Sanctuary Pays You to Visit Farm Animals
You will never look at a hamburger or omelet the same way
July 4, 2013-
Grass Valley –
Animal Place is paying visitors $5 to play with pigs on a guided tour at their sanctuary in northern California. The sanctuary is home to nearly 300 pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, and rabbits living out their lives on 600-acres in the rolling meadows of Grass Valley, California.
A private foundation gave a $5,000 grant to encourage the public to meet animals like Lucille, a piglet saved from slaughter by an animal control agency. “We believe so strongly that a visit to the sanctuary will change your life that we’re willing to pay visitors $5 to come on a guided tour,” says Marji Beach, Education Director.
The one-hour tour gives visitors an opportunity to interact directly with the rescued animals, including Theo and Stanley, two calves rescued from the beef and dairy industries. Guests can pet a sheep and learn why roosters crow before dawn.
“It’s a rare opportunity for city and country dwellers alike,” states Celeste De Santiago, Animal caregiver. “City visitors on their way to Tahoe can get the unique chance to pet a friendly goat or feed grapes to a chicken. And for our country-savy locals, it’s an opportunity to interact with animals who will never face the butcher’s block.”
In order to receive the $5, visitors must register online and complete the hour-long tour. The tours are scheduled Wednesdays through Sundays. The $5 is only available to new visitors aged 5 and older.
About Animal Place
Founded in 1989 Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country, operating two facilities in northern California. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place's primary sanctuary provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. Animal Place strives to create meaningful change for farmed animals through advocacy and education. Thousands of visitors flock to the sanctuary each year to learn more about the animals and farming. Volunteer classes introduce folks to more ways people can help. Internships are also available. For more information visit, www.animalplace.org or call 530-477-1757.
About Animal Place's Rescue Ranch
Started in 2010 on the former 60-acre site of Animal Place's sanctuary, Rescue Ranch is a unique program that involves working directly with farmers and animal control agencies to take in farmed animals who would otherwise face slaughter or euthanasia. Each year, thousands of farmed animals, primarily chickens from the egg industry, are rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed.