Petting Zoos/Farm

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I would like to take my sons to a place where they could see some animals up close. Petting a pig or a horse could allow them to form an emotional connection to animals. But, I do not want to support the cruelty associated with zoos. I also do not want to cause an animal stress. Still, I know that many animals like to be petted. I recall a horse that wanted so much attention that she seemed almost obnoxious. I also know that some pigs love belly rubs. (I have a vague memory of a pig wanting a belly rub from me.) Now that I think of it, I remember cuddling with a rat. The rat was an expert cuddler.

Is there a place that I could take my kids that treats animals humanely?
 
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Animal Sanctuaries.
If you live in a city, there might be a long drive to the destination, but it'll be worth it.
Sanctuaries also often need volunteers, so when your kids are old enough you could take them there to work, if they experience success and enjoy working, that might help them build confidence in themselves.

https://youtu.be/ftGMyDomiNE





 
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Thank you for the suggestion. You gave me an idea. I googled vegan and petting farm. There are lots of petting farms near Phoenix that do not allow dairy and meat on the property. One of the farms mentioned that they welcome autistic people. My son is autistic as heck.
 
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