May. 19, 2013
In honor of International Respect for Chickens month, Animal Place has re-launched their TURLOCK documentary with a new website!
Visit www.turlockrescue.org - please share!
Apr. 30, 2013
Tina will sit on your lap! Meet Tina and the crew at our Mother’s Day Vegan Brunch and Tour! http://animalplace.org/animal-place-mothers-day
Apr. 17, 2013
We know how important your mom or mom-figure is to your life. Let’s celebrate her and honor the other mothers in the world - our nonhuman “sisters” who deserve respect, dignity, and compassion.
Join us for a beautiful celebration with delicious food, time with some of the mothers (and mother figures) at the sanctuary, and an opportunity to spend a day honoring your mom at our beautiful sanctuary. We welcome adult kids who want to bring their moms or partners who want to celebrate a mother in their life.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Age: 16 and older. Please understand we have limited space available and wish to accommodate as many people as possible. We ask that you respect our age limitations for this event. We have many events throughout the year open to all ages.
Time: 11:00-3:30 pm
- 11:30-1:00 pm - Vegan Brunch
- 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Guided Tour
- 3:00-3:30 pm - Q&A with staff, wrap up
Apr. 17, 2013
URGENT: California’s ag-gag bill exempts factory farms that accidentally record their own abuses.
Please REBLOG and call today!
Apr. 12, 2013
TW: Sexual Assault and Suicide
Another young woman ended her life after three young men assaulted her, took photos, and shared them with their peers. This news comes just days after the all-too-similar story of Rehtaeh Parsons broke. Both stories follow a widely undiscussed suicide at Notre Dame following an assault by a football player. There are surely countless untold stories just like these ones—stories of victims who were not supported, who were shamed and blamed, and who died because of it.
I am still putting my thoughts together about these events. It’s hard to think about. It’s hard to talk about. I work with teens every day. I was a teen not too long ago. I remember moving through the world and feeling like “this could happen to me.” I still feel that. I know the girls I work with do. I know some of you do. I know some of you will feel it forever. I feel like I will too.
I, like most of you, know women who have been assaulted. I know women whose assaults have profoundly altered their lives for the negative. I know women who have been raped, without question, and who hesitate to call their experiences rape because they fear they will not be taken seriously because this is a thing that we don’t take seriously. I know rapists who move through this world freely, untouched by the gravity of their crimes, unaware or uncaring about what they have done. I use the plural because I know more than one.
How many women must die before we take this seriously? Is three enough? Three hundred? Three thousand? Three hundred thousand? How many deaths until we are serious about assault? How many deaths until we realize what we have done? Because make no mistake: we did this. We built this culture. This is all of our responsibility.
I wish this were a call to action but right now it is not. Right now all I can do is sit silently and mourn—for the girls whose names I know and whose names I don’t; for those who have told who those who haven’t; for those who are carrying this shame so deep within their bodies that is threatening to kill them. I know what that feels like. I have carried it too.
We are killing our girls and women. What are we going to do about it?
Apr. 9, 2013
Upcoming guided tours!
Our next guided tours are this Saturday - we have one at 11 am, one at 2pm. It’s only $5/person. Visit our calendar to sign up:http://animalplace.org/calendar
Jan. 30, 2013
#BAMBNF Alert Family Reaching our for OUR HELP - SHARE!! #Oregon #Cali #Washington 15-year-old Bedria Williams missing since 1/11/13 SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! Her sister writes:
I am reaching out to you with a cry for help: My 15 year old sister, Bedria Williams, ran away from home (Creswell, Oregon) on 1/11/13. She was last seen in Sacramento California on 1/19/13.
