If you’re looking for outdoor activities this spring, but are getting bored of the same old parks and trails that you always do- consider visiting a farm sanctuary! Round up a group of friends and family and head to one of the many sanctuaries all over the country. For minimal entry fees, many of these non-profit organizations offer guided tours where you learn all about the animals that have been rescued and now call these farms home.
New York City: Woodstock Sanctuary
Just about two hours north of Manhattan you will find the lovely Woodstock Sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to a range of animals with all different background stories and needs. One thing they all have in common? They are always in need of love and support! You can visit the farm to meet all the animals and learn about them individually or you can choose to volunteer your time to them. Since the sanctuary is home to over 300 animals, there is always need for additional help. From assisting with cleaning to building barns, there will happily be a job there waiting for you!
Los Angeles: Farm Sanctuary
If you’re in the Los Angeles are and are looking for a good way to spend your time this spring, consider visiting and volunteering at Farm Sanctuary. There are opportunities ranging from farm chores to community outreach and events help, so you can easily get involved. The 26-acre ranch houses over 100 animals that have been rescued from unfortunate situations. From neglect to physical disabilities, there is a wide array of animals who were and still are in need of compassion!
Philadelphia: Chenoa Manor
Just outside of Philadelphia is Chenoa Manor, a peaceful 25-acres that is now home to many animals in need. This plot of land was considered very sacred by the Native Americans who inhabited the area and many believe its energy is very unique and other worldly. There are designated days each month where the public gets the privilege to visit the farm or volunteer so check the calendar before you plan your visit. Go for a tour or go to get your hands dirty, but either way, go!
Seattle: Pasado’s Safe Haven
If you’re in the Northwest and looking for somewhere to donate your time, inquire with Pasado’s Safe Haven. The start of this sanctuary is a sad one, honoring Pasado, a 21-year-old donkey who was cruelly killed. The sanctuary now serves as a safe place for all animals that need a new home. The volunteer options here are awesome! You can help make enrichment toys for the animals, socialize them and even snuggle up to them! You can also help with community and adoption events or participate in a “compassion day” which focuses on team building by working as a group to tackle a variety of farm chores.
Boston: Maple Farm Sanctuary
Located only about an hour outside of Boston is Maple Farm Sanctuary. Whether you want to chop up veggies to prepare the animals’ meals or flex your fundraising skills on the organizations behalf, you have the ability to volunteer in a variety of ways at this sanctuary. There are over 100 animals that call Maple Farm their home and they depend on volunteers to keep the farm running properly!
Washington DC: Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
The DC Metro area is lucky to have Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary! The 400-acre land is massive and provides a home, care and rehabilitation for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals. As a volunteer you can choose to help with administrative office tasks or even grounds work like building fences and keeping the grass mowed. If you don’t have the free time to volunteer, you can sponsor a specific animal and even have a relationship and visit him or her!
San Francisco: Animal Place
San Francisco is a gorgeous city with year-round outdoor activities, and here is one more to add to your list- Animal Place. At 600-acres, this animal sanctuary was founded in 1989 and is one of the oldest in the country. The best thing about this sanctuary is that there is a 60-acre adoption center where farm animals in need are placed with loving homes that will keep them safe and healthy! The rescue ranch is the only one in the country and I don’t know about you but I definitely want to visit!
Chicago: Heartland Farm Sanctuary
Although the Heartland Farm Sanctuary is in Madison, Wisconsin, the short drive from Chicago is definitely worth it! The mission of this sanctuary is to connect rescued farm animals with vulnerable youth in order to help both heal, grow and have fun. There are a variety of ways you can help out, whether you are on site or not. From barnyard chores to grant writing, you can and should get involved with an organization that is helping so many!
Dallas: Ranch Hand Rescue
If you are in the Dallas area then visiting Ranch Hand Rescue is a definite must. Much like Heartland Farm Sanctuary, this Texas-based farm focuses on rehabilitating animals while simultaneously providing healing services to people in need of emotional support. If you have the ability to, you can foster or adopt these animals. If you aren’t capable of housing a farm animal, there are still other ways you can get involved. Whether you want to sponsor an animal, spread the word about animal cruelty or fundraise for the organization, your help will be greatly appreciated.
Are there any other farm sanctuaries we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments!