From its humble beginnings in 2004, when it housed just six rescued chickens, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, NY, has become one of the most well-known farm sanctuaries in the U.S.

In the above video, sanctuary founder Jenny Brown tells the previously unheard story of a cat named Buggy, who helped her through her childhood battle with bone cancer and ultimately inspired her to have a more compassionate view of all animals. Whenever the young Jenny cried – overwhelmed by the intensity of her struggle – Buggy would immediately crawl onto her lap and lick away her tears. Jenny said that this happened not just on one or two occasions, but was “the norm” for her.

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“She was the catalyst for a different way of thinking. Buggy really changed my life. She changed the way I viewed animals and made me realize that they have thoughts, feelings and emotions, and that they’re self-aware, and that they’re not here (for us) to do with as we please,” she explained.

Today, the ethos of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is: “Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us.” And the long-gone, but never forgotten Buggy played a major part in shaping this. Watch the video to learn more about her incredible story!



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