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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal Place provides safe haven to neglected and abused farmed animals, nurtures compassion through advocacy, outreach and education on animal farming and veganism.

Results: In 2013 - Animal Place rescued 3,000 hens from an egg farm, flying 1,150 hens to sanctuaries on the east coast. Approximately 4,200 animals were saved this year. Re-launched our Food for Thought campaign, receiving endorsements from the top animal protection agencies in the nation. In 2012 - undertook the largest rescue of farmed animals in California history saving 4,460 starving hens from an egg farm. Took in 4,100 of those hens and found permanent homes for them. Took in more than 100 new animals for permanent sanctuary. Welcomed more than 1,000 people to the sanctuary through guided and self-guided tours. Upgraded our internship program, with more than 60 activists coming through our program. Put our 2.8-acre vegan farm into action, growing vegan produce for restaurants, the public, animals and staff!

Target demographics: farmed animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 4,600 rescued farmed animals

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: 1. Rescue Ranch: The only program of its kind in the nation, Animal Place's Rescue Ranch facilitates the release of farmed animals from farms (mainly egg farms), rehabilitates animals, and finds permanent homes. Since August 2010, more than 12,000 animals have been saved. 2. Onsite education through our guided and self-guided tours where visitors get up close and personal with the rescued animals and learn their powerful stories. More than 2,000 visitors come each year. 3. Internship and volunteerism are important to Animal Place. Up to 7 residential interns live onsite and ensure day-to-day care and our bevvy of volunteers clean barns, socialize animals, and table/assist with tours. 4. Food for Thought is a national program asking animal shelters to adopt an animal friendly menu policy for fundraising events.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering at Animal Place is a terrific way to spend time with farmed animals and learn about all the hard work that is required to run a large-scale rescue operation. Cleaning and weatherproofing barns are just some of the chores I've done in my brief time as a volunteer, and I'm always interested in what needs to be done to keep the sanctuary running smoothly. I don't get over to Animal Place as often as I'd like, but helping out there is a critical part of being vegan and helps me stay mindful about why I make the lifestyle choices that I do. I wish that the full-time staff had more resources to pour into making even better use of the already involved and available volunteers, but I also know how difficult it is to run a successful non-profit with limited time and personnel. I hope to do more work for Animal Place in the coming year and hope that my connection to the animals and people deepens. I also hope that more people will learn about the sanctuary and consider donating resources if possible. It's a great, peaceful place to connect more fully with sweet sheep, patient cows, and gorgeous pigs. The world would be a better place with more Animal Places.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a responsible,trustworthy , and accredible group that will always do the write thing. You can feel safe in knowing your donations,and support are in trustworthy hands! I'm thankful to God that people like this, (who really care about their cause) exist.

1 Rachel107

Donor

Rating: 5

Animal Place is a wonderful sanctuary and educational resource for people of all ages. One visit and you will see what happens when farmed animals are given the chance to live gracefully and with dignity. After all these animals have been through they are cared for, respected, provided adequate living conditions and their stories of rescue and triumph should be spread throughout the country. I am a total advocate of this place! Go vegan. Save a life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in central New York State near another farm sanctuary and my wife and I have done volunteering from time to time. My only regret is that we are not "West Coasters" so that we could be closer and involved in Animal Place and its animals and people. We have supported Animal Place's efforts to rescue farm animals and grow so that this world can be a kinder place for them all. Animal Place's e-mails to us are warm and sincere, informative and appreciative. They make us feel like we're part of their "family" in caring for these precious beings even though we are many miles away. We strongly encourage others to support Animal Place's efforts to grow, rescue, and educate the public in this noble cause. In this troubled world, Animal Place is LOVE! Thank you, Animal Place!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in Animal Place's internship program was incredible. The compassion and dedication of the staff was so inspirational. I learned so about animal care by spending one-on-one time with the animals, as well as participating in a variety of lectures and field trips. I continue to tell people about my experiences at the sanctuary. Thank you for all of the amazing work you do for the animals!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Animal Place for over 2 ½ years and am most grateful for the opportunity to try to make a difference in the lives of so many of the feathered and furry residents of this beautiful sanctuary. I take pride in the rescue of the thousands of abandoned hens slated for slaughter after their economic life was determined to have ended. Then to watch the unending efforts to place them in loving adoptive homes all over the country is heart warming in its self. During my time at Animal Place I have been involved in the rescue of goats, sheep, pigs and cattle. The experience of seeing them become permanent residents and knowing they will live their lives cared for in a loving environment is life changing.

I am often asked why I give of my time and financial resources to this organization? The answer is easy. I am lifelong animal lover, but the over riding factor that brings me back each week with a smile, is the anticipation of working with and being a part of the most dedicated and compassionate group of people I have ever known. The staff and those of us that volunteer are tireless in our efforts to maintain the health and well being of those in our charge. As with most nonprofit organizations, money is always in short supply, however, at Animal Place, the animal residents always come first.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

simply the most wonderful, compassionate professionals in the realm of animal liberation and care. I have been a volunteer and donor for Animal Place for a few years now and invite everyone to experience the joys of working with Marji and the Team. Their selfless pursuit of farm animals freedom is second to none and my family will continue to be as supportive as we can for the foreseeable future. A five star rating for sure

2 Wendy74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years, but it wasn't until I visited Animal Place that I became a vegan. I visited this wonderful sanctuary and was so touched by their plight. I'm ashamed to say that for all of the years that I was a vegetarian, when people asked me why I made that choice, I was quick to say that it was because I simply did not like the taste of meat. I had been a huge animal lover my whole life, yet for some reason, I didn't make the connection between the dairy and eggs I was eating, and the origin of those food items. Animal Place allowed me to make that connection...I quite literally had my "aha moment" while I was petting a cow. I consider myself an intelligent person, in fact, I'm a teacher. However, being intelligent doesn't inherently mean that people know where their food is coming from and the atrocities that are taking place behind closed doors. Factory farming is sickening, cruel, and heart-breaking and it's time that the public becomes aware. The good people of Animal Place are doing their part to provide loving care to these exploited creatures and offer humane education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is not just nonprofit, it is much more. Animal place had been doing something amazing . Everyone at animal place has been a hero. Animal place has been saving lives and helping the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Place is an amazing resource for abused farm animals. They have a dedicated staff, a good outreach and education program, and a message to help create positive change in this world.

Erin49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I ever went out to Animal Place I had been following them on Facebook. The stories were so heartwarming , seeing these animals coming from such fear and turmoil to such a presumably beautiful sanctuary . I just had to see it for myself! I signed up for the orientation . Along with several other people, I was taken on a guided tour of the sanctuary. I noticed that every single person who worked there knew the animals by name! It was obvious that there was a lot of time spent with the animals and there was great attention spent on ensuring their comfort. The bunnies had their habitat the way rabbits prefer to live. The cow pasture couldn't be any more beautiful! One of the cows named Linus came over to greet the group. He actually licked one of our faces! The pigs were totally sacked out in the softest straw. Even they have us a grunt to say hello. Going in to see the chickens and turkey's was a treat. All these bright inquisitive faces coming to see what we were all about. Priceless.
All in all, Animal Place was such an impressive sanctuary I felt honored to become a volunteer for them. The compassion I see from everyone there, giving the animals their individual respect
And dignity, will keep me supporting Animal Place for a long long time.