Visiting Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the extreme heat during the month of August, the sanctuary will be temporarily closed to visitors in order to ensure the comfort and safety of both our sanctuary residents and our visitors. 

Current participants in our Adopt a Farm Animal Program who wish to visit their sponsored animal(s) in August may contact us at 530-519-0183 to discuss available options.


Current Farm Sanctuary members may visit the Orland sanctuary most of the year between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  During these visits, guests are able to stroll through most areas of the sanctuary grounds and observe the animals from outside their enclosures. Reservations are required; please email or call 530-519-0183 in advance of your visit. If you are not yet a member, you can join Farm Sanctuary with a donation of $20 or more.  A staff member will confirm where to check in when you arrive and can answer questions in advance of your visit.

Member visits in Orland are a good opportunity to witness your donations in action and see some of the many farm animals who have benefited from the compassion and generosity of our supporters.  But please note that our Orland location does not offer regular tour programs and therefore does not have Visitor Program staff on site.  Our Shelter and Volunteer Program staff can assist to ensure that you have a safe visit, but will have very limited availability to answer questions. If you are looking for a hands-on experience or an opportunity to learn more about the sanctuary residents, we encourage you to attend an on-site event, attend one of our Monthly Tours, or sign up to volunteer.


Beginning in November, Farm Sanctuary Volunteer Program staff will offer one tour each month on the day of our Monthly Work Party. Reservations will be required and space is limited. Please check back in October for information on upcoming dates and how to register.

Companion Animals

For their safety and the safety of our animal residents, companion animals are not allowed on the shelter grounds at any time. Dogs are welcome in our Visitor Center provided they are on a leash; however they may not be left unattended. Please do not leave companion animals inside your vehicle while you are visiting because temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach life-threatening conditions very quickly, even with windows open. If you are planning to bring your companion animals to Farm Sanctuary, please make sure that you have someone to watch them while you are touring our shelter. Thank you for your cooperation.


Additional access restrictions to specific barns and areas on the shelter may be in place at any time for animal health reasons.