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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 2016 - Launched the Brave the Cage campaign. Saved the lives of more than 3,900 animals! Received endorsements and policy changes from dozens of organizations, as part of our Food for Thought campaign. In 2015 - Saved the lives of more than 3,800 animals. In 2014 - Saved the lives of more than 3,700 animals, mostly from egg farms. 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 4,000 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 22,000 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. 5. Brave the Cage, a campaign that visits universities and colleges, inviting students to step inside a human sized battery cage to learn what life is like for 94% of hens on egg farms. 6. Vegan Republic, a brick and mortar vegan store in Berkeley, California where all proceeds from the store benefit the animals.

Community Stories

82 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Animal Place really educated me on just how labor-intensive maintaining farm animals can be. The important work that is done at this sanctuary is detrimental to the animals' health and happiness, especially after a large scale rescue. Some of the activities (as a volunteer) include scraping up poop, raking and distributing hay, scrubbing walls, cleaning water/feed bowls, and washing and brushing animals. Through this work, there is also time to give the animals treats and socialize them to help restore their faith and trust in humans after coming from neglectful circumstances. It is difficult but very rewardig work and I have enjoyed volunteering there. The staff, interns, and fellow volunteers are friendly and very dedicated to improve the life of each animal. I was also pleased to learn that most are vegan, or at least vegitarian. If you cannot adopt or donate, I highly recommend volunteering if you can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Animal Place as a guest for a guided tour of the sanctuary. It was at that time that I made the connection with the plant based diet I had been following and the beauty from the animals that I met. The next month, I participated in the Volunteer orientation, and have been volunteering ever since. Animal Place has been not only a sanctuary for farmed animals, but has been a sanctuary for me. It gives me peace and solace to be at the sanctuary, cleaning up after the animals, loving on them, and being outside with them enjoying their freedom. I am proud to be a part of this amazing and grateful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness from up above that "ANIMAL PLACE" is a place for unwanted, abused, and needing a permanent home.... to live out there lives finally in peace from those wanting to hurt them (or can't take care of them).

And for these above reasons (and more...), Animal Place in Grass Valley, CA. is Heaven sent. They take in farm animals that have no where to go, and give them love and compassion like any other human kind being.

I have been a member of Animal Place for about 5 years now, and so happy for them and the staff (Kudos to Kim Sturla, for starting it from the beginning, bless her) and her/their wish for how all animals should be cared for and protected, just as we would like the same done for us.

I could go on and on... about the love that Animal Place does for animals and just to say continued blessings to their organization and dedicated staff and for many forever years to come (and that the young generations follow suit).

Blessings.

-Animal Lover (San Francisco)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Place does amazing, compassionate work, helping save farm animals so they can live out their lives in peace and love. I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Animal Place last spring for a tour, and it's so clear that their staff and volunteers care deeply for the work they're doing. A lifelong vegetarian, the knowledge I gained during my tour prompted me to make the switch to veganism. I'm so grateful this place exists - and I look forward to hopefully volunteering there someday in the future.

1 Melissa349

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of people who understand that EVERY life matters, especially the ones that have no voice. They raise awareness about the horrors of factory farming and it's many victims. They give care and love to many rescued animals. Animal Place deserves recognition and needs our help, especially financially so that it can continue to take care of so many of our animal friends. Thank you for all you do Animal Place!

Lori84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long-time volunteer with Animal Place, they've come to feel more like family than an organization. That includes the humans and non-humans alike! Although I've helped with all kinds of events, such as tabling for vegfests, helping out with the Brave the Cage campaign, screening potential adopters, cleaning barns, taking photos, going on rescues, transportation and more...I most love doing animal care giving and socializing. I've learned so much from Jan, the manager of their Rescue Ranch location, including doing health checks on hens, goats and sheep, and helping out with sick hens. The animals at Animal Place are in good care and very loved. They vegan outreach and education of farmed animals at Animal Place is unmatched! A beautiful community has been built around Animal Place that I'm very happy to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I both volunteer at and donate to Animal Place. They are very consistent in their purpose and messaging and the actual hands-on work they do is so important. They save lives daily and advocate for a plant-based world so that perhaps, in the future, they won't have so many farm animals that they have to rescue.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been a privilege and an honor to be affiliated with Animal Place, a sanctuary for farm animals and much, much more! When my husband and I retired in summer, 2008, we spent a day volunteering at Animal Place and were very impressed by what took place. We enjoyed a variety of activities, including interacting with the farm animals; cleaning up their enclosures; strengthening structures, like fences; and moving items to make the sanctuary more functional for its workers and residents. Our day of volunteering came to a close with a very sumptuous vegan meal prepared by the Animal Place staff. Because we were so impressed with our overall experience, I wrote an article that was published by the Modesto Peace-Life Center's newspaper, Stanislaus Connections, detailing all of the wonderful things that happened that day and all of the wonderful things that happen every day at Animal Place.

