Thanksgiving Blessings from the Sanctuary

First we want to thank God for His many blessings and lessons throughout this year. We have been blessed with generous donors, joyful hearts and strong hands supporting our mission.

Among our generous donors are now Angelina and Patrick who donated their large insulated chicken coop and materials to construct a run and automatic watering system, the set up and use of which will be the subject of a future volunteer day. This new coop will increase the amount of lives we can rescue. We appreciate your generosity and wish you both many blessings in your retirement.

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Among our new rescues is a beautiful chocolate colored hen who we have been calling Coco. She is young, sweet, talkative and inquisitive. As we suspected she is gravitating toward a young rooster named Jack.

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One of our most recent blessings is Ben, who has agreed to wait until our GoFundMe page has raised the funds to purchase his tractor. We looked at it and test drove it a couple weeks ago and feel it will be very beneficial in caring for the animals who call Peaceful Fields Sanctuary home. It will allow us to plow the road (we are on an unmaintained dirt road) to make sure the feed delivery arrives and when needed, our wonderful Veterinarian, Dr. Minazzoli of Mountain State Equine and Large Animal. We owe him and Scott many thanks as well. We can also use various attachments to grade the road and mow the fields. Since this morning we have raised $1,340 of our $1,750 goal. We are so close that we will probably be able to pay for it this weekend! Thank you to all who have donated!

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Help spread holiday cheer to the animals


Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are just right around the corner. Here are some quick and easy ways you can support the sanctuary while doing your holiday shopping!

PFS has a wish list on Amazon of needed supplies, ranging from reoccurring items to one time needs. Select these as you shop online and they will be sent to the sanctuary for the animals!

Partner the convenience of online shopping with the Amazon Smile program, where they will make a donation to the sanctuary based on your spending! Sign up once and select Peaceful Fields Sanctuary as your beneficiary and you can have Amazon donate 0.5% of your purchase costs throughout the year, at no cost to you!

Monetary donations can also be given via peacefulfieldssanctuary.org/donate . We use both Paypal and GoFundMe for your convenience. If you’d like to mail a donation or donate an item or service, send us an email.

Take care of all your gift giving and demonstrate compassion by sponsoring an animal resident as a gift! Your friends and family will enjoy the photo and card they will receive as well as the kind thought knowing they were the reason a farmed animal in need is rescued and cared for! Sign up under the donate section.

Thank you all on behalf of the animal residents for your support and we wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa!

Fall Update

We’ve had quite a busy summer and now that fall has arrived it’s time to take a deep breath, reflect on the last few months and start preparing for winter. This summer had us blessed with Hannah, our summer intern from Virginia Tech. Her assistance was absolutely invaluable and we wish her all the best in her senior year! We attended the Richmond (Virginia, USA) VegFest and brought Toby with us once again. Everyone was, as usual, taken by his sweetness and very interested in visiting everyone else here at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary.

The Fall Open House on October 10th was a tremendous success. We had about 20 people coming to hear about our mission and meet the animals, and $620 was raised to care for them! Everyone had a great time and the vegan potluck was again AMAZING. We will see you again for the Spring Open House in April! Until then, there is a monthly one hour tour. Please keep an eye on Facebook or email us for the next tour date.

At every place of rescue there are losses and new faces. Just yesterday we took in a new hen, and a couple weeks ago we lost our sweet leghorn hen, Miss Prissy, to a tumor on her cloaca. The loss of Silver, our sweet and shy goat was a huge blow. We noticed he was having trouble urinating so we called the vet right away and he rushed over. Very shortly after he arrived, Silver’s bladder ruptured. Sadly that is not a rare issue with neutered male goats.

Urgent Need!

EXCITING NEWS! We have been donated a 25’x8′ insulated chicken coop but need to raise roughly $225 to get it moved to our location ASAP. The nice people donating it (because they are moving) also have lots of fencing and a gravity watering system to donate as well. We also have an opportunity to purchase a large quantity of hay at a discounted price and we hope to purchase at least 50 bales as well as pay for transporting them to us. During the winter months we go through three bales of hay every day. The normal cost of hay is $7 per bale plus delivery.

Winter is right around the corner and our expenses to care for the rescued animals literally doubles, what with the power bill to keep everyone warm and their water troughs thawed out (well over $200 per month) to the extra food due to the lack of grass in the pastures (roughly $100 per month) to extra bedding to keep everyone warm at night (about $80 a month). These estimates are in addition to vet bills and normal operating expenses!

We are currently almost $10,000 behind in fundraising for the year. The need really is urgent. The animals in our care get everything they need but there is nothing left over for new building projects or growth to save more lives. Without consistent support we unfortunately have to turn away animals in need, which is something for which we feel a deep calling. Please join us!

Please help! Click here to make a donation. We also accept PayPal donations here. Please email us for the address if you’d like to mail a check.

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Christmas in July for the Animals!

