Farm Sanctuary


Rating: 4.6

Average rating from 11 reviews.

(4.6 out of 5, based on 11 reviews)

3150 Aikens RdWatkins Glen, NY 14891
Hours: Seasonal, Tuesday through Saturday

1203 miles away
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Farm Sanctuary operates a 175-acre shelter in Upstate New York, and a 300-acre shelter in Northern California.

Our coast-to-coast shelters provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifelong care for over 1,000 animals who have been rescued from abuse including: cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, and rabbits. While this may not be the group of animals one commonly expects to find at a shelter, we believe it is of utmost importance to offer these sentient animals refuge and a voice.

Farm animals are almost entirely exempt from anti-cruelty laws that protect companion animals. They suffer unimaginable abuses on factory farms, where they are seen only as commodities. Some of our animals were rescued during our investigations of farms, stockyards, auctions, and slaughterhouses; others arrived from humane societies and SPCA cruelty cases. All of the animals at Farm Sanctuary were victims of cruelty and neglect, but now these animals who have only know fear, isolation and pain are enjoying spacious, clean straw- filled barns, nourishing food, veterinary care…and love.

When Farm Sanctuary's shelters are operating at full capacity, we work tirelessly to place animals into loving homes through our Farm Animal Adoption Network, the largest farm animal rescue and adoption network in the country. Every year, we assist with urgent placement needs — particularly in cruelty cases involving large numbers of animals. Since 1986, over 1,500 needy farm animals have been given a new beginning through the Farm Animal Adoption Network.

Farm Sanctuary also holds an annual shelter training conference to provide all of the necessary information, resources and even some hands-on experience working at the shelter for people who are interested in starting, operating and developing farm animal shelters.

Farm Sanctuary is working to protect and care for farm animals at our shelters, and to educate the public that farm animals are emotional, social, sensitive individuals and therefore deserving of the rights and protections afforded to creatures possessed of sentience.

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Reader's Reviews (11)
Veronica (Ronnie) G.
Rating: 5

Heart & Soul

posted 7 years ago

I was going to attend one of their seminars this summer, but was unable to go. I was very disappointed. I will go next time!

I have read the book, "Farm Sanctuary" by Gene Bauer, the founder of Farm Sanctuary. I consider it my "bible" of the evolution of saving and providing sanctuary for farm animals. The reading is powerful, from the very small beginnings in a back yard to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY.

From day one, it took courage and determination to do the work they do. And they need to walk a fine line sometimes. Not to be deemed fanatics. And they are careful not to push being vegan.

However, many people naturally come to be vegans and/or entertain the thought, after learning al about Factory Farming.

Reading about Farm Sanctuary and all the animals amplifies that all animals are sentient beings. And they have individual personalities just like humans. And *intelligence.

A most beautiful place and beautiful book.

True angels.

Thank you Farm Sanctuary for your magnificent work to have Prop. 2 passed in CA this 2008 election!

Pros: Substantial gains for farm animals

Cons: None

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Leslie G.
Rating: 5

I love farm sanctuary

posted 7 years ago

I wish there were more organizations like this around the country. What they do is amazing and all of us pet lover should support them however we can.

Pros: everything

Cons: none

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