The first time I went to Animal Place in Grass Valley, two of the pigs flopped over at my feet so that I could scratch their bellies. I immediately stopped eating pork. How could I eat something that does the same thing my beloved dog does? How could I eat something that expressed love towards me the first time they met me? I love going there and seeing the animals that are so happy that at one time lived in terrified fear. This place is amazing and makes me feel really good.
Animal Place is a magical place. Everything about Animal Place is so amazing. The work they do for animals is extremely important and they help animals in a great number of ways, one of which is by being a wonderful forever home to the animals they rescue. They also educate, in a variety of ways, and have many programs that help animals. I love visiting whenever I can, and donate as often as I can. Honestly walking amongst the animals and nature at Animal Place is heaven for me. The people are all so kind and so inspiring.
I have been following Animal Place for several years on facebook and really admire their concern and care for animals in need. Their staff and volunteers exhibit passion for their work and great compassion for the animals. Love getting regular updates and pics of animals and especially appreciate the sense of fun in some posts. I feel a real connection to some of my favorites and am truly invested in their wellbeing. I know my donations go directly to animal care so motivates me to give whenever I can.
I have been to Animal Place a number of times and rescued chickens there for my home coop. They are so genuine and nice and take such good care of the animals. We all need to go vegan!!!
In 2014, the light switch turned on for me at Animal Place. I had the opportunity to get close up with chickens and turkeys and see them as individuals instead of a forgotten meal. I became a volunteer the next month! Animal Place has provided sanctuary to farm animals for 31 years. Their commitment to ending farm animal exploitation and providing a second chance for so many makes them an amazing non-profit organization. This place not only saves animals, but have saved humans like me!
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.
I follow Animal Place religiously on Twitter. They are a marvelous
organization dedicated to saving the other animals we are to share
the planet with. I donate from time to time. I always retweet their
message to the world. What would the other life on the planet
do without them? I do not ever want to know. Stay safe and proud.
When I think about the horrendous cruelty animals endure, it is heartwrenching to me, and I wish I could be with them at the moment to stop what is happening to them and to prevent it from ever happening again. But when I see the several animal charities, such as you featuring the happy, care-free animals, I feel like, maybe things aren't hopeless, and maybe there is something a person can still do something about the horror. I am glad the animals have your
sanctuary to save them. You certainly deserve a diamond star.
M’y introduction to Animal Place has HUGELY IMPACTED my life because they SAVE PIGS from a HORRIFIC EXPEDITED MURDER by INHUMANE COMPANIES that think PIGS have no FEELINGS, but they DO, more so than MOST HUMANS; PIGS are also VERY INTELLIGENT!!!!!!! PLEASE SHARE to see the AMAZING LIVES that have been SAVED & are FLOURISHING & HELP this LOVING & COMPASSIONATE charity get NOTICED, THANK YOU!!!!!!!
The first time I was privileged to visit the animals at Animal Place, upon entering the gate, I remember letting out a deep sigh of relief as though I've come home. The grounds were kept clean and pleasant. Welcoming staff and volunteers went about their business attending to the animals in their spacious and well maintained areas. They connected with the animals individually in the only way I can describe it - loving kindness. The animals appeared comfortably relaxed toward the presence of people around. Some of the pigs, cows, goats, chickens, and rabbits did not mind being petted. Some would face you with the expression of acceptance and gratitude. I could almost hear them say, "We love you just the way you are. All is well. And thanks for being here." Others laid about snoozing away. I was there at siesta time. Staff and volunteers spoke fondly of the animals like family members and friends.
I have just a few years to retirement. Like most people I dream of my favorite things to do when I retire. And I dream about taking care of a whole bunch of rescued animals. I dream of living near a rescued farm animal sanctuary and reporting for duties every day to my four legged friends. I would to spend my days with them, clean their beds, give them tasty treats and reading to them. This always puts a smile on my face.
I took my 17 yr old granddaughter to Animal Place because she loves cows! They took us on the tour and we were amazed because they know every animal by name and each animals story of how they came to AP! Then they took us on a private tour into the cows so Addy could meet them in person and pet them. It was amazing and Animal Place is doing wonderful things!
Animal Place is an organization dear to our hearts. The work done by the people at this place to rescue and educate in the farm animal industry is invaluable. Farm animals sometimes seem to be overlooked much of the time in the rescue and rehabilitation non-profit community, but Animal Place staff and volunteers tirelessly do everything they can to get the word out about the plight of these animals and to help people learn where their food comes from. I hope Animal Place and other organizations like it are able to grow and reach more people for many years to come.
