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Review for Wildwood Farm Sanctuary & Preserve , Newberg, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I recently spent some time volunteering at this sanctuary and was impressed with the care and respect for the animals (as well as the volunteers). All the animals seemed relaxed and at home in the sanctuary. Their accommodations are well kept and clean (we were even cleaning windows in the chicken house!). It was clear the regular sanctuary workers and volunteers view the animals as fellow beings rather than property or commodities. They moved around the animals with care, spoke to them by name, and provided some information about their history. We were asked not to wear leather shoes as respect for the cows, and I learned that eggs laid by the rescued hens are disposed of rather than eaten as a gesture of not continuing to use the birds for human gain. During my time there, we mucked out a barn, stacked fresh hay, washed various feeders and equipment, and cleaned out the hen house. There were activities for a variety of abilities and ages. After the work was done, we got to feed watermelon to the chickens and play with the goats- they loved to be brushed. My understanding is this property has been in the owner’s family for several generations. She and her husband were both working with us during the volunteer work party, and they were friendly and thankful for everyone there. I feel my time and financial support of this sanctuary is truly put to good use.

Role:  Volunteer