Dear Friends of the Animals,
The holidays are a special time for many of us, and provides perhaps a little bit of down time to reflect on our past year. It's been busy at the Sanctuary, with record extreme heat, soaring hay prices, a seemingly never ending global pandemic, and our residents needing care and comfort. Through it all, our supporters old and new have been there for us. We couldn't be more thankful.
We've been busy preparing for winter, and have been so fortunate to have not only our group of steady, committed volunteers with us working hard, but several groups have come to the sanctuary and to help us with larger projects. Your support is amazing.
We've spent the past few weeks getting all our heated water set up, shelters full of straw, and making improvements to shelters and accommodations for some of our more special needs animals. We are also celebrating Blizten's first real Christmas! Read more below...
As 2021 comes to a close, we hope you'll consider us for any year end giving. Whether you'd like to shop our holiday catalog, sign up for a monthly sponsorship, or just make a one-time donation, we appreciate every single penny. We are an all volunteer organization and donations go directly to the care of the animals.
Read on for some great vegan cookie recipes!
Happy Holidays to you all!
Kit & Pete Jagoda
River's Wish Animal Sanctuary
Blitzen's first REAL Christmas
Blitzen first joined us last year after seven years of living in a motel and being fed bread as his daily diet. He had some significant skin problems, overgrown tusks, and needed to be neutered. The holidays last year were, needless to say, a whirlwind for this feisty guy. He was no doubt overwhelmed by his new environment and busy getting lots of medical attention, as well as love, safety, and comfort.
As Blitzen healed medically, and had his needs taken care of physically, including a serious upgrade to his diet, he got to know us and we all got to know him. He was quickly a favorite among the volunteers because of his bossy personality, little grunts, and loud chewing noises. This year, it is safe to say that Blitzen is fully settled in, and if you ask him, he pretty much manages the place!
Because of his need for control, Blitzen has had several roommates tried out a few different locations at the sanctuary, as we've worked to find out what works best for him and the other pigs he shares space with.
As is often the case with pigs that find their way to us and numerous other sanctuaries across the country, Blitzen started out tiny and cute. Pigs are smart, sensitive, and can get into lots of trouble with their energy and curiosity. But, as Blitzen grew in size, he also grew in personality. Without the socialization of other pigs, and appropriate attention and training, his attitude got a lot bigger than his body did. Not being neutered until he arrived at the sanctuary only added to his robust personality. We've learned that Blitzen is most happy (as are his pig friends) living as more of a single bachelor--with supervised get togethers with his friends.
Blitzen makes us laugh with his attitude, and charms us with his devilish good looks. We're happy we've been able to create a safe and happy life for him with us. We are thrilled to celebrate Blitzen's first real Christmas at River's Wish!
River's Wish Holiday Catalog Count Down: 10 days to go!
Our first ever online Holiday Catalog is now open and you can shop until you drop, share the gift of animal sponsorships for the holidays, pick up a hoodie, and more. We even have some once-in-a-lifetime in-person experiences available. Just think about sharing pizza with pigs or tea with Tucker! And it's never too late to do your last minute shopping! Our digital certificates are easy to print and put under your tree! Note: if you're a Blitzen fan, we've got Blitzen key chains, prints, and sponsorships in the catalog.
Click the image below to start shopping now!
Thinking Vegan? Holiday Cookie Baking Tips & Recipes
The holidays are a time to celebrate traditions, and for many, this includes baking beloved cookies and treats. Often these recipes have been passed down in families from generation to generation. So what is one to do once they have chosen a vegan lifestyle?
Thankfully, you don’t have to toss out grandma’s recipes. Maybe it’s time to try “veganizing” some family favorites instead! Here are five tips for swapping out animal products that are commonly used in cookies and bars:
BONUS! Five Tried and True Vegan Cookies Recipes
If you’re in the mood to create new traditions, here are five vegan cookie recipes that would be perfect for the holidays. I know from experience that these are a hit with both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Thinking Vegan? is a monthly feature by Megan Jonas, River's Wish volunteer and vegan activist. Images and baking done by Megan.