Even in the year 2015, animals still suffer severe mistreatment in farms worldwide. Luckily, many new and previously existing safe havens, running entirely on donations from the public, have been able to rescue animals from severe mistreatment. These havens, called Farm Sanctuaries, offer new and improved lives for rescued animals.
The first Farm Sanctuary was founded by Gene Baur and Lorri Houston in 1986 in Watkins Glen in New York. Because of increased member support, they have been able to open two additional sanctuaries, one in Orland, California and another in Los Angeles. Over 1,200 animals, including cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, live at both the Watkins Glen and Orland shelters combined. Farm Sanctuary has also been able to make huge steps in preventing animal cruelty in factory farms, such as aiding in banning cruel gestation stalls for pregnant pigs. This amazing organization is home to a host of unique, lovable animals who would love for you to visit them!
For more information : http://www.farmsanctuary.org
The Gentle Barn
This amazing organization advocates the power of hugging a cow! When you visit either the Gentle Barn at either its Santa Clarita, California or Knoxville, Tennessee locations, you’ll get a chance too meet some of their amazing animals. Besides helping animals, the Gentle Barn also helps children with disabilities, foster children, children from group homes, and inner-city children. The organization invites these children to meet with their animals and shows them the importance of kindness to others.
For more information : http://www.gentlebarn.org/
Microsanctuaries : Support Others or Start Your Own!
Many people have desired to start smaller animals sanctuaries that are home to smaller animals, primarily chickens. Many of the sanctuaries cater to ex-battery laying hens who have spent their lives in extremely small cages. Luckily, if you are looking for a great way to start a sanctuary but do not have enough land or funds to go towards a large one, you can adopt chickens (many times, chickens are available for adoption through larger farm sanctuaries) and start a little haven for your new friends!
More information on microsanctuaries: http://www.microsanctuarymovement.org/microsanctuaries/what-is-a-microsanctuary/