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Animal Sanctuaries

Have you ever wanted to meet rescued farm animals that have been saved from the animal agriculture industry, but weren’t sure where you could go to do that? Are you an animal sanctuary pro who is traveling and would love to visit a sanctuary near where you’re traveling to?

No matter what your reason, visiting an animal sanctuary is an incredible, sometimes life-changing, experience! Here in the Bellingham area, we are fortunate to have several animal sanctuaries/rescues within an hour or less drive that are open for visitors!

We have created this page as a resource to find the sanctuary nearest you, or maybe one you didn’t even know existed, whether you are a Bellingham resident, just visiting, or visiting another state or country. Once you pick the rescue you want to check out, you can find out what options they have for visitors through their website/social media pages.

All of the sanctuaries that we have listed align with our values and provide a forver home for their residents with good quality care and love for all of their days.

Know of any places we missed? Please email info@bellinghamvegfest.org, and let us know! Also, follow us on social media and check back on our website for any work parties that we are hosting at our local sanctuaries!

Animal Sanctuaries of Western WA & BC

This map is designed to provide the general  location of all of the animal sanctuaries in western Washington state and our neighbors to the north in British Columbia. Please note that for the safety of all of the residents of the sanctuaries, exact addresses are not provided here. If you would like to visit one of these sanctuaries, please contact them directly to arrange this, or join Bellingham Veg Fest at one of our work parties happening throughout the year. You can find these on the website or our social media pages. If you have any questions about how to use this map, please contact us at info@bellinghamvegfest.org. Thanks!

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Western Washington Sanctuaries by County

In alphabetical order after Whatcom County

 Whatcom County

  • Elf Sanctuary (Ferndale): “Where the grass is green and the elves run wild. A refuge for human and non-human animals alike. We are a small family run farm sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest providing a home for unwanted and abused animals of all kinds.We care for rescued cows, goats, dogs, cats, sheep, ducks, and chickens. Our animals were destined for slaughter, euthanasia, or a life of isolation/abuse. All animals who have found refuge here are safe for life, to be cared for to the best of our abilities forever.”

Chelan County

  • Ridge 2 River (Cashmere): “We inspire humans to make compassionate and sustainable choices for the health of the planet and all living beings.”

Clallam County

  • Lilly’s Safe Haven (Port Angeles): “Animals seek nothing from humans aside from love and affection, yet our world is full of used, abused, and neglected animals. Our sole mission is to provide a sanctuary for animals filled with the love, care, respect, and compassion that they deserve.”
  • Noble Animal Sanctuary (Sequim): “We offer sanctuary to farm animals from cruelty and neglect.We teach kindness and compassion for all”
  • Precious Life Animal Sanctuary (Sequim): “Precious Life Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organziation dedicated to rescuing and providing a safe home for abused, neglected and abandoned farm and companion animals, teaching humane education and advocating against practices that perpetuate animal suffering.”

Cowlitz County

  • Chick n’ Cooper Animal Oasis (Kelso): “Chick n’ Cooper Animal Oasis supports animals who’ve been abused, neglected, and discarded at the hands of humans. We promote kindness to all animals, and a vegan lifestyle.”

Grays Harbor County

  • Just Care Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (Oakville): “We are a safe haven for animals, spreading kindness for all living beings through awareness and education, one animal at a time. Our mission is to rescue unwanted and homeless animals while giving them the care they need to transition into forever-loving homes. The animals not placeable in homes will have all the love and care here in the sanctuary forever.”
  • Misspits Rescue (Oakville): “Misspits Rescue is a foster based rescue aimed at changing the lives of pit bull type dogs. We campaign for dogs that may be overlooked, unwanted, neglected, abused or even killed simply for the way they look. We promote responsible ownership through positive training, community outreach, spay and neutering and education. Pets should be a privilege, a part of the family and treated as such. We, like many others, are here to show the world, the true pit bull.”
  • Shanti’s Heart Sanctuary (Elma): “Shanti’s Heart Sanctuary is dedicated to the lifelong care of unwanted, abandoned, and neglected and/or abused farm animals. As sentient beings, residents are treated with love and respect as they live out their years in peace.”

Island County

  • Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary (Clinton): “Ballydídean rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes farmed animals who are unwanted, neglected, or abused. Through tours and community education, we give people the chance to make friends with animals they typically only meet on their dinner plate, giving them an opportunity to rethink their relationship with farmed animals.”

Jefferson County

  • Center Valley Animal Rescue (Quilcene): “Center Valley Animal Rescue is committed to providing safe harbor and rehabilitation for unwanted, injured or abandoned domesticated and wild animals, thereby decreasing the number of unnecessary euthanasias performed. We believe all creatures have inherent value, a right to life, and are entitled to have their basic needs met in a kind and caring manner. Center Valley Animal Rescue is dedicated to finding loving homes for all adoptable animals in our care. We offer permanent sanctuary to the domestic animals that cannot be adopted and the rehabilitation and release of wild animals.”

