Sheep are social animals who live in herds. In the wild, they need a leader to protect them from predators such as mountain lions and wolves. In captivity, sheep are very unhappy when they are removed from their herd. At factory farms, they are often removed for shearing or slaughter. Here at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, the sheep are shy and they are happy being together. They usually don’t approach humans unless you are very quiet. Even then, only a few of the more outgoing sheep will approach visitors.
When Angel came to the sanctuary from a live meat market she was timid and made no sounds. She is a lovely white lamb that had been destined to be killed and served at the dinner table.
It took several weeks of loving, gentle care before Angel would allow herself to be touched. Now, she runs around the pasture with her good friend, Sprinkles the sheep, and the other animals. Although the most timid of the crew, she loves to eat cranberries and carrots, and shuts her eyes and wags her tail while she gets scratched behind her ears.
She has learned to trust humans, and her willingness to forgive us for her past misery and pain should be a lesson to us all.
Clifford and his mom, Dorothy, barely escaped slaughter on a farm in nearby Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Clifford has blossomed into a very inquisitive boy who loves watching everything that is going on in the barn. He is the first one to come to visitors for a carrot or apple slice.
Jeremy and his mom, Samantha, came from a horribly abusive situation in western New York, where many animals died of starvation. Samantha lost her milk and she and Jeremy nearly died as well.
After a stay in the hospital, we welcomed Jeremy and his mom to our sanctuary. For the first time, they were able to explore the pastures, eat good food and enjoy the friendship of other sheep, free from fear and pain.
Missy, a beautiful 5-year old hair sheep, joined our Safe Haven family in January. She had been headed for slaughter because she was unable to produce live offspring for two consecutive years. Fortunately, her owner was happy to relinquish Missy to Safe Haven.
Missy quickly bonded with our lovely Claria who had lost her friend Maggie to cancer in the fall and was very lonely. Missy and Claria quickly became friends. They travel about the farm together, calling out to each other whenever they become separated. Missy is still very shy, since her sole contact with humans was as a commodity. She never received a gentle touch, a scratch behind her ears, or even a special treat.
However, she is very inquisitive and quickly learned that at Safe Haven she gets carrots and molasses and oat bars after dinner and that humans only want her to be happy. Missy is an ambassador for farm animals everywhere whose lives are ended when they no longer have any economic value. At Safe Haven, Missy is already making friends, and she will enjoy the peace and happiness she deserves.
Samantha survived the worst treatment and starvation her rescuers had ever seen. Despite all this, she adopted a baby lamb, Jillian, whose mother had died. Samantha cared for both her own son, Jeremy, and Jillian.
She arrived at our sanctuary very afraid of humans. Now, all her interactions with humans are kind and gentle. She is free to explore her pastures and the barn with her children, Jillian and Jeremy. She is learning to trust people and is finally able to live the life she deserves.
Satin and Silky
The two lambs were born on February 7, 2016 on a production farm and they were destined to be breeder sheep or sold for meat. Their mom was a bit too vigorous in her attempts to get them to stand. As a result, both lambs sustained broken legs. The vet offered to take them home and care for them while their legs healed. We received a call from the vet asking if we would be able to adopt them.
We are so pleased to have these two cuties as part of our farm family!