I donate monthly to Animal Place because I believe they do wonderful work and fill a void in animal rescue. Even though the people working there are extremely busy, they take time to keep donors updated. One day I hope to visit and spend time there!
Sometimes I feel like this world is too horrible for me, but I am inspired when I read about the Animal Place and all the good things they have done. We need more people and organizations like them! Thank you for all you do.
One holiday season when I was at a loss for what gift to give a friend who is also a vegan and animal activist like me, I thought of donating to an animal sanctuary in her name and writing her a note about it. She would be happy with that. Then Animal Place sent out a slightly different invitation: Donate $100 and you can have a rescued chicken be named after the person of your choice. That was an even better idea. So I did it, and my friend was thrilled to hear from Animal Place that a chicken was forever named “Sharon Hall” in her honor. I am so very happy with all the great work that Animal Place is engaged in.
The Animal Place is doing work that is unique in scope - rescuing and repairing all manner of creatures from neglected pets to traumatized food animals. They're a true force for a kind of good that is sorely needed.
We had 2 Malamutes that were very sick and had to be put to sleep. Even they passed away we brought in a federal cat that was born in our boat. She had an upper respiratory infection that if she didn't get immediate medical attention she should have passed as well. She is now a Beautiful indoor kitty that helped us heal from the loss of our pups. She also has smuggled time with our guinea pig. An Animal's Love is UNCONDITIONAL. And ALL ANIMALS DESERVE TO BE LOVED AND HAVE A FOREVER HOME.
just keep myself updated through their emails...which are all such beautiful stories of wonderful people at work!!
I volunteered 2 years ago and it was a amazing experience helping and feeding the cows in the pasture herd.
I live in NYC and donate and work with local animal shelters here. I love the work
they do at Animal Place, in California. I have donated and taken a personal interest in many of the rescues there. Mr. Panda is an example of this. They rescued Mr. Panda after a person set him on fire with kerosene. There are many wonderful stories and rescues at Animal Place. I plan on visiting next year on my vacation. I try to give as much as I can when I see how much great work is being done there!
Carol and Bruce Smith
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I helped rescue more than 1,000 starving chickens from a destroyed farm in MS. When Animal Place found out about the chickens, they sent a trailer to rescue them. Thanks to Animal place, these poor starving animals were given a new lease on life. Animal Place is a fantastic organization that provides rescued animals a lifetime of love and care. They are fantastic!
I receive regular email newsletters from Animal Place, and I appreciate being updated on how they are helping animals who have suffered terribly. I feel good knowing that Animal Place is an organization that dedicates itself to providing so much love and care for animals who need the help that Animal Place provides. I see Animal Place as a heroic organization for what they have accomplished and will continue to accomplish in the future.
From my very first visit to Animal Place I fell in love with the animals as well as the people who work tirelessly to ensure the well being of its residents. It is wonderful to experience the care and effort that is put into Animal Place. The staff is super knowledgeable, I have learned a lot about farm animals, I always look forward to my next visit to this beautiful peace of heaven!
Animal Place holds a very special place in my life, for multiple reasons. My first visit to the sanctuary in the year 2000 inspired me to become vegetarian, and set me on the path to ultimately going fully vegan and doing advocacy for animals. Even when I moved from San Francisco to the east coast, I continued to stay in touch with Animal Place and to make periodic financial contributions. In the year 2015, after my husband died in an accident, the staff were incredibly helpful in giving me advice. They also invited me to become active with their Food for Thought program, which helps animal and environmental nonprofits to adopt vegan event menu policies. This collaboration was a great success for Animal Place and the other participating organizations, and serving as both a donor and regular volunteer gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I have returned to visit the sanctuary annually since 2016, for Thank the Turkeys and other events, and find it so inspiring to visit the animals and their beautiful location, and to spend time with the dedicated and compassionate people who make it all possible!
I have not had the opportunity to visit Animal Place but I hope to in the future. They do amazing work to nourish the lives of animals who have experienced incredible hardships, and are well-connected to the communities around them.
I first read about Animal Place in a story from the "San Francisco Chronicle." I'd never heard about sanctuaries that rescued animals who would've been slaughtered and brought them to a beautiful place where they could live out their lives in peace, comfort, and enjoyment. It was such a beautiful idea that I started supporting Animal Place financially. Since then, I've read more about them, and have always been glad to support them because of the many animals who enjoy their lives at Animal Place, rather than being killed on a factory farm.
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.
