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Barn Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Barn Sanctuary is a hands-on animal sanctuary dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farm animal refugees. This includes any animals that have been abused, abandoned, sentenced to death or are victims of natural disasters. We educate the public about the horrific treatment of animals raised and slaughtered by modern day farm factories, and the positive impact that a plant-based diet can have on the environment and our health. Vision We envision a world in which animals are treated with empathy and compassion; a world where interacting with animals inspires people to make healthier dietary choices for the sake of animals and the environment. We strive to a lead a new and diverse generation of people towards a vegan lifestyle.

Target demographics: farmed animals

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: education, rescue, and outreach.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joseph J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is basically utopian; a world where people can connect with the animals that are typically taken advantage of in the everyday world. Many of the residents at the sanctuary have suffered hardships, however they are given a second chance to just be themselves and live on their terms, not ours. When you are there, you see just how much personality and liveliness all creatures have and that we have more in common than what separates us. The Team at Barn Sanctuary go to tremendous lengths to provide quality of life and care to all their residence which is heartwarming to witness. I have been volunteering, leading tours and helping to plan several events since January 2018 and it has changed my life in both meeting the amazing residents who live there and the people who work and volunteer to keep it going. Being a small part of this effort is an honor and a privilege I will not take for granted. 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is basically utopian; a world where people can connect with the animals that are typically taken advantage of in the everyday world. Many of the residents at the sanctuary have suffered hardships, however they are given a second chance to just be themselves and live on their terms, not ours. When you are there, you see just how much personality and liveliness all creatures have and that we have more in common than what separates us. The Team at Barn Sanctary go to tremendous lengths to provide quality of life and care to all their residence which is heartwarming to witness. I have been volunteering since January and it has changed my life in both meeting the amazing residents who live there and the people who work and volunteer to keep it going. Being a small part of this effort is an honor and a privilege I will not take for granted. 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

Julie S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

Anyone who takes a cow all the way to California in a van for surgery to save his eye, is one devoted human being. If all human beings could be as devoted as Barn Sanctuary, this world would be so much better. I have learned so much by Dan and Barn Sanctuary to the point that for 3 years I have not eaten any meat, that's any meat!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor for several sanctuaries including farm animal sanctuaries and I don't think I have ever been so impressed by Barn Sanctuary. Dan and his crew go above and beyond to help animals. When he took Mike across the country in a van to see if Mike could have surgery to prevent blindness, all I can say is amazing. To take Mike on the beach before Mike went blind is probably the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Dan and his sanctuary deserve this award.

Leah P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Barn Sanctuary for several months now and I love it. The staff and other volunteers are some of the nicest, coolest, most compassionate people you will ever meet. The animals are all loved and cared for. It’s one of my favorite places to be and I am grateful that I get to dedicate my time and volunteer here. It feels really good to give back and do something extra for the animals, especially because they help me out and cheer me up every time I’m out there. I am looking forward to Barn Sanctuary growing and expanding and rescuing more animals and I hope to be able to volunteer here for a long time.

1 Rebecca184

Donor

Rating: 5

Because of Dan and Barn Sanctuary, I no longer will eat meat. It use to be grab a package of meat at the meat counter and not think one thing about it other than what I am going to make that day for dinner. I can not ever think that way again. I am a better person because of what Dan has taught me indirectly. He has inspired me to become the person he is.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a dedicated and kind hearted sanctuary. They truley care about the animals and will do what ever they can to help them. The Barn Sanctuary is one of the good things about this world!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary has inspired, and touched so many lives. They save animals that would have otherwise died, giving them a new and beautiful chance at life. Their passion, commitment, and love for animals is unwavering. They inspire me to love animals and treat every being with respect and love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All I have seen of these lovely people especially Dan. They are amazing. Looking after these lovely animals and mostly making them better. When I can afford it I will donate . Such a good gracious cause to help these lovely people x ❣️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love following this barn on Facebook and Instagram. My family and I recently got the pleasure of visiting for my moms birthday. We got a wonderful tour from Emily (sad we didnt get to meet Dan, but he was busy hard at work saving lives) We met all the animals and they are in wonderful caring hands. I cant wait to go back!

Kristi Alls J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary does very important work for those animals who, might otherwise, perish. A wonderful, caring, compassionate staff who do everything they can to make life wonderful for and love the rescued animals in their care! Highest regard for everything they do and I am certain that my monthly donation of $40 goes, 100%, to the care of those 4-legged friends!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started out as founding donors as we liked the mission of helping farm animals in need. Then we progressed to attending a variety of their fundraisers. It was clear to us that Dan and the Barn have such a passion for the animals, and we decided we wanted to share the love, so we became volunteers! The Barn Sanctuary cares about all of the animals and you can see by the videos on Facebook that the animals know they are loved. Amazing work and heartless efforts!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud of the important work being done at Barn Sanctuary. Farm animals are arguably the most abused, but at Barn Sanctuary they are treated with dignity,respect, and love. More people need to be aware of their mission!

