When Melody arrived at VINE as a calf, the first thing we noticed was that, even though she was extremely shy with people, she interacted with adults cows as if they were peers. Extraordinarily self-possessed, tiny Melody would stand at the hay ring shoulder-to-shoulder with very large cows like Princess, socializing as if she . . . → Read More: Melody



Sharkey came to VINE Sanctuary as one of a group of roosters seized by authorities from a cockfighting ring. While roosters who have been used in cockfighting do have to learn not to attack other birds, most do not object to being handled by people. There are always exceptions to this rule, however. Every . . . → Read More: Sharkey

Lola and Seth


Some people think peacocks are magical. We can understand why! Lola and Seth arrived independently but simultaneously at Farm Sanctuary, in each case after appearing seemingly out of nowhere.

Lola and Seth brought their beautiful feathers to VINE Sanctuary in late 2013 and have been enchanting us ever since. In all . . . → Read More: Lola and Seth



Meet a young ewe who started out shy but now loves kisses.

Sugar came to VINE Sanctuary from a person in Central Vermont who had purchased her and three other sheep for the purpose of making yarn from their wool. When the person became unable to care for the sheep, who also were harassed . . . → Read More: Sugar

Tiki and Breeze


Before coming to VINE Sanctuary, emus Tiki and Breeze spent several years sharing a small pen with another emu, never having the opportunity to exercise their legs or break the monotony by ranging freely. One day, their female companion escaped and became locally famous before dying while being recaptured. The retired dairyman who had . . . → Read More: Tiki and Breeze


Portrait of Princess

Princess came to VINE Sanctuary from an agricultural college, where she was the subject of agricultural experiments. We don’t know exactly what was done to her, but we do know that she was bred repeatedly, suffering both forcible impregnation and the grief of having her calves taken from her. We first suspected, because of . . . → Read More: Princess

Poncho and Jasper


Poncho and Jasper arrived at the sanctuary as babies, only 10 months old. Unwanted spawns of the dairy industry, which forcibly impregnates cows and then takes away their calves so that people can take the milk that was meant for them, Poncho, Jasper and four other calves were tied to a tractor and left . . . → Read More: Poncho and Jasper



Pacifico came to the sanctuary as one of a number of fighting roosters rescued from a breeder in Alabama. He and the other “Bama Boyz” arrived on an icy morning, their bright feathers and frantic energy bringing color and warmth to a grey, frigid day. Some moved into the coops—a shiny black bird we called Rooftop even managed to charm Fanny—while others took to the trees. . . . → Read More: Pacifico



The friendly duck called Baltimore came to the sanctuary from a foie gras factory. (You can watch a documentary about that rescue here.) Eight years later, he’s still going strong. [Baltimore died in August of 2012: Read his obituary here.]

Pate Foie gras is made from the organs of birds with fatty liver . . . → Read More: Baltimore



Seagull and her family were saved from the auction block by a rural cat-rescuer who just happened to be there when an impoverished family showed up to sell their “pets”—a family of ducks plus several chickens and one turkey, all of whom had been living in a tiny shed—to people who probably would eat . . . → Read More: Seagull