Animal place is a sanctuary for the animals and for the people who visit. This is a place that brings me so much joy. I am a passionate advocate for animal rights, animal equality and welfare. By visiting Animal Place, I get the opportunity to spend time with the wonderful animals and also surround myself with likeminded people. It’s wonderful to meet with the kind, passionate and knowledgeable staff whom provide care for these animals. Many people have never had the opportunity to meet farm animals. Meeting the animals provides opportunities to hopefully see the animals in a new light and with a positive new perspective. Animal Place provided a safe and loving environment for so many animals in need. I have visited 5 times and have enjoyed many of the annual events, included the 2018 Thanksgiving “Thank The Turkeys” event & 2019 Pride Celebration. Animal place works hard to care for the animals and also to educate about animal welfare, factory farming and to promote a positive pro-vegan lifestyle. I have fallen in love with many of the precious animals at Animal Place and I look forward to coming back to visit again soon.
I have been a supporter of Animal Place for many years. I am proud of the work they do for needy animals.
My wife and I have been donating to Animal Place on a monthly basis since 1999 when we first learned of the organization after reading a story about them in a local newspaper. Since then, we have followed Animal Place’s progress as they’ve continued to grow, expand, and provide ever more vital services to animals in need. We have also visited their fantastic sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, after which our respect and admiration for both the founders, employees, and volunteers reached new heights, as their kindness and devotion to abused and abandoned animals was plainly evident and inspiring to both of us. It is a truly outstanding organization and I can not recommend Animal Place any more highly as an exemplary charitable association that is more than deserving of all the plaudits and funding that comes their way. Please join my wife and I in supporting this organization in any way you can - you will quickly find that they are deserving of your trust and generosity.
Just visit the website and you will be amazed at just how many animals have been saved by this caring sanctuary. The stories, videos and pictures show how deeply they care for their wards- who have been let down by society. Volunteers are smiling and I can only imagine how their lives are impacted after a visit. Animal Place is a special place, and continues to support the bigger mission - saving all creatures from the torment of abuse and neglect.
We visited Animal Place a few years ago, with our three young children. We were all very impressed with the educational aspect of the organization, the care of the animals and the immense love and dedication that goes into making the place run smoothly and efficiently. Thank you to Animal Place for creating a warm, welcoming environment in which they educate the public about the importance of animals in our lives. Our children were able to first-hand see and interact with pigs, chickens and rabbits. They realize why we don't eat animals, thanks in part to Animal Place!
What a sweet place for a hapless animal to land. They care for so many and are a welcome respite of hope and love in a world that so often mistreats living creatures. Thank you for all you do!
Animal Place is a unique and wonderful non profit organization that rescues and gives freedom and love to countless animals who were dimmed for dead, abandoned or abused by for profit, heartless humans. I support this organization and if you really care about animals, this organization is a must. Animal Place also promotes compassion and teaches children and adults alike to see animals differently, as they really are, individuals with needs, desires and personalities of their own, just like we human animals are. All animals human and non human are alike.
The Animal Place is amazing! The level of compassion and education they strive to lead their guests to is outstanding. The thought and care that goes into their work is unbelievable and so much appreciated. Thank you all for your impact!
I love this rescue. Animal place is a very caring rescue . I love following them on social media and reading about their residents. Keep up the good work!
My wife and I were so impressed with the empathy and compassion displayed by all the workers and the conditions at Animal Place during our tour.
We learned a great deal and were moved to tears at some of the stories of the animals. It restores one's faith in mankind that there are leaders and compassionate folks in the world that have made the obvious effort to shelter and provide a loving existence for all the animals at Animal Place.
I strongly recommend supporting this valuable nonprofit.
Knowing the horrors of Factory farming and how you take these beautiful animals and give them a wonderful life full of the freedom they desire and lots of love, I can't thank you enough. I have read numerous stories about your rescue and I know you are top notch and do wonders for these animals in need. I also know you are a highly rated rescue organizaiton as well. I have donated to your rescue in the past anytime I can and I wouldn't do that unless I knew you were very reputable and doing wonderful things for these awesome animals including saving their lives. I have always loved you guys for what you do. Thank you so much for being so awesome to these wonderful animals so deserving of your love and tireless efforts to give them everything they need to live beautiful lives.
My daughter and I went on a tour to see all the animals we help. The animals are amazing and so are the staff. My daughter's favorite area was with the pigs. I enjoyed them all. We bought t-shirts and veggies for our rescued guinea pigs. It was well worth the drive and are so glad Animal Place is part of our lives.
