I got involved with Sanctuary One in grad school as an intern and later in my career came back to the organization with a desire to apply my skills and knowledge to help the organization grow. Sanctuary One is unique in so many ways and there’s something for everyone whether it’s connecting with animals, each other, or being surrounded by the beautiful Applegate Valley. Highly recommend newcomers to check out the farm and get more involved!
I was an intern at Sanctuary One for the summer and I can honestly say it changed my life. The staff is caring, kindhearted, and truly cares for every being that comes onto the farm. I cannot say enough good things about Sanctuary One. Truly a sanctuary for all!
When we arrived at the Sanctuary for our tour, we were immediately impressed with the place. The animals had lots of space and seemed well cared-for and the staff was truly wonderful and full of knowledge and compassion. We decided to apply to adopt Penny the piggy immediately and everyone was so helpful and has continued to be a constant support for us as we adjust to life with our rescue pig. We couldn't be more pleased with the way she came to us and with the new family that came along with her. Sanctuary One is such a special place and I recommend them to anyone who has an affection for animals.
Being a frequent visitor and loving what they do at Sanctuary One, I became a donor and sponsor! It's amazing all the great work the team does. Keep up the great work! -Lowell
I had the honor of volunteering at Sanctuary One with 2 UCC churches from Portland and Vancouver. It was a mission trip for about a week. I had the best experience there. Having never been on any type of farm, it was a great time for me. The staff and the work they do for these animals and getting them adopted really touched my heart. The staff were all amazing. It was difficult for me to leave. I met my new dog there. I could not wait to bring my other dog down to meet Colonel. They got along great and he has become a valued member of my family.
Sanctuary One is an amazing place! The love and care they show these animals warms my heart. It's always so exciting to hear about these animals finding their forever homes and Sanctuary One goes to great lengths to make sure it is a good fit! It's wonderful to see how the community and volunteers come together to work with this group to help make the world a little better! I highly recommend visiting the farm for a tour, or better yet signing up to volunteer!
I take a group of at risk youth up to Sanctuary One during the school breaks and it amazes me everytime the take aways that these youth get from being on the farm for a few hours. They leave the farm with good spirits and wanting to come back. Most the these kids do not know each other, but when they are on the farm they learn about each other and themselves and develop relationships while doing impactful work. The staff are great at their jobs and help these youth learn more about the land and animals in their community. It is a fun way to get the kids out of their day to day worries and help them connect.
I recently adopted two FIV+ cats from Sanctuary One. It was a great experience, from my initial contact through the adoption process. I love that Sanctuary One has a good number of FIV+ cats because I already had one at home, and I knew that they would all be fine together. Christie, the coordinator I worked with was so positive and a real pleasure to work with. She even met me on a Sunday afternoon to meet the cats. I wasn't sure if I was going to adopt one or two, but I spent a good deal of time with them and knew they both had to come home with me. Christie was great answering my questions, and giving me time to hang out with the guys. I never felt rushed. I was happy to get both cats' medical records and knew up front that I was going to be in for a couple of dental checkups with my vet. All of their medical information was given to me up front so there wouldn't be any surprises. I appreciated that the cats were seen by a vet at the Sanctuary on a consistent basis. They seemed to be well cared for and had plenty of space to move around. They had their own house and a catio to go with it! It was quite nice. None of the animals seemed stressed at all which was nice. I'm so happy with my new guys and I would totally go back to Sanctuary One to adopt another cat (or two...).
We were looking to adopt a pair of alpacas to add to our family. We reached out to Sanctuary One in the hopes that we would be able to adopt from them. Within a few weeks we received word that they working to rescue two alpacas that had been abandoned. Once they were able to bring them to the farm, shear them and clear them for any health issues we were able to bring them home. The team at Sanctuary One was exceptional about working with us and answering all of our questions about bringing home our new pets. We are so pleased to provide a home for these lovely animals and to help aid in their continued work by making room for new animals on the farm.
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!