Hope for the Holidays

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 4 Comments

Another year at Cedar Row is coming to a close and our annual winter open house, Hope for the Holidays, was a resounding success. We are truly appreciative of everyone who baked goodies, came to spend time with the animals, purchased Cedar Row merchandise and brought joy and cheer to the sanctuary.


We are routinely reminded how lucky we are to have so many wonderful supporters and patrons who believe in the work we do and provide us with encouragement even when times are difficult.


Our Tombola raffle was a lot of fun and we’re very thankful for all the individuals and companies that donated items to the raffle; it makes winning so much fun when we’ve got a lot of prizes to give away (even though not everyone wins each time!)


It’s also a great time of year to think about holiday gifts and what that means for rescued farm animals. You can sponsor an animal at Cedar Row for a period of time as a great gift to those that have everything but want to help out. You can learn more about sponsoring an animal at Cedar Row here.


We’ll have more work visit dates for the new year coming soon and we look forward to seeing everyone at our Summer of Peace Open House in July 2017.


Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 1 Comment

Thanksgiving can be a tough time for those who value the lives of all animals; it’s one of the first big family events of the fall & winter seasons where animals are often centre stage on dinner tables across the country.

That’s why many of us celebrate “Thanksliving” where compassionate meal choices are front and centre and where animals stay off our plates.


Dusty Miller & Mother Mary enjoying watermelon at Cedar Row; thanks for making compassionate choices.

We reached our goal!

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments


Cedar Row marched in the Holly’s Hope: Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries for animals without a voice that rely on Ontario’s farm sanctuaries for shelter and a life free from cruelty and harm. 

We can’t thank those enough who donated to our GoFundMe campaign; you are truly wonderful people and we are forever grateful for your kindness, especially during a tough time at our sanctuary. We were very pleased to reach our goal with your help.

Thank-you also to those who organized the walk, especially Sharon DiGenova. It was great to spend an afternoon around like-minded people who care deeply for the plight of farmed animals. 

Finally, thank-you to those who walked with us; Sammy, Tara, Mel, & Don. We got exercise and we were able to help spread a compassionate message at the same time.



Summer of Peace Open House a big success… Thank-you!

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments

Our Summer of Peace Open House on July 9th, 2016 was a resounding success despite the scattering of rain and the oddly cool temperature (especially since this summer has been so hot). We welcomed more people than we ever have in the past and your generosity is very appreciated by us and by the animals that call Cedar Row home.


We’d also like to thank the sponsors of our Tombola Raffle who were so kind with their donations for a great cause:

It is wonderful to have the support of like-minded companies and thank-you again for your kindness.

Walk for Ontario’s Farm Sanctuaries

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments


Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary  will be participating in this year’s Holly’s Hope 4th Annual Walk for Ontario’s Farm Sanctuaries  on August 28th, 2016 and our goal is to raise $5,000.

Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary is Ontario’s oldest farm sanctuary and has rescued hundreds of animals from situations of abuse and neglect and has prevented hundreds more from going to the slaughterhouse. Siobhan and Peter Poole run Cedar Row along with their two children, Patrick & Cicada, and a dedicated group of volunteers.


Not only do we provide a permanent home for nearly 80 animals but we also foster animals and find them loving homes. If we can’t take in animals due to being at capacity, we always strive to help find animals in need of a home even if we can’t provide one directly at the sanctuary.

In 2015, we rescued and placed into safe homes,  
2 goats
5 rabbits
18 pot bellied pigs
84 battery hens
8 ducks
17 backyard hens
7 turkeys
1 donkey
D’Arcy the pig

All of this comes at a great cost, both financially and emotionally.

We will be walking to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals: the abuses they endure, their hazard to human health, and their environmental impact. We seek to gain support and compassionate treatment for farmed animals.​

Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary provides relief and care to sick, injured, distressed and ill-fated foster animals while tending to the needs of the sanctuary’s permanent farm animal residents. Your contribution supports these efforts and allows us the ability to continue to make a difference in each one of these animals’ lives. Your donations help us provide: straw, hay, feed and supplements; veterinary care; general repairs and upkeep to barns and shelters; new fencing and gating (as required) and so much more.


Although Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary promotes veganism, we welcome and encourage all people (vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian) to visit our sanctuary. Our desire is that one day we will witness a world that is free from animal use, consumption and exploitation. Through work visits, open houses and participating in public awareness events, we have brought hundreds of like-minded individuals together, many of whom have formed long-lasting friendships and have now dedicated their lives towards reaching one goal – compassion and justice for all animals.

We have been rescuing farmed animals in need for 17 years and will continue to do so for as long as we are able.  Will you help us reach our goal? Any amount is helpful and appreciated.


Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary

Donation Link:  https://www.gofundme.com/CedarRowWalk


Broken Hearts

Posted on: July 17th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 1 Comment


This past week has been difficult at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary; we lost one of the kindest, compassionate, and special women we’ve known and one who has become a fixture at work visits, open houses, and veg fests. Sheri Lapienes passed away surrounded by family and friends on July 12th and we’re trying to come to terms with the loss.


She was one of the first people who would greet you at your first work visit, offer advice on veganism, show you around the sanctuary, or talk to you about any topic, often with humour and wit. She and and her wonderful husband Greg would find ways to make time to help transport animals in need to Cedar Row all while looking after their own flock of rescued chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and greyhounds in a warm and loving home. Our hearts are broken and we’re finding it hard to imagine the sanctuary without her presence.