We are almost half way through the summer months and we want to express how grateful we are to have such charitable supporters. In order to continue to give our residents the best forever home possible, we depend on constant donations. These donations afford us the opportunity to not only pay for food, medical supplies, and property upkeep but also make upgrades necessary to continue rescuing more animals in need. 

Currently, we are at capacity and one of the biggest upgrades needed to change that would be a run-in shelter. The cost of the run-in, delivery, installing electric & water, etc will be around $20,000. Did you know, if only half of the Peaceful Fields Sanctuary Facebook followers donated $25 this month, we could cover the cost of the run-in? 

Along with upgrades, we continue to have many day-to-day costs including feed, bedding, fencing, medical expenses, etc. In honor of our residents, we are asking you to be extra giving this month and pick one or more of the following items to gift to our sweet animals. You may give your donation through GoFundMe, PayPal, or mail. Simply gift the cost of the item and write which gift you’d like the donation to go towards. We will do the work of picking it up from the store!

Thank you in advance- we, along with the residents, cannot express our appreciation enough! The success of our sanctuary is due to your continued generosity. 

Below are the links to PayPal and GoFundMe,our two online donation tools for PFS-

PayPal 

GoFundMe 
If you’d prefer to mail in a donation, our mailing address is: 

153 Peacefield Lane

Winchester, VA 22603

Possible Gifts:

1) Animal Sponsorship- these are yearly sponsorships and we allow many sponsors for each animal so pick whichever one you’d like!

Chicken= $30

Goat= $120

Donkey=$300

Horse=$310

2) A week’s or months’ worth of straw & hay for an equine or goat:

Equine: week= $50 month= $200

Goat: week= $30 month= $120

3) Run-in fundraising- gift any amount you’d like

4) Salt licks for a year= $25

5) Deworming kit= $30

    This kit includes the following:

Chicken dewormer, goat dewormer, & equine dewormer

6) Medical supplies kit= $40

     This kit includes the following:

4 pack of bandages

 AluShield bandage spray

Antibiotic cream

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7) Bag of feed= $15/each

8) Chicken coop bedding= $20- this buys 4 bags of bedding which lasts one coop cleaning

9) Fruits & veggies= gift any amount you’d like

10) Fencing upkeep= $65

Buys 2 rolls of 50 ft chicken wire or 50 ft of field fencing

11) Vet checkups, vaccines, and equine hoof/teeth care- gift any amount you’d like- here are vet costs as a reference for your donation:

Yearly hoof care= $864

Yearly vaccine cost= 256

Teeth float= $175 per animal (done when needed)

Spring 2016 Open House

Spring has sprung here at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary! The apple and pear trees have buds, the daffodils are blooming, and all our residents are enjoying the outdoors from sunrise to sundown. We would like to extend an invitation to all our friends and followers out for a springtime visit and vegan potluck lunch.

Sunday, April 17, from 11AM to 3PM.

Please bring a vegan dish to pass and some fresh produce for the animals. Please RSVP on Facebook  or email us and carpool because parking is limited. We could also use a couple volunteers to help us set up and tear down before and after the open house. Just let us know if you are available.  We look forward to sharing our mission, sharing some delicious vegan food, introducing the animals to some new friends and reconnecting with old friends. Address and map below.

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Happy Anniversary Beatrice!

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A year ago today in a blizzard Beatrice came to live at the sanctuary from Harper’s Ferry, WV where she was found wandering the neighborhood by some caring residents. We were being looked after as 4 wheel drive vehicles couldn’t make it up the hill yet somehow our minivan with all season tires made it and back to the sanctuary safely!

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Shortly after arriving

She is doing well and free as one of 25 unique individuals in the rescued chicken flock. She spends time with Dennis and loves watermelon and grapes. She sneaks over into the hay storage to relax frequently. Like most hens, zhe enjoys a good dust bath in the sun which gives her black plummage and grey pattern. Please join us in wishing her a happy anniversary!

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After a dust bath

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New Faces and New Emergencies

There are quite a few new faces around Peaceful Fields recently! Five new residents have arrived to call the sanctuary home. Some annual visitors have also made their appearance as well. Let’s dive right in to get you caught up!

Three pygmy goats recently came from the Richmond area to call PFS home. Paula, Walter & Warren were surrendered to us on January 31st and quickly began to make friends with the other small goats. This trio of siblings are about 10 months old. Paula likes to cuddle, Walter has the cutest voice and Warren likes to play. Sweet Pea watches over these young kids to make sure they don’t cause too much trouble. They all enjoy the nice, big yard and some of the activities include climbing a ramp, seesaw, standing on the playhouse or snuggling in an igloo. That brings us to 5 small goats and eleven goats total living at Peaceful Fields.

