As we look ahead to all of the amazing possibilities 2017 will hold for Peaceful Fields Sanctuary, we wanted to share and reflect over the many successes and a few trials 2016 had!
This past year the sanctuary rescued and provided a home for Jack, Pepper, CoCo, Thelma, Louise, Susie, Walter, Warren, Paula & Nala! We’re happy to have them joining the other residents to be a part of the Peaceful Fields Sanctuary family. Thanks to our giving donors, we received another chicken coop with supplies, several pygmy goat houses and a tractor! BHBL & MVE partnered to host a bingo fundraiser in Baltimore for the sanctuary which was a huge success. BVD hosted several events throughout the year to benefit the sanctuary, a NOVA veg group together with Greenfare raised funds, EmbroiderMe-Cantonsville sold limited edition vegan Thanksgiving t-shirts and Southern Efficiency in DC raised funds and outreach during their holiday event-Miracle on 7th Street. PFS also attended vegfests, schools, kids’ summer camp and other outreach opportunities.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to residents Silver and Miss Prissy. Silver the goat suffered from a ruptured bladder, a fatal condition without cure. It was a tragic loss and we miss watching him rear up on his hind legs in play. Miss Prissy passed on from a long battle with cancer. Rescued several years ago from an egg farm in Pennsylvania, the reproductive cancer highlights why we shouldn’t be exploiting chickens for our use. Ladybug, her best friend and all of us were saddened by the loss.
For last year we ended up just a bit short of our annual budget by $7,313. However, that is the closest yet we’ve come to the organization being self supporting (differences are made up with our personal incomes from working outside the sanctuary) and we know Peaceful Fields will be even more blessed in 2017 from compassionate supporters!
2016 also brought us our first summer intern, Hannah. She logged many hours helping each day at the sanctuary, working on administrative and program projects as well as assisting in outreach events. We wish her well in her continued studies!
This past year also enabled us to make it easier for you to be involved. We added PayPal as an alternate means of gift giving, periodic sanctuary email newsletter to keep you up to date, Amazon wish list of products needed and participation in the Amazon Smile rewards program.
Finally, we want to thank all of you who have volunteered, attended an open house or donated to Peaceful Fields Sanctuary! Our mission would not be possible without your support. It is because of your involvement that we are able to celebrate these success milestones of 2016 and with your continued partnership, 2017 is going to be even better with more lives saved! We recently received a grant for 2017 to use towards building additional housing and plan to fund raise further. PFS will also be in attendance at this year’s National Animal Rights Conference in DC. We’ve set up a new GoFundMe for the 2017 budget at gofundme.com/PFS2017 . Enjoy the slideshow!