Watkins Glen, NY is an interesting place. It’s a blue collar town whose main industry is salt mining, but it’s also a hot spot for tourists. People from all walks of life visit Watkins Glen for a wide variety of reasons: to do winery tours, to hike the gorge in Watkins Glen State Park, to watch NASCAR races at the race track, and to visit the rescued animals at Farm Sanctuary. Even though I did hike the gorge and visit some wineries, my reason for visiting was really the latter. I was there to visit Farm Sanctuary.
Most of us share our lives with cats and dogs, and we get to see them behaving the way cats and dogs do – lounging, playing, eating, sleeping and enjoying life. But we rarely get to see farm animals behaving this way. Sometimes we see pictures in books or footage on tv, but usually farm animals are kept behind closed doors. Perhaps this is because of the factory farming system or maybe it’s because most people don’t think farm animals deserve the same type of attention that our pets do. But farm animals are really no different from cats and dogs, and they like the same things – belly rubs, basking in the sun, playing with friends, etc. At Farm Sanctuary, animals get to enjoy their lives, and people get to see that cows and pigs are really no different from cats and dogs.
Farm Sanctuary celebrated its 25th anniversary this year! It all started with a sheep named Hilda. Since then, Farm Sanctuary has rescued thousands of animals.