2020 has been a strange year for all of us humans. That said, the only thing amiss to the animals of Veganville this year has been less visitors. For a sanctuary who’s mission is to not only rescue farmed animals, we are also a platform for education. Most education is by sharing the farm with visitors. With the pandemic this year, Veganville did not host a single event, on or off property. We hosted no work parties, no Wwoofers from Wwoofusa.org, no bake sales or no vending opportunities. It has been a very quiet year here but the animals don’t seemed phased in the least.
Since we rely solely on the help of volunteers to complete projects, we were not able to complete the perimeter enclosure like I had hoped.
What we were able to do is rescue two more beautiful souls. In May we lost our beloved hen Demeter. Demeter was the partner of Zeus our rooster. She went broody one spring day, disappeared and found eventually on top of some eggs she had laid, no longer with us on earth. We were devastated, Zeus especially. Zeus being an ex-fighter, Demeter had been the only companion he had every had. Thankfully, just a few weeks after the loss, another sanctuary sent us Leda. Leda and Zeus became quick lovers and are living their free range (within our enclosed orchard) life searching for bugs, sun bathing, hanging out on their “porch” and begging for sunflower seeds to be thrown over the fence at meal times.
Last December, we took in a female ewe, Fred. She had been traumatized and was having some emotional and mental challenges. We don’t know how long it had been since she had been with other sheep but I had been on the lookout for a sheep friend to rescue. I was forwarded a Facebook post in a local farm group about a young blind and deaf lamb that needed a home, or else he would have been culled. He was found alone, starving with pneumonia in a pasture. He was only 6 weeks old and was rejected by his mother. After a few calls to vet friends and other sanctuaries, I got educated enough on the care of a lamb to feel comfortable enough with taking him in. We named him Harry, after Harry Potter. Harry is now eight months old, had regained his sight and hearing and is thriving. Most importantly, he and Fred are best friends.
In August we had a scare with one of our pigs Pumba. He went to OSU for surgery to remove a blockage in his esophagus. The surgery went well and Pumba was home just after a few days and doing fine. The bill was paid for by generous donations from you all and a big thank you to John Gannon of Astoria for putting on a benefit concert that helped raise the necessary funds. Pumba also was the recipiant of a grant from the Awesome Foundation which funded a new shelter for him.
In September, Oregon suffered devastation from wildfires that destroyed over a million acres. Many people had to evacuate, along with their animals. Though we were on a red flag alert at Veganville for a few days, we were not threatened by the fires. Unfortunately, many sanctuaries did have to evacuate their animals. We were happy and honored to be able to take in five potbelly evacuees for a few weeks. Veganville does have a trailer but we are looking into getting the funding to get a large stock trailer that will hold all of our animals in the case of an emergency.
In October, we hosted our first long term RV Hookup Tenants. They refurbished a Greyhound Bus into an eco friendly tiny home. This was always something I wanted to be able to accommodate as it’s stable income to the sanctuary and additional like minded people to have around. It can be a very isolating life here and Vegan(Ville) was always meant to be shared. We have some well challenges to look into before adding additional renters but with two more hookups available, I’m hoping to begin taking applications in 2021 for anyone interested in living on “The Ville”.
When I learned that one of the tenants plays the cello (like me), we thought it would be a fun idea to put together a Holiday Duet Session from Veganville and the animals.
Though this year was a strange year, I still feel very good about the progress we have made, the lives we saved and the top quality care we are able to provide for our permanent rescues. We are all happy, healthy and looking forward to what 2021 has in store for us. As always, you can make a tax deductable donation to Veganville at PayPal.me/Veganville
Happy New Year!
Veganville welcomed Pierre and Penny in December 2018! Penny and Pierre were rescued from being slaughtered by a compassionate couple in Warrenton, Oregon. They were kind enough to take Penny and Pierre in and care for them until we had our enclosure completed.
Penny and Pierre are one year old potbelly mix siblings. They are very affectionate and LOVE to be outside. You will find them outside in the pouring rain, snow and ice just rooting around enjoying their life to the fullest.
Pierre LOVES affection. He loves belly rubs at any moment, kisses and being sung to. He loves mealtime although he’s not a fan of bell peppers.
Penny is a sweet girl with a mind of her own. She’s smart and loves to investigate all things new. She isn’t as fond of belly rubs but warming up to them quickly.
Both Penny and Pierre have bonded to Peaches and Petunia and everyone is getting along well.
We are so very happy to welcome Penny and Pierre to Veganville and immensely enjoy watching them live their lives here with freedom, respect and love.
We are so excited to announce that our first permanent enclosure was completed in November 2018! The 1/2 acre enclosure is full of lush green pasture and is currently home to our rescue pigs. We are hoping to begin building a goat and sheep barn so we can begin rescuing goats and sheep soon! This enclosure will accommodate a mixed herd of rescue animals including pigs, sheep, and goats. We will split the enclosure so pasture is allowed time to grow and the animals will be rotated between the pastures.
