Our founder was born Memorial Day weekend in 2014 and came to live with us that July. Our lives and purpose were forever changed. Follow Wattles on Facebook.
Bertha and Gertie
These sisters are inseperable. They are very loving, curious, and vocal. They arrived at BAS in Sept 2020 after a holdover at another Sanctuary until we could get transport.
Boris was a breeding "stud" that a local farmer could no longer afford to feed. We supplied feed for him until we could get Boris neutered and brought to the Sanctuary.
Cicero was at an auction as a "meat" pig. We got them to release him to us so he could happily live here. He quickly bonded with Peaches and is very sweet. Cicero has one brown eye and one half brown and blue.
Cupcake's life was being threatened in a domestic situation so Tony rushed to get her from New Hampshire. She was grossly overweight, fat-blind, and scared. She's gradually been losing weight and getting a bit friendlier. She's loved as she is and we're happy she is getting healthier.
Ginger and Maryann
These lovely ladies are the mom and aunt of a deformed baby that we tried to save but passed away. After that happened the farmer agreed to release them to us and get them out of the system. They have both been spayed and are getting to know the Sanctuary.
Jones jumped off of a transport truck to a slaughterhouse when he was 3 months old, to escape death. His road wounds are healed and his mind and emotions are pretty good too. If a being doesn't want to die there is no ethical way to kill them. He will live here, loved, for the rest of his natural life. Jones arrived at BAS in Sept 2020.
Joseph was left under a park bench in a carrier. He was supposed to just be here one night waiting on transportation, but obviously never left. He lives in the house, well, he runs the house.
We were called, while out to lunch, by a rescue group needing someone to go and rescue Leroy Brown before he was sent to BBQ that evening, so we went and got him from a terrifying situation. We don't recommend giving him a hug - he can be a bit aggressive, but has calmed down over the years and we could not love him more!
Marigold came to us from Erie County SPCA. She was part of an abuse court case. She's a gentle giant.
Moe & Curly
(Shown with their brother, Larry - RIP, because they were so close). The boys came from a bad situation. They are sweet and vocal furballs now.
Otis was a University research test pig who was set to be slaughtered. Some kind people were determined to save him and located us. He has some medical issues but is very happy and doing well.
Peaches was rescued by an awesome boy after being subjected to being a "greased pig" at a fair before going to slaughter. She's one of the sweetest residents here and we are so happy she will live out her life happy and loved.
Romeo's human passed away in 2016 after they were together for a decade. He spent the next year being very loved at a shelter in Long Island until he came here.
Spence is a happy, house piggy with his own full size bedroom that he shares with his best friend parrot, Winger. He loves to eat and sleep.
Tammy was given to us from a pig breeder at the time. They decided they did not want to sell or slaughter her and gave her to Broome Animal Sanctuary. Tammy rules the roost so to speak. Let's just say what Tammy wants Tammy gets. We wouldn't have it any other way.
At 4 weeks old Thaddeus was being auctioned as a meat pig. When we learned about him we knew we could not let him be slaughtered.We were able to secure his freedom. When we got him to BAS he was terrified and hid in the hay for 2 days. It took some convincing, but Thaddeus learned to trust us. If there were a BAS Yearbook Thaddeus would be voted class clown.
Thing 1 and Thing 2
Things 1 & 2, were an urgent surprise from a Sanctuary that shut down and had to find homes for 300+ animals in 3 days. They are silly, loving, big boys.
Wilbert was an urgent rescue, a few hours away, before a large snowstorm hit. He was taken directly to Cornell for vetting and neutering before arriving here. He's a funny and happy boy.
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Alpacas & sheep
Barry and his BeeGee brothers came to us in 2016 as the last 3 of a herd that needed a home. While they are a little aloof, they are a wonderful part of the Sanctuary and help to protect everyone from predators too. Unfortunately Robin passed away in 2020 from fatty liver disease.
Brittain is one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. While we've lost 3, they are all such wonderful and special girls.
Maurice and his BeeGee brothers came to us in 2016 as the last 3 of a herd that needed a home. While they are a little aloof, they are a wonderful part of the Sanctuary and help to protect everyone from predators too. Unfortunately Robin passed away in 2020 from fatty liver disease.
Basia is one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. While we've lost 2, they are all such wonderful and special girls.
Hypatia is one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. She's a funny girl that loves back scratches. While we've lost 2, they are all such wonderful and special girls.