1 Roy S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We’ve been donating financially to this important cause since day one. The awareness they are raising locally and internationally to the plight of our animal friends is as impressive as it is essential. They have given homes to many sweet creatures in need and have rapidly built an incredible army of followers and advocates. Highly recommend

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dan is one of the most amazing humans on the planet. His genuine love for animals is what makes Barn Sanctuary so special. He never ever gives up on anyone who comes through the doors as a rescue and he has an unique relationship with every single soul. Via social media, Dan has introduced the world to Little Dude, to Andy, to Mike, to Lambert, to so many beautiful souls, some who aren't on this earth anymore. He shows us what it means to care for one another, to try your upmost to save someone else and to truly be a selfless person. Without barn sanctuary, these special little wonders wouldn't have gotten a second chance at life. Barn Sanctuary shows us all that animals are here on this earth for us to respect and to care for. It truly is an amazing charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best! They’re appreciation and care for animals is something that’s rare and awesome! I will always support Barn Sanctuary!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a monthly donor of Barn Sanctuary and the team has done an excellent job keeping in touch with donors by posting photo and video updates. Dan's selfies with the animals are the best! So much so that I have Mike and Dan as my lock screen to warm my heart every single time I unlock my phone. Love you guys!

Donor

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is truly an inspiration. I follow their story on Instagram with my two children and am inspired on a daily basis by their loving care of rescued animals. My 9 year old daughter now donates monthly and has learned the joy of giving to a great cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been to the barn sanctuary, but I have been following them on Instagram and are totally inspired by their generosity, selflessness & their love for animals. I have donated in the past and will continue to do in the future. They are an amazing group of people & I thank them from the bottom of my heart for showing such kindness.

1 Jessica K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is a blessing to animals in need. They REALLY care. I’ve been there, and I left feeling like every single animal was so so lucky to end up there. Every animal has a name, and a story, and gets so much love and attention. Barn Sanctuary is the real deal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dan and his crew are amazing with these animals. The biggest hearts I have seen, for what many people would see as misfit farm animals, which should just be put down. Barn Sanctuary works steadily with MSU for the best possible care for these animals. They don’t look for a quick fix, but a lasting fix. Outstanding charity work with unbenoumced dedication.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dan and the barn sanctuary give me a smile with every post shared. Even when some of the animals are struggling, it is great to know they are loved by such caring people. Dan is an inspiration and I am a proud regular donor to the barn sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Barn Sanctuary is one of my favorite charities that I support. Dan and the staff care for these animals in a way they have never seen. These guys are innocent and volunerable and at the mercy of their caregivers. It’s so touching to see the animals stories and updates to their improvement since coming to the Barn Sanctuary. Our kids are all at college and have electronic picture frames at our houses. I send their frames pictures of all of the animals and refer to them as their new siblings. Mike is a favorite!

1 Jennifer W.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is a phenomenal place that gives animals the love and support they haven't been able to find anywhere else. The kind and wonderful people who run the farm give their hearts to these beautiful creatures and are able to include the public in their journeys. We love them so much and love seeing the work they do!

2 Anita Fischer- J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Barn Sanctuary last summer and was thrilled that it was located within an hour from me. I started volunteering earlier this year. Everyone at Barn Sanctuary is very friendly and so compassionate. It is one of my happiest places on this earth. I absolutely love and adore all of the animals, and they remind me why I fight so hard for them everyday. Barn Sanctuary has some of the most compassionate people that I’ve ever met in my life and the animals are treated very well. Any animal that resides at Barn Sanctuary definitely hit the jackpot in life and I feel the same just by being able to be around these beautiful souls !!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dan and barn sanctuary wasted no time growing from the first cow rescued to a world class sanctuary. It makes the rest of us once again proud to be human. Bravo, for the love of animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I have never been to Barn Sanctuary (I live overseas) , I follow them closely on instagram and I have seen nothing but compassion. Their constant affection and care for animals, both sick and well is wonderful to see, especially in today’s world. They have inspired me greatly to start taking steps towards being a vegan, as well as having the dream of owning my very own sanctuary. Though while this will not happen for a decades to come, there is always Barn Sanctuary to remind me of what to look forward to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is probably my favourite animal sanctuary! I originally came across it after I saw Mike’s story. He’s a rescued calf that ended up losing his sight. Recently they’ve adopted a new calf (Andy) who has severe burns all over his body. The world needs more people like this. And I mean, desperately. I wish I could volunteer but unfortunately I’m thousands of miles away in the UK. When I watch their stories it gives me hope that not all is lost for humanity yet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Huge hearts and they keep you updated on everything your donation does for each animal. Amazing people!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We need more people and sanctuaries like this is our world. The Barn Sanctuary is inspiring, spreads love to animals in need and is the ultimate role model.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Barn animals don't get as much attention as say dog or cat rescues, however they are just as important!! Barn Sanctuary is wonderful and always pleased to support them and their cause!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started following Dan before cross country trip with Mike and have enjoyed weekly stories. I am now a Patron so monthly they get my donations. He’s inspiring with his love for his animals and love MSU veterinary doctors for taking care of his animals.

