The Wishing Well Sanctuary in Bradford runs on the spirit that we’re all connected. I visited this afternoon and saw first-hand how easy it is for us all to live in harmony on Earth, and the animals we share the land with.
The peace pole, erected in May 2012 at the request of farm owner Brenda, sets the tone of tranquility upon arrival. Inscribed on it are the words May Peace Prevail On Earth in Braille, English, French, Ojibway, Sanskrit, Hebrew and paw prints. This is certainly a place where one comes to relax. And it’s easy to see why, sanctuaries are meant to be havens after all.
A charitable organization, the Wishing Well Sanctuary saves animals from neglect, abuse and slaughter. But it’s also a place for personal growth and to find inner peace, healing and joy. This afternoon I spent $10 for a tour of the facility, meeting cows, pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, and roosters who are showered with love and affection by the sanctuary staff and their visitors. It’s a heart-warming sight to behold.
I met Bruce, and his hens, who were stuffed in a garbage bag and thrown into a trash bin and left to suffocate to death. Eventually they were saved by someone who heard their screams. He and his posse now live on the farm, safe from the cruelty of human hands. He was quite the show-off, demanding attention and crowing when we walked away.
There are the bunnies, Toffee, and Puff who were raised for food, until someone took mercy on their beautiful, innocent souls. They looked content and safe in their own roomy stall with access to a protected outdoor area designed to keep predators away.
But most of all there are a variety of cows, donkeys and sheep, who are spoiled rotten and showed the visitors how individual, unique and original their personalities are, much like ours, if you can imagine that!
These two Angus cows were tagged for slaughter, but luckily saved.
This guy is the friendliest cow.
Cows are gentle, peaceful creatures. It’s a shame that they spend most of their lives in horrific environments at the mercy of such evil acts.
I have no food!
This little guy stood on this piece of wood the whole time.
Cute donkey, eh?
It was a beautiful warm morning to spend with the cows.
But of course my favourite animals are the pigs and pot-belly pigs. One unfortunate incident resulted with my face being covered in mud! But it was worth it to see how happy they are, and I am comforted that they will never be bacon.
A cutie. Many people believe there is such a thing as tea-cup pigs, but there isn’t. They grow up to be this big, and are often abandoned.
This is the pig who spoiled my face!
The Wishing Well Sanctuary also offers educational courses on animal welfare and lessons on how were all connected. The overall message is that we should treat all living creatures with the respect that they are entitled to.
Brenda explained to the group that they were awaiting the arrival of two sheep who were going to be euthanized last Monday by the University of Guelph after many years of being used for medical research. The students who had grown to know and love the animals called Brenda, and asked that she save them. Luckily she was able to, but she revealed that she gets a lot of calls everyday, especially for horses, but cannot accommodate all of them with such limited space at her disposal. There are too few sanctuaries, and too many animals in need of saving. Sadly the majority of them never experience human kindness.
I had a great time visiting the Wishing Well Sanctuary this afternoon, and I will be back to see how they are progressing. Brenda bought the property six years ago but the sanctuary welcomed its first animal less than two years ago. If you get a chance, check the sanctuary out for yourself. Tours are conducted on the last Saturday of every month.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. This proved a great start to mine.
Flowers leading to the reflecting pool.
The sanctuary is growing its own hay, because the price has doubled in the last year as a result of supply and demand.
A school portable renovated for educational classes on connectedness.
Spot the bird.
My pet goat!