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Rescue & Refuge

Hilda Sheep at Farm Sanctuary

In 1986, Farm Sanctuary President and co-founder Gene Baur rescued a live sheep from a pile of dead animals during an investigation of the historic Lancaster Stockyard in Pennsylvania. That discarded sheep, named Hilda, was the start of Farm Sanctuary and the beginning of the farmed animal sanctuary movement of today.

Since then, Farm Sanctuary has provided a safe haven for thousands of rescued farm animals. These animals act as ambassadors, representing the billions of farm animals currently in the system. Their stories of survival, along with tales of their sentience, reach tens of millions of people through traditional and social media every year—in addition to the thousands who visit Sanctuary annually. Today, at Farm Sanctuary’s Los Angeles, CA and Watkins Glen, NY Sanctuaries you will find nearly 1,000 rescued animals—each with an individual story to tell.

While we know we can’t save all the animals suffering in this oppressive system, we know that Sanctuary can heal the animals who have been rescued, and fundamentally impact — often with lasting change — the people who hear their stories and witness their will to live.

Featured Rescues

Cow Born Unable to Walk Gets Back on Her Feet

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Cow Born Unable to Walk Gets Back on Her Feet

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Cow Born Unable to Walk Gets Back on Her Feet

Peggy was born unable to walk, but after a series of surgeries and physical therapy at Cornell, this fighter returned home to Farm Sanctuary stronger than ever. We are amazed and inspired by how far she’s come, and so grateful to see her happy and walking around on all four hooves.

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  • George piglet

    George: Tiny Piglet Left for Dead Now Has a Big Life Ahead of Him

    Born at a New York petting zoo, George’s life began on display. But despite all of the eyes on him and his family, few noticed how much George suffered in plain sight.

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Rescue

The Species

Learn more about the animals that we rescue at Farm Sanctuary and how they are exploited in our modern food system.
Retina hen at Farm Sanctuary

Chickens

Finn Calf Steer at Farm Sanctuary

Cows

Maurice goat at Farm Sanctuary

Goats

Ash sheep at Farm Sanctuary

Sheep

Retina hen at Farm Sanctuary

Chickens

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Maurice goat at Farm Sanctuary

Goats

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Ash sheep at Farm Sanctuary

Sheep

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Anna turkey at Farm Sanctuary

Turkeys

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Farm Animal Adoption Network

Seymour the Water Buffalo at Farm Sanctuary

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Seymour the Water Buffalo's Big Day

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Seymour the Water Buffalo's Big Day

When our shelters are at capacity, we depend on the compassionate adopters in our network who want to make a direct difference in the lives of farm animals. Since its formation in 1986, our Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN) program has connected thousands of abused, neglected, and unwanted farm animals with the loving homes they deserve.

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Our Sanctuaries

Sheep pasture landscape at Farm Sanctuary

Watkins Glen, NY

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, the rolling green pastures of our 275-acre New York Sanctuary are home to more than 800 rescued farm animals.

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Cows outside Farm Sanctuary

Los Angeles, CA

Our 26-acre Southern California Sanctuary — home to approximately 100 rescued farm animals — is located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood.

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Farm Animal Care Conference

Caregiver cradles rescue chicken while looking at health evaluation

Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Care Conference is an essential learning experience for anyone interested in finding out how to effectively operate a farm animal sanctuary. This annual conference includes workshops from our knowledgeable staff in basic animal care and operations, animal health, fundraising and administration, and visitor and volunteer programs, as well as species-specific field time where attendees can observe our team performing common animal healthcare procedures.

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Caregiver cradles rescue chicken while looking at health evaluation

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