The Farm Sanctuary in Acton, CA
I went to heaven on earth the other day! (or at least it is for me) I had the chance to finally make it out to the Farm Sanctuary in Acton, California. What’s the Farm Sanctuary you may ask? Let me break it down for you:
The Farm Sanctuary is a sanctuary for animals that were rescued from factory farming situations. What is factory farming? Well, contrary to the happy cows in wide, open pastures you may see on the milk jug or cheese you buy, animals raised for the meat and dairy industry do not live this way. They are put into horrendous conditions, forced to act in unnatural ways, and brutally killed when they are deemed unusable or are ready to be sold for meat.
On the bright side, places like the Farm Sanctuary take in animals that have been in these conditions but were saved! They use their sanctuary to educate the public about the horrors of factory farming. I’ve heard about it through a couple of friends but I finally got the chance to check it out for myself!
There were chickens, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, and a llama. Yea, that’s right.. A LLAMA. The sanctuary gives tours of their facility every Sunday and allows people to interact and pet the animals.
My favorite animal from the whole tour was this massive black cow that literally acted like a dog. I was the first person in the group to walk up to him and he immediately came right towards me. You will never guess what he started doing..
HE LICKED ME! The cow licked me over and over. The guide said that is their way of giving kisses.. a.k.a he was in love with me! The feeling was mutual too 😉 Although, if you have ever felt a cat lick you with their sand paper like tongues, imagine that but twenty times bigger and even rougher. It hurt, but it was too cute to stop him! Talk about tough love 😉
All in all, the sun was out, the animals were very active, and I got to pet all the animals. To say the least, this was a perfect day in my eyes 🙂
The Farm Sanctuary has a sanctuary in Watkins Glen in New York, Orland in California, and the one right here an hour north of Los Angeles! Their tours in Los Angeles are every Sundays and have set times. Check out their website here!