Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary - Mendon MASS
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February, 2014 - Love for the Animals Fundraiser


IMPORTANT INFO: Online ticket sales end at 12:30 in the afternoon on Friday, February 14th. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $75 each.

Love For The Animals puts a fun, new spin on Valentine's Day, featuring wonderful food by O2 Vegan Cafe, Sabertooth Vegan Bakery, Vegan O'Brien Baking Company and Cafe Indigo, live music, a silent auction and raffle. Join your loved ones as we open our hearts to all beings, including the animals at Maple Farm Sanctuary who so deserve our unconditional love!

Food, drinks and live musical performance by Renaissonics are included in the ticket price.

7-8pm Live music performance by the Renaissonics

Silent Auction & Raffle donors: (more to come!)
Pansy Maiden Bags
Two Trick Pony
Sweet Potato Soul
Jane O'Hara
Goldhouse Gourmet
Susan Nichole Handbags
Jen Niles Art
Heart2Hands Massage
Sinfully Wholesome Wildcrafted Soaps & Oils
Skin Revolution
Pangea Vegan Products
Marcia Schloss, artist
Cheryl Miller, artist
Ryan Fleming, guitarist
LAVISHY Boutique
Revenge Is
Central Bottle Wine + Provisions
Atlantic Natural Foods
Lip-Ink International
Jamie Mello Photography
Big Picture Framing
Diana Taft Jewelry Designs
Harvest Co-op Markets
Zoe Natural Creations
Compassion Company
Drew B. Photography
Doyle Sails Loft
Djuna Shay
Karitex Inc
Pergamo Paper Goods
Tilth Beauty
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
Like No Udder
Vegan Cuts
Swagger Cosmetics
Will Travel for Vegan Food
Visual Impact Image Group
Provincetown Whales
O2 Yoga
Heather Pilchard, artist
Vegan Jiva
Bare Bones Body Care

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May 10th, 2014 - Yard Sale and Vegan Bake Sale


Please join us for a Yard Sale and
Vegan Bake Sale to benefit the animals!

Where: Maple Farm Sanctuary 101 North Avenue Mendon, MA 01756
When: May 10th from 9am - 3pm (raindate May 17th)
We need help in the following areas:

We need stuff to sell!!

No big items or electronics. Please bring items to the sanctuary Wednesday, May 8th or Thursday, May 9th and store in the Maple Farm Sanctuary garage. There will be a sign up indicating where the donations should go.

If you would like to bake, please bring items to the sanctuary the morning of the sale.

We need some tables and chairs so that we do not have to rent them.

We will be pricing items on Friday morning May 9th. We will put out the items around 7:30 on Saturday morning. We also need help during the yard sale/bake sale. Help is also needed to help clean up after the yard sale.

If you can help out with any of the above or have any questons please contact us:
Liz LaFleur - or Pam Mazzuchelli -

June 2014 - MFS Advocates for Circus Animals in Peaceful Protest


On Tuesday, June 27, Maple Farm Sanctuary (MFS) spoke up for circus animals at a peaceful protest outside of the Kelly Miller Circus in Mendon—and our voice was heard.

Around thirty protestors, including MFS co-founder Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis, MFS volunteers, and local advocates from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Animal Defenders International (ADI), held signs up as attendees arrived for the circus’s second performance of the day at Founder’s Park.

The signs depicted many of common cruelties involved in using wild animals in the circus, such as baby elephants being captured from the wild and kept in tiny cages, and animals being beaten with clubs and bullhooks. The Kelly Miller Circus in particular has a history of animal cruelty and neglect—eyewitnesses at multiple stops along the traveling show’s tour have reported abuse including handlers whipping a baby zebra, striking a dog in the face, and tethering animals so tightly that they could barely move.

Our message certainly got across, as circus goers and passersby stopped to talk, check out our costumed elephant mascot, and even join in on the protest.

