Harvest Home volunteer orientation on Saturday! Get a tour, help some animals!  »

imageKaren the chicken wants you to feed her greens! Harvest Home is looking for new volunteers. It’s a six-month commitment to one four-to-six-hour day per month of work that includes “barn cleaning and animal health tasks,” which isn’t much! You could hang out with all the animals and help keep them happy in their spacious Stockton digs.

Harvest Home is holding a volunteer orientation and sanctuary tour on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. You must RSVP to to sign up for the event (also for more information, and to get directions).

This is your chance to support Harvest Home’s excellent work with your mighty vegan (or not!) body instead of your sad, malnourished pocketbook. Get some like-minded friends and make a day of it. The animals need all of us!

[Photo by HSUS via Flickr]


Caboodle Ranch: cutest cat village in the world!  »

Craig Grant is the totally awesome man who created Caboodle Ranch in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where over 600 cats reside. There was a time when he didn’t even like cats! But when his son went off to college, he left his cat with Craig. Craig soon learned the cat was preggers and ended up with five kittens. He wanted to give the kittens away but his son told him they had to stay with the mother for at least eight weeks; lo and behold, eight weeks later, Craig was in love.

And this is not a hoarding situation; all the cats have plenty of space, are well-fed, spayed or neutered and they have a doctor that comes out for regular vet visits. These cats are living the life! From the “about us” section:

Caboodle Ranch is now a permanent sanctuary for cats who have been kicked around by heartless people. There are many sad stories between all the cats I’ve taken in. Some almost starved to death, some of them wounded strays. I’ve seen many locked in cages for months in animal shelters and have taken in some of those too.
Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do. We are in the middle of 100 acres of wildlife. The cats follow me through the nature trails that I put in and maintain, they climb in tree forts that I’ve built and hide in underground dens I’ve dug for them.
These animals need our help. If you’d like to help with donations of any kind, please contact me using the contact information I’ve provided on this website.

How great is that?! The cats are way too adorable and the little houses are the bomb. And all the cats are totally in love with Craig. There’s a zillion pictures of the cats just chilling all over Craig. Of course I looked at every single picture but I’m trying to be conservative and not put them all up, so here are some cute ones (but there are plenty more on the site!).

Chilling at city hall:

Hanging out at the lake front condos with Craig:

Like it says above, they need donations. They also need volunteers! They get lots of visitors but they need the kind that come back. Any readers in Florida? It would be so fun! Am I the only one that totally wants to pick up and move to Caboodle Ranch? I call one of the condos! Make way for Megan!

[Thanks to @shopfriendlier for the tip!]


The International Bird Rescue Research Center wants to train YOU in oil spill response  »

Remember in 2007 when the Cosco Busan shipping barge spilled 53,500 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, killing and maiming tens of thousands of birds, seals, and other wildlife in the process? That was so much fun. The worst part of it may have been all the volunteers who went down to beaches to help with bird rescue and clean up, but were turned away and told that their help wasn’t wanted at the beginning of the spill, when most of the damage happens. Truly fantastic. Well this is your chance to get trained up and ready to be part of the official response to the next oil spill (and there will be a next time, DEPRESSING but guaranteed) as part of a statewide effort to not suck next time this happens.

The International Bird Rescue Research Center is now accepting applications to join their Oil Spill Response Team. You must submit your application by Mar. 26, and the training orientation will take place on April 10 at their bird center in Fairfield.

I went out there after the Cosco Busan spill and managed to get in a brief training, which amounted to watching a video explaining all the ways exposure to oil can make you sick. And that’s really all they can do when volunteers try and get trained during a disaster instead of before. In the end, I was qualified to refill pans of water while more capable hands scrubbed very confused looking ducks with toothbrushes and dishwashing soap. This is going to be much more intensive, with field trips, three training sessions, and 160 volunteer hours before you can graduate. You will come out of it as a bird-rescuing GOD.


Activists needed to help promote “The Cove”!  »

Just got word from the fine people at Earth Island Institute that they need volunteers to help promote The Cove, a new documemtary about the multibillion dollar capture-and-slaughter dolphin trade. Sad face(x)infinity. The Cove won the Audience Award in Documentary at Sundance. I saw a preview recently and it looks INTENSE. And by INTENSE, I mean that the preview totally made me cry and feel all outraged and lighted the activist fire within my soul. Totes gots to see this 4 real. The shit that humans do is beyond fucked up. Ugh, I am not a person that believes in violence but all I’m saying is that this makes me want to put some private parts in a vice grip. ANYWAY, check out the trailer, get information on upcoming screenings and yeah, do both those things.

Mary Jo Rice of E.I.I. has more details about volunteering at Bay Area Cove premieres. Word is that you get a really cool t-shirt if you do! FREE STUFF AND HELPING DOLPHIES? Please and thank you!

Please join us in getting the word out about The Cove and intensifying the campaign to end the Japan dolphin and whale slaughter…. In the Bay Area, premieres are scheduled for August 7 for the Shattuck Theater in Berkeley, Embarcadero Cinema Center in San Francisco, and for the San Rafael Film Center in Marin. Volunteers are needed opening weekend at all theaters to pass out postcards and gather email addresses, and at as many subsequent screenings as possible. Can you volunteer? Can you help us recruit individuals who will commit to a minimum of a 4-hour shift on behalf of Japan’s dolphins? We are also looking for a volunteer “Cove Captain” who will serve as principal coordinator for each theater. Any leads would be appreciated. If you can volunteer, please contact Mary Jo Rice.


SF Bay Area Vegansaurus readers! Give ONE day to help countless animals!  »

Hello AWESOME Vegansaurus Readers.

First, you are so awesome.

Second, The Healthy School Lunches campaign that Laura is working on with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has been gaining huge momentum in Congress. It’s looking more and more like getting healthy nondairy vegetarian food and nondairy beverages into the National School Lunch Program could actually freaking happen. It’s SUPER exciting.

The one area we really need help in is gathering signatures from the constituents of Congressman George Miller of Contra Costa and Solano counties. He is especially important because he chairs the committee that will vote on implementing these changes. We need signatures to show Congressman Miller that his voters care about getting better nutrition to children. The problem is, it’s very hard to get activists in that area motivated and so I’m reaching out to you, the beautiful and wonderful readers of Vegansaurus!

Can you devote a weekend day in the next month to collecting signatures in Contra Costa or Solano County? I will get you everything you need to make this successful, including a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone! If you don’t live near those counties, I’m organizing carpools from San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND DAY IN APRIL to get you out there!  This is the absolute easiest thing to petition for and you’re doing something AMAZING for countless animals and children nationwide!

If you’re interested, email Laura at lbeck(at) with the specific day/s you are available to petition. Let me know where you live and if you need a ride (or if you have a car and can drive). When leaving from SF and Oakland/Berkeley, we’ll probably leave the city at 11 a.m. and get back around 3-4 p.m., so it won’t even take up most of your day. One day WILL help. I want to create this schedule now, so please email and let me know if you can come out.

If you can’t come because you live too far away or for whatever other reasons, you can downloaded petitions from our grassroots website and collect signatures from your family and friends! As a substitute/addition to petitioning, you can write to your congressional reps and ask for these changes—check out the sample letters! Please send a letter to your congressperson today. (click here to find out who your congressperson is and their mailing address! Please mail the letter to their D.C. address!)


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