Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 150-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley for 11 species of farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect and abandonment. Over the years, thousands have come to this place of profound peace. Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescues farmed animals, ignites social change to end their exploitation, and champions vegan living. One snowy day in January 2001 a tiny pony named Dino, the sole survivor of a horrific barn fire, hobbled off the trailer and onto their grounds, now, more than 5,000 animals have called Catskill Animal Sanctuary home. Whether they’ve come from animal hoarders or agribusiness, suffered horrendous cruelty or prolonged neglect, they have each been heartily welcomed at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. And it is also the story of rescuing a derelict property in Saugerties, NY, and creating a sanctuary in its place — one road, one barn and one pasture at a time, as funds come in from folks near and far who want to help. Over the years they have demolished collapsed buildings, dredged ponds, installed roads, built a dozen barns and two dozen smaller shelters, created roomy pastures, added solar power, purchased adjoining property, and so much more, so that today Catskill Animal Sanctuary is comprised of 150 acres of pastured and wooded land — a haven for those lucky enough to find their way there. Their history is about more than repairing broken bodies, broken spirits, and broken fencing; it also reflects our growing recognition that a massive societal shift to plant-based living is not only a moral imperative, it’s essential to our very survival. In 2001, after turning down an offer to lead a new charter high school, Kathy Stevens co-founded Catskill Animal Sanctuary, where her love of teaching, her belief that education has the power to transform, and her love of animals come together. One of the world’s leading sanctuaries for farmed animals, Catskill has saved more than 5,000 non-human individuals through direct rescue — and exponentially more through programming that encourages humans to adopt veganism. Kathy is the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp, two critically and popularly acclaimed books about the work of Catskill Animal Sanctuary; she’s also a contributor to books, podcasts and articles on animal sentience, animal rights and veganism. Kathy takes her message of kindness to all beings to conferences and colleges across the U.S. and Canada and looks forward to transitioning from her Executive Director role to full-time “vision keeping,” speaking and writing in support of the Sanctuary’s urgent mission. If you love animals and want to be part of creating a more compassionate world for all beings, volunteer with them! Animal care, Compassionate Cuisine, outreach and events, communications and business administration offer year-round positions; seasonally, sign up for opportunities assisting with weekend tours and youth programming. There are more than 300 animals at the Sanctuary who need daily care and attention. They also have a vibrant cooking program, and specialized programming for kids and teens. Immerse yourself in their world for a summer or a semester! Through virtual field trips at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, your students can help build a relationship with the animals who share our planet – no matter where in the world you’re located!