Cow Appreciation Volunteer Day
September 29, 2018
Join us for a day of volunteer work and social activities like raffle items, silent auctions, food, speakers, and lots of animal love!! It doesn’t get better than this when you do rewarding work for the animals!
Volunteer work will include repairing roadways, painting, cleaning poop, fixing fences, trenching, etc.
Guest Speaker – Jay Polomo
Jay (John Palomo) is 27 years old and from Houston Texas. He is a member of Houston Animal Save, Houston Animal Activism and Houston’s, Anonymous for the Voiceless. He celebrated his 1-year Vegan Anniversary in August.
Jay’s been actively speaking up for animals that are being victimized since January 2018. He’s participated in about 50 demonstrations including disruptions, protests, cube of truths, outreach and stickervism. He rescued a hen from Tau Hung slaughterhouse when Earthling Ed was here for his worldwide tour. He named the chicken Hope, India saved Luna and Allie saved June. Maria and I then made the trip to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary after they agreed to give the chickens a forever home, saving them from slaughter.
A few weeks later he saw an injured baby goat roaming close to the street outside of a slaughterhouse, and he attempted to “open-rescue” her, but the baby goat was just too fast, and quickly ran back into the slaughterhouse pen. He recently spoke to the owner of the halal slaughterhouse and was told that the baby goat would be killed as a youngster. Once again, Jay was involved in saving another “food” animal from slaughter, after convincing the owner to release the injured baby goat to live out her days at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary.
Jay went vegan last year after watching What The Health and learning how animal products affect our bodies. He realized that he had been lied to, and completely taken advantage of by the animal ag industry. Jay then looked into the actual practices of how animals are exploited enslaved, raped, and murdered. Knowing this information was not enough; he had to speak up and become part of a group that felt the same betrayal and passion for animals.
“Demonstrations are extremely empowering, as you are unapologetically speaking for what you believe in” said Jay. “I’ve always been an animal lover, but never really knew what that meant until I became vegan and connected to animals in a much deeper way”, Jay concluded.
Special Appearance by Yuri Mitzkewich
Yuri has dedicated his life to making the world a more compassionate place for the non-humans and for us all. As Southeast Outreach coordinator for Vegan Outreach, Yuri spends months at a time on the road leafleting college campuses with the most compassionate, gentle, and comfortable demeanor. I can’t imagine who wouldn’t want whatever he is offering.
When he’s not working for Vegan Outreach, he’s likely to be spending his weekends tabling in South Florida, attending a Sea World protest, or volunteering with a sanctuary like the Rooterville sanctuary where he’s spent many hours caring for the animals, including those rescued after an illegal slaughterhouse was shut down in South Florida. Yuri was at the scene of the illegal operation caring for the animals who could be saved, and then travelled to Rooterville to do all he could to help the very understaffed sanctuary trying to care for the influx of sick animals.
Yuri goes where he is most needed. He seeks no recognition or appreciation for all he does. He’s just out there every day doing all he can for the animals. Yuri is genuine, humble, and embodies so many qualities that all humans, and especially activists, would benefit from emulating. He is gentle, kind, selfless, free of ego and genuinely non-judgmental. Serving others just comes naturally for him, and his whole life is a manifestation of his compassion. He’s an inspiration, and the world should know people like him exist.
- Orientation and Q&A: 10am-10:45am
- Volunteer Work: 11am-1:15pm
- Lunch, Raffle and Speech: 1pm-2:30pm
- Volunteer Work: 2:30pm-4pm
- Final Raffle & End of Volunteer Day: 4pm
- Optional Watch or Help Feed the Animals: 4pm-5pm
A vegan lunch truck will be selling vegan burgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese and mac & cheese.
- RGS Swag
- More to be announced
- Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and MUST ATTEND the orientation where the safety rules and procedures will be explained. If you are unable to make orientation you will not be allowed to volunteer.
- All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Form below.
- All volunteers must sign our Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement and send it back to us or bring when you come to volunteer. Click here to download form.
What to Wear and Bring
- Rubber Boots
- Personal Hand tools if you wish
- A light jacket (depending on the weather)
- Mosquito Repellent & Sunscreen
- You may want to bring a hat
- Best to wear long pants
- Vegan ONLY snacks/lunch if you’d like
Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is 50 miles south/southwest of Houston at:
5001 W HWY 35
Angleton, TX 77515
Mapping software has trouble finding our address so please type in Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in your GPS or follow these directions:
- Take 288 South towards Lake Jackson.
- Exit Highway 35 – Go West. (Turn right if you are coming from Houston)
- The Ranch is exactly 7 miles on the left.
- U-turn and enter through the second entrance (the driveway that leads to the house)