King County

  • Jill’s Farm Animal Rescue (Vashon): “Jill’s Farm provides sanctuary for ducks, geese, older chickens and sheep and goats. They may come from an abusive or neglectful environment or from a family that can no longer care for them. All of the animals are welcomed into a healthy, safe environment where they can live out their lives. We re-home when we can, to approved families.”
  • Little Blue Barn Sanctuary (Issaquah): “It is our goal to provide a safe place for animals to rehabilitate and socially integrate into a friendly environment. Socialization with humans is necessary for the animals integration to the sanctuary as many of these animals come to us after being abused. It is our goal to create a volunteer experience benefiting both the animals and humans. We believe in the therapeutic benefits of animal/human interaction and want to share that with you.”
  • Puget Sound Goat Rescue (Maple Valley): “Each year, we rescue goats from a variety of situations where they are unwanted, mistreated, neglected or abused. The goats are cared for at the rescue until they are ready to be adopted into permanent, loving homes. Since its inception in 2001, PSGR has rescued over 3,000 goats, averaging 300+ per year in the last few years.”
  • Rooster Haus Rescue (Fall City): “Our mission at Rooster Haus Rescue is to give neglected and abused farmed animals a safe future, free from harm. Our primary focus is to rescue, rehabilitate, and give permanent sanctuary to the underdogs: roosters and animals with special needs. Rooster Haus Rescue believes in ending all animal abuse and exploitation and follows a way of life guided by vegan principles.”
  • Sammamish Animal Sanctuary (Renton): “[We] provide forever homes for abused, neglected, unwanted, and/or homeless barnyard animals. We do not breed, sell, nor buy our animals. The quality of life and safety of our animals are our top priorities. We are here for them— our animals are not here for us and our entertainment.”
  • The Muddy Pug Farm & Sanctuary (Maple Valley): “Our mission is to provide respite, recovery and re-connection to animals and people alike in our farm community. We take in and care for our permanent resident farm animals, with a focus on providing them with the care, love and healing they need…for the rest of their lives. As we evolve, we look forward to developing spaces for the community to gather and connect for recovery, counseling, and creating community.”
  • The Old Goats Home & Rescue (Vashon): “The Old Goats Home & Rescue journey began when our family saw a devastating amount of goats headed to slaughter or going without homes. Due to lack of education and care in communities, goats were being tossed out of the homes they knew, and being left to fend for themselves. Other goat rescues had started turning our goats away because there was no room. Neglect, slaughtering, and leaving goats behind became more and more prominent. Goats were withering in rescues longer than they should due to personality issues and their age. After seeing the tragedy before us, we saw a way we could help these neglected goats and give them a place a soft place to land. We now give shelter to well over 200 animals, most of which are goats, but in extreme cases we do open our doors to other species.”

Kitsap County

  • Rewild Refuge Farm Sanctuary (Kingston): “Rewild Refuge Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit rescue organization that is dedicated to giving a loving forever home to abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted farmed animals while inspiring positive change through the human and animal bond. We work day in and day out to provide the best individual care to each of our rescues. Many of our animal residents have unfortunate and traumatic pasts and we help them to heal socially, emotionally, and physically. We focus on their protection, happiness, and retirement.”

Lewis County

  • Onalaska Farm Sanctuary (Onalaska): “To inspire change in the way society views and treats farmed animals. Safe haven for all beings.”

Mason County

  • Ahimsa Microsanctuary (Shelton): “Ahimsa Microsanctuary was ‘officially’ founded in 2018, but we have been heavily involved in animal rescue since I began fostering dogs in 2010. We are currently home to 5 roosters -1 is a house roo with crossbeak, 12 quail – 1 is disabled and lives in the house, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 1 conure, 5 budgies, and 7 zebra finches. We are a vegan sanctuary that relies 100% on volunteers and donations.”

Pierce County

  • Heartwood Haven (Roy): “Heartwood Haven fights against the disastrous effects of animal cruelty through rescue, education, and sanctuary to promote a more compassionate world for animals and humans. We provide sanctuary to a variety of species of farm animals as well as dogs and cats. If there is ever an animal in need we will always offer them a safe and loving home.”

San Juan County

  • Island Haven Animal Sanctuary (San Juan Island): “We provide lifetime care for equines and farmed animals who, while still able to lead a quality life, are unable to find homes due to disabilities or chronic or age-related illnesses. Through compassion, training and outreach, we provide resources for our community to support these animals.”

Skagit County

  • Farm Haven (Sedro-Woolley): “Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, and happy home for rescued farm animals; to connect with these animals so people can recognize them for the individual, curious, and social beings they are; and to connect people to their food and encourage ways to live kindly.”
  • Happy Valley Farm & Sanctuary (Burlington): “Happy Valley Farm & Sanctuary believes in a world in which we all share respect and reverence for the earth and all of her inhabitants as ethical equals.”
  • Rooster Redemption (Concrete): “Roosters (male chickens) are the most abandoned, unwanted, exploited, and stigmatized land animal on the planet. We devote our time, energy, and patience toward these birds who are the underdogs in the rescue world. We strive to amplify their voices. We celebrate roosters as colorful companions with misunderstood personalities.”

