Vegan Bakers Wanted

We’re seeking donations of vegan sweets for our Spring Social bake sale. Selling sweets during the Spring Social helps us raise additional funds for the animals at SASHA and helps open people’s eyes to veganism.

All items must be 100% vegan and individually wrapped with an attached ingredient list. To donate items, please contact our Board president, Bob, at bob@sashafarm.org.

Pot-bellied pigs: wonderful animals but bad pets

Pot-bellied pigs, sometimes called mini-pigs or teacup pigs, are a popular “fad pet” often purchased by people based on misconceptions about their size and needs. Humane societies and animal sanctuaries, including SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, are constantly contacted by people trying to re-home their pot-bellied pigs after they’ve grown too large for their caretaker’s comfort.

According to one estimate, as many as 90% of pot-bellied pigs purchased as pets are later given to sanctuaries and rescues.

Despite claims from breeders and online communities, adult pot-bellied pigs can weigh between 100-300 pounds and have a lifespan similar to that of dogs and cats, with some living as long as 20 years.

Pot-bellied pigs, including so-called therapy pigs, are illegal in many communities and require unique, and sometimes costly, veterinary care that many local veterinarians aren’t able to provide.

Additionally, pot-bellied pigs are intelligent and social animals who require companionship with other pigs and lots of outdoor space and enrichment that many people can’t provide.

Currently, SASHA is home to about 20 pot-bellied pigs who live communally, have space to roam, explore and root, huts to sleep in, straw to nest in, and toys to play with. Sadly, in many instances, pet pot-bellied pigs are not able to engage in these natural behaviors that are so meaningful and enriching to them and instead suffer from boredom and depression.

Unfortunately, there are few resources available for the pot-bellied pigs whose owners, for whatever reason, can no longer care for them. Many humane societies and animal control agencies consider pot-bellied pigs livestock and therefore will not accept relinquished pigs. This means that the sanctuaries, humane societies, and animal control agencies who respond to requests for assistance for pot-bellies are often overwhelmed by requests for help. And many sanctuaries, including SASHA, quickly reach their capacity and are no longer able to accept new pot-bellied pigs.

Because of the misconceptions about the size and needs of pot-bellied pigs, deceptive practices by breeders and lack of assistance and resources for pot-bellied pig owners, many pot-bellied pigs are neglected, abandoned and abused when they’re forced to live with owners who no longer want them.

In Macon, Georgia, a pot-bellied pig who was advertised as a pet on Craigslist was tortured by men with a pickax, polls, and rifles who were planning on killing and eating the animal. In Corpus Christi, Texas, an abandoned pot-bellied pig was set on fire and found with wounds across her body at a local convenience store.

Pot-bellied pigs are complex, intelligent animals who likely suffer in the sterile environment of people’s homes without the companionship of other pigs and the ability to engage in their natural behaviors and activities. The majority of pot-bellied pigs purchased as pets are later sent to sanctuaries or are neglected and abandoned as their size and unique care requirements become too much for their owners.

Instead of purchasing a pot-bellied pig as a pet, consider sponsoring one at SASHA. Your sponsorship helps us to feed and provide for the animals in our care for their entire lives.

SASHA Farm Newsletter: April, 2017

Check out our latest newsletter here!

In this newsletter, you’ll find our eulogy for Izzy, a recap of SASHA’s appearance on CW50’s Street Beat,  our Volunteer Spotlight on Katie Eory, a profile of one family’s love of Bhima and details about the Spring Social and other upcoming events.

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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

SASHA Farm Spring Social May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017 is our annual Spring Social Fundraiser and Open House, here at the sanctuary. We hope you’ll be able to make it! This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet the animals on guided tours throughout the day, hear their stories, and learn more about living with compassion.

Our friends from Shimmy Shack andHut-K Nutrilicious will be here, so you can get yourself some delicious animal-friendly eats. Most importantly, we look forward to sharing the importance of animal advocacy with you all.

***IMPORTANT NOTE!*** For the safety of all, please do not bring dogs. We know you love your canine friends, and we do too! It is for this reason that we do not allow dogs to visit the sanctuary…we want everyone to stay safe! This applies to the Humane Fair in August, too. Please, keep them home.

Get your tickets here:  SPRING SOCIAL TICKETS

Find more information on our Facebook page.

Questions? Contact Bob at bob@sashafarm.org or 248.842.5447.

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.