Our future plans involve another 3 acre enclosure that will connect to the current which will allow for even more animal rescues including llamas, donkeys and cows.
We were very careful using environmentally friendly materials as to have the least amount of impact on our soil, stream and wildlife habitat.
We want to thank all the volunteers that helped dig holes, set posts, stretch fencing and gate installation.
Wow! I just can’t believe how much progress was made this year on Veganville! With eleven wild lush acres purchased in the North Oregon Coastal Mountain region in 2016, the task of getting it under control and ready for animals was a bit overwhelming. There were no enclosures built, the land was littered and overgrown with invasive plant species and it was just one person with a dream that was going to tackle it.
In March, we hosted Jazz funk band Moon Hooch along with 45 volunteers and broke ground and planted an apple and pear orchard. This orchard will someday expand into a diverse food forest that will help feed us, the animals and the community.
Veganville hosted volunteers from around the country and around the world. It was our second year hosting alternative spring breakers from Colorado State University to finish up planting trees and enclosing the orchard. It was our fourth year hosting volunteers from WWoofusa who helped with animal care, events and perimeter fencing and gate installation.
We raised funding for a horse trailer so we can safely transport animals in case of emergency. We were also able to raise funds to build a barn for goats and sheep.
It was busy year for incoming new residents! Paris and Pascal, sister pigs came in February. Pumba, another pig was rescued in July. Zeus, our first rooster came in September followed by his girlfriend, Demeter in November. By Christmas, we were able to welcome Fred, a sheep with Ron and George, sibling Nigerian Dwarf Goats.
I’d like to thank everyone who has donated money, time, hard labor and love to Veganville this year. I couldn’t do it without your support and I am so very thankful.
For 2020, we will be focusing on expanding the food orchard and partnering with the community educating on organic farming and permaculture practices. This is an important facet of Veganville’s mission as health and environmental consciousness is just as important as rescuing animals. Going vegan helps animals, but it also helps our own health and the fragile environment around us. Veganville is the perfect platform to use as an example in hopes we can make an impact on the future of our planet. Please consider donating to help continue our progress in 2020.
Veganville was able to fund-raise in 2019 for a sheep and goat barn which was constructed in late November. We were able to then rescue Fred a female Suffolk Ewe and a couple of baby 5 month old Nigerian Dwarf Goats, George and Ron. You can help fund the care of Fred, George and Ron here.
Fred was found wandering alone in a rural area of Tillamook. She was weak, hungry, malnourished and her wool was overgrown. She had ear-tags, one of which had the name “Fred” written on it. It wasn’t until she was sheered that it became obvious that Fred was a female. Fred has spent the last 18 months being rehabilitated and waiting for Veganville to have the means to take her in permanently. Fred is very smart and emotionally complex but also very timid and shy. It will take her some time to feel comfortable and learn to trust but we are patient and will respect however long it takes.
Because Ewe’s do better with a herd, she bonded with two young Nigerian Dwarf goats, George and Ron. George and Ron came from a breeder who could no longer care for the goats they bred. Theses three will now live out their days on Veganville together with their pig friends. We are so happy to have “The Weasleys” here.
In September of this year, Veganville was able to take in a gorgeous gamecock who was rescued from a cock fighting bust. He had spent most of his life in isolation from other chickens. When he arrived, he just seemed so lonely. It was recommended to introduce him to a hen of his own breed.
In November, we introduced Demeter and the pair hit it off right from the start. Since then, they eat sleep and forage together and have formed a beautiful bond.
Both birds are Red Junglefowl, which is very old breed that was domesticated over 5,000 years ago. There is evidence that this breed was the original chicken breed found in the Pacific at 3,000 BC! This is a very healthy and long living breed with a possible lifespan of thirty years! We look forward to being the home for Zeus and Demeter for a long long time.
We got a call in summer of 2019 from the county animal control regarding a pig left abandoned and neglected on a local property. At the time, we did not have room for an additional pig but a very nice couple nearby agreed to foster him until we made room for him. Pumba was overweight, could hardly walk and his tusks were so overgrown, he could not chew or drink water properly. This nice couple spent months caring for and rehabilitating him and decided to continue caring for him indefinitely. We currently fund Pumba’s care and have a space in our herd for him if and when he is ever ready to come. Until then, he’s enjoying his retirement with this lovely couple.
We are happy to be in a position to give all of our pigs the forever care, love and attention they all deserve!
In February, Veganville welcomed two more beautiful pigs Paris and Pascal. They are sister guinea hog pot belly mixes. They are both so sweet and calm and settling in nicely at Veganville.
