'It’s a Different Type of Farm:' Inside Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
A new short film examines how a cat named Boogie inspired Jenny Brown to start Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
Brown’s story begins with her struggle with cancer as a child and the comfort she received from her cat Boogie while she was sick, recuperating from chemotherapy treatments.
“She would come and crawl up on my lap and lick my tears,” Brown recalls in the film. “And it wasn’t one or two occasions — that was the norm for her.”
Brown says it was her relationship with Boogie that changed her life. “She was the catalyst for a different way of thinking. She really did change my life. She changed how I viewed animals and made me realize that they have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. They’re self-aware and they’re not here to do with what we please.”
Brown paid Boogie’s kindness forward by starting Woodstock Farm Sanctuary back in 2004, which originally housed just six chickens. Today they’ve helped over three hundred rescued farm animals, including cows, goats, pigs and rabbits.
“Here’s a place where you can come and visit a farm, but it’s a different type of farm,” says Brown. It’s a different way of looking at these animals. It’s a different way of thinking about them; it’s a different way of being.”
Many of the animals are rescued during investigations of farms, stockyards, auctions, and slaughterhouses, while others arrive from humane societies and SPCA cruelty cases. And just like how Boogie was by Brown’s side, she is by their side whenever they require care and assistance, including helping disabled animals. In fact, the sanctuary was a pioneer in orchestrating artificial limbs for a number of their animals.
The sanctuary is also moving to some newer, larger digs this weekend — a new 150 acre location in High Falls, New York, to be exact, where they’ll be ale to rescue additional farm animals.
Brown’s story is truly inspiring, and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is doing some fantastic work. Watch her story, here: