Microsanctuary Profiles

The Chicken Rescue – Houston, TX

20170518_111301The Chicken Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue located near Houston, Texas founded in January 2016 with the goal of rescuing hens and roosters, providing rehabilitation care and finding forever homes for chickens that are neglected, abused or discarded.

The Chicken Rescue seeks to save precious beings from dire situations. From physically catching roosters dumped by uncaring humans, taking in owner surrenders who need medical attention due to injury or neglect, and rehoming through the support of our amazing vegan network. At The Chicken Rescue, we do whatever it takes to get chickens into a safe and healthy environment.

Rehabilitation doesn’t mean just physical, it also means emotional. We receive chickens that have been neglected and do not know how to act around humans. We take the time to get to know them as the individuals they are and work to help them understand that we are here to help. When we receive a chicken with a physical malady the first step is to have them examined by an avian veterinarian. From there we provide the recommended home care they need.

Occasionally we have chickens that are healthy enough to be placed into private vegan homes. We have an extensive application and approval process and only adopt out to individuals who will treat them as a loved family member.

Many of the chickens who live at The Chicken Rescue are permanent residents who will live out their natural lives here. We strive to provide a safe and loving home with a variety of environmental enrichment to keep their mind and body healthy and active. Here at the rescue this includes safe, elevated areas for them to climb on, hanging treat balls, fresh fruits and vegetables to peck at, proper dust bathing areas and supervised free range time.

The Chicken Rescue is a recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare grant!


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Trys paršeliai (Three piglets) – Lithuania


Trys paršeliai (“Three piglets”) is the first farm animal sanctuary in Lithuania and the Baltic states. It is a place where animals rescued from slaughter, farms, and bad living conditions get full time care. “Three piglets” sanctuary is not exploiting animals in any form. Rescued animals live freely; they can interact with their kind and enjoy human attention.

Our mission is not only to give permanent home for rescued animals, but also to educate society: we encourage people to adopt an animal-friendly diet and lifestyle. Visitors can get to know our animals, interact with them and get to know their personalities. They learn that each animal is to be respected and loved. Our visitors can also get to know the reality of Lithuanian animal farms’ conditions.

Trys paršeliai is a nonprofit organization.

Trys paršeliai is the recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare Fund grant!



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Humanity For Animals – Gold Bar, WA


Humanity For Animals was founded on the belief that all animals have the right to live their lives free from commodification and suffering at the hands of human beings. We aim to bring awareness to the plight of farmed animals currently trapped in our food production system and to encourage people to leave animals off their plates.

Our three program areas — Refuge, Outreach, Legislation — aim to end the exploitation of animals.

  1. Refuge: Our sanctuary is nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains and cares for chickens rescued from the egg and “meat” industry. The animals that come to call our sanctuary “home” are treated as individuals with unique personalities, wants, and needs. Each animal that we care for receives individualized care and is respected as the unique person he or she is.
  2. Outreach: our Outreach efforts seek to bring awareness to the plight of animals used as food. Through targeted social media campaigns, leafletting, and popular events we are able to bring our message of compassion to thousands of people each year.
  3. Legislation: a critical aspect of the work we do, Humanity For Animals believes that no animal should be exploited or killed for food, clothing, entertainment or product testing. We recognize that animals are suffering in factory farms, labs, and zoos, and that these animals will never escape the system. It is our legislative approach that helps to relieve suffering for these animals.


Tami Seegrist McMinn | Co-Founder

Tami brings two decades of experience to the team at HFA. She believes that much of her early career in marketing and business development prepared her for the greatest role of her life – being a tireless voice for animals trapped in our food production system. A vegan for over thirteen years she is a committed animal activist and environmentalist. In her spare time Tami enjoys spending time with her husband and six dogs, or getting her hands dirty in the vegetable garden with her four rescued battery hens. Contact Tami.

Sarah Case | Co-Founder

Growing up, Sarah was the child that brought home injured birds and stray dogs – if an animal needed help she was there to save the day. A true natural around animals of all kinds and sizes she exudes confidence and a deep calm that is felt throughout the sanctuary. Her experience overseeing the direct care of over 200 animals at a large sanctuary in the US taught her much about the day to day operations of sanctuary life and how to care for rescued animals. For more than half her life, Sarah has been deeply committed to promoting a vegan lifestyle to combat the number one source of animal exploitation – animals killed for food. When she’s not caring for the animals, working on plans to improve the sanctuary, or writing animal related legislation, you can usually find her snuggling with her two dogs and cat, planting and harvesting produce in the garden, or working on her latest craft project. Contact Sarah.

Visit our website here, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Humanity For Animals is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grant!


