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Looking back at 2021, a year of love and loss

Looking back at 2021, a year of love and loss

Looking back at 2021

The year in review

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by Lynn, Oscar & Britt | Jan 30, 2022

“These events helped us raise awareness for the plight of farmed animals and gave back directly to the rescued residents of JP.”

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“We try our best to give these beautiful beings the life they deserve.”

You have helped us do this in so many ways …

As you may know, sanctuary life can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking. We welcome new residents, with stories that often have challenged pasts and say goodbye to others that we have been able to love. We watch them grow, develop relationships between other residents and hopefully gain their trust in us to care for them.

We try our best to give these sentient beings the life they deserve. You have helped us do this with your compassionate donations, volunteering support, social media support, physical visits to meet the animals in person and most importantly your friendship!

Your generosity has contributed to the following this past year:
 

Including the daily feed, medicine, medical supplies, and sanctuary maintenance, as well as these highlights:

Adopted Rusty the rooster from a kind family that found him roaming in their office yard

Reworked the chicken coop to be able to house Rusty, Victor and the Hens safely

Adopted Mozza the pig from Farm Sanctuary’s Adoption Network in Watkins Glen, NY

Built a fence in the woods for the pigs: Beanie-Tofu, Dolphin, DJ, and Mozza

Adopted Olivia and Emmerson and built their coop

Repositioned many elements in the cow barn for more efficiency

Hospital visits:

  • DJ’s hoof surgery
  • Mozza’s spaying surgery
  • Ethan’s horn removal

Farm Veterinary Visits:

  • Checks on the chickens
  • Shots & vaccines
  • Several visits for Ethan and Cara
  • Cara’s passing

Several Hoof Trimming Visits:

  • Allie for her infection: 4 times
  • Cara for her infections: twice
  • All cows for hoof trimming: twice

Equipment purchases and or maintenance

Some of our rescued residents we sadly lost this past year.

With heavy hearts, we also lost the following residents: Ava the hen who originally came with Victor; Hope, Joy, Isabella and Sunshine from the Brooklyn 6 Cornish Hens; Cara the Scottish Highland cow from the original herd that started JP Farm Animal Sanctuary back in 2013.

We also watched our English Mastiff dog Ace lose his ability to walk from a stroke and infection in his back which led to an invasive surgery that he is still not recovered from.

Cara — the Scottish Highland cow from the original herd

Cara the Scottish Highland cow from the original herd that started JP Farm Animal Sanctuary back in 2013. She passed away in early January 2022.

This unspoken partnership helps us to serve as a place of joy and peace for rescued farmed animals, …
… and to also inspire and educate people and their loved ones to live a happy, healthy, compassionate life.
We originally started JP to save and rescue farmed animals that we felt deserved a better life. We didn’t know that at the time we would become advocates for all farmed animals and that we would be working closely with you. This unspoken partnership helps us to serve as a place of joy and peace for rescued farmed animals, and to also inspire and educate people and their loved ones to live a happy, healthy, compassionate life.
 

The sanctuary’s goal is to seed a spirit of kindness for all animals, through sharing the stories of the sanctuary’s resident ambassadors, and by providing a place of connection where visitors can come to know animals more deeply.

We hope to continue to work with you in 2022 to inspire compassionate living for all!

Thank you.

Love,
The JP Family

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

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Happy Thanks-living!

posted by Jenny Chambers | November 25, 2021

We want to take this opportunity to sing the deserved praises of turkeys.

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After taking a tour of the sanctuary, we would often ask our guests, “which animal did you find the most interesting?” and more often than not, the answer would be Ronnie and Bernie, our two resident turkeys. It always struck me as strange that so many people would choose the same animal but having put some thought into it, I wonder if it is because turkeys are animals who are generally one of the least acknowledged farmed animals.

Let’s face it, outside of Christmas and Thanksgiving, mentions of our feathered friends are few and far between and this being said, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised that so many people are taken aback at just how friendly, funny and majestic turkeys truly are; I think it is pretty safe to say, turkeys are so underrated by society!

