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We reached our goal!

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

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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.

https://www.gofundme.com/cedarrowwalk

Siobhan

Walk for Ontario’s Farm Sanctuaries

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary

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

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Spring is just around the corner…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments

With spring officially here (despite some crummy weather over the next few days!), thoughts often turn to two things if you live at a farm sanctuary; mud and baby animals. Cedar Row is no exception and we’ll definitely be looking forward to the end of mud season at the weather warms up!

While we do get calls for baby animals, we don’t have them on our farm every spring. This is because, as a sanctuary, we ensure that all animals that come to Cedar Row for shelter (even if they’re here on a temporary basis until homes can be found) are either spayed or neutered to ensure they don’t reproduce and create new lives that must also be found homes on an already over-stressed system of shelters and willing hobby farms.

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Dorothy & Sadie came to Cedar Row as lambs only a few days old

We have had our share of baby animals over the years and the cuteness factor in those babies is undeniable; they’re fun to have around and a challenge to raise but the end result is a well-mannered animal who gets to live out their life free from harm.

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Darcy was a baby with a number of health issues when he came to Cedar Row in the fall; he’s getting stronger by the day.

Most babies have come to us after falling of slaughterhouse trucks (it happens far more than you realize) or they’ve been found wandering down roads completely afraid and unsure of their surroundings. They’ve been taken in, cared for medically, fixed and have either stayed here or we’ve found them a foster or permanent home.

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Penelope was the star of our 2015 Summer of Peace Open House and now lives with 2 other Potbellied Pigs on a peaceful hobby farm

So, while it is baby season, please remember that it’s important to spay or neuter any animals you take in or care for because there are many animals out there already looking for forever homes.

International Women’s Day

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

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th this year, calls attention to the fact that women often face barriers regarding social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

When it comes to farmed animals, female animals are some of the most abused. Whether it’s cows who are repeatedly impregnated only to have their offspring taken from them at birth, to sows who spend their lives confined to gestation crates, to egg hens who spend months and often years in small, cramped wire cages, the plight of female animals is not for the faint of heart.

So we celebrate the female animals that call Cedar Row home and who are free from the abuse and neglect that often befalls other female animals in the animal agriculture industry.

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Siobhan with a rescued ex-battery egg hen (September 2015).

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Chickpea, a dairy cow who was rescued and lives at Cedar Row.

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Bardot, who fell off a slaughterhouse truck, lives in peace at Cedar Row.

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Dorothy & Sadie, two sisters who came to Cedar Row at just a few days old, are now grown and enjoying a life of freedom with their other goat, pig and cow friends.

 

National Pig Day

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by CR Admin 2 No Comments

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It’s no coincidence that we have a pig on our logo; pigs are a big part of why Cedar Row exists and we currently have 17 resident pigs of all shapes and sizes who call Cedar Row home.

Pigs constantly communicate with each other; they have a wide range of different oinks, grunts and squeals which have distinct meanings that include affection, anger, sadness and fear, just to name a few.

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Here are just a few things we have learned over the years about pigs.

Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression.

Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent; they are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.

Pigs are extremely social animals; they form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.

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Unfortunately, almost all of the millions of pigs killed for food in the U.S. & Canada every year are raised on extremely crowded, filthy factory farms. These intelligent, social animals are deprived of natural sunlight and the feel of grass beneath their feet, until the day when they are shoved and prodded onto a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.

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Please consider leaving pigs off your plate as pigs are friends, not food.

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Siblings Reunited

Posted on: August 10th, 2014 by CedarAdmin No Comments

Wilbur and Charlotte

Charlotte started off as a weak, sick piglet. She was the runt of a litter and wasn’t doing well. The farmer’s daughter took Charlotte in and cared for her for the first 8 wks, and then she contacted us. Charlotte came to Cedar Row on June 15th and with continued attention and love she grew to be a beautiful and thriving piglet.

Wilbur is Charlotte’s brother. He too was a runt. The farmer’s wife and family took him in and took care of him until he became strong and healthy. Wibur grew to love his human family and loved interacting with them. Although the farmer’s wife had grown attached to him she knew the best thing for him was to be reunited with his sister Charlotte so that they could grow up together in a home that will offer them a long carefree life.

Last Sunday we took Charlotte and Wilbur to their new home where they will live a long, happy life together.

2012: A Year in Review

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Siobhan No Comments

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We thought 2011 was a busy year for us at Cedar Row with the rescue of 32 sheep from The Ontario Vet College, and running between 2 farms, for 8 months, but 2012 has proven to be just as busy with many animals needing our help.

In 2012 we have welcomed 4 new farm pigs, 2 six day old goats, 45 ex- battery hens, 3 broiler hens and 2 wonderful turkeys.

We also fostered or helped find homes for, 5 pot bellied pigs, 8 ex- battery hens and 3 farm pigs including Rusty, an 800 lb pig. It wasn’t easy finding a home for Rusty due to his size but we were able to place him in a good home that he shares with a few sheep a goat and 2 pot bellied pigs.

Joaquin, one of our farm pigs that came to us in September was badly injured after being accidentally stepped on. He was left in a field for 2 days because they thought he was dead. He surprised everyone when he lifted his head, so it took 5 people to distract the mother and get him out. When he arrived here, he was unable to walk because the injury was right on his spine. After months of acupuncture and lots of TLC, Joaquin is now living with the rest of his friends.

Cedar Row welcomed 3 amazing speakers, with Rob Laidlaw of Zoocheck Canada speaking to visitors at our open house in June. Dr. Will Tuttle visiting us in August,and Dr. Melanie Joy in December. Dr. Joy is the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. We also welcomed about 250 people to our annual open house in June.

On a personal note, the twins Patrick & Cicada turned 13 this year. Parents of teenagers…yikes! We lost Stephen Watson, a dear friend and supporter of Cedar Row this past summer as well.

We are continuing our work visits / vegan potlucks every month. We have between 15 – 25 people join us for a few hours of cleaning, and then we sit down to a wonderful vegan potluck together. It brings people together, and gives them a chance to interact with the animals and make new friends.

Cedar Row is very busy, trying to make a difference to both animals and people, by opening up our sanctuary and our space. We like people to interact with the animals so they can see why they shouldn’t eat them, or why they should continue to fight for them.

We truly appreciate your support and could not help the animals without it. We thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Siobhan & Peter Poole

A Pile of Pigs

Posted on: January 6th, 2013 by Siobhan No Comments

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A Pile Of Pigs at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary