Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WAS) is a little over an hours drive south of Albany, the perfect day trip for a stay-cation. The drive takes you through scenic and bustling down town Woodstock, where you can fit in some shopping and people watching after your sanctuary visit destination.
The WAS is about 7 miles past downtown Woodstock, and is nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains. There are free range animals that wander the property, off in their own heaven-on-earth world, now used to humans and how compassionate they can be, leaving their old, terrifying lives behind.
An interesting fact about the WAS is that a majority of their animals originate from the streets of New York City, where they lead lives in isolation, terror and very painful circumstances. Visitors can learn and rejoice with the enthusiastic tour guides, as they realize that these animals are now enjoying continued nurturing, loving care and a worry-free life.
There is a large duck pond and many animals including pigs, cows, chickens, goats, ducks and turkeys, in enclosures that visitors enter to get up close and personal with the animals during tours. There are educational displays and signs, with great information, along the way, at the entrance to each animal enclosure.
Visiting hours run from April 1 through October 31, Saturday and Sunday only, from 11 am to 4 pm, with the last tour beginning around 3 pm. They have many special events scheduled throughout the summer and volunteer opportunities are aplenty. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids (3 and under are free). Members of WAS are free and there are many different levels of membership available with will benefit the sanctuary, which relies 100% on donations to keep it up and running and able to rescue and rehabilitate more animals as needed.
WAS is located at 35 Van Wagner Road, Willow, NY.