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Terra Farm Sanctuary – Spokane, WA

From Rhonda-T Warren:

Living as a vegan with a growing concern about farmed and commodified individuals, my advocacy consisted of educating humans about veganism and animal exploitation, though events and social media. Although I was encouraged by my results, I felt that I needed to make more of a direct impact on those individuals, and the rights for whom I was advocating. Having served on the board of the largest vegan animal sanctuary in the region, I began to understand the challenges of running such an organization, as well as the tremendous need. My partner of 10 years and I were planning to build a home together; we decided it should be a home for many, and we jumped in with both feet! Terra Farm Sanctuary was born.

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Founded in 2016, Terra Farm Sanctuary resides in northwest Spokane County, Washington. We provide a compassionate home for beings who have been victims of neglect, abuse, and fear, have retired from arduous labor, and are the unwanted products of factory farming and youth projects. The inland northwest is also home to countless backyard dairy, egg, and butchering operations; it is common to see a sign on the side of the road advertising “fresh goat meat.” Our first rescue, was a frail, cryptorchid buckling, whose value was determined by how many dollars he was worth, per pound. After bottle feeding, surgeries, and lots of love, Casper is thriving. He is a beloved member of a herd of ruminants who all escaped similar fates. The matriarch of the herd is Maizey, a sheep who lost her leg in a dog attack while she was awaiting slaughter. Months of rehabilitation and therapy at WSU has helped her regain some mobility.


Terra Farm Sanctuary is presently home to dogs, sheep, goats, donkeys, and roosters; these individuals have found solace as respected members of our family, and will live out their natural lives with us in peace. Operating as a 501c3 charitable organization, Terra provides a haven where non-humans will not labor, perform, or otherwise produce, and works to create public awareness of the crisis faced by farmed and commodified beings, through vegan education and advocacy. We offer one on one and group mentoring for new and established vegans in the community, and will continue to grow as space and finances permit. We will provide for as many individuals as possible, and will work toward creating a world where all beings have inherent moral value.

Terra Farm Sanctuary is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grant!



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North Mountain Animal Sanctuary – Berwick, Canada

Jo & Beth

North Mountain Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity located in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Our mission is to provide shelter, care, comfort, protection and rehabilitation for abused, neglected and unwanted farm animals including goats, rabbits, sheep, ducks, pigs and chickens. We work to prevent the suffering, abuse and neglect of animals by raising public awareness through information distribution and art displays at local events, as well as our newsletter, website and social media. We take in animals from around the province of Nova Scotia. We are the first farm sanctuary in Atlantic Canada and the only Holistic Farm Sanctuary.

North Mountain Animal Sanctuary was the dream of co-founders Amanda Dainow and Leif Vernest. It was obvious that the Annapolis Valley, and indeed, the province of Nova Scotia, an agricultural centre, was lacking a sanctuary for farm animals in need. Land on North Mountain was purchased in August 2008, and by January 15, 2009, North Mountain Animal Sanctuary received status as a Registered Charity with CRA. Since then, we have had a Board of Directors in place, with the addition of several new members (all compassionate, educated professionals with an interest in farm animals). We have worked to add additional minibarns to the land and fence in severaRocky4l acres for the animals to roam freely. We have renovated all outbuildings with insulation and siding, and hooked them up for electricity. We are committed to using natural cleaning and health products both indoors and out, and we use recycled and reclaimed materials as much as possible.

The sanctuary has grown in capacity, to over 40 animals in care. Over the last 6 years, we have taken close to 100 farm animals whose lives were threatened. We have rescued 14 battery hens from a laying facility which was going to grind them alive. We rescued a pygmy goat who was going to be shot within 48 hours. We also nursed a week-old male calf, the ‘by-product’ of the dairy industry. We have rescued domestic rabbits who were let loose and would have died of exposure, starvation or from vehicles or predation. We rescued a rabbit who was left outside and hit by a car, whose leg was broken and had to be removed and paid for the surgery and care.

We provide complementary Natural Health Care integrated with conventional veterinary care for the farm animals, with organic herbs grown and wildcrafted locally. President Amanda Dainow, Clinical Herbalist, creates individualized treatments for each animal.

The primary health care for the animals is Herbal and Natural Medicine, made from herbs grown and harvested on site, then made into medicine by Amanda Dainow, our Clinical Herbalist and Co-Founder. This saves a significant amount of expenditure. We grow organic vegetables for the animals in our garden.

Amanda holds an Annual Edible/Medicinal Plant Walk in support of the sanctuary. She uses many of the local plants as the base for medicines for the animals at NMAS. Her sale of organic products for people and animals supports the Sanctuary. