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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Citizen Participation, Health, Health Care

Mission: Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm is a nonprofit care farm where people, animals, and the earth work together for mutual healing. Care farming (also known as green care, farm care, or farming for health), is well established in Europe, but is a relatively new concept in the United States. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.SanctuaryOne.org.

Programs: Sanctuary one helps people of all ages have the opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm and experience nature’s healing power firsthand. We offer educational tours that open people’s hearts and minds. We invite groups from schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations to visit the farm for fresh air, exercise and hands-on service-learning. We mentor interns who dream of becoming the next generation of care farmers. We promote the ethics of mindful, sustainable living. And we provide a safe, loving home to rescued farm animals and house pets. Benefits of Care Farms are wide ranging for people, and at Sanctuary One, we ensure healing is mutual, for people and animals and the earth.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Elizabeth Ann Robbins A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanctuary One is a splice of paradise. For many years I've been visiting, in all seasons, with a group of individuals I support with Living Opportunities. From our first adventure there, we were fast friends with the lovely Staff who warmly welcomed us. Often, we excitedly adventure out to the farm; reacquaint with our friends- both human and animal alike, bond with each other, connect with nature, learn, rest, and get inspired. I treasure the beautiful relationship all experience; human, animal, and the entire natural world. What a sweet reunion it will be, when later this summer, we eagerly venture forth to the farm!

John J C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I recently visited Sanctuary One as a friend had told us about the facility and my daughter is an animal lover. We arrived on a Friday in July and took the tour with Elva. It was really interesting and we were delighted to see what great work they do in providing a nurturing and healing environment for animals which had been subject to neglect or abuse. The animals are well taken care of and get to live in a beautiful setting until proper homes can be found. Its a great facility and run by caring and exceptional people. I would strongly encourage potential visitors to take the time to visit and support Sanctuary One. Its a great outing for kids!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with Sanctuary One shows just how inclusive and supportive this organization is. As an ARPAS certified Livestock Nutritionist with experience educating our community in animal husbandry I will proudly speak to how this organization truly cares about what is best for the lifetime of the animals at the Sanctuary. Because of this superior care for their animals I’ve seen visitors, volunteers and staff experience a beautiful connection with the animals taken in by the Sanctuary One. However, Sanctuary One stands by their mission to People, Animals and Earth and no matter what direction you look at you can come to a positive connection. In their gardens you see the staff and volunteers caring for the earth with the highest of respect and regard. Every effort to only take what is needed from the pastures for their animals, supplying natural habitat for pollinators and giving the bounty of their gardens for humans in need. Through their volunteer work, tours and service learning people have the opportunity to make a deeper connection to the earth and rescued animals than most will experience in their daily lives. Sanctuary One champions People, Animals and Earth in every way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Linda L.
I started as a volunteer over 2 years ago, and can't think of a better place to be. I consider the animals my friends and I love being of service to them and the Sanctuary One team! If you are visiting the Rogue Valley or live here, you HAVE to call for a tour and check this place out. Magical! You will be inspired to return and to donate to this worthy organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer at Sanctuary One in the spring of 2018. During my first visit to the farm at the volunteer orientation I realized what an amazing place this was and immediately wanted to be even more involved. I felt drawn to this place with it's tranquil setting and mission to help people, animals and the earth. When a job opportunity presented itself a couple of months later I quickly applied. I began my job as an Animal Care Assistant that summer and loved every minute of it. A year and a half later I am now the Office Manager & Adoption Coordinator. I love being a part of this amazing team of staff and volunteers that make a difference in the lives of people and animals alike. I've gotten to meet and work with a myriad of wonderful people who I would have otherwise never had the chance to spend time with. Along with volunteer and staff member, last year I added adopter to my list of roles at Sanctuary One. I adopted a sweet Nigerian Dwarf goat named Ellie. She had been transferred to Sanctuary One from another rescue and unbeknownst to anyone at the time, she had become pregnant before being left tied to the gate of the other rescue. Having two other Nigerian Dwarfs who were about the same age and size as her, she was a perfect addition to our family. After realizing that Ellie was pregnant, I made sure that we were ready for the arrival of her little ones and kept a very close eye on her for signs of labor, eagerly waiting to meet her kids. A short while after her adoption, Ellie gave birth to two beautiful boys. Now, almost a year old, I can't imagine our little herd without them. The three of them have such a wonderful, close bond and will happily live their lives together along with my other darling animals, being spoiled and loved endlessly. I'm so thankful for everything that I have experienced, learned and gained from being a part of Sanctuary One.

