North Mountain Animal Sanctuary was the dream of co-founders Amanda Dainow and Leif Vernest. It was clear that the Annapolis Valley, and indeed, the province of Nova Scotia, an agricultural centre, was lacking a sanctuary for farm animals in need. Land was purchased on North Mountain in the Annapolis Valley in August 2008, and by January 2010, North Mountain Animal Sanctuary received status as a registered charity.
Over the last 7 1/2 years, we have taken in dozens of farm animals whose lives were threatened. At the time of writing we currently have close to fifty animals in care including pigs, turkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Among those there are battery hens from a laying facility which planned to grind them alive. We rescued a pygmy goat scheduled to be shot in two days. We have rescued domestic rabbits who were let loose and would have died of exposure, starvation or from vehicles or predation. We rescued a rabbit who was left outside and hit by a car, whose leg was broken and had to be removed and paid for the surgery and care. Among our pigs there is Charley who was in an area exposed to the elements and alone, living in absolute filth. His leg had been broken and was fusing back together in the incorrect position. Fortunately, like most of the animals at North Mountain Animal Sanctuary, Charley made a full recovery and has become a very gregarious pigs!
As a farm sanctuary we recognize that each animal is an individual and spokesanimal for others who have the same physical and social needs. We do our utmost to respect each animal's species-specific and personal, individual needs to allow them to live out a peaceful, natural, comfortable, healthy and happy life.
In addition to direct support of the sanctuary, we recognize that one can make a significant difference for farm animals is by adopting a plant based diet. Our dietary choices are able to directly reduce the number of animals in our factory farming systems (there are many documentaries depicting the inherent suffering within). Animal agriculture is also a contributing factor to climate change. The health benefits are remarkable and again, are well documented in films such as 'What the Health'.
In 2019 we will begin construction on our ninth building allowing us to more than double our capacity to assist rescued chickens. We are more dedicated than ever.
To learn more about North Mountain Animal Sanctuary and how you can help please visit our website at www.nmas.ca.
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Hello kind krafters!! I hope that you’re all doing well and are preparing to brave/enjoy the winter months. Similar to my last blog, I will be sharing a self-reflection with you this week and I hope that some of it might resonate with you!
Recently, I have found myself doing a lot of learning about myself as a person. I have been struggling with old ways of digesting information and have been working out a new set of tools to aid my learning process. It’s been a lot of fun but extremely frustrating at the same time because I have had to take a large step back because of the amount of time it took me to absorb the information. Because of this sudden change in my learning, I have been struggling with a lot of self-doubt. I doubt myself in many ways and that is constantly something I deal with, but I am really trying to rework that personality trait.
Luckily, I have MANY supportive friends, family, teachers, and mentors that are always willing to give advice and help me to work on my confidence. A friend of mine showed me a quote from Weston Sprott that explains the difference between confidence vs. ego. In the quote he states that ego is “an inflated sense of self-importance or superiority” and that confidence is actually “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing”. This really struck me as I often find myself beating any confidence out of myself because I don’t want to be labeled as cocky. I think that the line between ego and confidence is very blurred in my head and so it is definitely something for me to work on. I’m not sure why I associate confidence as a negative feeling for myself and not for other people. When I see other people with confidence I feel nothing but pride, but for me, I often feel the exact opposite.
Yesterday, someone with a bit more life experience than myself told me a quote from the book Tales from Barra: Told By the Coddie. In the introduction, he tells a story of when he finally realized that he could sell fish just as well as anyone else despite their differences. I don’t sell fish but obviously this lesson can be applied to any scenario. It is going to take a while to realize that I can do things just as well as anyone else and have that belief in myself but I know that I am now on the right track.
One of my resolutions for this year was to become more at peace with myself and learn to accept that I (and everything that I do) is a work in progress. In my musical and everyday worlds, I am an extreme perfectionist and I am constantly adjusting my expectations. As someone else mentioned to me the other day, when we start off learning an instrument we are never upset that we aren’t able to play a full piece after one hour of working with the instrument. Once we get to a certain level, we don’t allow ourselves to have these realistic readjustments and understand that we can always be improving and that we can’t always be perfect. I find this really hard to swallow sometimes and I think a large part of that is because in music there is little room for error as a performer. We can’t rewrite a test or hand in a better paper next time because a lot of what we are judged on is a five minute performance where if we make a wrong move we could ruin our chances for a high grade, a paying role, or a reputation in front of many people that we respect.
Rewriting this for myself will take a while and will definitely be full of ups and downs but I am so along for the ride and feel refreshed with this new mindset. Thank you for reading my thoughts kind krafters and maybe some of you might be able to take away a little part of what I have written about!
Lots of love,