With Thanksgiving here, we really wanted to take that underappreciation and turn it on its head. We want to take this opportunity to sing the deserved praises of turkeys and speak to some of their little quirks that make them such charming and unique creatures. Whilst we can’t talk for all turkeys, we can definitely give some insight into the individual personalities of Ronnie and Bernie and we’ll even sprinkle in some turkey facts whilst we’re at it!

Both Ronnie and Bernie love to be around people but definitely on their own terms. They will happily follow you and stand next to you but if they don’t know you too well, they may still avoid your hand if you reach out to pet them; They will do this with the funniest little sidestep, whilst looking at you, out of the corner of their eye. They can be pretty picky eaters when they want to be. We eventually figured out they will eat a handful of blueberries in a matter of seconds!

JP’s Thanks-living Celebration 2021

One of my favorite things about this pair is how they will let out the most hearty ‘laugh’. You’ve probably heard it described as a ‘gobble’ rather than a laugh but it really sounds like they are hysterically laughing at you! They are always synchronized and my favorite times are when I have been in the barn cleaning by myself and I’ll break the silence with a sneeze and the second that sound escapes me, both Ronnie and Bernie will erupt in their laughter. It brought me so much joy every time.

Their confidence continues to grow and they get more and more adventurous as time goes on. They are more than happy to spend time with our human visitors and given the chance, they will wander off, up the hill, to go and see what’s happening at the house or in the chicken coop! So whether it’s humans, chickens, cows or pigs, Ronnie and Bernie are so at ease and seem to really enjoy the company of others.

So whether it’s humans, chickens, cows or pigs, Ronnie and Bernie are so at ease and seem to really enjoy the company of others.

Turkey facts

  • They can fly up to 60mph and run up to 18mph.
  • Their vision is 3 times clearer than our 20/20.
  • Individual turkeys have their own distinct voices that can be recognised by other turkeys.
  • They can memorize precise details of an area up to 1000 acres in size.
  • The skin on their head and throat changes color – the bolder colors indicate more heightened emotions.
  • The snood (fleshy part right above their bill) can grow to up to 5-6 inches and females are more attracted to longer snoods.
  • Almost 50 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving every year.
  • Babies will stay with their mother for about a year in the wild. Turkeys in the food industry will often never meet their mother and are instead born in an incubator.
  • Turkeys are not protected from abuse by any federal laws and therefore often suffer greatly before they are killed.

Let’s give thanks with compassion this year and leave turkeys off of our plates!

Love to all beings ❤️
From Jenny & the whole JP Family

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Do We Need Dairy?  The Plight of Farmed Animals.

Do We Need Dairy?
The Plight of Farmed Animals.

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Do We Need Dairy?
The Plight of Farmed Animals.

posted by the JP Family | February 26, 2021

Our mission is to help people connect and understand the plight of farmed animals.

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In the dairy industry, literally millions live in housing that is not natural, they are in confinement, their baby’s are taken from them, their tails are docked without pain medication, they do not always get adequate care and in many places the treatment they receive is horrific.

These social creatures are looked at as commodities, therefore they are treated below what most believe are humane standards. They are impregnated every year and within hours will be detached from their offspring. After continuous impregnation and milking most dairy cows are deemed as spent after 5 years and then sent to slaughter. If given the opportunity cattle can live a life span of twenty five years or longer. Cows are social animals and develop very close bonds and family relationships just like humans.

Dairy industry statistics

  • “In the U.S., more than 29 million cows suffer and die in the meat and dairy industries every year.”(1)
  • “The number of milk cows in the United States is approximately 9.4 million.” (2)
  • “Of the 9 million dairy cows in the U.S., 3 million are slaughtered each year at only a fraction of their natural lifespan.” (3)
  • Females born into the dairy industry will become dairy cows while male calves are seen as byproducts and either get slaughtered straight away or become veal meat. “About 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered in the United States annually…at up to three weeks of age and from…around 16-18 weeks.” (4)

Below is a story from our Caregiver Jenny Chambers that we wanted to share with you about a Mom and her baby on a dairy farm.

