For our first project of 2009, we went out to Animal Acres to help with farm chores. We'd done this project once before, in 2006, and it was just as fun the second time. Animal Acres houses all kinds of abandoned, abused and neglected farm animals, most of whom come from factory farms.
When we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by some huge, and very friendly, pigs. The pigs at the sanctuary split their time between sleeping their stalls and roaming around the brush on one side of the farm. Yes, these are free range pigs. Here's Meredith giving one a tummy rub, which, apparently, pigs love.
After we finished saying hello to the pigs, we were shown to a group of goat stalls where we set to work clearing out the soiled hay. It seemed to me that Animal Acres had even more animals than they did back in 2006, and they certainly had a lot of work that needed to get done. This was a project where we definitely felt like we were needed. I don't think Animal Acres could operate without volunteers.
Happily, the stalls where we worked were inhabited by a mother goat and her two cute kids. So, we got to pet and play with some adorable baby animals in addition to raking poop-covered hay. Here's one of the little guys, relaxing in the sun.
The Good Girls spent about 3 1/2 hours at Animal Acres and managed to clean out a large group of stalls and refill them with clean hay. We felt it was a good morning's work, and the baby goats seemed happy. Hopefully, we'll be back to the farm again soon.
Coming up in 2009, the Good Girls have plans to continue to help out at Los Angeles-area food banks, attend beach and river clean-ups, do some arts & crafts for charity and work with Tree People planting trees. In addition, we may organize some fund-raising events for charitable groups. It should be a productive year, full of service and fun.