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The times are changing! A year ago, Mike Lanigan, a third-generation cattle rancher, had a change of heart and decided he simply didn’t want to kill the cows on his farm. So he stopped! Mike converted what was once a meat-and-produce business in Ontario, Canada to a vegetable crop farm! Not only that, but the former cattle farm is now a non-profit animal sanctuary called Farmhouse Garden Animal Home. Amazing!

“I just thought it was hypocritical to give so much love, and then you can shut the door at the end,” Mike shared with CBC

Mike recalls trying to get a premature baby calf to nurse and that’s when it hit him: why he is doting over this animal so much, only to send the calf to slaughter later on?

Today, Farmhouse Garden Animal Home is a safe haven for 31 cows, three horses, three chickens, and one duck. 

As part of the farm’s sustainability efforts, the manure from the cows is used to fertilize the 40-acre farm, producing certified organic and delicious vegetables! 

The switch to an animal sanctuary has been met with cheers from animal lovers, but the other animal farmers in Mike’s neighborhood are not as understanding. “Right now, I think farmers feel under attack. There’s a lot of really strong animal activism going on … I didn’t realize all of these nuances to running a sanctuary, to saving my cows,” Mike told CBC

Even if some of the neighbors frown upon Mike’s vision, one thing is certain: all of the animals on Farmhouse Garden Animal Farm are now cherished and will never know the horrors of a slaughterhouse. Truly commendable! 

Interested in learning more about this wonderful sanctuary? Check out the below video to meet some of the animals! 


“Anyone can open their heart to animals. Even a multigenerational cattle rancher,” Farm Garden Animal Home proudly states on their website. If you’d like to help the sanctuary, please consider making a donation.

And be sure to share this wonderful news with all of your animal loving friends! You can follow Farm Animal Home on Facebook to stay up to date on their incredible work on behalf of animals!

Image Source: Farmhouse Garden Animal Home/Facebook 

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32 comments on “Cattle Rancher Loved His Cows So Much … He Switched to Vegetable Farming and Opened a Sanctuary!”

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Christine Riding
2 Days ago

Thank you for doing this. I wish all farmers would convert to growing produce!

16 Days ago

This is so wonderful to hear. To help save animals from factory farming, in my own way, I created a FB page called "Super Quick Plant-Based Recipes" https://www.facebook.com/SuperQuickPBRecipes/ where I offer daily recipes that are healthy and humane and SUPER FAST to prepare so more people will see how easy it is to eat plant-based rather than animal based.

johanna janssen
01 Dec 2017

What a wonderful beautiful message, which warms my heart and fills it with hope again. THANK YOU .

Kathleen Mathews
16 Days ago


Janinka Margaret-jonsnova
16 Days ago

Thank YOU ! <3

Jesse Jayne
16 Days ago

Hero for the Animals.

Heidi Roos
16 Days ago

That’s so awesome!

Brian K. Messenger
16 Days ago

Thank you so very much

Angie Cooper
16 Days ago

Pie Sampson this story is for you

Pie Sampson
01 Dec 2017

Yeah I've read a few like this ❤️. Shame we don't have a calf at Xmas this year lol

Angie Cooper
01 Dec 2017

It was cute and he is still doing well 😀

Barry Roski
16 Days ago

Beth Roski

Rosita Dagtay
16 Days ago

Animal Factory farm became a sanctuary for animals. Thanks, mr lanigan.


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