Saugerties– Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) located in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State and situated close by to numerous restaurants, bed and breakfasts and lodging facilities that are always willing cater to those with a plant-based lifestyle. It is a great destination for a day trip or with so many lodging facilities nearby, a longer stay also. CAS is an educational experience as well as a relaxing one for all of its visitors.
CAS is over 80 acres of peace and tranquility, where you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Executive Director and founder, Kathy Stevens on the property nurturing her animals. Visitors can select and purchase a copy of one, or both, of her published books about the sanctuary in the on-site gift shop, along with many other items. Stevens’ books provide intimate information on many of the animals currently at the sanctuary, which sometimes includes horrific stories of the previous lives they endured and how they transformed into different animals with the love and care these volunteers have exhibited to them.
CAS rescues and rehabilitates animals that have suffered from abuse, neglect and abandonment and provides them with a forever home with dream-like provisions. The sanctuary also provides an adoption program for some of the animals in their care, when ready, to suitable homes to live out the rest of their lives fear and abuse-free.
The animals on the property include horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, pigs and rabbits. Some of the animals are kept in spacious fenced in areas, like the huge duck pond and the large goat area where residents can graze all day and then go inside their own private barn when the urge arises.
During a visit, guests can greet, pet and cuddle with many of the free range animals. The animals on the property that are free range are gentle and go about their own business for the most part, but will come to a guest for a pet or scratch. They are easy going and very used to humans. Guests should remember that this is not a petting zoo and you don’t feed the animals, it is a place of safety and calmness, something guests will realize, the undeniable sense of tranquility, as they begin their tour.
Tours run April 2 through October 30, beginning at 10 am, beginnig at the start of every hour until the last one at 2 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. There are membership opportunities and groups of 10 or more can call the education director at 845-336-8447 x224 to set up a private tour, although they cannot always accommodate these on Saturdays.
On Sundays folks can register for a private tour with Kathy Stevens from 12 pm- 2 pm. Admission for these private tours is free, however a generous donation is encouraged and appreciated. Weekday visits can be arranged for members and animal sponsors. CAS is located on 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, a little over an hour from Albany.