Poof is one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. Her wool coat is fabulous and the epitome of poofiness!
Sinead is one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. She may be a bit more stand-offish, but if you have a peanut or animal crackers in your pocket, you may have a new best friend.
Wanda and Dinah
Wanda, 10, and Dinah, 6, arrived 1/9/21 from a woman who recently sold her farm. These were the last 2 of her animals that she needed to find homes for. Our mutual vet recommended checking with us, and here they are. They've already settled in with our flock.
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Cows & goats
Bebe arrived with their pals, Didi and Cici, in 2020. Bebe has both sexes, and has become very sweet after being very skittish on arrival.
Bubba came to us as a 4H failure and is one of our orginal residents, arriving August 22, 2015. He's a big puppy and an amazing ambassador for the Sanctuary. Look into his eyes and you will know love and emotion.
Chance arrived Oct 25, 2020. He was accidentally left in a field alone for a week after being born (The farmer didn't know the cow had given birth) and somehow survived. A kind boy heard him crying, got him and their family raised him. After he grew too large for their home, they found us. Chance is a very sweet boy and he and Bubba immediately bonded.
Cici arrived in 2020 with her daughter Didi and pal Bebe. You won't meet sweeter goats than these!
Didi arrived in 2020 with her mom Cici and pal Bebe. You won't meet sweeter goats than these!
Goofy was meant to become veal as a by-product of the dairy industry. A kind person contacted us and he soon came to BAS in 2019. He has a very strong personality and is a bit of a giant, so he currently rooms with his goat pals Atlas and Razor as he is a little too rough for the other cows right now.
Mocha was our first goat at BAS and one of the founding members, arriving Aug 22, 2015. Him and Bubba arrived together when they were just a few months old. Mocha likes to show any visitors how big and strong he is, so we limit up close visits with him. He is very sweet with us and the other animals though. He's bonded with Bebe, Cici, and Didi since they arrived.
Freddie, Roger, Brian, and John arrived in Jan 2021. They spent their first 7 years of life being test subjects for a NY state Lead research program, since birth. They are skittish but getting friendlier by the day.
Razor and Atlas
Pictured here with their brothers Abraham and Jeremiah that we lost in 2020. They came from a bad hoarding situation in 2018 and were so thin and sickly we weren't sure they would make it then. They are seniors and have CAE, so they cannot be with other goats or sheep. *Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) is a contagious viral disease of goats.
Summerthyme arrived 1/9/21 from an upstate farm. A couple retired her from being a dairy cow and needed to find her a home. She was born in July 2011 and is a sweet, good-natured, and inquisitive. She likes being brushed and enjoys beets, squash, kale, and apples.
Topsy was being discarded because he couldn't be used for breeding (testicular issues). A very nice State Representative got involved and worked it out so he could live here at BAS for the rest of his natural life. He knows how to use his horns, just fair warning.
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Birds of many feathers
Desi was an accident here, a late found nest from his mom, Lucy. He's a pretty strong yard protector but nervous around people. A lovely rooster.
We love Eddie Vedder, obviously, but he is quite transparant about plotting our deaths. If you walk into his barnyard alone, make sure your will is up to date.
Ethyl arrived in July 2018 with Lucy and Mayflower. She is so sweet and still best friends with Lucy. They both miss Mayflower.
Gilligan was brought here in a box and we were told he would be put on the side of the road if we didn't take him (many of our rescues involve people using tactics like this--usually they say they will just kill them). He's a very sweet rooster - people keep buying chickens and they turn out to be roosters, or let their chickens hatch eggs and no one wants the roosters. It's one of the biggest issues in the rescue world, in our eyes.
Gus and Maisey
Gus and Maisey's family could no longer keep them (through no fault of their own and love them very much) came to us June 30, 2020. They have integrated well with the ducks and are wonderful friends to everyone at BAS.
Lucy came to us with Mayflower and Ethyl. She's a very sweet chicken. She hid a nest from us and her baby Dezi was the result.
Oberon & Titania
Oberon & Titania came to us in Nov 2020 after being rescued from a live market in New York City before the holidays. They are now safe and a very sweet couple.
Paddy and the Peas
Paddy and his family (4 peacocks and a pea hen) arrived to the Sanctuary early on from Staten Island Zoo. They had too many on their property and the birds were getting out into residential areas so the zoo asked if we could take a few. They are a breathtaking and wonderful part of the BAS family. They also help to alert everyone when the Bald eagles or other predators are getting too close.
