This year was such a whirlwind, it’s hard to actually know where to begin as I sit here on the last day of the year. I know we accomplished A LOT but when it’s all said and done, it’s hard to not think, did we do enough? Going through photos of this past year remind me that we did certainly get a lot accomplished and I feel we actually did more physical work than any year we’ve been here when it comes to upgrading our property for our residents.
2022 was the year of coming back from the Pandemic. We began a new Volunteer program that attracted long term committed and wonderful people who are so very passionate about the mission of Veganville. We have 2-4 consistent volunteers out every Sunday to help with the maintenance of the sanctuary which is so very helpful to me as I can focus on the projects that help us expand. We have help feeding Tuesday through Thursday which also helps me focus on the administrative duties (along with being a single parent and a full time job).
We were able to accomplish a ton of projects that help better the lives of our residents and caretakers! We had such a terrible mud problem going into the beginning of the year, we were able to get about 5 tons of gravel delivered to our pig and goat/sheep enclosures which helped a lot (temporarily). A few months later once we were a bit dryer, we were able to get a large concrete pad poured in our pig enclosure which has been an absolute luxury for all here living on the sanctuary!
We welcomed a geriatric llama named Briggs in January. He was underweight and had not been sheered in a very long time. He flourished on Veganville for 10 months with consistent care and love. He gained a bunch of weight and settled in so well, we lovingly nicknamed him “the butler” as he always welcomed new visitors by approaching their faces and smelling their breath. Briggs passed away suddenly in November due to a presumed heart tumor. As saddened as we were of his passing, we are so happy that he got to spend the last 10 months of his life given the best imaginable care and we know he was happy.
We also welcomed a couple of roosters, Wayne and Garth this year. Wayne and Garth were “unsellable” chickens from a feed store as there are city restrictions on keeping roosters and most people who purchase chickens from feed stores are really only looking for egg laying hens. Lots of roosters end up getting dumped or placed on Craigs List. Any rooster who has found a sanctuary is very lucky as most don’t get the chance. We built a new enclosed garden area this year and decided it would also be a great place to set them up so they had some space to explore outside of their run. Wayne and Garth are hilarious to watch and we are very happy to have them here.
With the help of volunteers, we were also able to fence off three additional grazing pastures for our sheep and goats so they should always have fresh grass to graze during the months of March-July. Rotational grazing is not only great for the residents, but it’s also great for land management and sustainability so we have less mud, less run off and healthier soil. We also upgraded our large pig enclosure to make sure certain residents (uh hm…Pistachio) couldn’t escape. We tore down the previous pallet fencing and replaced all fencing with wood posts and panels. We will be continuing to modify their enclosure next year so they also have rotational grazing opportunities as well.
We also welcomed Wwoofers (Wwoofusa.org) this year for the first time since 2019. Wwoofers are longer term volunteers who stay on Veganville for a couple of weeks who work a few hours a day on the sanctuary in exchange for room and board. With the help of these Wwoofers, we were able to get our orchard prepped for planting our food forest in 2023, installed more gates, modified and expanded our composting set up and clear lot’s of invasive plant species found on the property so we can get some of the land prepped for larger animals like cows, donkeys and horses in the future.
My parents came out this year and with the help of my builder father, we built a greenhouse! So when we plant our food forest next year, we will be able to start most of the plantings ourselves without having to purchase much. A food forest is a diverse planting of edible plants that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature. The idea is to not have to use herbicides, pesticides or fertilizer as the forest will be planted with shrubs, herbs and fruit that will naturally work together to omit the need for chemicals! Cool right?
With the human Pandemic a little more manageable, we are working on a Tour Program to start in the spring of 2023. We know how important it is for people to have the opportunity to visit the sanctuary and get educated on compassionate animal care and environmental sustainability. The Avian Flu was a concern this year and still remains to be for our feathered residents so our program will have some strict guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. More information to come!
Our main projects for 2023 include:
So now that I’ve written the update for this past year, I realize how much we accomplished. We could not have accomplished this without our volunteers and supporters. Look what we did!! We thank every single one of you for your support this year and we look forward to another year of progress!
Happy New Year!
~Cecilia and all of the residents of Veganville
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 helped facilitate the rescue of 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.
Veganville welcomed five new residents in 2021 and one new resident so far in 2022!
In February of last year, we received a request to take in a 4H fail project pig, Pistachio. Pistachio is a 500 pound Yorkshire pig. She was intended to be raised for food but instead, stole the hearts of all around her and a forever home was needed for her. She arrived to Veganville and quickly stole our hearts as well. She is 500 pounds of pure love and we are so happy to have her at Veganville.
In March of last year, we lost our beloved ewe Fred. She was having incontrollable seizures due to her pancreas not producing enough insulin. This was the first case of this ever seen in sheep at OSU so we hope that Fred’s case helps other sheep that may come across this medical issue. She is missed terribly.
We didn’t want Harry, our other sheep to be the lone sheep for long so we welcome two sheep wethers, Rupert and Radcliffe in April. Rupert and Radcliffe were saved as day old lambs from a sheep farm, bottle fed and cared for by another sanctuary. They still even have their beautiful tails! Rupert and Radcliffe love humans and are the first to welcome volunteers and visitors of the sanctuary. Harry loves his new sheep buddies and you can see them all frolicking happily together daily.
In August of last year, we received a request to take on a couple of FFA (Future Farmers of America) white breasted turkeys. Very similar to Pistachio’s case, the birds did not make it to the intended Thanksgiving plate and we were happy to call Veganville their forever home. Annabelle and Coquette are very intelligent, curious, affectionate and sentient souls who have settled in and love attention from volunteers and visitors.
In December, we were informed of an unfortunate event that left dozens of animals needing a home as their caretaker passed away from cancer. One of the animals was a llama named Brigs and we jumped on the opportunity to take him in. Brigs arrived in early January of this year. He is an older gentleman who bonded quickly with our goat and sheep residents. He came underweight and weak but is now hopping around the sanctuary in bliss with his adopted flock.
We have big projects for 2022 including the creation of new pastures so the residents can rotate and we can control the health of the land better. We planted our Orchard in 2019 with visions of it becoming a food forest. With 2020 and 2021 having limited volunteers and guests to the sanctuary, we have been having to put off this important project. The food forest will not only feed our residents, it will also attract pollinators and deter bugs like flies and mosquitos. Each plant in the food forest is designed to work together with little maintenance, disease or fertilizer. It will become a template for anyone to be able to created in their own backyards!
Veganville is also starting up in person events again this year!
We are planning on Bake Sales this year as well as some camp out events on the property including the annual Perseids Meteor shower in August.
You can help with the care of our residents and our projects for this year by donating to Veganville today!
Thank you and we wish you all a very happy and healthy 2022!
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.