All posts by Stacey Narduzzi

Our New Year Wish For You

There is a beautiful sunrise here at SASHA Farm today.  It is a cool, crisp morning and the humans have not left the warmth of their barn yet.  I can see them through the holes in their barn, standing with their herd, drinking from a trough small enough to hold with their hooves.  They look through those holes often.  I think humans like to see the light and beauty that shine in.  I do not need holes in my barn to see light and beauty.  I feel light and beauty; that feeling surrounds me.  The light and beauty in my life are my family, my friends, my caretakers, and my home.  I have lived here since I was a calf.  I grew big and strong here.  I grew my horns here.  I do not know fear or pain here.  I only know peace, love, kindness, and compassion.  This is my home.  This is SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

My wish for humans in the new year is that you become more like us animal residents of SASHA Farm.  Experience the calm that being surrounded by light and beauty gives to you.  Realize that animal life, human and non-human, is precious.  Feel the peace and love that we feel.  Share that peace and love with all animal life.  Rejoice daily.   

Your continued support and generosity have allowed the entire SASHA Farm herd, over 250 of us, to feel love, kindness, compassion, and peace every day of the year.  Thank you is all we have to offer so please acceptance our thanks and know that you and your support are meaningful to us. 

With our sincerest gratitude,

Tod  

 

 

 

To support Tod and the other SASHA Farm residents, please use our PayPal account.  You can send one donation, set up monthly donations, and donate in memory/in honor of a loved one by completing the  “Add Special Instructions” section.  Every amount, whether one dollar or one thousand dollars, is helpful and will go toward the food and care of all SASHA Farm residents.

Thank you and Happy New Year!  

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. **

Rainbow Bridge Gate Guardian

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