Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WFAS) is a farm animal rights and protection organization, founded in 2004. It provides information related to the production and consumption of animal products through rescue, education, and advocacy.

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to over 200 cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, rabbits and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment at a 23-acre animal sanctuary in Woodstock, New York, 2 hours North of New York City.


At the heart of WFAS mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the treatment of animals who are raised for food. WFAS also promotes laws and policies that support animal rights and veganism.

The Founders[edit]

Founders Jenny Brown and Doug Abel moved to Woodstock as full-time residents in May 2004. Doug is a film editor and Jenny previously worked as a producer, director and post-production supervisor.

After a week-long trip undercover visiting stockyards in Texas to film farmed animal abuse, Jenny Brown decided to give up her TV career and dedicate her life helping farmed animals and raising awareness of their plight. She moved to Watkins Glen, NY, to live and work at Farm Sanctuary and learn all she could about shelter operations and animal care. It was that essential experience that gave the couple the confidence to open up a sanctuary of their own.

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