2 Brad Van der H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doing amazing work, that I one day, will do my best to emulate!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A beautiful venture defending the most vulnerable creatures en masse because of human intervention and dominion. Run by selfless and kind souls who endure much hardship to see their message spread and impact felt with all the animals they care for

1

Donor

Rating: 5

So inspired by Dan’s story! I love watching the progress of the rescues and sharing with friends and family! We all need a little more compassion in our lives. Keep up the good work barn sanctuary!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can’t stop donating to this organization I love them so much. They’ll forever keep a spot in my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Was so excited to see Barn Sanctuary opened their doors to the public after following them on instagram. My friend and I went to their grand opening and I was floored with how amazing their tours were. Not only did you get to meet the animals up close and personal, but they educate you about the meat and commercial farming industry in a way that isn’t threatening or in your face and in hopes to make a difference. They are changing so many lives. Animals and humans alike. They had vegan vendors and artists. They also had amazing facilities and all volunteer based. I can’t tell enough people about Barn sanctuary. The hearts they have and the love they give is an inspiration and makes me want to do so much more. They deserve all the recognition in the world

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scrivo dall’Italia , ho conosciuto il santuario su Instagram, Dan è un ragazzo straordinario e ama moltissimo i suoi animali , li aiuta in tutti i modi possibili e da loro tanto affetto.

2 Chelsey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here since January and I absolutely love it! It’s such an amazing place with such compassionate care for the animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing animal sanctuary with even more amazing and caring staff. Can’t wait to visit!!!

2 Heather Leigh M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Veterinary Student, I have the up most praise for this wonderful charity and their dedication to animal welfare.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is my happy place. The animals are living their best lives here, under the care of Dan, Christine, Tom, Kelli, and all of the volunteers, who all love them so much. It is a privilege to volunteer here, and form connections with all of these lovely creatures, and fellow like minded people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Barn Sanctuary is inspirational and they are truly are changing the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been watching the Barn Sanctuary blossom for quite a while. This sanctuary has easily become one of my favorites of all time. The love shown to each and every animal is above and beyond. The people working here are selfless heroes and do whatever it takes to ensure the safety and well being of the animals. I couldn’t recommend this sanctuary more!

1 Dana K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is an amazing organization, giving a happy life and home to farm animals that would have otherwise been given up on. Their ability to connect with the animals and share their stories is a gift for all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this sanctuary since it first started and Dan cares so much. It shows in his posts and story’s but most of all his actions. To take his cow friend Mike cross country on a road trip to fix his eyes. Amazing, and even though it didn’t work he was still smiling over time well spent with his buddy. This is a young sanctuary but it has a lot of promise and I can see Dan and his team helping countless animals in the years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Barn sanctuary is one of the best places on earth!❤️ Everything they do for these animals warms my heart. I wish I was one of their animals! Makes me smile A lot!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place ie pure magic and they truly are changing the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I truly wish I had more money and time to dedicate to such an amazing organization. Dan and his family have gone above and beyond to help farm animals in the Midwest: driving cross country for medical appointments, taking in animals deemed helpless by others, and so much more. This is the kind of organization that makes me want to give back and has even pushed me from occasional meat eater to full vegetarian. Their social media presence tells a beautiful story about how much humans can learn from animals.

3 Elisha T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Barn Sanctuary for almost a year and I have to say this is THE BEST PLACE EVER!!! Everyone is AMAZING!! And the animals are so well cared for, and the staff treats us volunteers like family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love everything the barn sanctuary is about. I first heard about them at a veg fest in Grand Rapids & I have followed them ever since. I think it’s so special that they spend their lives helping animals in need & they educate people in the process.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Barn Sanctuary is amazing. I have been a volunteer here for about 4 months and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Everyone who works or volunteers there is incredible. Compassionate, friendly, caring. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I feel like I really fit in here. The animals are well taken care of and you can feel the love for each and every animal at Barn Sanctuary. Nothing puts me in a better mood than coming out to volunteer - it’s truly therapeutic. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer here... to donate my time to help these animals that always help me (and they don’t even know it!). I hope to be able to continue to volunteer here for a long time.

