Welcome to our very first blog post!
We will be writing these regularly to keep you updated on everything that goes on at the sanctuary. We want you to feel like you’re part of our sanctuary family. You can subscribe here to have these posts emailed directly to you so you don't miss a thing.
This past while has been very eventful. We’ve had highs and lows, but are happy to have come out more knowledgeable and well-equipped for the future.
Vegan Wine and Cheese Fundraiser
Our fundraiser on May 7th was a huge success. Thank you to everybody who came out and supported us despite the cold and rainy weather. You helped us raise $2,500, all of which will be going directly towards caring for the animals!
If you weren’t able to make it, here is a quick recap of the day:
Alex and Priya from A Vine Romance were there to guide everyone through the wine and cheese tasting. Alex gave us an interesting overview of what makes some wines vegan and others not. Thank you, Alex and Priya, for organizing this fundraiser and for sharing your knowledge with us!
Here's a slide show of some pictures taken during the Wine and Cheese event. Hover over the photo then click the right or left arrows to browse through the pictures.
We had some incredible local musicians playing in the barn! Thank you to Tim Fors, Raven Murphy, John Lemme, James Buren, Rob Wakelin, and Chris Saunders for sharing your talents with us.
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More pics and videos are available to view by clicking here.
We finished off the event by finally letting all of the cows out to pasture for the first time since November! They had been eyeing the fresh, green grass for a while, and were so happy to have soft grass under their hooves again.
Willard and Wallace
Thank you to all those who asked and showed their concern for our two ducks, Willard and Wallace.
For those of you who don’t know, they were attacked by a predator (we were told by the vet that it was likely a weasel due to the nature of the injuries, and weasels can get in through the tightest of places). We found them in the morning injured and bleeding, and rushed them to a vet. They were very shaken up, had lost a lot of blood, and were not in stable condition. All of this happened on the day before the big Wine and Cheese fundraiser event! Thankfully, after weeks of antibiotics, special care and lots of love, they are now recovering and once again running around the sanctuary, up to their usual mischief! We had a special, extra-safe, weasel-proof duck house built for them to ensure that they will be well protected. We now know how to administer medicine to a duck, and the ducks know that not all doctors are "quacks"! Click on the images to enlarge:
New Sanctuary Additions
We are so happy to announce that we have three new beautiful calves at the sanctuary.
Welcome to twins Mo and Charlie, who were born on May 4th, and little Daisy who was born on May 6th. They are so sweet and friendly, and love to meet visitors!
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Toronto Vegetarian Association Sanctuary Tour
Join the TVA and come for a special tour of our sanctuary on June 4th. Tickets include a tour, vegan snacks and lunch, bus ride, and a donation to our sanctuary. Check the Facebook event page for details.
Animal Communication Workshops
Toronto March To Close All Slaughterhouses
Come visit us on June 10th at the 5th annual March to Close All Slaughterhouses. as we will have a table there along with other sanctuaries. We would love to see you there to support this movement to end violence against the billions of nonhuman animals who are exploited and killed for food.
In addition to the new Subscribe, Volunteer, and Blog pages, we've added a Gallery of pictures from our Instagram account so you can see lots of wonderful pictures of the animals here at the sanctuary - human and non-human alike.
Ways to support us and get involved
Become a hero for any one of the sanctuary animals by becoming a sponsor.
We'd love to have you help us run the sanctuary. As a non-profit organization we depend on the efforts of volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Please submit this volunteer form on our website if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
Visit the Sanctuary
Come for the TVA tour
Sign up for Jennifer Tilk’s Animal Communication Workshops
Keep an eye out for visiting days that we will announce on Facebook, in blog posts, and on our web site's event calendar