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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Rescues 53 Animals

Feb 1, 2021
January 26, 2021 rescue of farm animals
Courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Ulster County recently rescued more than 50 animals from a location in Rensselaer County — many more than planned. 

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Executive Director Rachel McCrystal
Courtesy of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Ulster County, New York remains closed to the public after COVID-19 shut its doors in March. Without visitors and their in-person donations, gift shop purchases and more, the non-profit’s bottom line has taken a hit, but rescues and care continue. Executive Director Rachel McCrystal spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A rescued goat at a farm sanctuary in Ulster County, New York, is the first goat to receive a 3-D printed valve for her abdomen. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne visited Woodstock Farm Sanctuary over the weekend.

Courtesy of "For the Birds" crew

The Woodstock Film Festival kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday. One of the films with ties to the Hudson Valley is a documentary about an animal neglect case in Ulster County. It’s called “For the Birds” and follows the case before, during and after. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the film’s producers.

Courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Weaving animal advocacy issues with social justice issues is something Rachel McCrystal sees as integral to getting out her organization’s message. She’s the executive director of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about this and other ways to ensure the sanctuary is as progressive and inclusive as possible.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A cow at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is reportedly the first in the United States outfitted with a new type of brace. The hope is to help straighten one of her legs and improve her mobility. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne took a trip to the sanctuary in Ulster County to learn more.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Facebook page

  Woodstock Farm Sanctuary takes in – or works to place – farm animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect. Most of these animals are rescued during investigations of farms, stockyards, auctions, and slaughterhouses – others arrive from humane societies and SPCA cruelty cases.

After 10 years of doing their good work in Woodstock, they are moving to a new 150 acre location in High Falls, NY. The new space is a former camp and retreat center in the heart of the Hudson Valley -- just 20 minutes from New Paltz and 90 minutes from New York City.

With more than six times the space they had in Woodstock, the sanctuary will have the resources to rescue additional farm animals as well as to increase the scale and scope of the sanctuary’s public programming.

The sanctuary is celebrating their re-opening this Saturday, September 5th. Jenny Brown is the Co-Founder and Director of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and she joins us.