I have learned so much in the year I've been working as the program coordinator at Sanctuary One. I have connected with the most amazing school groups and their extremely dedicated teachers. I have learned so much about caring for horses, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, ducks and chickens! I get to work in the learning garden and permaculture garden where volunteers and staff have shared their knowledge with me and taught me how to start seeds, nurture plants, compost, transplant, and soil build. My favorite part has been sharing this learning with the students and youth groups who come to visit the farm. I get to enjoy the beauty of the mountains every day and sometimes we see Bald Eagles and fresh water Otters visiting the sanctuary. I am so excited to be a part of this care farm model, helping people to connect to animals and the earth.
Sanctuary One is a special place with hard-working people filling an important niche in southern Oregon, much of which is rural. They also give back to the community. In 2018, they held free yoga day retreats to help people heal from breast cancer, among others. It was an amazing day, and I thank them for what they do, but also who they are--people committed to making a difference.
The most wonderful thing we do at Sanctuary One is rescue and rehabilitate abused & neglected animals. To see these poor animals come in and see the condition they are in is heart breaking. Then... in just a few weeks they figure out they are safe here! The transformation is astounding and dramatic. This is a true miracle and I am humbled and privileged to be a small part of this process. We need thousands more Sanctuary Ones to save more animals. It is truly a life changing experience that I highly recommend.
I spent the summer of 2017 interning at Sanctuary One, and absolutely fell in love with the place. The staff, volunteers, and other interns were all extremely supportive and welcoming. This organization truly makes a difference in the community in so many ways. They provide care to all kinds of homeless animals, and do their part to take care of the environment. They also impact the lives of people through community service, which allows people to heal and connect with the land and with animals that have also gone through rough times. I greatly enjoyed my time taking care of the animals, assisting with projects around the farm, and interacting with the public through tours and community service projects. Sanctuary One became my home-away-from-home over the summer. I loved my experience so much, I volunteered one day a week the summer of 2018. I will always try to make time to support this amazing organization.
Review from Guidestar
I have been involved with Sanctuary One for over 5 years. I love the diversity of the animals and the wonderful and dedicated staff that cares for them.
I started volunteering at Sanctuary One in January. Being an animal lover, I wanted to work with animals who needed it and to help a good cause. It wasn't until I started there that I learned all they did to help animals, people and the earth. I have learned so much and have received at least as much as I have given. Every person I have met at Sanctuary One is an exceptional being who cares about leaving the world better than it was found. The respect for the animals, the earth and for each other is a concept that isn't yet readily promoted in the US. It's popular in many European countries, but we still have a lot to learn. I would love for them to help spread the word about the great work they do!
I am one of the main Veterinarians (large animal) that visits Sanctuary One on a regular basis. I normally make a volunteer visit once monthly, and every time I visit, I'm impressed with the quality of care that all of the animals receive, as well as the excellent husbandry that is always evident. All of the animals are treated and loved equally, as I can observe through the interactions with all of the interns and staff. Sanctuary One is truly a "family".
I'm honored to be a part of this great facility, and hope to be involved for many years to come.
A special thanks and deserved recognition also goes to Ms. Sansa Collins (Animal Care Manager). She is always aware of the status of each animal, and her ability to notice if an animal isn't doing well, as well as her ability to treat those in need of care is outstanding.
Dan Cochren, DVM
I got my Nikki from sanctuary one. We found her in pet finder and contacted them for the process since we live over 500 miles away. They worked with oru local SPCA to completely make sure we'd could offer the right type of home and not take us for our word. I really appreciated then doing this because so many pets have owners that should have never been able to adopt in the first place. The have a great property and communicate very well. What an amazing place.
What lovely reviews! They say it all, really.
Sanctuary One is a beautiful place in the Applegate Valley full of amazing people dedicated to the comfort and happiness of the animals in their care.
Having volunteered there since February of 2013, my plans are to continue volunteering as long as I am able.
It's a wonderful place to be. They share my values and I believe in the work they do. I am proud to be a part of what they strive to accomplish in this crazy world.
It's a great place to do some good.
Sanctuary One is an amazing place to spend a few hours learning about animals and how by helping animals this amazing organization to helping people as well. This care farm combines the care of animals with therapeutic programs for people facing difficulties such as veterans working through PTSD and juvenile offenders. Hundreds of local school children also visit the care farm on field trips. On a farm tour, you will get to meet the care farm's creatures up close and personal. The intern who led our tour was a recent Southern Oregon University Graduate and shared her knowledge in so many areas. In these days of corporate farms raising animals in factory farms, Sanctuary One is doing amazing work to raise the public's awareness of the poor life of animals in abusive farms and what we all can do to help them. There are also domestic pets cared for here that are up for adoption. The farm is in a beautiful setting in Oregon's Applegate Valley. Please visit, donate and consider adopting an animal from Sanctuary One.