“A mother came up to us with a group of children who had gone to the first show, and they were obviously upset,” says MFS volunteer Pam Mazzuchelli. “When the mother asked her daughter if she liked the show she started crying and said, ‘No, something is wrong. The animals are abused.’ So when they saw us they came right over—the daughter instinctively knew, and her mother was obviously so proud of her.”

Several local news outlets were also on hand and spoke with MFS representatives. Read about our coverage in The Milford Daily News and Upton Daily, and watch below as Cheri and Pam explain why using animals in the circus is cruel, outdated, and unnecessary:

October 2014 - Boston Veg Fest

Maple Farm Sanctuary will have a table at the Boston Vegetarian Festival on October 26-27. Stop by to learn about volunteer opportunities, purchase some great MFS gear in support of our animal residents, and just say hi!


November 2014 - Thanksgiving Potluck and Sanctuary Visit


Please join us for a Compassionate Thanksgiving Celebration!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Schedule of events:
12 - 2:30pm Vegan Potluck at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Goss Hall, 13 Maple St, Mendon, MA
2:00pm Raffle winners announced
2:30pm - 4pm Sanctuary Visit
$10 donation per person requested for those bringing food
$20 donation if you do not bring food for the potluck
Kids under 12 free!
Includes one free raffle ticket per person.
(Proceeds to support the animals of Maple Farm Sanctuary.)

Please bring a vegan dish to share with the group. Kindly refrain from using any animal products in your dish, this includes meat, fish, eggs, dairy and honey. It's easier than it sounds, check out these links for tips and inspiration!

Goldhouse Gourmet
Post Punk Kitchen
Label your dish with your name so it can be returned to you at the end of the potluck. Please also attach a list of ingredients or the recipe.

If you would like to help out with this event or you have questions, please email

November 2014 - GoFundMe Hay Appeal Donor Recognition

Thank you to David Niles for creating this video. 

Maple Farm Sanctuary is happy to recognize our incredible supporters who helped buy hay to feed our animal residents this winter through the MFS GoFundMe campaign. Because of you we’ve already raised over half of our goal of $20,000—enough to purchase one trailer load of hay. Our llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, and dwarf mini horse can’t say thank you enough for your generosity!

Supporters who give $50 or more are recognized on our website. See the other giving rewards levels, including a framed animal print, MFS t-shirt, and free tour, here.

We still need to purchase two additional hay loads. Please help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing it on Facebook.

Platinum ($1000+)

A Well-Fed World, Washington, DC

Kay Belardinelli, Providence, RI

Kevin and Ramona Smith, Royal Oak, MI


Gold ($500+)

Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline, MA

Natural Living Expo, Uxbridge, MA

Kimberly Beaulieu, Milford, MA

Silver ($250+)

Dust Bunny's Boutique, Delmar, NY

Eileen Cummings, Swampscott, MA

Robert Meyers, Windsow, MA

Anne Murphy, Holyoke, MA


Bronze (50+)

