How it Started
In Fall of 2016, Catherine, the founder of SAFE, bought this property to make her dream a reality and finally open up an animal sanctuary. At first, it was not intended to be a home to farm animals, but due to the exposure of the plight of farm animals, I realized that I could make a difference in the lives of farm animals.
One day, three pigs escaped on their way to a slaughterhouse and roamed the countryside for about a month. With my plans to open a sanctuary, there was no way that SAFE would allow these pigs to be sent back to become meat.
A sanctuary in Ontario caught them, but were unable to keep them as we all know, pigs are huge and not necessarily easy to manage. The closest sanctuary who was able to accommodate three large pigs was in Tennessee.
At this point, Catherine had been discussing her dream of opening a sanctuary with some friends from the Humane Society International (HSI), with who she had been volunteering with. They asked if Catherine could take the pigs and this was “like jumping off a high diving board, somebody had to push me and these 3 huge pigs were my big push,” exclaims Catherine.
In late July I was contacted by a friend of SAFE about his neighbour, who is also a farmer and friend. He had a cow who had many difficulties giving birth. He helped with the birth and fell in love with the calf.
He found out that this little new-born calf was going to be sent to be auctioned for meat, and decided to intervene. The next day he told me what he had done and asked me if I could give a home to this calf he had named Calvin.
I could not refuse.
At the time of opening SAFE, there was only one other farm animal sanctuary in the province of Quebec. As opposed to the other parts of Canada where you can easily find an animal sanctuary, Quebec is not known for its kindness to animals, which is why we have decided to change the narrative.
- Is to change the perception of Quebec’s attitude towards farm animals
- To create awareness about the terrible abuse of farm animals
- To educate consumers on their role in the ill-treatment of farm animals
- To acknowledge that ALL farmers are not necessarily at fault