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I’m here on vacation at Catskill animal sanctuary. I’m down here. I walked down from the Homestead Bed and Breakfast, which the sanctuary owns and I walked down the drive. And now I’m taking photos and recording sounds of the sanctuary. But this is a remarkable pig. Over the last couple of days, I’ve watched him systematically root all the way down one end of this field. He’ll turn around like, like you’re mowing your lawn and go right back down. He’s done a considerable, made some considerable progress. You can see it on this video. So this field must be really tasty and he’s making the most of it. I don’t blame him. It’s like when you find your favorite restaurant, you go back all the time because you know the food is good. This guy’s happy. I love the sun reflecting on the fuzziness of his ears and his tail. But these animals, it’s like one big backyard and they’re happy and they’re safe. They’re in their natural habitat. This is the way pigs and chickens and goats and sheep and cows should live. And I am widening my circle of compassion to include all sentient beings, and all human beings, widening my circle of compassion for this planet that we live on.

But Catskill Animal Sanctuary, it heals these animals that have been rescued from bad situations or from hoarding situations where maybe they, they got loose from a slaughterhouse and they live here now.

But Catskill Animal Sanctuary doesn’t only heal animals. Catskill Animal Sanctuary also heals people. I think you should come visit. Then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Special thanks to Kathy Stevens, the founder and director, for her hospitality. What a great place this is. See you, buddy.


Kathy Stevens founded Catskill Animal Sanctuary in 2001. It’s been a labor of love that has quite literally become one of the most peaceful and extraordinary places on earth. There is so much joy among the animals who live here.

And the dedicated staff is among the hardest-working teams I have ever witnessed.  I noticed the constant work, the knowledge, and the attentive effort it takes to serve and protect and love about 300 animals.

I spent four nights and five days at their bed and breakfast, The Homestead — so I observed folks working their jobs.

Their motto: “Love Spoken Here.” And wow, the love is abundant.

Thanks to Kathy Stevens for creating this extraordinary place.

Kathy’s two books: “Where the Blind Horse Sings” and also “Animal Camp” (second edition – 2013) inspired me to visit Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  If you are an animal lover, you’ll adore these powerful stories.

Their website:  Catskill Animal Sanctuary