Janet, Oakland, CA

Louise Afanasiw, Plymouth, MA

Victoria Andreoli, Ashaway, RI

Meg Aucello, Brighton, MA

Krista Behymer, Lynn, MA

Rosemary Bonanni-Hingkeldey, Burdett, NY

Courtney Brown, Somerville, MA

Michele Campbell, Salem, MA

Terri Lee Carabillo, Topsfield, MA

Carole Carnovale, Mendon, MA

Diane Carr, Waltham, MA

Perry Carter, Northampton, MA

Terri Christopher, Cambridge, MA

Susan Costello, Sherborn, MA

Bill Crook, Framingham, MA

Cynthia Cruser, Narragansett, RI

Linda Deveau, Swampscott, MA

Julie Douglas, Kenmore, WA

Kaylin Dyke, Manchester, CT

George Eastman, Cambridge, MA

Wendy and Michelle Edwards, Boscawen, NH

Tammy Ewen, Daleville, VA

Jess and Shawn Faherty, Melrose, MA

Thomas Fronczak, Buffalo, NY

Cynthia Glenn, Merrimack, NH

Barbara Glover, Mendon, MA

Andrea Hegland, Shelton, WA

Kathryn Hill, Springfield, OR

Linda Holmander, East Greenwich, RI

Cheryl Hopkins, Colrain, MA

Terry Hughes, Whitinsville, MA

April Iliff, Longmont, CO

Maria Kaplaukhova, West Roxbury, MA

Stanislav Kaplaukhov

Donna Lanchansky, Milford, MA

Deborah Lane, Mendon, MA

Donna Larsen, Cranston, RI

Jenny, Rachel, Debbie & Tom Lee, Framingham, MA

Melissa Leener, Knoxville, TN

Danielle Lizotte, Milford, MA

Ann Lynch, Shrewsbury, MA

Ellen MacKay, Mendon, MA

Kerry McDonald, Marlborough, MA

Patricia McIntire, Lynn, MA

Lucinda Moon, Willunga, Australia

Lorraine Nicotera, East Weymouth, MA

Pamela Page, Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Cheryl Polcaro, Billerica, MA

Rebecca Redman, Pennington, NJ

Margaret Robertson, Beverly, MA

Maria Ryerson, Chestnut Hill, MA

Marcia Schloss, Concord, MA

Kim Serpico, Somerville, MA

Jane and Ross Snyder, Mendon, MA

Rachel Sachs Steele, Cambridge, MA

Karyn Swaney, Shrewsbury, MA

Kevin Swart, North Eastham, MA

Parri Tantillo, Denver, CO

The Artful Mix, Hopedale, MA

Billy Trabucco, Boston, MA

Meg Trau, Natick, MA

Leo Trottier, Millville, MA

Ian Underwood, Leicester, MA

Jim Van Alstine, Palenville, NY

Karen Wojtanek, Andover, MA

Kurt Wojtanek, Cambridge, MA

Lisa Zalaski, Glastonbury, CT

Jamie Kordack, East Brookfield, MA

Jaclyn Pacejo, Lenox, MA

Amanda Shannon, Providence, AL

Christina Barbieri, Amesbury, MA

Linda Marino, Foxboro, MA

Amanda Tarbet, Allston, MA

Lenore Balliro, Gloucester, MA

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More than 130 compassionate, enthusiastic—and hungry—guests attended Maple Farm Sanctuary’s second annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Saturday, November 22. Everyone shared some delicious dishes before taking part in a fundraising raffle and visiting the sanctuary for a special tour.

Guests came from throughout New England, with some people traveling as long as two and a half hours to join in on the animal-friendly feast. We asked participants to give $20, or bring a dish and give $10, and not surprisingly, most people were eager to show off their vegan cooking skills. As a result, we ended up with a wide variety of food that demonstrated the diversity and creativity of vegan cuisine.

A banquet-style table was laid out with vegan versions of traditional Thanksgiving favorites including a stuffed Tofurky roast, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with dill, and a sweet potato casserole. But it didn’t stop there, as other dishes ranged from vegan deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, chili, and lasagna to chickpea burgers, stuffed potatoes with tempeh bacon, and kale salad.

The dessert table proved that you don’t needs eggs and dairy to make decadent treats and was piled high with sweets including red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes, blueberry crumble, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, soy ice cream, and of course, pumpkin pie.

Raffle winners selected from donated items such as vegan food and clothing, gift certificates, and a variety of homemade goods. The first prizes claimed included gift certificates to the Hall of Comics, several t-shirts with animal inspired messages, and a vegan food pack from Atlantic Natural Foods.

The celebration was capped off with a sanctuary tour, as visitors came in groups to meet some of the more than one-hundred rescued animals residing at MFS. Everyone was greeted by gentle cows Hans and Franz and then headed into barn to mingle with many playful goats and sheep. Finally, they stopped by to see the guests of honor—Dale and Charlie, two rescued turkeys who seemed to understand the significance of the event, as they both showed off by putting their feathers on full display!