Our most recent rescues came on Valentine’s day eve. A VDOT employee contacted us concerned about some chickens living along interstate 81. That day was very cold with single digit temperatures and the promise of negative temps overnight with the wind chill. We weren’t necessarily planning to increase our winter rescued chicken flock but this emergency required urgent action to save lives! After a thorough search of the area we located the pair and managed to coax them into a carrier for transport. Upon returning, we got them into the infirmary so we could examine their health and begin quarantine. Luckily no injuries or external parasites were found. Once settled, we enjoyed a hot beverage to warm up. Many found it to be a touching story and so both WHAG as well as the Winchester Star newspaper (Saturday edition, 02/20) covered the tale of these two “love birds” and how they came to the sanctuary on a very cold Valentine’s Day eve.

On Tuesday, everyone’s favorite three legged goat, Toby had his neutering surgery. It’s important at the sanctuary to prevent breeding so that all residents can be rescues.  Dr. Fred performed quality work and made sure it went smoothly with no pain or trauma for little Toby. He was a bit groggy from the general anesthesia and pain medication after he awoke so he spent the night in the infirmary which also allowed us to keep an eye on him. It brought back memories of when he first came to us only a few days old in the early morning hours. How he’s grown and healed from then! (You can read his tale here on what he had to overcome) Now he’s back out in the barn and will join all the other small goats in a week when we are confident that breeding cannot take place. He previously spent several days with Walter and Warren so we know they’ll get along well, Toby was so happy to have playmates his size!

To prove there is always something going on, it doesn’t end there! Little Paula gave us a panic attack with a sudden case of severe pneumonia. Yesterday she started shivering and showed signs of low energy. After taking her temperature we discovered it was very high and she required an emergency ice bath to bring it down to avoid physical damage. It took some effort and made quite a mess however we were able to wrestle her into a tub of ice. Goats hate water and you can imagine how she felt about ice cold water! Through the ice bath, fan and medication we were able to get her temperature to drop out of the danger zone during the evening. We monitored her condition and checked her temperature every 15 minutes. Dr. Fred, her amazing vet came and with the use of antibiotics was able to finish the job and get her back to feeling good. Today she is out with her friends with a normal temp. and her usual self, whew!

You can see that sanctuary life is one crazy roller coaster ride! We here at Peaceful fields are happy to hold on and with blessing live it for stewardship and for creation. Thanks for riding along with us!

High Heat

First, we have to thank God we never lost power during this historic blizzard! Power can mean the difference between life and death in rural areas such as Peaceful Fields Sanctuary’s location. For outdoor animals, power means water to drink and a place to warm themselves. For people who lovingly care for animals it means investing in submersible water trough heaters and overhead heat lamps. It also means doubling and sometimes tripling the winter power bill. Water trough heaters require 1500 watts each, and we currently have three in use at PFS. These heaters automatically come on when the water temperature gets low enough to freeze.

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We also have two heated water buckets, one for Toby and one for Beauty. They each require 60 watts to operate and also come on automatically.

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In addition to the water heaters for the goats, Elvis and Brownie, we have constructed water heaters for the chickens. An inexpensive and reliable solution to chicken water freezing is a few dollars in lamp parts from the hardware store and a large cookie tin from Hobby Lobby (on clearance for $0.90!) We have four in operation and each has a 40 watt light bulb inside. These sit under their existing water containers.

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We also use an enclosed space heater in the chicken coop for ambient heat. It runs on 1500 watts of power and we manually tun it off when the outdoor air temperature goes above freezing. Heat Lamps are also in use and we have three operating when needed. Each one runs on 250 watts!

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So, as January has had nearly every night dropping below freezing, we have had an additional 7,030 watts of electricity used every day. That is like having roughly 14 refrigerators running in your home!! Can you imagine what our next power bill will look like?

In addition to the added power for warmth, the animals don’t have grass to graze on in the winter months so we spend twice as much on hay and pellet feed. Currently we spent about $30+ PER DAY on feed so the animals can get enough calories and stay warm on the inside!

If you can help in any way, even to share and spread the word, we here at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary would be most appreciative! We have to keep them warm and watered and we need your help! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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The Water trough heaters doing their job! Keeping water in it’s liquid state despite deep snow!

What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

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Beauty being filmed by a WHAG reporter.

Those words were spoken by Juliet in a tale by Shakespeare. What’s in a name? In the case of Beauty, it is compassion…

Back in November you’ll remember after the rescue of Beauty we issued a special challenge, anyone who made a $500 donation to help with her special medical needs would be able to suggest a name. We’d like to introduce you to the kind people who answered that call, the Williamsport Redmen NASCAR Club!

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Bobby Ayers Sr, Bobby Ayers Jr, Angie Kendall, Mike Kendall

This group was touched by her story and wanted to help. After a few conversations, they provided funding to cover medical treatment and mobility aides to improve Beauty’s quality of life. They share the source of her name “I think the perfect name would be Beauty since she is one of God’s beautiful creatures”. We at PFS couldn’t agree more!

Thank you to Williamsport Redmen NASCAR Club and everyone who has donated financially or with their time to help Beauty to be the happy and healthy gal she is. Through continued care, we are hopeful that she will gain further strength and mobility.

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson