Asha Sanctuary

Have you visited Asha Sanctuary yet?  Asha will be visiting Rochester, when they attend the VegFest.  We can’t wait!

Asha Sanctuary is a nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and provides shelter to abused farmed animals in Newfane, NY.  You can follow along on their social media with what the nonhuman residents are doing.

Thanks, Asha, for donating a gift basket to our raffle!

Jo-Anne McArthur

Photo: Lesley Marino

We are so excited that Jo-Anne McArthur will be speaking at Vegfest!

McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Through her long-term body of work, We Animals, she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals around the globe. Since 1998, her work has taken her to over fifty countries.

McArthur’s first book, We Animals, was published in 2014. Her forthcoming book, Captive, will be published in summer 2017.

McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocated for their rights as sentient beings.

Her newest endeavour, The Unbound Project, with co-author Dr. Keri Cronin, is a photographic project that celebrates female leaders at the forefront of animal advocacy, both contemporary and historical.

McArthur’s photography and writing has been in publications such as National Geographic and National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, the LA Times, Elle Canada, Canadian Geographic, THIS Magazine, DAYS Japan, Helsingin Sanomat, Der Spiegel, PhotoLife magazine, PDN Online, Huffington Post, Earth Island Journal, Outdoor Photography, Feature Shoot, Alternatives Journal, Canadian Living, and Canadian Dimension. In addition, We Animals images have been used by more than 100 organizations, publishers and academics to advocate for animals.

Pitty Love Rescue

Pitty Love Rescue will be at the Rochester VegFest!

Pitty Love’s primary focus is to find responsible homes for the dogs in their care and provide lifelong support to the dogs’ new families.

They have a strong secondary focus on advocacy, information sharing, and community outreach. They routinely work with the under-served portion of our community to help keep dogs in homes by providing necessary resources. That includes but is not limited to: low cost spay/neuter, vetting assistance, training assistance, help with food, and collaboration to acquire affordable, non-discriminatory housing.

Thanks to PLR for donating a gift basket for our big raffle lineup!