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Sometimes coming home is the best part of the trip. I’ve just returned from a two-week writing retreat, and this gave me the opportunity to see the sanctuary with fresh eyes.

I went out to the barn just as Cheryl and TJ were unloading the pick-up truck after the weekly run to the feed . . . → Read More: Homecoming

A Year at VINE Sanctuary


We bring the year to a close with 510 animals in residence here at the sanctuary. Off-site, we organized or participated in 39 events. Here’s a month-by-month look back at 2014…

On January 3rd, it was warmer at the North Pole than at VINE Sanctuary. The temperature vacillated treacherously throughout the month, turning . . . → Read More: A Year at VINE Sanctuary

From Thug Kitchen to Backyard Chickens

Male chicks in a dumpster behind a hatchery. Small-scale and backyard egg producers buy their hens from hatcheries, which typically drop unwanted male chicks into the trash to smother or starve.

What do the perpetrators of Thug Kitchen have in common with backyard hen keepers? Lack of empathy for others due to preoccupation with one’s own intentions and personal innocence. . . . → Read More: From Thug Kitchen to Backyard Chickens

Open Letter to the Perpetrators* of Thug Kitchen**

You shot Mike Brown. No, you didn’t pull the trigger, but you helped to load the gun.

You also aided and abetted the strangulation of Eric Garner and the murder of poor 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

These are serious charges that I suspect you do not understand.

Many people have tried to school you, notably . . . → Read More: Open Letter to the Perpetrators* of Thug Kitchen**

Arrested for Leafleting While Brown?


Racism and sexism combined to support speciesism when a Whole Foods Market manager made a “citizen’s arrest” of a Latina animal rights activist. . . . → Read More: Arrested for Leafleting While Brown?

Can You Spare a Jump-Start for the Sanctuary?


VINE Sanctuary calls on its friends in the blogosphere to spread the word about its campaign to buy a new pickup truck. Here’s your chance to help a farmed animal sanctuary buy a vital piece of equipment that will be used for years to come. . . . → Read More: Can You Spare a Jump-Start for the Sanctuary?

Lunchtime with Litigants

Here’s what happened when staff members at a prominent civil liberties organization invited VINE Sanctuary’s cofounder to give a lunchtime talk on intersectionality and animals. . . . → Read More: Lunchtime with Litigants

Turkeys and Other Endangered Species


An excerpt from a forthcoming memoir about the sanctuary’s first decade.

They arrived by night. Two ducks, six ducklings, four hens, two roosters and one very terrified turkey huddled in plastic pet-carriers in the back of a pick-up truck. They’d all been living together in a tiny shed until the Delaware family who thought . . . → Read More: Turkeys and Other Endangered Species

Lois the Traveling Turkey


The turkey known as Lois came to VINE when her free-spirited ways made it difficult for her human companion to keep her safe. She arrived with an extended avian community including another turkey, Pearl, and a family of ducks.  (Their former caregiver visits them whenever she can and also pitches in, however she can, . . . → Read More: Lois the Traveling Turkey

The Immeasurable Magic of Tiny Tom


Guest post by Zipporah Weisberg

There’s just something about Tiny Tom. He shines forth so brightly.  When I met him, he still looked threadbare, with many feathers missing. Yet, he held himself with such gentle dignity. This combination of total vulnerability, disarming sweetness, and inner strength cut me to the quick. I simply had . . . → Read More: The Immeasurable Magic of Tiny Tom