Here is what little information my family knows:
We believe she traveled to Portland, Oregon on the night of 1/11/13, where she may have made contact with an ex-con. From there, it is clear from a series of phone calls that she somehow made her way to Sacramento, California – My Mother received a restricted phone call from a woman who said she saw Bedria in Michigan, she also said that Bedria was safe but didn’t want to come home. We were able to trace the phone call and found out that it was a Sacramento phone number, the phone call was not made in Michigan. It is clear this woman was lying. My Father called this same Sacramento phone number and they told him that Bedria was with them. While attempting to go to Sacramento to find Bedria, my Dad received a phone call from the same number and was told that he was never going to see his daughter again. The Sacramento Police looked for Bedria at the house where the phone number was registered, but she was not there.
This was on 1/19/2013 and we haven’t heard anything since. There is a very real problem with sex trafficking in Sacramento, and we are extremely worried that she will get caught up in it.
I have contacted all of the news stations in both Portland and Eugene Oregon, as well as the stations in Sacramento. So far I have not been able to get our story aired on any station. I was told that they do not cover stories like Bedria’s because she ran away. 4 days after I rec’d that email that news station aired a story about a 14 year old boy who ran away from home, he just happened to be white.
I don’t know what else to do besides ask for your help in getting her name and face out there for everyone to see. I fear that we may never see Bedria again. Is there anything you can do to help my sister Bedria, and my family?
Thank you for any help that you can provide,
Name: Bedria Williams
Missing since: 1/11/13
From: Creswell, Oregon
*The Sacramento Police department will confirm that she is in danger, here is their contact information:
Sacramento Dispatch Unit: (916) 264-5471
Sacramento Detective Unit: (916) 808-0560
Here is the Facebook page I created for her:
And a few more sights featuring her information:
Jan. 4, 2013
Help Animal Place while you shop!
The wonderful people at Animal Place have found a new way for you to support their work: The SHARES Card. SHARES stands for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports. They raise millions a year for various charities and now Animal Place is on board!
Get a card for FREE and every time you swipe it at Save Mart, S-Mart, FoodMaxx, or Lucky Supermarkets, a portion of your purchase goes to Animal Place. It’s available in California and northern Nevada (that’s where the stores are located). You can get a card by signing up here: http://animalplace.org/shares-card
Here are links to the stores in the Bay Area:
FoodMaxx (you’ll have to type in your zip, but there’s one in Oakland.)
In other news, meet Stanley! A recent Animal Place rescue and my new crush. Look, he’s trying to make an angry face! I know you ain’t angry, Stanley! Silly baby.
Dec. 2, 2012
Patients at California’s board-and-care centers for the developmentally disabled have accused caretakers of molestation and rape 36 times during the past four years, but police assigned to protect them did not complete even the simplest tasks associated with investigating the alleged crimes, records and interviews show.
What ableism looks like.
Nov. 13, 2012
If you’ll be in Fresno on the 16th of this month, or even just close enough to Fresno that you can drive over for an evening, my friend Dak is putting together this excellent event at CAFE Infoshop (935 F Street, around the corner from CYC, for those who aren’t familiar with it).
Free if you bring a vegan dish (with an ingredient list, if possible, and keep in mind that while Infoshop does have a kitchen, it’s small and located upstairs, so bring your food as prepared as possible), drinks, or utensils, $3 if you can’t bring anything.
There will also be a documentary (not sure which one) and a great chance to connect with other local vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores who used to be or want to be vegan or vegetarian.
Oct. 6, 2012
A bill aimed at saving the lives of drug overdose victims by protecting those who would come to their assistance from prosecution on drug charges passed the California legislature Monday on a bipartisan vote of 54-22 in the Assembly. It had already passed the Senate.
In recent years, Californians have been dying of drug or alcohol overdoses at a rate of 10 a day, with the number of fatal overdoses increasing by 24% between 2000 and 2006, according to supporting documentation within the bill.
Introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill, Assembly Bill 472 , provides that neither the overdose victim nor a person who seeks emergency treatment for him shall be charged with the crime of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, or drug possession, provided the drugs are for personal use.
Such bills are known as “Good Samaritan” bills and have already been passed nine other states.
