Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary
It seems that no matter where we roam, we always find a place with likeminded people.
A place that feels so comfortable and welcoming that it is difficult to leave.
A place where people are taking good care of themselves, good care of others, and good care of the animals that inhabit the space; as well as doing their best not to cause harm to the less fortunate ones that are unable to live a life free from premature death.
This time, we found that place in Frontier, Saskatchewan. Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary is a home to many animals who have arrived due to different factors, to live out their own lives free from harm.
Alex and Jenn- co-founders of the ranch, relocated from Vancouver, British Columbia with the intention of building a small farm animal sanctuary.
Both having an extensive nursing background working with marginalized human populations, Alex, and Jenn have extended their compassion and care to non-human animals who are in need of a forever home.
Together with Cody and I-my mother, and our good friend Jordan came along for the four and a half hour road trip to the farm.
After a picturesque drive through the country, the four of us arrived at our destination.
We drove up the driveway to the farmhouse, and Jenn was outside ready to greet us.
Jenn introduced herself and gave us all big welcoming hugs. It was a wonderful way to set the tone for the rest of our stay.
Shortly afterwards, we also met the lovely Alex, and were invited into their home for a chat.
The farmhouse was warm and welcoming, and full of cozy spots to rest for the 5 dogs, 5 cats, and 1 little micro pig that call Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary Home.
Inside we chatted for a bit, enjoyed some craft beer, tea, and kombucha, and did not want to let go of little Lizzie-the smallest canine in the group.
Prior to living at Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary, Lizzie and her son Cornelius lived under a truck camper that was covered with a tarp, somehow surviving many predators, and the elements.
After careful negotiation, they were both rescued from their former life, and are now living a beautiful existence in Frontier, Saskatchewan.
After our time inside, we headed outdoors. Goldie immediately introduced herself to us. She is a beautiful inquisitive girl who approached us many times, and just seemed to want to be close by. Her former human could no longer care for her, and had requested that she not be processed for meat. She is of course living out her peaceful life here.
Little Katie, is a shy girl, but she is slowly becoming more approachable with humans. Instead of drawing closer to her, I sat patiently and waited until she was comfortable enough to take her little steps towards me. She then felt safe enough to rest her soft muzzle over and over again on my head.
Aloicious is the gorgeous leader of the flock, and the ruler of the roost! He very majestically woke us up to a beautiful lilac country sunrise, and the beginning of a new day.
There are several other animals with their own personal stories living at Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary.
Not only did we love on animals, we also did some necessary farm work, raking up old straw, and manure, and basic upkeep of the area.
Often times, we don’t think about how much work is involved in responsibly caring for a small group of animals.
In taking part, we further appreciated the amount of effort it takes to run an operation like this, while caring for yourself, the home, and of course keeping up with social media to promote the sanctuary.
If you visit Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary, you can of course choose to opt out of helping, and just catch up on some reading and relaxation. There is no pressure from the humans here.
Our weekend was full of engaging, passionate, and thought provoking conversation. We enjoyed some incredible vegan food together, and got to know each other better.
The four of us were made to feel so very welcome in Alex, and Jenn’s home, that the space felt like a sanctuary for humans as well. It is so important for people that are living a life free from harm, to be able to have a safe space to breathe, energize, re-group, and connect with likeminded people, and sometimes even with people who are not quite there yet, but have the desire to make the transition to a life free from harm.
Being in a space with humans who have taken action to care for the less fortunate in a more holistic approach, as well as giving animals a safe space to live out their lives, felt like home to us. There was no death in the space, only love and life.
It is a beautiful, and harmonious way of living. It is also the way we look forward to living in our safe space for humans and animals in the near future.
Our one night stay at Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary was not enough, so we will be spending three more nights during Canadian thanksgiving weekend with our new human, and animal friends.
We are so looking forward to more dialogue, animal cuddles, peaceful food, and relaxation.
Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary is a non-profit run organization.
There are no set prices for staying there and everything is based on donations.
May all beings be happy, and free from harm.