onto the boat.
  • Boarding is at 5:45 PM and sailing is promptly at 6:00 PM.  LATE ARRIVALS WILL MISS THE BOAT.
  • Go to the end of this posting to find a map to the boat dock.


This is Jefferson, a Polled brown and white Hereford steer.  He was raised about 10 miles south of Manchester, MI, and sold at an auction just north of Manchester in 2003. But it appeared that this noble beauty couldn’t bear the thought of being someone’s dinner, so he escaped the Eastern Market slaughterhouse in Detroit where he had a “date with death.”  He ran for his life across several busy Detroit streets, before being captured and tranquilized on Jefferson Ave, hence his name. Miraculously,  many compassionate people helped Jefferson find his lifetime home at SASHA Farm, where he will now spend the rest of his life surrounded by other cows, pigs, horses, chickens, sheep, goats and adoring humans.

Meet Frankie. When he was rescued from a Calhoun County (MI) hoarding case in 2015 (with Flopsy, Mazzy, and other goats and sheep), he had been living in a dog crate, and could barely walk when his rescuers opened the door of his crate to give him his freedom. Now, no one can keep him from running with joy in the pasture!  Frankie loves his life at SASHA Farm, and he loves all the humans who love him back!


You will enjoy dynamic views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines during a 3 hour late summer afternoon cruise on the Diamond Belle River Boat. Your cruise will be complete with a cash bar,  hot vegan hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and desserts prepared by The Moveable Feast. Sean Blackman and his band will be playing music during the cruise.

Date is Saturday September 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Ticket price is $100.00 per person. Dock and parking is at the foot of Joseph Campau – address is 201 Joseph Campau. Parking is available for $5.00 (not included in the ticket price).


Don’t miss this wonderful experience while helping the SASHA animal residents at the same time!