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Road Trip: Unity Farm Sanctuary

I happened to read a sweet story last week in the Boston Globe about a 3-year old Scottish Highland Bull named Dudley, and the man who raised enough money so Dudley could live out his life in the bovine equivalent to the Four Seasons, rather than be sent to slaughter.

Dudley (thanks to the incredible generosity of strangers and friends) was saved and now resides in Sherborn, MA, at the Unity Farm Sanctuary. The mission of Unity Farm Sanctuary is to provide a safe and loving lifelong home for farm animals, and to engage with the public to further the fundamental respect for all life.

Horses, cows, goats, donkeys, pigs and llamas live on the farm and thoroughly enjoy interacting with visitors. The Farm has “Open Farm Days” where the public is welcome to visit the farm and enjoy the animals. Some important information before you plan your trip: 

Farm Days run on specific Saturdays from April-November between the hours of 1-3 pm and the guided tour is from 1-2pm, with other activities available from 2-3 pm. The farm has limited parking availability so Farm Days are limited to 10 people per event.

Sign-ups are required to reserve your visit to Unity Sanctuary Farm. Visiting the farm is FREE to all, but of course they do welcome donations to help them sustain the spa-like environment for the animals! 

And, if you can’t make it out to the farm between now and November, check out the cool live animal cams here!

Some housekeeping notes for planning your visit to the Unity Farm Sanctuary: long pants and closed shoes or boots are recommended. There is a strict NO SMOKING policy on the farm and unfortunately no pets are allowed to visit. Farm days are rain or shine so be prepared!

The farm also offers educational workshops, training sessions, and a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities, like farm animal care, organic farming practices, and animal rights issues.

Sherborn, MA is just 30 miles from Boston, a super quick day trip out to the country to shake off the stress of the city and bond with the simple life of farm animals!

In photo: 3 year-old Scottish Highland Bull, Dudley

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Christine Fennelly

South Boston resident since 1996 (left for the 'burbs for a few years but that was no fun), unabashed anglophile, unapologetic binge watcher and voracious reader. Strong advocate for Al's Liquor store to roll out a rewards card for frequent customers. (You know that's a good idea.) Devotee of all things Cafe Porto Bello. SBCA mom, lives on Thomas Park with her precocious 10 yr old son and her spoiled rotten Bernese Mountain Dog, Dory.