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<p>I went to farm sanctuary today to volunteer. I've seen other posts on here about them being essentially the same as a petting zoo. I do get the sentiment, but that wasn't what it was like at all. I mucked stables for hours and trimmed trees. I really got the feeling that the volunteers and employees who work there are trying to make a difference for the lives of all animals, especially the ones at the sanctuary. They were treated like sacred animals, or like expensive guests at a fancy hotel. The animals all seemed supremely happy and loved, and to love life. I didn't feel like it was a for-profit petting zoo. They do hold tours, as 90% of their funding comes from donations. But it was such a positive loving environment. I hope everyone in California has a chance to visit and help out!<br>
If anything, it was the first time I've ever met other vegans in real life, and everyone was there out of a sense of community and service to the animals. The lady who seemed to be in charge held them in the highest regard, they were definitely not commodities. </p>
<p>They also had a strong, and omnipresent vegan message. It was a good place! </p>
<p>The girls who worked there were working so hard for animal rights, it was inspiring and a darn good saturday well spent. Anyone else in California interested?</p>
 

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I'm not in California but I definitely want to visit Farm Sanctuary next time I go. I'd love to volunteer there, it sounds like you had a fantastic experience with the animals. <img alt="grin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/grin.gif">
 

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<p>it was the best day ever, I'm going to go back next week <img alt=":smitten:" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style=""></p>
<p>if you ever come out to california, or even come close, it's a great experience!</p>
 

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That sounds like a wonderful place, I'm glad you got to go. <img alt="smiley.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/smiley.gif">
 
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