Julie H.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at Sanctuary One over five years ago when I took my then 10 year old grandson out to the farm for a tour. We both took the training and have been volunteering ever since--and he is now fifteen! He actually enjoys mucking the barn yard almost as much as socializing in the cat cottage because he feels useful and like his presence matters. I have met some wonderful people that I wouldn't have otherwise have known. I love the three-fold goal of Sanctuary One.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted 2 alpacas from Sanctuary One and what a wonderful, fulfilling experience. From our first call to inquire about adopting, the thorough vetting and the happy call that we were approved it just showed us how invested they were in keeping safe the animals in their care. Christie C, the adoption coordinator, could not have been more professional and warm. The ranch is clean, large and in a beautiful country setting so that all the animals have room to thrive, no matter what state they arrive in, a true sanctuary in every sense. We are so happy to have seen up close the compassionate workings of Sanctuary One and to be able to support their mission. Thank you for all you do, everyone at Sanctuary One, you are the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at many places over the years and Sanctuary One is my favorite! The animals are well cared for and have lots of space to roam. The people here are very knowledgeable and nice to work with. I love to take the dogs for a walk in the woods! There are not many places that you have that option. It's the only place around here, that I know of, that will take in farm animals and that's so important! This includes lamas, alpacas, pigs, cows, chickens, horses and goats. Where else could these animals go? As you can see from the photos, all the farm animals get along. The large barn in the back is shelter for them all. That's not all... they grow vegetables and donate it to our local food bank, so they help people too!! If you visit for the day, you won't want to leave :)

Denise F.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Phoebe, my white persian, was at Sanctuary One for 4 months. My white persian passed one month before. I was looking for another white persian due to their personalities and was extremely depressed over my loss. Phoebe rests her head on my cheek, touches my cheek with her paw, and constantly licks my face. She flips over on her back when she sees me, sleeps on my chest and LOVES to play. She truly is a blessing from God and I love her with all my heart.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sanctuary One is a place were animals and people can come and heal. As an employee, I get the honor of working with a wide group of individuals that come out to the farm for service-learning. Every day I see someone make a special connection to the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an amazing place and an important part of the community.

1 Brigitte N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Murielle Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Randy F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Erin U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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...).

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.
Terri R.

Michaela B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Patricia82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Dan_46

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sincerely,

Dan Cochren, DVM
Talent Equine

Kathryn22

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Mardra H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 apifera farm

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Marie Botchie

1 G_Ret_Guy

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Rise G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm is the first care farm located in Southern Oregon. A care farm provides health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people and provides a supervised, program of farming-related activities to ease the stress of modern life. On 55 beautiful acres in the Upper Applegate Valley, Sanctuary One is not only a care farm but a home to various rescued domestic and companion animals who have run out of life options provided by animal shelters and law enforcement venues. Lifelong care is offered to each of these selected animals with food, veterinary care and gentle treatment foremost in their welfare plan. [1]
The purpose of care farming is to promote mental and physical health by giving people the opportunity to spend time working on the land including animal therapy, crop and vegetable production and woodland management. I started spending time at the Sanctuary a few years ago to improve my photography skills by taking photographs of the animals being housed there. I found that I learned much more than photography and benefited from the pleasant hours spent under the oaks observing the growth and change in this magical place. Each time I come home from visiting the Sanctuary, I bring with me a sense of peace, a lowered stress level and a full heart.