UXBRIDGE: Everybody who loves interacting with farm animals will enjoy the “Visiting Day” event at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, on January 28th.
The Farmhouse Garden Animal Home is a not-for-profit sanctuary, where a heard of cow’s that were destined for a slaughterhouse can naturally live out their lives.
The farm’s owner, Mike Lanigan, was a multi-generational cattle farmer who had a change of heart in the summer of 2016, when he decided to stop raising animals for slaughter.
The Farmhouse Garden Animal Home is now a sanctuary for a heard of cows, a couple horses and a donkey.
Mr. Lanigan said, “The cows get to live out their lives here as peacefully as can be, and die where they are born.”
The sanctuary has gained a large following from people across Canada, so Mr. Lanigan and his team like to let supporters come by every month or so, to visit with the animals.
“It’s a bit of a low-key event, it’s free to come visit, we’ll take donations and sell baskets of vegetables, to feed the cows, kind of like at a petting zoo,” Mr. Lanigan said. “All of the money goes to buying the feed for the cows, so we don’t make a nickel off them.”
During the event, people can feed and interact with the cows, purchase a vegan sausage on a bun, and finish off the day with a campfire, where hot chocolate and s’mores will be served.
Mr. Lanigan advises everyone to dress warm, as the event will take place outside. The campfire to finish off the event is a little bit of a walk from the barn, so he also asks those who come out to wear comfortable boots.
Mr. Lanigan encourages everyone to come out to the visiting day. He told The Standard there aren’t many places left where people can interact with farm animals.
He said, “Even when you live in a place like Uxbridge or Port Perry, there are not many of us left who have farms and not many places where you can come and visit cows.”
The visiting day will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 28th. The event is happening at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, located at 30 Scugog Line 12, in Uxbridge.
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