SASHA 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.
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 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.
Today 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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Andrea Gianchiglia New Jersey
- Anita Mishra
- Beatnik Vibe Detroit, Michigan
- Bev Steffens
- Bob Harvie
- Chive Kitchen Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Cosmakery Plymouth, Michigan
- Darcy Marzano
- Darcy Schreiner
- Debra Levantrosser
- Detroit Red Wings
- Detroit Tigers
- Detroit Zoo
- Echo Valley Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Esther Kirshenbaum Michigan
- Greg Sherban
- Helen Murphy, Michigan
- Igor Howatt, Michigan
- Jane Gazman
- The Make Up Loft Plymouth, Michigan
- Janice Cantelon
- Jennifer Blough Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Julie Copley
- Karolina Hupfauer
- Katie Karlson
- Keith Malinowski
- Lake Forest Golf Club Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Lauren Hansen Lansing, Michigan
- Linda Mussio
- Margaret Baxter
- Mark Narduzzi
- McLennan Landscape Manchester, Michigan
- Michele Madaski
- Priya and Sri Pramadesam
- Rebecca Stucki
- Riley Howard
- Rob Butler
- Russ Hagy Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Sandi Giardini
- Sean Blackman Michigan
- Sheryl Favorite
- Shimmy Shack Michigan
- Stacey Narduzzi
- Stefanie Renee Photo Michigan
- Tammy Harvie
- The Lunch Room Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Tiffany Tuttle Michigan
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!
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!
We have another video showing some highlights of our Humane Fair on August 14, 2016. This video was filmed and donated by Brian Fisher. If you didn’t get a chance to visit us during this event, please watch the video and make plans to visit us when our on-site events begin again in 2017.
We hope you made it out to our Humane Fair on August 14, 2016. If not, have you wondered what we do? To answer some of your questions, check out this video generously recorded and donated by David Brown.
Hundreds of people came to the sanctuary to meet the animal residents, connect with local animal advocacy groups, and eat a delicious catered lunch during our 2016 Humane Fair. David recorded some highlights.
We hope you enjoy the video and consider visiting the sanctuary when our onsite events begin again in 2017. We rely on your support to continue our mission of caring for abused, neglected, and mistreated farm animals.
The ticket price is $125.00 per person. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. The tax deductible portion of each ticket is $70.00.
We are looking for new, cruelty-free donations to be auctioned during our silent auction. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year and we need your support!
The vegan menu includes four hors d’oeuvres, salad, house baked bread assortment with Earth Balance margarine and olive oil. The main course will be wild mushroom and grilled portabella stroganoff over pasta or rice pasta with vegetables, and fruit salad. Mango sorbet and cupcakes will be served for dessert.
We will again have a live and silent auction, plus musical entertainment, speakers, and SASHA merchandise for sale.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.