Sep. 26, 2012
Oh how I’d love to eat all the things.
Aug. 7, 2012
Puppy Saved from Auction Needs Home
I hate “livestock” auctions for a whole mess of reasons. The festive atmosphere. The terrified cows, pigs, turkeys, and goats. The children playing in front of miserable creatures. It’s surreal. There’s often a restaurant where people can eat dead cows while buying live cows to kill. Weird!
Don’t think for a moment that the people who attend a livestock auction think of dogs very differently. In fact, at most auctions, people will bring dogs to sell or give away. All the unwanted ones.
My colleague and I took three of our interns to an auction late last month.
While there we found a puppy in a dilapidated, rusting metal crate with a cardboard sign that read “Puppy FREE, crate is not”. Wow. I mean, how do you even respond to that?
By rescuing the puppy, of course. And knowing you would help us find him a good, permanent home.
While pulling the puppy from the crate, the “guardian” showed up to explain: He has an un-spayed Great Pyrenees. His neighbor has an unneutered Cattle Dog. Obviously the two met, fell in lust, and a few months later out popped six wriggly puppies.
FREE Puppy, no one wanted. So he was brought to a livestock auction and given away for free. I shudder to think of what would have happened if any of the other patrons - the ones laughing over calves stumbling into the auction pen - had gotten a hold of him.
FREE Puppy is now known as Buddha, or Little B for short. He is housetrained, leash-trained, and knows how to sit. He is only 4-mos-old and already about 40 lbs. He will be a big dog with a big heart to share with you.
He is going to be neutered and vaccinated before he gets to sit on your lap forever. He is located in Grass Valley, CA, probably snoring in an intern’s bed.
Interested in adopting? Fill out our form here.
Jul. 12, 2012
The Horrors of FFA & 4H - Pleas for Help
In the past week, Animal Place has received three requests to take in farm pigs from various areas of California. All the pigs have one thing in common - they were born solely to be raised for 4H or FFA (Future Farmers of America) school programs. The end fate for most of these animals is a brutal betrayal and slaughter.
Not every child enters the program fully realizing the trauma they and their beloved companion animals will endure at the end. Some are not explicitly told that the animals they are raising are being raised for slaughter. Almost all are required to take out bank loans that can only easily be repaid by selling the animal.
These are their pleas. And this is the reality of 4H and FFA.
We are not in a position to take in these pigs, and it is difficult to find homes for them.
We reach out to you. If you know of someone who can provide a permanent refuge to these beautiful animals, please contact the people below. This is not a time to berate anyone, only a time to network and prevent future tragedies with education.
We did not receive this request until this morning - it is the most urgent
“my name is Emily. I’m 15 years old. My FFA teacher did not tell me that we were selling our pigs for meat and meat only. My pigs name is Napolean Kip-Lin Dynamite, He is all white with a black butt & snout. His favorite spot to be scratched is behind his ears & the top of his snout. His personality is similar to mine, energetic, playful & most of all loud. He runs around his pen barking and growling. YES barking and growling. I took out a loan on him for $430. I am saving all of my money to pay it back. But i am NOT asking for a donation of money, But i am asking for a permanent or temporary place for Napolean to live without getting slaughtered with transportation to your sanctuary. If i don’t find him a place to stay by thursday i will have no choice but to auction him off for meat. And i know it’s last minute but i’m desperate.Here is my mom’s phone numbers. If you know of anybody that can take him or help me find him a home would be greatly apriciated. I have attached a few photos of Napolean & i for your veiwing pleasure. (:
My Mom, Jayme Marmor: (909)740-9290
Rico is a 6-mos-old pig who is much beloved by his 9-yr-old caregiver, who is devastated that the pig is slated for slaughter. You can read about him on our petfinder page: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23404427.
Jimmy is a 6-mos-old pig whose child caregiver is desperate to try and find a home for him. He is slated for sale and slaughter this weekend. Please call Carla at 415-314-7914.