Sonoma Wildlife Sanctuary hosts community tour

Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Shelter in Sonoma hosted a fundraiser for a community tour on Saturday that allowed visitors to connect and learn more about the rescued farm animals that live there.

Tours take place almost every weekend.

Tour guides lead groups of up to 10 people around the Napa Road property, stopping at various enclosures to observe and learn about the animals.

The sanctuary takes care of cows, pigs, birds, goats, sheep and horses.

Highlights of the tour include feeding the cows and visiting the pigs, according to Jenny Filak, the administrative assistant at the sanctuary.

“You certainly see their personalities coming out. One of [the cows], her name is Jade, she moves all the time if she feels like she is not getting enough attention and is usually the first to pass the fence, ”she said. “I love hanging out with pigs, seeing them collapse to rub their stomachs. People are always really surprised to see this, so I think it really helps people make a connection. “

The main purpose of the tours is to provide an accessible educational experience to the community, according to Filak.

Admission is a suggested donation of $ 25 for ages 13 and over and $ 15 for children. Discounts are available.

Filak estimated that each visit brings in between $ 200 and $ 300, which is spent on general animal care and other sanctuary programs, including a virtual classroom pet program for students and a new animal therapy.

Tracy Vogt founded the sanctuary in 2016. She focused on farm animals after researching large animal abuse.

Currently there are around 140 farm animals living on the property, most of which have been rescued from the food and wool industries and other abusive environments.

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