I spent a weekend at Sanctuary One and was blown away. Such a peaceful place full of hope, education and community. As an ethical vegan I am now inspired to start a nonprofit of my own to serve animals and build a compassionate community based on giving, nonviolence and education; just as Sanctuary One has. Thank you for all that you do!
Sanctuary One is a fantastic care farm. I attended Sanctuary One as part of a field trip. The workers and interns are polite, helpful and wonderful to talk to. The animals are sweet and well cared for, and the grounds are beautiful. Once I visited Sanctuary One I realized that it was no small wonder that they are so well loved. Amazing place!
I have adopted two barn animals from Sanctuary One which is how I became acquainted with them. I too live on a small farm in Oregon and help barn animals, but Sanctuary One is a role model for me in many ways. They not only help animals, they help people and the earth. They bring it all together in a full circle which is what care farming is all about. I have been back to S.One several times to visit and each time I am so inspired, and each time they have created new shelters, new garden beds, new earth-garden experiments are going on, there are volunteers scurry around and everyone has a positive attitude. They help children from the area learn about animals and earth - and caring for them. And they bring in war vets to help farm and garden - healing broken hearts and hurt souls. I can assure you if you support this group, your money is being used wisely. I personally know some of the staff and they are just great. Katherine Dunn / Apifera Farm, Oregon
Sanctuary One is in my opinion one of the most valuable Non-Profit resources we have in Oregon. The education, understanding, and overall commitment to sustainability, kindness, and positive alternative livability sets the standards as high as they get. Keeping their message simple, focusing on positive change, I hope hundreds of Sanctuaries follow their concepts and it becomes a natural way of life for us all.
My husband and I took their tour after much time had already been spent with us on the phone and through email where the Board and Staff worked with us in answering questions about starting a sanctuary of our own and adopting animals from them. Sanctuary One is professional and kind, it does not get much better than that.
As a board member for The Allie Smiles Foundation and a lover of animals, I can say that Sanctuary One and the staff are exceptional! Our 'focused giving' model allows us to support wonderful charities like Sanctuary One. We were very engaged in the concept of 'Care Farming' and knowing that Sanctuary One is the only Care Farm in North America solidified our commitment to being involved. Sanctuary One's mission of a synergistic balance between animals, the land and people is leaps ahead of its time. Great karma, great people, great location... All doing good things! We love Sanctuary One and hope you do too.
My interaction with SanctuaryOne has been three fold. They have met my needs as a place for my business to donate a portion of our proceeds and time to, a sanctuary for a feral colony I needed to relocate and a place to donate and volunteer at on a personal level. The staff at SanctuaryOne is dedicated beyond expectations. As a donor I continue to be pleased at the financial discipline shown by the organization. The funds are all spent on the animals and improvements to the land that benefit visitors and animal residents. They rely heavily on a dedicated group of volunteers to keep cost down. The staff is also very accommodating to volunteers letting them participate in the activities that are most rewarding to them. SanctuaryOne is an organization that knows what their mission is and sticks to it. My experience with SanctuaryOne has been nothing but positive since my first tour and I'm proud to be a donor and a volunteer. They are definitely making a difference and by my association with them I feel like I'm making a difference. I look forward to my continued involvement.
Sanctuary One is driven to success by a group of dedicated people who truly care about the organization. For those involved it it truly a labor of love and mission focused. I strongly recommend you visit Sanctuary One, and if you have already taken a tour, please come back and again and again. The physical property transforms almost monthly and the ever-changing rescued animals that are blessed to live at the Sanctuary are always wonderful to meet. The staff and volunteers take their jobs very seriously and are excellent stewards of the resources provided to them.
Sanctuary One is a calming, fulfilling, and yet energizing place to spend time at. The staff is so warm and welcoming and not only give you jobs to do but will work along side with you most often teaching you something as well. I volunteer there as often as I can and never think of it as unpaid work but more the most rewarding time I can spend helping a wonderful organization. Its a great place for animals to live their lives out and or be rehabilitated and given a new chance on life. I LOVE it!
The staff at Sanctuary One are amazing. They take great care of the animals and the land. Each animal is given the attention it needs for its specific and special needs. It has come at a time when it is dearly needed. With the horrible economy, so many animals are in dire need of a sanctuary to heal from neglect and abuse. It's a blessing that it exists and that it is here in the Applegate Valley.
The beautiful property, the life-saving work, the wonderful people who serve the earth, the animals and the people who come to visit: Sanctuary One is one of my favorite places to be. Knowing the horrific past that some of the animals have had, and that they now have a safe, life-long home makes Sanctuary One one of the most serene and peaceful places I have encountered.