“Allie had 10 babies taken from her & was milked for 10 years before rescued.. …

Her Baby

by Jenny Chambers

She had carried her baby for the whole 9 months in anticipation and the day had finally arrived for her to welcome a new life into the world. The bond is immediate and she’s hit with an overwhelming sense of love and devotion. She wasn’t sure she could ever feel that way again, not after the last time, but gazing into the eyes of her newborn baby girl, she knew she would do anything she could to protect her. She prayed that her perfect daughter wouldn’t have the same upbringing she’d had and she prayed even harder that her perfect daughter wouldn’t meet the same fate as her last baby.

About a year ago, she had given birth to a baby boy and she loved him more than anything. Those first few days of motherhood had been the most rewarding days she’d ever experienced. She would comfort him when he cried, keep him warm when he got cold and spent hours just watching him sleep, folded up as small as he could get. So angelic. So peaceful. So innocent.

She’d been just getting into her stride when it came to being a mother, three days of paradise and it seemed like becoming a mum had made up for her own traumatic childhood. In those three days, she forgot about all of it; the way she had been callously taken from her own mother, when she herself was a baby; how she had been completely powerless against her captors as they’d beaten her. And yet, in that moment, it all had a purpose and as she looked down upon this child of her very own, it had all been worth it.

Evan was seen as a ‘byproduct’ of the dairy industry before rescued.

Her elation had been short lived. She’d tried to ignore the way her mind wondered to what her captors would do with her newborn son. He was hers, not theirs. But when they came in, that third day, nothing could have prepared her for the heartbreak. Her whole world collapsed around her and there was nothing she could have done to stop it. She’d begged and pleaded for them not to take her baby but they grabbed hold of him and tore him away. No tenderness. No kindness. No warmth. She reached the devastating realisation that she was completely at their mercy… and these people had no mercy. She cried for days, not knowing where her baby was, whether he was ok, whether she would ever see him again. By the time her tears had run dry and her heart had hurt so much she wondered how it was still beating, she knew she would never see her son again.

So here she was, just a short year later with a beautiful baby girl. She was relishing in motherhood once again and vowed never to let her captors take her away. She had a plan this time and she was putting all her faith into the plan working. The plan had to work. So when her captors came, she was ready. There were two of them but the unconditional love she was feeling for her baby girl had translated into the strength of thousands and she wasn’t going to let anything or anyone get in her way. She stood still at first, panicked, as one of her captors eyeballed her baby. As soon as he took his first step towards her, she ran straight at him, with all the force she could conjure up but before her bowed down head had the chance to strike, an indescribable pain shot through her legs and she fell to the floor. She tried perilously to get back up as she watched that man take ahold of her baby, with the same disregard witnessed just a year before. As she tried to find her feet and make another attempt, the captor, not holding her baby, hit her with the metal pole again. He did it with such force it made her whole body shake, so much so, she could see stars. He hit her again… and again. She could see blood, her own blood, splattering against the walls yet all she could think about was getting her baby back so she could protect her, console her. It was no use. And in the blink of an eye, her baby was gone. They had left her with nothing all over again. The pain she endured from the beating was nothing in comparison to the pain she felt inside, failing her baby again. She’d been wrong when she’d thought she could never feel as heartbroken, as when her son was stolen. That feeling hit her like a freight train. She couldn’t help wondering why. Why were they doing this to her? She had never done anything to them. Yet they had taken her from her mother when she’d needed her the most and now, they were ripping her babies from her, over and over again. No remorse. No compassion. No feeling. What was it all for? The beatings… The rape… The kidnapping…

As she sunk deeper into an impenetrable depression, the days of crying passed by, one at a time, not getting any easier. She called out for hours and hours for her daughter but no one was listening. She was gone. Her captors would come and go, blatantly ignoring her desperate cries as they forcibly hook her up to an invasive, painful machine and take the milk that was meant for her baby.

