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Thursday, 12 April 2007

Rescue Me: The Farm Sanctuary in Orland, California - Page 4

Written by Jennifer Anthony
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On a warm Sunday afternoon in October, Lily the pig lies flat on her side, eyes closed, snaggletooth poking out from a wide, peaceful grin. The enormous fans trained on the bevy of sows combat the heat and ruffle their short, wiry hair. Lily grumbles just a little when the pig leaning on her back shifts position, but soon settles down again, snorting into the hay. Lost in daydreams, she doesn’t so much as twitch when I reach out to tickle her wrinkly pink neck.

The Sanctuary also accepts support through donations. A contribution of $20 or more entitles a donor to a Farm Sanctuary Membership for one year, receipt of a quarterly newsletter, discounted bed and breakfast rates, and the opportunity to visit the farm year-round. Such donations constitute 90 percent of the Farm’s annual budget.

By the end of the tour, I have had the opportunity to pet a gaggle of turkeys. Scratch some geriatric cows’ necks. And tickle a smug pig. Unfortunately, I can’t take a month off work for an internship just now, but I can make a donation and spread the word about the Farm’s valiant work.bliss

Meanwhile, I’ll try to be as courageous and strong as that pig who jumped off a moving truck in pursuit of a better life.

The Farm Sanctuary in Orland California:

19080 Newville Road

Orland, CA

530-865-4617

www.farmsanctuary.com

Guided tours of the Farm are held on Saturdays, every hour from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., from April 1 through November 30.

© Jennifer Anthony

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