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Iowa Farm Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: At Iowa Farm Sanctuary, we will provide a safe haven to rescued farm animals in need of love and compassion while providing humans the opportunity to experience the unique sentience and intelligence found within these animals.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Christopher W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a beautiful space for rescued farm animals. As the only farm sanctuary in Iowa, it serves such an important role. As a volunteer, farm yoga teacher, and board member, I can vouch for the day to day operations. I can tell you that every aspect of this nonprofit begins and ends with love and compassion. Iowa Farm Sancruary is well thought out, is staffed by amazing folks, and has a mission that is clear for all those who visit. The nonprofit wouldn’t be anything without the animals! The animals are well taken care of, loved immensely, and are ambassadors for their species. Donors can see that their money is well spent in how the animals are cared for. This is a non-profit that you will never regret donating to!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Every day, I am so grateful for the first farm animal sanctuary in Iowa. Thank you, Jared and Shawn for your vision and for pursuing it step by step. Iowa Farm Sanctuary is a beautiful and amazing place. They have a beautiful balance of respecting the animals and yet inviting others to come experience the sanctuary and get up close and personal with the animals. The energy there is peaceful and calm and loving. They offer many ways to offer support and involvement. Thank you, Iowa Farm Sanctuary for exisiting and for going above and beyond for every animal in your care every day.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Iowa Farm Sanctuary has done SO much good in the relatively short time they have been here.
They hit the ground running and have rescued so many animals, many with complicated medical issues. They have organized wonderful events and have regular open barn days. Because of IFS many people see farmed animals as individuals and have decided that they no longer want to exploit them. I am proud to know the founders of the sanctuary and appreciate all of the volunteers that help keep it going. They definitely deserve 5 stars.

4 Andy D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IFS is doing wonderful and important work, and doing it in a creative way. Their community events and volunteer opportunities seem fun and well-organized. I also appreciate the ways in which they reach out to others to share their message; a representative came and spoke to our Eastern Iowa Vegan Community about their work and gave a great talk!

4 Roxane B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Iowa Farm Sanctuary! We go whenever we get the opportunity during their open barn days (nearly every Sunday from 12-3). I would highly recommend the private tour! There is nothing like getting the one on one time with the animals,plus talking with the founders (Shawn and Jered) about the animals, just a perfect day! Iowa is SO lucky to have IFS!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so excited when I heard Iowa was getting a farm sanctuary. I have been there many times and know these are amazing people doing amazing things. Love interacting with the animals. IFS is one of my favorite places to be!!!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to support this non profit and the amazing work they do!

5 Joel K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most people don't see a life worth saving beyond humans, dogs, & cats; but isn't a life no matter what just as precious as the next? Thank you for all you guys do Iowa Farm Sanctuary.

5 Emma Rose B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization providing a safe-haven for animals.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a great organization, had the opportunity to go to a couple of events and be able to pet the animals and learn about their stories.

6 Laura R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charitable organization helps to end animal suffering and helps to spread awareness in the community. They are kind and compassionate with animals and the community. They have wonderful charitable fundraisers that bring people and animals together. This is my go to charity when I have extra money to donate and my friends know that this is where they can donate money on my behalf for a gift. Their website has information on all the residents and provides information on all that is going on within the organization. They make donations fun too. They allow you to donate to sponsor an animal for a period of time. My step-daughter recently gifted me sponsorship of a goat, Tauntaun, and they sent me a certificate and picture :-)

6

Donor

Rating: 5

The Iowa Farm Sanctuary is an amazing place, you can spend hours here just hanging out with the residents and giving them delicious fruits and veggies. The staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming to everyone, they can answer any question you might have and are happy to tell you the story of any of the residents. I have so much fun when I go to their open barn days or varying events throughout the year! It’s a fun educational environment and I always leave relaxed after I spend some time here.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Farm Sanctuary is an amazing non-profit organization in Eastern Iowa. They care for rescued farm animals in need of a home and shown a life of love and compassion. Definitely recommend donating for their $5 Friday’s and visiting on open barn days to see the work they do first hand.

5 Jim M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This a a great sanctuary! They are very good people doing amazing things for farm animals. When we rescued a piglet IFS helped us locate a sanctuary that had the room to take him. I will forever be thankful to them for this. They are heavily involved in the community for animal rights and always speak up for those who do not have a voice. There is no end to the good they do.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Farm Sanctuary is playing a HUGE roll in Iowa's animal welfare/vegan culture. They have done so much to help so many different types of animals in so many different conditions. It takes true passion, and they have it.

7 sara.jp

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iowa Farm Sanctuary is the real deal. This organization changes lives, for both the rescued residents and the humans who visit. The founders and board are courageous, compassionate, attentive, and responsible. While caring for the animals on site is the highest priority, IFS also works hard to advocate for animal welfare in general. Additionally, they provide educational opportunities for both children and adults, hold events at the farm, do outreach to further the mission, and much more. Everything they do is for the animals, and to spread compassion and knowledge. This is a great organization, and we’re proud to have this sanctuary in Iowa!

6 Angela L.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary 2-3 times a month for about a year, in both the barn areas and in the Garden for Good (garden that produces some of the fresh vegetables for the animal residents). Every animal resident is given oodles of attention and love, with their healthcare being of top importance. When an animal resident needs some medical attention, it is done as soon as possible.

It is easy to get involved with helping from mucking out the barns, gardening/horticulture tasks, to building maintenance, and suggestions for making things more fun are always listened to and often implemented. I have never felt a sense of pretentiousness at this sanctuary, which is refreshing. You are guaranteed to return home with a heart three times as large as when you arrived at IFS.

6 Amber L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on my second season as a regular volunteer. I thoroughly enjoy my time at the farm and am excited to continue to watch it grow. The animal residents are sweet, full of personality, and well cared for, each having their own story of how they came to the sanctuary. Shawn and Jered are co-founders and live on the property. They are always so kind, so appreciative, and available to volunteers, as are the other board members. The sanctuary relies on the kindness of donors and the help of volunteers and the process to become either is really easy. Both the humans and animals at IFS are amazing and the work they are doing to build a caring and compassionate community is wonderful!