— Jenny Chambers

Solutions

If you were moved by any part of this piece, please know that you can help all farmed animals.

Here are some examples:

  1. Try vegan / plant-based meals. If you don’t know where to start, please ask us as we have delicious recipes and easy tips!
  2. You can be an advocate for animal rights by writing your local legislators to help farmed animals live better lives. There are many bills and petitions to sign. Legislation helps to ensure lasting results.
  3. Explore online for cruelty-free products.
  4. Support farmed animal sanctuaries.

Together we can make compassionate impactful choices.

Would you like to be a part of the sanctuary community? Sign up for our newsletter, write to us, share our sanctuary with others, volunteer or make a donation.

Love,
the JP Farm Animal Sanctuary family ❤️

References

  1. PETA, n.d., Cows used for food, 23 February 2021, <https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/cows/>.
  2. United States Department of Agriculture 2021, All Cattle and Calves inventory: United States, 23 February 2021, <https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/printable/2021/01-29-2021.pdf>.
  3. Capps, A., 2014, 10 Dairy Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know, viewed 23 February 2021, <https://freefromharm.org/dairyfacts/>.
  4. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, n.d., Calves for veal, 25 February 2021, <https://woodstocksanctuary.org/learn/animals-used-for-food/veal/#:~:text=About%20700%2C000%20veal%20calves%20are,slaughtered%20around%2016%2D18%20weeks>.

 

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What we’re thankful for…

What we’re thankful for…

We’re thankful

The year in review

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by Jenny, Britt & Lynn | Dec 25, 2020

“I am just thankful for animal sanctuaries.”

Hundreds of Abused Animals Are Saved Every Year …

When asked to write what I’m most thankful for this year, immediately I was finding it hard to pinpoint just one or two things. Am I most thankful that DJ the pig bounced back from his brush with cancer? Or that we rescued 6 hens from a religious sacrificial ritual? Or that I had the privilege of caring for Grady, one of JP’s original cow rescues, before he passed away peacefully, surrounded by those he loved…

When you work with rescues, there’s no shortage of ups and downs – it comes with the territory. So whilst I’m pondering, it hits me: What I am thankful for, is that places like JP exist in the first place. Running a sanctuary is far from easy but the thing is, when you have people like the crew at JP, there will always be somewhere for animals to go, after they’ve been liberated from industries intent on harming them.

So thank you JP and thank you to all the other sanctuaries around the world, for putting your all into helping the helpless.

So rather than picking just one or two events, I am just thankful for animal sanctuaries. When you see the way society treats animals, it’s easy to feel you are fighting a losing battle. But as we approach a new year, take a moment to remind yourself, hundreds of abused animals are saved every year because people open their homes, their hearts and their entire lives to animals in need.

— Jenny, caregiver

“Your support, generosity and love warmed our hearts.”

Many of you rallied from far and wide …

We can echo Jenny’s sentiments! Our JP furred and feathered family definitely grew this year as we also gained Victor and Ava, our chicken couple; Ronnie and Bernie, our turkey friends; as well as Bruce and Evan our youngest steers! We were also super happy that we could offer Allie, a Holstein cow, a home this past week instead of going to slaughter. This lends me to say how grateful we are for our caregivers, volunteers, family, animal advocates and the Farm Sanctuary’s adoption network. Their work and presence is invaluable.

With all the challenges we faced, we were pleasantly surprised how many of you rallied from far and wide to meet the residents. Some of you came in person to the sanctuary while practicing social distancing and some of you visited us online! No matter how, you were there for the animals! Your support, generosity and love warmed our hearts. It’s not easy putting a pause on visitors (due to Covid) when it is a main area of support for our residents. So all of your kindness was and is amazing – thank you!

Our Challenges

It’s not easy putting a pause on visitors (due to Covid) when it is a main area of support for our residents.

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Make change happen together!

We are ready to say goodbye to 2020 and are preparing to proceed into 2021.

It feels we are not moving fast enough – to make a conscious shift for the betterment of animals and society.