Snohomish County

  • Living Aloha Farm Sanctuary (Lochsloy): “We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit sanctuary farm dedicated to providing a safe haven for companion and farm animals.”
  • New Moon Farm Sanctuary
  • Pigs Peace Sanctuary (Stanwood): “We are dedicated to providing a safe home for unwanted, abused or neglected animals in need and is committed to spreading the message of compassion and respect for all animals. We provide medical care, a healthy diet, socialization, a permanent home and loving kindness. Our other main purpose is to educate the public about the characteristics and needs of pigs as well as the abuses often associated with exotic pet fads.”
  • Pasado’s Safe Haven (Sultan): “We not only help save individual animals, we also work to improve the systems that impact animals most in our society. Combined, our four programs offer comprehensive solutions to the complex problem of animal cruelty. Ultimately, we help people reimagine their relationships with animals – creating a better world for humans and animals alike.”

Thurston County

  • Black Dawg Farm & Sanctuary (Rainier): “Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals, to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. We provide a lifelong sanctuary for our adopted animals with veterinary care, proper feeding, environment enrichment and love. At the same time giving people who might not have had contact with farm animals a hand on experience. We offer learning programs for children and teens, helping them to connect and build emotional and mental well-being through the human- animal bond.”
  • Cross Creek Alpace Rescue (Tenino): “The mission of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue, Inc. is to foster compassion and responsibility for Alpacas and other animals through rescue, intervention, education and outreach. We will continue to help the North American alpaca industry grow and improve by promoting the value of non breeding alpacas for their fiber. We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care and placement of alpacas in need.”

British Columbia Sanctuaries by Region

Vancouver

  • P.E.A.C.E. Farm Sanctuary (Mission): “We are a microsanctuary located in Mission, BC, focusing on animal-centered design and creating a safe space for rescued individuals we were not able to home through our program, P.E.A.C.E. Rescue.”
  • The Happy Herd Farm Animal Sanctuary (Aldergrove): “The Happy Herd is a farm animal sanctuary for animals either abused or at risk. On 4 wonderful acres, you can find the many animals we have rescued roaming freely. We have several goats, sheep, chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys, ducks, cats, a dog, and a wonderful friendly donkey!”

Vancouver Island

  • A Home For Hooves Farm Sanctuary (Duncan): “We are Canada’s first accredited farm sanctuary. At A Home For Hooves, we provide farm animals with a forever home that emulates a natural and enriching environment. We strive to educate the public through sharing knowledge and stories about the lives of farmed animals that inspire a compassionate lifestyle.” 

30+ Ways to Help Your Local Animal Sanctuary

So, you’ve picked an animal sanctuary (or more than one!) that you want to support. Now, you might be wondering, “What can I do to help?” Well, wonder no more! Here are over 30 different things you can do, with many requiring no financial contribution and very little time. Remember that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something, so whatever way you choose or are able to support them is very much appreciated!

Social Media:

  • Interact with their social media posts. Liking, commenting, and sharing does a lot!
  • Create a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser to benefit the sanctuary.
  • Share their events with your followers. 
  • Leave a positive review.
  • Organize an online auction.

Hands-On Help:

  • Physically volunteer weekly at the sanctuary and/or at a Work Party.
  • Offer to transport things such as supplies or taking animals to vet visits.
  • Foster animals.
  • Learn the daily routines and offer to give the caretakers a break. 
  • Need a gift for an animal lover? Make a donation in their name or buy sanctuary merch for them.

Involve Local Businesses:

  • Put up a Giving Tree at a local business during the holidays.
  • Ask local vegan businesses to do a “round up” campaign.

  • Ask local businesses to put out a donation jar.
  • Donate used items to Bella’s Voice.
  • Open an account at a consignment store benefiting an animal sanctuary.
  • Ask local grocery stores/farmers/produce stands to donate unsold fresh produce for the animals.
  • Support the small businesses that support animal sanctuaries.
  • Organize a fundraiser at your place of work.
  • Organize a vegan bake sale and invite local bakeries to contribute.

Admin Tasks:

  • Offer to manage an Amazon wishlist for them.
  • Research companies that do matching donations.
  • Offer to send “thank you” cards to donors.
  • Help organize paperwork, bills, records, receipts.

Special Skills:

  • Make signs for events.
  • Offer to take photos of the residents, if you’re a photographer.
  • Make homemade treats for the animals.
  • Make fleece blankets for the animals.
  • Do you have skills as a carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc? Offer to help around the sanctuary.
  • Research and write grants.
  • Help change zoning laws. For example, zoning laws against roosters are a huge reason for the overpopulation crisis.
  • Have a special talent/skill? Ask how you can use it to help.

Animal Sanctuaries Outside of WA/BC

Are you planning a trip and interested in visiting a sanctuary at your destination or on the way? We’ve got you covered for that too! Use our interactive maps to find the sanctuary near where you’re going to be or even plan your trip to visit them! Like our WA/BC map, locations are approximate for everyone’s safety. Please contact the sanctuary for an exact location. Safe travels!

Other U.S. Sanctuaries by State

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Please note that these are additional listings beyond those listed in the section above. When combined, they encompass all sanctuaries in WA!

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International Animal Sanctuaries

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