I found their go fund me page, saw that they were rescuing animals and I feel that is an extremely worthy cause so I donated. They kept me informed on where they my donation went and which animal I helped.
Have been donating to Animal Place for many years. They have helped so many & educated many. There is no organization like them.
Animal Place is a MUST anytime I am near Grass valley!
I appreciate all the volunteers and staff for helping so many farm animals that would otherwise have not survived ,but really enjoy walking the grounds watching them have a fuller ,healthier,happy daily life.
Getting Animal Place emails and newsletter keep me informed as well.
I can't wait to go visit and hopefully volunteer at the new Petaluma one.
Thank you ANIMAL PLACE for all your help saving and giving these animals an open space to live.
I am amazed and inspired by the extraordinary work that Animal Place does every single day for animals in need. The love, compassion, and patience that Animal Place gifts each animal in its care is wonderful. Thank you, Animal Place, for making the world a much better place, starting with one beloved animal at a time!
I love this charity, they do so much good and constantly keep me educated on what’s going on with the welfare of animals. They have saved so many precious lives and I support them fully.
I've visited Animal Place a few times and taken the hosted tour. I also attended their Thanksgiving with the Turkeys event. I love animals but how many people, including myself until now, have had the opportunity to see them in a natural and nurturing environment where they display the same behaviors as a domestic companion animal. Farm animals are just as domesticated as that cat or dog except they mostly live on a farm instead of in a home on a couch but that doesn't change their existence as sentient creatures. I'd like to think we have evolved as humans and don't need to subsist on animal flesh anymore, however, I see what has not changed every day in the meat and deli aisle of the grocery store. If more people had a species experience like at Animal Place, perhaps they would think differently about these animals before they become the "farm to table" experience.
Honest, compassionate people who put the needs of the animals first and foremost.
I have yet to be able to visit Animal Place, but love helping them whenever I can with a donation. Their stories and videos are so inspirational and uplifting...
I loved my visit to the Animal Place. I learned quite a bit about the animals there, how they are currently treated/used in agribusiness, how they came to land at the Animal Place. The "tours" are great, they allow you not only to learn, but also to interact with the animals. Chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits, goats...all great encounters! The staff is clearly passionate about their work and devoted to the cause. They take great care of the animals, as well as the public's safety during visits.
Their stories and photos of the animals they have rescued are so touching and instructive. I am glad they are here rescuing more animals in trouble.
Thanks to Animal Place, I grew more informed of the cruelty to farm animals and other animals. As a result, I am going vegetarian and plan to go vegan. I was born and raised in New York City so, I was raised eating meat. At the time, there were also many stray animals just roaming NYC and whenever I encountered one, I would bring him home and try to find them homes so I have always loved animals. I am now super aware of what happens to many animals that most people do not know about. I am grateful that now I stand for all these wonderful animals and continue to try and stop the cruelty they endure daily. Thank you Animal Place for all the compassion and dedication you give and for sharing your wealth of knowledge to the public.
The first time I visited this animal paradise I saw a small boy reaching through a fence to pet a young cow. It warmed my heart so! It epitomized the relationship we should have with our animal friends: trust, love, and respect. Friends! Not food.
Animal Place is such an amazing animal sanctuary. My wife and I visited and took a tour where we got to meet all of the animals and hear their stories. The staff are all very welcoming and knowledgable about Animal Place and all the animals they have rescued. All of the animals seem so happy and very well taken care of. I wish there were more places like Animal Place. The work they do helps save so many lives.
My mother, teenage daughter, and I visited the Animal Place this summer. I had been following them on Facebook and had wanted to visit for a long time. Being there was even more wonderful than I imagined. Everyone we spoke with was helpful and welcoming and we loved seeing all the rescued animals finally living lives of peace and joy. My daughter loved it so much that she is even thinking about going back there after high school to work as an intern.
We adopted some chickens from Animal Place several years ago. They did an amazing job giving us information about chickens who have been rescued from factories. It was great to bring those girls home and have them experience running around on grass and being in an open environment. They came with feather missing and looking pretty bad - after the first time they molted, all their feathers came back and they looked terrific. Animal Place gave us an opportunity to open our home and coop to animals who needed it. Thank you! We're a "client" but also a "donor," having given to this wonderful non-profit.