We will continue to educate on the horrific treatment of farmed animals and advocate to change our current food system as animals are not objects. We want to help others make that easy leap to vegan foods and for all to understand that eating meat retains us in a cycle that keeps our bodies unhealthy so we have to take lots of drugs to “be healthy”. It also causes the destruction of our planet by cutting down our forest, especially our tropical forest which are the lungs of the earth, to grow food for livestock. It pollutes our oceans and our riverways but with the hope that 2021, people will choose to be responsible for positive change and make mindful choices.

We are committed to finding solutions for the future so we can invite you to come visit our beautiful residents and talk about how we can make change happen together!!

With all of this said, we are grateful to look into each and every resident’s eyes and thank them for letting us care for them and for being the ambassadors for those whose lives are compromised. As Oscar would say, it is truly an honor.

We are grateful for your support and hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday Season!

Love to All Beings,
Jenny, Britt, Lynn & the JP Farm Animal Sanctuary Family

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The story of 6 rescued hens

The story of 6 rescued hens

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The story of 6 rescued hens

posted by Jenny Chambers | December 5, 2020

I’ve always loved birds but I never knew quite how much joy I could get from watching 6 feathered tiny ‘dinosaurs’ fumble their way around their new world. Getting to know JP’s newest residents has been a delight but each time I look at their sweet little faces, it makes it even harder to understand their past.

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A t one point, their sole purpose in life was to be slaughtered in the streets of Brooklyn, as part of a religious custom. An annual event, seeing thousands of chickens brought to the city, crammed in cages and deprived of food and water for anything up to a week before they face their grisly fate. I won’t go into too much detail as it is rather distressing but please visit endchickensaskaporos.com for more information. Every year, activists work tirelessly to bring this “tradition” to an end, as well as rescuing as many chickens as they can find loving homes for.

Which brings me to the JP 6…

These 6 Cornish hens were on their way to a cultural ritual that would end their lives

Sunshine, Joy, Isabella, Savannah, Rene and Hope – The newest lights of our lives at JP!

It’s easy to forget these guys are still babies as they’ve been through so much already; factory farms to transport trucks; crates in city streets to a basement and finally, they’ve made it to their permanent home with us. In anticipation of their arrival, JP co-founder, Oscar, renovated the chicken barn to accommodate the new residents. They now have their very own house, space to potter about in the grass and a dirt patch for dirt baths!

Crated at the cultural ritual & rescued in quarantine!

Taking care of Cornish Cross hens is not without challenges. They have been bred to put on so much weight, so rapidly, their legs can struggle to support their oversized bodies and if not properly handled, even their organs can fail them. This being said, it is paramount we restrict and monitor their diets closely, which isn’t always easy because they LOVE their food and we love giving them what they love!

We also had to adapt their house – the chickens already living at JP (Victor and Ava) love to perch on a high beam or nestle on top of hay bales but that’s not an option for the cornish girls as they can’t jump or fly very far, because of all that weight. We had to ensure they could still make themselves comfy though, so instead of high beams and bales they have groundlevel cubby holes and loose hay to snuggle in.

Safe & together at JP Farm Animal Sanctuary!

It is somewhat bittersweet when we think of those who were not so fortunate but having these survivors makes us want to do more for the millions of animals out there who need help.

Logistics aside, I think I speak for all the JP crew when I say, having these 6 little ladies come into our lives has been an absolute pleasure. Watching them become comfortable in their new surroundings, growing in confidence and beginning to show off their own quirky personalities leaves us all sharing constant updates on the new things they’ve done. Sitting in our laps, chasing us through the grass, eating new foods, walking up the ramp… each and every milestone is celebrated here at JP and it is not lost on us just how close they came to a very different, devastating end. It is somewhat bittersweet when we think of those who were not so fortunate but having these survivors makes us want to do more for the millions of animals out there who need help. We are forever grateful to all the New York activists who dedicate so much of their time, money and compassion to the animals and who went above and beyond to help us bring these girls home.

Love to All Beings,
Jenny & the JP Farm Animal Sanctuary Family

 

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