“Man is not the only animal that seeks freedom and space.”
– Anthony Douglas Williams
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls, NY
If I had to pick a favorite, this would be it! Founders Jenny Brown and Doug Abel have such an amazing passion for animal advocacy and veganism, you can’t help but love this place. Located about two hours outside of NYC, it’s a great place to visit to see just how happy farm animals can be when treated with absolute compassion. Take a tour during the spring or summer, or donate anytime via woodstocksanctuary.org. (Banner photo above features Johnny Boy the calf, one of Woodstock’s newest rescues!)
Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, NY, Orland, CA, & Los Angeles, CA
Farm Sanctuary has been protecting animals from cruelty since 1986 — wow! President and co-founder Gene Baur is considered a pioneer in the field of animal rescue, for good reason! If you are interested in learning more about the connection between animals and food, his book Farm Sanctuary is a must-read. Visit farmsanctuary.org to donate or for more info on the visiting the farms.
Tamerlaine Farm, Montague, NJ
This sanctuary is listed here strictly for it’s AMAZING vegan hot sauce. (Kidding!) Wonderful, friendly people with a wonderful cause make this farm a great one to support. Founded in 2014 after Gabrielle Stubbert and Peter Nussbaum adopted two roosters from Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, they have recently opened their doors to the public so visit tamerlainefarm.com for their calendar. (And buy this hot sauce!!!)
Maple Farm Sanctuary, Mendon, MA
Although I’ve never visited this farm ourselves, I just love the story of Cheri and Jim Vandersluis who turned their third generation dairy farm into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. After a “profound change of consciousness,” they have dedicated their lives to this mission of helping animals and haven’t looked back since. Go to maplefarmsanctuary.org to donate or to read more about their fascinating story.