FTPF’s “Orchards for Animals” program improves lives for rescued animals on sanctuaries by providing fruit trees for shade, shelter, enrichment, and healthy diets. When the trees mature, animals are able to enjoy delicious fruits and foraging opportunities. During times of extreme heat or precipitation, animals can seek shade and shelter under the trees without being away from their food source. Fruit trees allow for the most natural diet available to animals, plucked fresh off the tree with no chemicals or pesticides.
In July, 2005, FTPF planted an orchard at a farmed animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania and is planning to expand “Orchards for Animals” across the country. These orchard donations allow sanctuaries to use valuable resources normally spent on purchasing fruit in other ways to improve their animals’ lives, so the benefits are truly far reaching!