She was a true friend to the animals at Cedar Row, her fellow volunteers and the Poole family. Our condolences go out to her adoring husband Greg, who equals her level of compassion, and to her family and friends. We can picture her smiling, surrounded by all the animals she has rescued and cared for who have gone on before her. Thank-you, Sheri, for your friendship, your love and your dedication; you are in our hearts forever.

The Poole Family

2016 Summer of Peace Open House

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments

With less than a month to go, we’re gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Summer of Peace Open House, happening on July 9th from 12 PM to 4 PM.


This is a great opportunity to visit the farm sanctuary with younger children and we’ll have plenty for them to do, including a bouncy castle, face painting and vegan ice cream, not to mention hanging around with our donkeys and miniature goats!


We’ll also have opportunities for people to learn about the treatment of animals on farms and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and see how farm animals live in an environment free from harm and abuse.


In addition, the tasty vegan BBQ will be up and running, along with our bake sale, popular tombola raffle and our Cedar Row merchandise tent. So come by, relax and enjoy the day at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. We can’t wait to see you here.

Skilled Worker Visits

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 2 Comments

As you can imagine, running a farm sanctuary is a lot of work with the majority of the focus being on animal care and well-being. Because of this, the focus on the surroundings becomes secondary despite daily efforts at upkeep.


If you’ve been to Cedar Row, you know that we take great pride in how the animals that call our sanctuary home are treated and that we also take pride in the way their homes look and are cared for. Flowers are planted, stalls are clean, fences are mended, etc.

After a busy start to the year, it’s time to shift focus towards items around the farm that need fixing and replacing so we’ve scheduled two skilled worker visits; one on May 21st, 2016 and the other on Jun 4th, 2016.

Essentially we’re looking for people who aren’t afraid to (safely) swing a hammer, handle a saw, dig post holes and repair fencing. There are other jobs to do as well. The skilled worker visits run from 10 AM to 4 PM and we’ll be providing a great vegan lunch for everyone. These differ from our regular work visit because we won’t be cleaning out the barn or other animal areas but you’ll definitely be interacting the our animal residents throughout the day (they’ll act as the supervisors!).

If you’re remotely handy, we’d love to hear from you so send us an e-mail at cedarrowfs@hotmail.ca. We really appreciate the help and support and can’t wait to see everyone.

Fostering Friendships

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments

In addition to rescuing and rehoming farmed animals, Cedar Row has created and fostered friendships between animals that wouldn’t normally seem possible. Pigs hanging around with dogs, turkeys resting on goats, cats babysitting baby pigs, inseparable geese and ducks…. The list goes on.


Gabe, Geronimo, Deb & Sophia

These friendships shouldn’t surprise anyone; people from all walks of life find ways to get along and form bonds despite coming from all different backgrounds and locations. Animals in similar situations do the exact same thing. :)

Herb the Cat with Pratchett the pig

Penelope & Herb

Animals show signs of stress, they grieve, they express joy and they love. One of our cats, Herb, takes a special interest in baby pigs that make their way to Cedar Row especially when they’re adjusting to their new surroundings. He spends time with them, sleeps in straw with them and shows them the ropes around the sanctuary. It’s a bond that wasn’t expected but one that show the compassion that animals have for each other.


Midas & Penny

Midas, the Great Dane, has a similar interest in new arrivals. This past winter he has busied himself by playing and accompanying Darcy and Penny around the farm, never more than a few feet from them when they’re exploring.


Rocket hitching a ride on Eric

It’s time to ask ourselves a question; if animals can get along with each other, shouldn’t we be able to get along with them? :)

If you’d like to meet our animal friends at Cedar Row, sign up for one of our work visits here or come to our Summer of Peace Open House on July 9th!



Pigs in the city

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by CR Admin 2 3 Comments


You can call them tea cup pigs, mini pigs, micro pigs, or micro mini pigs but in the end they’re all the same thing; a marketing ploy developed by breeders to encourage the sale of potbellied pigs that are almost always abandoned when they get too big to be “cute” in a house.

Over the past couple of weeks, a self-proclaimed animal lover and “tea cup pig” aficionado tried to convince London City Council to allow these pigs in residential neighbourhoods to be kept as pets, especially given their alleged small stature.


However, nothing could be further from the truth. We end up caring for miniature pigs that grow too big, after their owners abandon them or give them away. People are fooled into buying these little pigs from $300 to $2,500, thinking they’ll stay small. The real issue is that most breeders mate their pigs at only three months old, giving the illusion of fully-grown miniature pigs. Essentially its baby pigs forced to make more babies.

Despite the fact that potbellied pigs remain smaller than standard farm pigs, they still grow to between 100 to 250 pounds, far heavier than other residential pets like dogs and cats.


Cedar Row was interviewed by a few media outlets regarding this story and we didn’t hold back on why lifting this ban was a bad idea. Most sanctuaries in Ontario (including Cedar Row) are full and a number of them won’t take in potbellied pigs as they don’t consider them farm animals. Lifting the ban would create even more of a headache because there simply isn’t enough room to care for abandoned pigs and the request to rehome them would be astronomical.

Here are a few links to the stories on this issue from around London:

Pig lover pulls wool over eyes of politicians?

A pig tail at city hall

Here are two older stories from late 2015 detailing the struggle we faced last year when we took in and rehomed 18 potbellied pigs (even before any sort of residential ban being lifted!)

Local animal rescues’ resources strained by influx of pet pigs

Unwanted potbellied pigs overwhelming shelters and sanctuaries

Currently, the Community and Protective Services Committee (CAPS) of London City Council has decided against lifting the ban; this is good news for sanctuaries and even better news for pigs.