Save Them All: Animal Sanctuaries to Visit

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

A small town in upstate New York is home to one of the best animal sanctuaries in the U.S. It’s the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and it regularly takes in farm animals to save them from abuse and slaughter. There, you can see their friendly alpacas, goats, cows, sheep, and much more.

Guided tours of their premises are encouraged, and are used to give you a sense of the scope of their operation and their rescue techniques. The farm is strictly vegan, with an all-vegan café, so make sure that you don’t carry any animal products with you when you come to visit.

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