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Animal Place

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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 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

93 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.

Alicia P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Animal Place's Rescue Ranch a few times and always loved the experience. The staff is welcoming and very hard- working, the animals are treated so gently and lovingly. They have tons space and their living environments are cleaned from top to bottom everyday. They are really committed to their mission. I just wish their Grass Valley location wasn't so far from the bay area so I could volunteer more often. This picture is from my last time at Rescue Ranch with the infamous Lucas the goat. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with how Animal Place is run and operated! So much care and love go into everything they do there. The animals are so wonderful and happy. As a volunteer, I see what the public sees as well as the behind the scenes activities and behaviors. It truly is a very special place! So much compassion and love for the animals :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at Animal Place is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their mission. I highly recommend supporting their efforts to provide education to people and rescue/sanctuary services for farm animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered fir events, work days and farm sanctuary work. The staff is knowledgeable and completely dedicated to doing their very best for the animals. Many of the volunteers I have met are idealistic international students involved in animal rights advocacy and are Vegan for the animals.
Animal Place is a special place with happy rescued animals each with their own personality.

Debbie M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Animal Place since 2017. The staff and animal caregivers are compassionate, hard working and totally dedicated to the animal residents. They stay true to their mission to educate and advocate for all species. The animal residents that are lucky enough to call Animal Place their home are loved and treated with the respect they deserve as unique, amazing individuals. My volunteer time has given me such peace, joy and laughter. Thanks to the animal residents and all they have taught me, I am now a more passionate animal advocate and activist. I share their stories and heartwarming rescues in hopes I can make a difference for all those that couldn’t be saved. Animal Place has given me so much more than I can ever return.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi I have to tell you this is an awesome place I bought two of their hats and orange one and all of one and they're just awesome they wash really well and they're very high-quality these people do awesome work to help other four legged friends and some two legged friends

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely well maintained propriety, the animals are healthy happy, some of them super sociable , I went there on a vegan food tasting and it was a wonderful day, I heard about some of the histories of the residents walked on the propriety and entered the barns, everyone was super friendly and receptive, they shared a lot of interesting facts about the animals, I love this place, just wish I live closer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered and attended the Conscious Eating Conference in 2017 at Animal Place and it is a weekend I'll never forget. The organization put together an amazing event with notable speakers and activities spread throughout the sanctuary. There I met some of the amazing individuals rescued by Animal Place, and each one gave me hope for a kinder future. Words can't express my gratitude to Animal Place for all they do for these animals that cannot help themselves. They give condemned lives a second chance to live peacefully on a beautiful farm, form animal and human friendships, and to simply be themselves. They are an amazing non profit and I wish them all the luck on their ongoing mission to save lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here many times and every time I am amazed by what this sanctuary does and gives to the animals. They truly love and care for these animals and have made such a huge impact on these animals lives. Not only is it rewarding to see what their work does but being able to be apart of it gives my life fulfillment and drives my passion for saving farmed animals and promoting a vegan lifestyle. The work they do will always amaze me and I will never stop supporting their cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did the advocacy internship with Animal Place and it was such an incredible, unforgettable experience! My duties included helping with social media, event planning, chicken adoption events, sanctuary tours, etc. Each week, all the interns had an opportunity to participate in an alternative event to expand our knowledge of animal agriculture. I got so much out of this internship and I would highly recommend the program to others!

Animal Place does a great job of rescuing and taking care of their animals on the sanctuary as well as educating public about animal exploitation. From sanctuary tours, conferences, holiday events, rescue program and a guest house to Brave the Cage and Food for Thought campaigns, a vegan grocery store, and an internship program... Animal Place has it ALL! I've never seen an organization so dedicated to helping farmed animals, please give them your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at Animal Place earlier this year, and had a great experience. I was especially impressed by how many campaigns Animal Place manages. Their Brave the Cage program is focused on outreach and educating the public about hens used for egg-laying. The Food for Thought program reaches out to shelters and environmental groups to adopt a vegan event policy. The Animal Place staff cares for hundreds of rescued animals, and it is because of them that these animals can live out the rest of their lives free from harm.

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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.

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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.