We are currently monthly donors and have been for many years now. We enjoy supporting this organization because it makes the world kinder for animals and promotes compassion on our planet, and we have every intention of continuing our support. We are grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that the Animal Place staff demonstrates every day of the year to make this jewel of a sanctuary the great place that it is!

Peter70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the wake of hurricane Katrina, I helped rescue approximately 1,000 chickens from a devastated farm in Mississippi. By the time our team got to the farm, the chickens had been without food and water for almost a week. Needless to say, they were in bad shape. Thankfully, Animal Place came to their rescue by providing them sanctuary.

Animal Place provided the chickens veterinary care and nourished them with love. When I saw them the night of the rescue they were scared, dirty, and emaciated. When I saw them in photos provided to me by Animal Place they were happy, healthy, and sparkling white chickens enjoying their new found freedom. Animal Place is a fantastic organization that works tirelessly to help animals in need and to make the world more humane.

1 Lisa626

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Place is a great place to educate and expose family and friends to animals commonly killed for consumption. Close contact with the animals is a gentle way to shift someone's perspective.

I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at the Rescue Ranch and visiting the Animal Place sanctuary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Place is a great animal rescue group that has helped out so many farm animals that have been abused and forgotten. This world would be a worse off place without them doing the very important work they do. I have Animal Place on the top of my list of places to visit and take a tour. My family also is looking forward to a trip with me to meet the farm animals at Animal Place. I have learned so much about the complexities of farm animals from reading information on their website as well as their emails. It warms my heart to see an organization doing so much good for defenseless animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in midwestern farm country, where cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, and now even deer and wild turkeys (who are put behind tall fences and "hunted" for "sport") are commercially killed and are hardly viewed as sentient beings. This makes Animal Place all the more special and meaningful to me. My dad rescued a young pig who had escaped from a neighboring farm when I was 13 and the farmer said we could keep him. He became my pet, and I'm glad Animal Place is doing what my did all those years ago.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I live in Illinois, I have been following the Animal Place story. It is an amazing and touching story.
The stories about the wonderful creatures they care for are heart warming. They explain the unique character of each and everyone of these loving creatures. You find out that these are animals that both need love and attention and then they give back to you an incredible sense of warmth.
They define what Life is all about.
There are no words to describe how wonderful they care for these special creatures.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I've never had the opportunity to visit the Animal Place in person, I have been a follower of their work and and an admirer of their commitment to such an important and worthy cause. I have nothing but respect for the great work they do and the compassion they show to farm animals. I look forward to visiting and volunteering some day!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I drove from Oakland to meet friends for a tour. It was so fun. It was for a wonderful vegan lunch. They had set up a table with information and some items they sell at their vegan store in Berkeley. Meeting the animals was so sweet. Many of them I had followed from their stories and to meet them in person was very special. This charity gives back so much to the people involved, the tours they give and the beautiful lives they give to the rescued and very loved animals! Go visit!!! Pick a cute animal to help support if you are able!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Animal Place when I read an article about it in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. It seemed like such a kind and worthy idea - to rescue animals who would have been slaughtered for food, and let them live out their lives in a peaceful, nurturing environment. I began donating money to the organization, and as I've followed their work in the years since, I've realized it is one of the best uses I've ever made of my money. What is better than giving the gift of life to innocent animals. I've also become a vegetarian for the past four years. I'll always be glad I've supported the wonderful work done by Animal Place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Place is one of my favorite "rescue" type organization. They've helped so many farm animals that would otherwise have been forgotten and, in some cases, abused tremendously! I would rank them far above the posted 5 star rating. Personally, I'd rate them at least a 10...bar none!!! They're great people and have educated a lot of people who never realized that even farm animals have feelings and deserve our greatest respect and kindness!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Animal Place in Grass Valley in September 2016, I loved seeing all the animals - cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and chickens - all so wonderful. They were comfortable, well-cared for, and loved by all their caregivers and visitors as well. Animal Place provides shelter and care for abused and rescued farm animals and provides gentle and thoughtful exhibits and education panels to get people to think about how these animals live in factory farming and the abuse they suffer, and to see them as real living creatures rather than as products. There are panels with inspiring quotations from writers, artists, and philosophers about not showing respect for animals and not consuming animal products. Inside there is a small shop with books and educational material and some other merchandise. The volunteers are caring and knowledgeable - I thought they were very inspiring and if I lived anywhere Grass Valley I would love to volunteer there.

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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!