For our 2nd year we opened our sanctuary for visitors and asked for donations for…
How does the economy or climate change affect a farm animal sanctuary? Our non-human family members require the same amount of feed no matter what year, weather or economy. Which means if there is a drought like this year it will affect us due to shortage of hay which causes prices to increase. We are looking at spending $12 – $14 a bale of hay for this year, whereas we paid $5 – $6 last year, this is a significant increase. We rented land from one of our neighbours for an extra cost to provide more grass for the cows and even started feeding hay 2 months early.
Thanks to a kind farmer we were able to purchase 500 bales for half the cost for the first cut hay, however this amount may not be enough to get us through the winter months.
We have been receiving a generous supply of veggies from vendors which also may change due to the US dollar being extremely high vs the Canadian dollar. Most produce is imported from the US and now expensive and less likely to be donated.
This situation is not just uncertain and difficult for us, but for many people living with animals requiring a large amount of hay, fresh water, grain or produce. Some cases such as the one Jilly Bean (our newest rescue goat) came from, was a farm where the animals were neglected and left to starve. It is clearly no excuse to ever neglect animals in any way, yet with uncertain climate and economic changes it can be a financial burden for those caring for large animals and who want to make sure the animals are cared for properly.
Since we are a non-for profit farm animal sanctuary we heavily rely on donations. We could not do it without the generous help from our supporters.