Paris and Pascal came from a backyard breeding operation and were originally rescued and rehabilitated by Refarm Sanctuary. They were both in pretty bad shape from neglect they endured at the breeding operation but are healthy and happy now as they are now in their forever home. The girls have been spayed and vet cleared by our friends at Odd Man Inn.
We have some wonderful Animal Sanctuaries in the area that work together for the sake of the animals and we are so honored and touched by the collaboration in getting these girls here.
With six pigs in total now at Veganville, we are now focusing on building a barn for goats, sheep and llamas. We are hoping that project starts this year.
You can help with the care of our rescue pigs.
It has been two years of getting to know the property, budgeting, taking donations, selling merchandise, planning and researching. We are so excited to announce that we have our first animal residents on Veganville!!! Over these past few years, one of the most asked questions I have received is when Veganville will have animals. I have worked on enough sanctuaries over the years to know how important it is to be ready financially and physically before committing to the care of animal rescues.
Veganville was a blank slate of a property when I arrived in May of 2016. It’s a wild and rustic piece of property and there were no safe enclosures built. Winters are rough and I spent the first winter being warmed by wood only heat, busted pipes, broken appliances, snow tires and power outages while balancing single parenting to my six year old son and a 45 minute commute to a full time job.
I’m a master planner and problem solver and thrive in challenging situations but boy was that first winter hard. It took two years to get adjusted to our new lives on the farm and to really get to know the land. Thank you to everyone who has come out these past few years and helped on the property and thank you to everyone abroad for donating or buying merchandise. Your support helped us welcome two beautiful pigs in late April, Petunia and Peaches.
Petunia, a Potbelly Pig, was abandoned by her family when we was about one year of age. She found a loving and caring home for the next four years. Though the family cared for her well being, they were on the lookout for a more permanent home for her. She arrived to Veganville on April 29th 2018 at the age of five. She is very vocal and spunky. She loves eating apples, tummy rubs and nesting in lots of straw. We are so happy to have her.
Peaches was rescued by the same family from being sold for meat. Peaches is a ten month old KuneKune pig. She and Petunia are a bonded pair and do everything together. She is friendly, always wagging her tail and oh so clever. She loves ear rubs and bananas. She’s pure delight and adds a very special spark to the farm.
It has been recommended that the girls need to be spayed as soon as possible. Spaying female pigs is specifically important because they are endangered of health risks if kept intact. They have an extremely high chance of developing reproductive cancers, including ovarian, mammary and uterine. Intact female pigs will also be at high risk for life threatening infections such as pyometra and mastitis.
It is recommended to perform the procedure on pigs as young as three months old to reduce recovery times or complications. Peaches is ten months old and Petunia is estimated to be five years old.
Spaying pigs is a complicated surgery because of the unique anatomy of the pot bellied pig. They have miles of intestines and a uterus that’s very long because of the large number of piglets that are born at one time. There are only a few vets in Oregon that are qualified to perform this procedure and it will cost $600 per pig.
Veganville is devoted to providing the best possible care for our rescue animals and it is clear to us that this is the best thing we can do for their health in the long run. We won’t be rescuing any more animals until the girls can get the care they deserve.
Please help us raise the funding needed for their spay procedures.
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Greetings from Veganville! Spring is arriving to our coastal mountain property and we have been planning and working away to achieve some milestone objectives this year!
We now have our vision planned out for the property and how to best utilize every inch of the land to suit our mission. Veganville strives to become an example of sustainable farming utilizing permaculture methods. Permaculture is the development of an agricultural ecosystem that is sustainable with the greatest amount of self-reliance for any given area, property, or community. To begin achieving this, Veganville is having the land surveyed, applying for a Fruit Orchard Grant and implementing fund-raising for fencing the perimeter, animal enclosures, and garden plot.
With 36,770,958.98 gallons per year of rainwater collection potential annually, nitrogen rich soil, located in USDA Zone 8a, and solar/wind energy source capabilities, Veganville has a unique opportunity to utilize the land to it’s maximum potential.
Good land management requires a beneficial relationship with the local ecosystems. For Veganville, this includes keeping part of the property wild. With over 20 endangered species in the area, Veganville is committed to preserving a wildlife conservation area on the property.On January 17, 2018, Veganville became a Certified Wildlife Habitat® with the National Wildlife Federation and the Oregon Association of Northwest Steelheaders.
We are also working on our first animal enclosures. One being our chicken coop and the other, a half-acre enclosure connected to a small barn. We are very excited to welcome our first rescues this spring so stay tuned for news and ways to help us out with this. We are planning on hosting work parties on the property every third Sunday of the month now through September.
We are very excited to start our third year as an organization achieving some mission milestones and thank everyone out there for your continued support. We look forward to what the year has in store for us!
Please consider donating to Veganville here.