Good Life Refuge gears up for ‘Make a Difference’ fourth anniversary party

Good Life Refuge farm animal sanctuary in Longmont is turning four years old, and the nonprofit is hosting a public birthday party and fundraiser on Saturday to celebrate.

“This is a big milestone for us,” said executive director and founder Nicole Brecht. “We’re still here and going more-or-less strong.”

The “Make a Difference” birthday bash is the sanctuary’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at Good Life Refuge, 13759 N. 95th St.

Tickets are $20 per vehicle and can be purchased at goodliferefuge.org/4th-birthday-celebration. They can also be bought at the door.

Good Life opened four years ago with a mission to provide a safe and nurturing refuge for at-risk farm animals. It started when Brecht found four ducks abandoned at a pond in August of 2018. By September, she had established Good Life as a nonprofit.

“Our animals are here because they have a right to be here,” Brecht said. “We make sure that their existence is at the best and highest level that we can provide for them.”

The pandemic was a major setback, Brecht said. Intake requests began to climb when people lost the financial resources to care for their animals, which put strain on Good Life.

“Just when we were starting to see improvement, we were completely shut down,” she said. “Getting out of the pandemic, we’ve started doing tours and having the public over again. It’s been OK, but it’s not like it used to be.”

Brecht said the sanctuary’s expenses will spike during the winter months with the animals requiring more food, heat and bedding.

“This event will give us a buffer to go into the winter season,” Brecht said.

The sanctuary currently looks after 71 farm animals. Guests can take a free guided tour of the sanctuary on Saturday and learn the story behind each animal in its care.

Plant-based food options from local vendors will be available on-site and items from the online silent auction will be on display Saturday. The silent auction has been a feature of Good Life’s anniversary celebrations since last year and will feature a variety of items, Brecht said.

Brecht said she is looking forward to connecting with donors and meeting first-time visitors on Saturday.

“I’m excited to see new faces coming in,” she said.

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