Animal Place

600-acre farm animal sanctuary to neglected and abused cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, rabbits and turkeys in Grass Valley, CA. Awesome place to visit and volunteer. Former blog is at:
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Dear World,

It’s me, Panda Bob.

I wanted to introduce you to my ghost writer Marji who also loves giving me forehead kisses. I have it on good authority that I have a very kissable forehead.

What’s been going on in my world since last week?


Mortimer was sleeping and the humans were petting him and being a bother. Obviously I had to help him out. I tried to intervene but ended up stepping on Mortimer. He didn’t really wake up but the humans were all “BOB!!! RUDE!!!” and I was all “What?” So, that happened.

Mort and I are down to one bottle a day. TRAGEDY.

I’ll be the star of an upcoming feature (not exactly) length film about a wayward calf (ME!) and a rusty trailer. I hope you’ll help me get word out about this film and defeat the rusty trailer. You’ll be the FIRST to see it! I AM AWESOME.

Panda Calf Love,
Panda Bob!

The World Resources Institute recognizes the impact animal farming has on the environment and has adopted a plant-based menu policy for their events. Learn more:

#ThrowbackThursday is Margarita at the 2011 Music in the Meadow celebration. She REALLY loved Melissa Owen who will be playing again this year outside of the chicken and turkey barn.

Margarita did pass away but her legacy lives on…you too can celebrate with her sisters who are still alive at this year’s Music in the Meadow benefit on June 7th.

Ticket info here:

Why is it that in the United States we cherish and love some animals while abusing and oppressing other animals for their flesh, breast milk, and eggs?

Watch this video and share:

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) lists grinding up chicks alive as an approved method of “euthanasia” for day-old chicks at hatcheries.

Mercy For Animals Canada went undercover at a Maple Leaf Foods hatchery. Their investigative video reveals standard industry practices including the grinding up alive of day-old chicks. The video shows chicks boiled alive in washing machinery. 

Animal farming standardizes cruelty. This is not an aberration. The second another being is viewed as property or as “other” or “less than” is the same second it becomes acceptable to treat them that way. Until we stop seeing chickens as disposable commodities and start seeing them as unique individuals with their own interests, needs, and desires…standard abuse like that found in this video is and will continue to be normal.

We asked Animal Caregiver Celeste about her special relationship with Tiny-Comb (aka Rosemary) and this is what she shared:

I’ve known Tiny-Comb for two years now and feel so honored to get as close to her as I have. She endured terror and yet her beautiful spirit still shines. After living in a cramped bare wire cage for most of her adult life, she nearly starved to death before being rescued byAnimal Place. So it is no wonder that she takes awhile to warm up to people, in fact, the wonder is that she 
has warmed up to humans at all.

She has a strong personality. She is picky about friends, both chicken and human. Other chickens have large social groups that they spend time with, but Tiny-Comb is more of an introvert, liking to explore on her own and take naps on her perch whenever she likes, regardless of what everyone else is doing. 

She doesn’t run over with everyone if you bring treats into the barn, but will happily eat if you give her a private meal. She doesn’t always liked to be picked up, but whenever she has found a comfortable spot on my lap, she never wants to leave. She is the only hen I personally have ever seen chase off a rooster who was trying to make a move on her.

She is fierce and loving and resilient and amazing. I love her so much. To think that she was shoved in a cage for the unnecessary reason of humans wanting to consume her eggs breaks my heart. To think that there are almost 300 million unique individuals like her still going through that nightmare is devastating.

She is why we must continue to do the hard work that we do.

Photo by Andrea White

Have you donated to Wyatt and his friends so they can get a new scale? We are 30% of the way there!

Here is how your $10 gift will help:
* Save Wyatt the indignity of being hoisted up into human arms so said human can stand on a scale.
* Save said human the back ache caused by picking up a 40 lb turkey for a weigh-in.
* Safely and humanely allows us to keep track of Wyatt and other big-boy turkeys’ weight so we don’t over-feed them (which will shorten their life - your gift lengthens their lives!)
* Allows us to keep track of Marigold piglet’s weight so she gets the right amount of food to keep her healthy and happy (Marigold insists 40 million apples is an appropriate treat amount).
* Increases our ability to weigh animals like Alice sheep and Laura goat who we can’t physically pick up - this fancy-pants scale is set up so that animals can walk on it (which we hope they’ll gladly do for some treats).

A change in weight can be one of the first signs of poor health and this scale will allow us to start treatments or modify diet immediately.

Join in and get Wyatt weighed! 

(As a reward for donating, you will be the FIRST to know Wyatt’s exact weight and receive a picture of him on the scale! Super awesome, I know!)

Animal Place is excited to invite @Oakland Veg Week guests on a bus trip to our Grass Valley sanctuary for a guided tour and vegan lunch!

**SPECIAL DEAL** Order your tickets April 14-19 and receive a $10 discount! Enter promo code OAKVEG during registration to receive your discount!

For more info and to buy tickets:

Did you know chickens see both ultraviolet and infrared light waves? 

The reason chickens are bright-eyed and fluffy-tailed early in the morning is because they see the sun rise before we do…they’re seeing the infrared light waves of the sun long before our eyes notice it.

Cool, huh?

Granny Smith Galette  




1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cups raw turbinado cane sugar

3/4 cups coconut milk

1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cups (loosely packed or in my case, scooped) vegetable shortening

pinch salt  


1 large granny smith apple, thinly sliced

handful currants

2 tablespoons flour

1/4 cups coconut milk

Few drops apple cider vinegar

Few drops almond extract

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Dash allspice

  1. Stir coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside to curdle. (If you’re using coconut milk, you get these big, clotted curdles that work well in a dessert like this!)
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using a fork, mix the shortening in until the mixture looks delightfully crumbly.
  3. Slowly pour in curdled coconut milk, and mix until a dough forms. (I used my fingers after the initial mixing to help a dough ball form.)
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface, (I put a piece of plastic wrap down with flour on top) then transfer to a greased and floured cookie sheet.
  5. Again combine the coconut milk and vinegar and allow to curdle. Combine spices, sugar, and flour in a small bowl or in your measuring cup. Set aside.
  6. Place the apple slices in a large mixing bowl, and stir while sprinkling in the flour mixture, allowing it to coat the apples evenly. Pour in curdled coconut, and mix to incorporate.
  7. Layer apple slices in the center of the dough circle, leaving about 1-2” of dough untouched all the way around. After you’ve added all of the filling, gently fold the dough inward to hold all of the apples in.
  8. Sprinkle the top with some extra sugar. Baked on 350 for 30-40 minutes or until center is bubbly and crust is a pale golden. 


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