Animal Place turns 24! Let’s party!  »


To celebrate its 24th year of hard work as an animal rescue group and beautiful sanctuary, our beloved Animal Place is having a party, and we’re all invited!

Lucy cordially invites you to our 24th birthday party—our Pig-Out BBQ Birthday Bash. While you may celebrate all the animals, Lucy wants to celebrate food with you the most. Bring a watermelon or cantaloupe: At 2 p.m., we’ll let you give them to the big pigs! Be welcomed with some bluegrass music by local band the Fruit Jar Pickers, and enjoy vegan hot dogs from Field Roast and burgers from Amy’s kitchen. Cupcakes will be available as well—because what’s a birthday party without cake!

When: Saturday, July 6
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (food served 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Barns are open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person, and include a vegan hot dog or burger!

You can arrive any time, but if you want to hear a birthday speech from Executive Director Kim Sturla and enjoy feeding the pigs some watermelons and cantaloupes, then be sure to stop by the pig barn at 2!

Pre-registration is required. Open to all ages—a great event for the family!  

For more information, visit Animal Place on Facebook, or just click through to register. Pig out with the pigs and celebrate 24 years of amazing work and happy animals.

[Photo of Lucy by Marji Beach]


Happy Veggie Kids: Lucy!  »

Today we have a big kid! She’s 16! PLUS, totes European. This is Lucy with her cat Dessy. She’s from Bulgaria! So exciting.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Lucy: Anything vegan. I really enjoy pasta and tofu as well as different types of salads and sugar-free vegan ice cream.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Well, I’m not really into sugar, so I don’t have a fav kind of birthday cake.

Why are you vegan?
Because I respect all forms of life on this fragile planet and don’t want to contribute to cruelty. Veganism stands for living in harmony with the world around you and that’s what I want to achieve.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Of course, I do. It makes me feel useful or at least I know my diet is not harmful to the planet and all the creatures we share it with.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
To be honest, yes. Considering the fact that I live in a country where almost no one is vegan and where we don’t have any vegan restaurants or stuff, it can be hard sometimes. There’s one good thing about it though—I learned how to cook my own meals, which is awesome, hehe. And being vegan even in a country like that is always a LOT better than being an apathetic meat-eater.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They often wonder how I survive without animal products. That’s the lack of education, sigh. But there’s always hope things could change and we won’t give up until this happens.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
I can’t say I have a favorite animal. They are all unique and I love them all.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Of course! I know of one pink dinosaur that everyone likes and that deserves a portrait by me.

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