Come on out to Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s Cocktails and Cow Tales!

Hey, it’s me, Adrienne – Editor in Chief of LAFC!  I want to tell you about a very special event coming up soon in NYC, that I hope you will attend.

Kathy Stevens with Franklin
Kathy Stevens with Franklin

One of my favorite places in the whole world is Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  In the peaceful town of Saugerties, in upstate NY, is a vast farmland full of animals, rescued from abusive factory farming and hoarding situations.  Founder & Director Kathy Stevens and her super awesome team are dedicated to the rehabilitation of these animals, giving them the lives they deserve.

My friend Beth and me, rubbing pig bellies at CAS!
My friend Beth and me, rubbing pig bellies at CAS!

You are in for a treat, as they are coming to NYC to throw their Cocktails and Cow Tales celebration! Come on out and join us on Tuesday, June 7th, 6:00 pm –8:30 pm, at Home Studios (873 Broadway, Manhattan).

Tickets are $125 ($100 is tax-deductible). Hurry, tickets are still available, get yours here!

I love this t-shirt!
I love this t-shirt!

Have some fun, meet great people, pick up one of their fab T-shirts (this one’s my fave) and sponsor a rescued animal with some yummies for your tummy, courtesy of Chef Jay Astafa.  I can tell you from personal experience, Jay’s all vegan, creative fare is worth the price of admission, alone. Round it all out with a cocktail and you have a perfect evening, all in support of the glorious mission of CAS!


I hope to see you there!  But, if you can’t make it, you can still make a difference in the lives of these precious animals, with a donation here

Kathy telling visitors about horses.  Have you read her book "Where the Blind Horse Sings"?
Kathy telling visitors about horses. Have you read her book “Where the Blind Horse Sings”?

To give you an idea of the work done at CAS, here’s a cow tale about CAS’s latest rescue, a calf named Lil’ Guy and watch him here!

He arrived on 5/11 from the beef farm where he was born in April 2015. He didn’t nurse as much as he should have and became weak. The farmer bottle fed him, but he eventually developed an infection. He recovered, but it was clear he had developed a problem with his hind legs.

The farmer continued to bottle feed and care for him, even going as far to help him up. But his condition worsened.

It reached a point where the he either needed to find him a home or euthanize him. A friend offered to help and reached out to us.

We took him in not knowing if we could help him or just make sure his final days were happy. But it was clear that he was not ready to give up, so we aren’t ready yet either.

As typical for new arrivals, we kept him in quarantine as we got to know him. It takes two of us to help him up each time. But we do and have consulted with our vets. We’re still determining the best course of action, but have focused on getting him up as much as possible. While he was in quarantine, we distributed fresh grass throughout his stall to encourage him, however short a distance, to walk towards his food.

We frequently massage his leg and spine — you can hear him sigh when we do. He must be in so much pain, to have a moment’s relief must be a new experience.

He’s now out of quarantine. This week we’re going to introduce him to the Underfoots (the family of animals allowed to roam the grounds freely). Our hope is that being out in the fresh air and sunshine with other animals will encourage more walking.

Stay tuned for stories and photos of the event!  If you see me, say hi and take a selfie with me for the blog!

More info about Catskill Animal Sanctuary at