We humans are not nearly as smart as we think we are (though the 50th anniversary of the moon landing reminds us we CAN be!!!). Case in point, we think we know it all, but in fact we know SO little about other species, yet we're quick to assume we're "tops" in every category! I took a tour of Animal Place's jaw-dropping facilities years ago and came away inspired, diet transformed, since. Allowed to simply be themselves at Animal Place, the various farmed animals they've rescued demonstrate their widely-varying personalities, expressions of friendship, joy in living, and devotion to friends, family, care providers, visitors... Animal Place has made it possible for them to transform from the heinous traumas caused them by humans, traumas hard to imagine ever overcoming. Turns out, Love IS All You Need! Animal Place's exemplary, unconditional love, respect, kindness and care makes for miracles every day. They inspire humans like me to try to model what humans can, should, and MUST become to coexist and create a sustainable future for all of us. Thank you Animal Place!!
Having met founder Kim Sturla, I took a tour of Animal Place and have been a fan and advocate since. It is far more than a shelter for the farmed animal victims of humans' brutality. It is an inspirational and very much "live" educational experience for us humans to see what is sadly, routinely hidden from all of us. These farmed animals are not "products" but amazing, sensitive, very social beings with charming, varied and wonderful personalities. We humans can and must learn from them - the animals and Animal Place - about our own arrogance and cruelty, and urgent need to change. We "planetary bullies" can and must find our humanity and save ourselves, and all life on the planet. Thank you Animal Place. You are an inspiration.
The staff was very friendly and professional. It was a great experience to meet and learn about some of the different animals on the sanctuary like the pigs and rabbits. I highly recommend others to check this place out!
I read a post on facebook from Animal Place. I was so taken by its compassion and kindness towards farm animals I had never read about or known before. Plus, it posted delicious vegan recipes. Animal Place deserves all the financial assistance it can receive. Hopefully you can make that happen so Animal Place can save more deserving unfortunate farm animals. Thank you.
We are Scooter's Pals, another non profit in northern CA that is all volunteer and is mostly dogs and cats.
Animal Place and Kim have been more than generous advising us and helping us with our
own non profit's efforts and have been more than supportive.
We love Animal Place and are so grateful to them for their guidance and support over
the past few years.
Well, due to Animal Place informing me about the different needs of various animals, I'm able to learn ways to help them, and the environment. Keep up the great work !!!
My husband and I first visited Animal Place at one of its vegan events years ago and have been back a number of times since then. We’ve adopted several sets of rescued hens through this wonderful organization and hope to see them continue their egg-farm rescue work. Nothing but praise for Animal Place!
I have been volunteering with Animal Place since spring of this year and to say my life has completely changed for the better would be an understatement. What an incredibly healing place with the kindest, most compassionate and dedicated staff and animal caregivers. The animals here had no chance, are on the bottom of the food chain (literally and figuratively) and have found rescue and respite to live out their important lives in peace and kindness. Animal Place is such a healing balance in such a negative, violent and selfish world. Being a volunteer here has made me a better person, and seeing people’s hearts change towards farmed animals after visiting here and interacting and making a vital connection with another sentient being is truly the medicine we so desperately need in our society. I highly recommend Animal Place!
Although I have not personally visited this nonprofit, I love receiving their e-mails and news about their rescued animals. I love that they serve mainly what would be considered "farm" animals, because I don't know of many other rescues that are equipped to do that. I have many favorite rescues, but Animal Place is one of my top five favorites. They always go above and beyond for the animals in their care. Wish I had more money to donate, because I love the work they do.
My husband and I first became patrons of Animal Place in 2014. We attended the annual Thank the Turkeys event as new vegans, and I mean 2 week baby vegans. We didn't know much about farm sanctuaries and the incredible work they did but what we experienced that day was life changing. We have been going back to Animal Place every year for the Thank the Turkeys event and have brought our daughter, and will be bringing our newest daughter this year. This event is a highlight of our entire year. The ability to commune with like minded people, see the animals up close, show them love, share in a delicious vegan ThanksLIVING meal, and hear about the incredible work Animal Place is doing for these animals is an incredibly spiritual and soulful experience. It is the event where I am reminded "this is why I am vegan." Animal Place has changed me and the way I approach veganism. I will forever be grateful to Animal Place and will keep coming as long as they will have us :)
Last year i spent a day at Animal Place, and I could not be more impressed with their whole operation! The tour was excellent and informative, and the animals were wonderful and clearly given the absolute best life possible with the highest standard of care. I am so glad I got to meet Wilbur, who I will never forget, he was such a special pig! Many thanks to Animal Place for the outstanding work they do to protect animals and give them a good life after so many of them have suffered. Top notch sanctuary!