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The First Bird

The other co-founder of VINE Sanctuary

Why did the chicken cross the road? To start a sanctuary, of course! . . . → Read More: The First Bird

Playtime for Bovines

Luna with her friend Princess a couple of weeks ago

Sometimes, cows just want to have fun. Two recent play sessions among survivors of severe trauma demonstrate the joys of sanctuary life. . . . → Read More: Playtime for Bovines

Take the “Icy Buckets” Challenge Today


Take the Icy Buckets Challenge to see if you have what it takes to work at an animal sanctuary in snowy Vermont. . . . → Read More: Take the “Icy Buckets” Challenge Today



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 store. . . . → 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

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 of . . . → 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, as . . . → 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 to . . . → Read More: The Immeasurable Magic of Tiny Tom

Wow, That’s a Lot of Cows!


Celebrate the arrival of the 40th cow in residence at VINE Sanctuary by meeting all of the beautiful bovines who forage in our forested pastures. . . . → Read More: Wow, That’s a Lot of Cows!

10 Ways You Can Support the Sanctuary (without Writing a Check)

You don’t have to be rich, or even solvent, to help VINE raise the funds to keep the sanctuary going. Here are 10 ways you can help us keep everybody fed, housed, and healthy while maintaining the sanctuary buildings and grounds. . . . → Read More: 10 Ways You Can Support the Sanctuary (without Writing a Check)