Vegan couple buy 79-acre golf course to transform into sanctuary without even viewing it
The passionate animal carers want to relocate their current sanctuary and believe the golf course is the perfect space to do so
Ontario-based animal lovers (Canada), Jamie Sabot and Tim Clancy decided that a nine-hole golf course complete with a clubhouse in New Brunswick, Canada, would be the perfect setting for them and their sanctuary. In fact, they loved the space so much that they purchased the property before even visiting first.
The couple, who run Lily’s Place animal sanctuary and care for rescued sheep, chickens, ducks and dogs were on the lookout for more land so that they could expand their sanctuary, have more pastures to graze their animals and grow their own hay.
Co-founder, Jamie says: “We find that the price of hay fluctuates so much that it can impact our costs significantly, so the option of growing our own and being able to offer it at cost price to other sanctuaries was central to our decision.”
They discovered their find whilst browsing estate agency websites and the golf course came up as being listed as a residential property.
Tim adds: “We thought that the grounds of a golf course would be ideal because sheep can become ill from consuming certain varieties of weeds. The grounds of this golf course have been kept free of weeds without the use of any chemical sprays and offers easily convertible, cleared land for a pasture.”
“We also wanted privacy because there’s a lot of hunting near the area where we’re currently located, and the gunshot noises disturb us and the animals.”
In terms of a living area, the club house boasts a self-contained living area for the owners, plus a restaurant and bar area, including a commercial kitchen where Jamie, who is also owner of vegan skincare brand, Grounded Sage Skincare, envisages making her products.
“We’re so happy to be able to offer the animals more space, but also continue to run the business and the timing of this has been incredibly lucky, even down to the fact that we sold our own property more quickly than expected. We’ve even managed to overcome the mortgage related hurdles that the zoning rules have put in our path,” Jamie says.
The couple have contacted a neighbouring sanctuary for advice on securing a farm vet and avian vets in the area. The next step in the journey is figure out how to transport the couple’s five sheep, Betty and Gracie, Sid, Punky Brewster and Orphan Annie, five chickens, Maple, Sunny, Camilla, Broom Hilda and Watson and three ducks, Milo, Daisy and Annabel – all of whom have been rescued since the sanctuary started in the fall of 2019. Also travelling with them are their three dogs Cricket, Pokey and Birdie.
To follow their progress, see their Instagram @lilysplaceanimalsanctuary or @groundedsage