Located in Saugerties, NY two hours north of New York City, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a home for rescued farmed animals. The sanctuary advocates veganism fights against animal cruelty and provides a haven for rescued animals to rehabilitate from various traumas and live happy and carefree lives. Be sure to call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.

1.The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary
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The Sanctuary is set on 110 acres of beautiful farmlands and rolling landscapes in New York's Hudson Valley and is home to more than 10 species of farm animals that have been rescued from abandonment, cruelty, and neglect. More than 4,000 animals have already been rescued since the sanctuary’s inception, including cows, pigs, goats, horses, and ducks and the farm is home to up to 350 residents at a time.

The Catskill Animal Sanctuary offers a range of tours, events, children’s camps, and overnight stays for all ages with a focus on animal conservation, rehabilitation, and care. In addition to aid and care for rescued animals, the Sanctuary offers a wide variety of programs and events designed to educate people about the exploitation of farm animals, the institutionalized suffering of food animals, and conservation of animals in general. The Sanctuary champions veganism and also offers a unique vegan culinary program in light of this.

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2.The Homestead

The Homestead
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Located at the top of the Sanctuary's 110-acre property, The Homestead was built in 1813 and offers charming accommodations where guests can stay and explore the sanctuary at their leisure. The Homestead features exposed brick walls, original wide-plank floors, ornate fireplaces, and tasteful décor and furnishings. Three beautifully appointed guest rooms are named after beloved animal residents (Rambo, Paulie, and Dino) and feature comfortable beds with deluxe linens, and a shared bathroom with shower, while the Samson Suite has a kitchenette with stove and fridge, and spacious living room. Guests staying at The Homestead enjoy a complimentary vegan breakfast, a complimentary weekend tour of the Sanctuary, and an exclusive VIP pass to spend time with over 300 rescued animals in the Sanctuary. There is complimentary wireless Internet throughout the Sanctuary property and dogs are welcome.

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3.Programs and Events

Programs and Events
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Catskill Animal Sanctuary offers a variety of programs and activities that align with their mission and vision, as well as champion veganism. Events include the annual festival of vegan living known as Shindig, which is held every September, Sanctuary Tours with amazing farm animal rescue stories, culinary vegan courses, and Summer Day Camps for children.

Camp Kindness is Catskill Animal Sanctuary's summer day program for children aged 8-14 that provides education about fostering compassion for all living beings with a focus on farm animals and the planet we live on. Activities on the camp include grooming horses, feeding goats, playing with pigs, making arts and crafts, and learning to cook vegan cuisine in the kitchen. The week-long program runs from Monday to Friday and includes a delicious vegan lunch and snack for all participants.

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Animal lovers and caring visitors can volunteer at the Sanctuary, which operates with a small, full-time staff and welcomes any additional help. Volunteers can partake in a range of activities on the farm, including animal grooming, shelter/pasture cleaning, unloading supplies, database updating, computer-based research projects, landscaping, plumbing, painting, electrical, and carpentry. They can also assist with cooking classes, prepare or serve food for special events, and greet visitors on tour days. Other responsibilities include taking part in video, photography and graphic design projects, helping with guesthouse operations, literature drop-off, and distribution, tabling at festivals/conferences, and assisting tour guides.

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5.Visitor Information

Visitor Information
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The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is located at 316 Old Stage Road in Saugerties and is open to the public from the beginning of April through the end of October. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary offers exclusive Homestead tour every day of the week except Tuesday and Thursday between April and October. Tours can be scheduled by prior arrangement. Tours include meeting the rescued animals and learning how the sanctuary saved their lives, finding out more about rescue animals and the importance of conservation and preservation of both animals and their habitats. Seasonal Weekend Tours are available to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from April through October. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary also offers a variety of merchandise for sale, free vegan tastings, educational videos, and free literature.

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316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY 12477, website, Phone: 845-336-8447

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