P.S. that’s Steve in the pic with me. He’s probably the best dude ever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love them! Very caring and amazing to their animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Immensely dedicated and loving of animals. If I was close to the sanctuary I would volunteer. Much love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is the best thing that has happened to me. I have been searching for a sanctuary to volunteer at for 7 years, and this crew welcomed me with open arms.
There is so much that goes into a farm, medical, cleaning, community, and strategy on how to keep it funded. Dan, Kelly, Christine and Tom work non-stop to create the support and funds that are needed for these beautiful animals.

On top of that I get to photograph for this amazing community, and its the best job in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dan at barn sanctuary is the most compassionate person when it comes to the animals in his care. If you are looking for a sanctuary to support, this is a great sanctuary. His mission is to help livestock farm animals, such as pigs,sheep, goats,chickens, turkeys and cows. Animals that are raised to be consumed. He shows you they are capable of love and affection. You won't regret your choice to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the Barn Sactuary during their first weekend open celebration. It is truly an amazing place. The staff are all so passionate about what they do. The animals are cared for so well and you can see the happiness they now have in their eyes. Know that when you support this sanctuary you are supporting better lives for farm animals whom are among the most abused animals in the world. I can’t wait to go back, I plan to be a lifelong supporter!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Barn sanctuary is an amazing organization. They operators really care about each animal and do everything they can for them. They are transparent to the public. They provide the best medical attention when needed and I feel good supporting them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I visited Barn Sanctuary one weekend and we loved our experience! Dan (the owner) seems to really care for the animals and he knew them all by name and I thought that was very sweet! The animals all looked happy and content. I love this place so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is an amazing animal sanctuary. They go above and beyond to rescue animals by getting them the best medical care and ultimately giving them a wonderful home at their sanctuary. Their social media presence allows us to follow the journey of these beautiful animals as they heal and become part of the Barn Sanctuary family. The love and commitment that the owners and volunteers give to the animals is admirable and proves that loving animals and living a vegan lifestyle is a wonderful way to live life. I can’t wait to see the sanctuary continue to grow and hope one day to visit the sanctuary in person.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy to have found Barn Sanctuary. They do such amazing work with Animals. Their compassion is palpable. I always feel up to date with what’s going on with their rescues, like I’m part of the family. They are amazing people, with a beautiful vision and I’m happy to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Barn Sanctuary since September 2017, shortly after they recieved non-profit status. During this time, I have had the privledge in seeing the love, compassion and dedication that goes into the animals and their care.

Dan, Tom, Kelly and Christine are such incredible individuals who give the animals the sanctuary and safety that they are deserving of. Through the extreme animal care cases that require daily warm baths on burn victims such as Andy, who escaped a barn fire in Ohio, to physical therapy for animals like Jim and Jill, who in their previous home, suffered from frost bite and are now missing parts of their limbs. The love and consideration that has gone into Mike, the blind cow, who they believe needed a seeing eye buddy for the best quality of life possible, now has two best friends (Dan Jr. And Dwight) who help with his vision needs on the pasture and everything else your BFF is good for.

So many would have looked at the extreme cases of neglect and turned the animals in need away. The team at Barn Sanctuary has devoted their lives to making sure that every animal deserves the opportunity to love, be loved and have the best quality of life possible, even exceeding that in so many unique ways per individual non-human.

Every animal who finds refuge at Barn Sanctuary is incredibly lucky to be be wrapped in the loving arms of this team for the rest of their lives.

Thank you, Barn Staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Barn Sanctuary is an amazing nonprofit doing very important work! A great thing they do is share videos of the animals on the sanctuary, where you can see how truly loved and cared for they are.
Barn Sanctuary gives farm animals a true chance to live a peaceful and happy life!

2 Julia B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at Barn Sanctuary are some of the most compassionate human beings on the planet who genuinely want to do good for the animals they protect. They do an amazing job communicating with volunteers and donors about how their funds are being used and how they are helping the nonprofit fulfill it's mission. Dan, Kelly, Tom, Christine, and all the volunteers make you believe in humanity. The animals they rescue are cared for, protected, and seriously LOVED. There is no place more magical on this earth than the Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea, Michigan.

5 Kyla Marie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since beginning my volunteer journey at Barn Sanctuary in October 2017, my life has changed radically. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide care for such incredible beings, alongside some downright awesome humans. Being able to personally connect with the residents of Barn has further opened my eyes and my heart to the plight of farmed animals simply by allowing me to discover the unique and individual personalities of each animal. I cherish my relationship with each individual, human and non, at the sanctuary and am so grateful for the opportunity to help do such important work alongside individuals who share my values and exude an unmatched level of compassion. I volunteer every week, twice a week when I can, and would not trade this opportunity for anything. Caring for the animals has given me a sense of purpose along with a renewed sense of peace and hope. Simply stepping foot on the property fills me with unbridled joy, and I cannot encourage people enough to fill out a volunteer application here or at their nearest farm animal sanctuary. Your life will only be better for it.