Piper rules the roost at the expansion. He's the only rooster there for now and loves hanging out with the other animals.
The Royals are someones very special. Victoria and Albert came from the Staten Island zoo as they shut down their children's zoo. Though we try to prohibit all breeding here, sometimes they get away from us (in their case, out of our reach) so baby Royal was born. If you visit, they will have to agree to let you into their kingdom.
Snow White came to live here in 2018; someone was going to start a petting zoo with a number of animals and changed their mind. She is very happy and very vocal.
Sullivan is a brahma rooster who came to us from Long Island. He's a very big boy and one of our sweetest roosters.
Winger actually came to us 11 years before we started the Sanctuary when we owned pet supply stores in Jersey City. He flew down to someone in a park during an ice storm so they brought him to us. After months of searching for his parents with no luck we decided to let him adopt us. He's been with us since 2004 and is Spence the pig's best friend.
Witty is giant, and not a gentle one. If he is out and about, watch your back. Always check before "stopping by". You may think we are kidding, but we are not =) We adore him nonetheless.
Wussell was accidentally born here, his mom, Wa, was a Buff Orpington and his dad, Satan, was a Silky. He's very beautiful and sweet to people. He has issues with other roosters and is a bit too rough with hens.
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Lucy arrived in August 2015. She's a happy elder bunny and very sweet, just don't get your fingers between her and her favorite treat.
In December 2020, we were contacted about a possibly injured dog out loose on a very cold night. We went and found him and took him to the shelter. His chip led them to find out he was admittedly dumped on state land. While we weren't expecting to add a dog to the crew anytime soon we are working on slowly introducing Max to all of the animals as we learn more about him and his temperment. He is very sweet and smart and has a clean bill of health from the vet.
We found Phoenix as a very small, feral kitten in our firepit in August 2015. She's grown into a beautiful cat with a lot of attitude.
We found Preston as a feral kitten in 2016. He almost didn't make it because he was so full of worms and parasites. It took him about 6 months to heal and longer than that to trust us, but now he is the most loving lap kitty ever.
Whisky lived in a public park in Jersey City, eating mice, birds, and whatever was left behind. Greg would try to clean up the park every morning by picking up all of the garbage that he could. Soon Whisky started following Greg around the entire time he was out there. Just before a severe cold snap (on Nov 9, 2013) Greg was able to grab whisky and take him home to foster until we could find him a home. That home became ours, of course.
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Cats, dogs, and bunnies
Bubbles was a breeding sow, at a local farm, with a big personality. We were able to save her life and let her enjoy her retirement and live her life out naturally as all animals should be able to. Unfortunately she passed away in 2019 from cancer.
Hazel was one of 8 senior sheep that came to us from a family who could no longer keep them a few years ago. Her health started failing in 2020, due to age, and she passed away in February 2021. She will be missed by us and especially her companion rooster, Piper.
Helen arrived 5/1/2017. We were contacted by a local farmer about a blind calf, Helen, that needed a home. We agreed to take her in but told them we were going to take her elderly mother as well. Unfortunately Helen was too weak to make it more than a few weeks, but we are forever grateful to her for rescuing her mother from the industry.
Larry came to us with his brothers, Curly and Moe, from a horrible neglect situation. Unfortunately in 2019 his body gave out to spinal cancer. Everyone here at BAS misses him, his brothers especially.
Leda arrived 5/1/2017. We were contacted by a local farmer about a blind calf, Helen, that needed a home. We agreed to take her in but told them we were going to take her elderly mother as well. Unfortunately Helen was too weak to make it more than a few weeks, but we are forever grateful to her for rescuing her mother from the industry. After Leda was done mourning her baby, she and Bubba became fast friends. Soon Leda gained hundreds of pounds, her fur grew in, and her popping aching joints were much better. She is a joy to be around at the Sanctuary. In 2020 she had her eye removed from cancer. On April 12, 2021 Leda peacefully passed away at age 21.
Mayflower was rescued from Long Island as a chick and quickly became a friendly greeter to everyone that came to BAS. This Thanksgiving, all holidays, and everyday please keep animals off of your plate. They are not something. They are our friends and family. Unfortunately Mayflower passed away in 2020.
Primrose came to us as a survivor from an abuse case. We lost her to complications from cancer in 2018 during her spay. She was such a loving and sweet gal. We miss her every day.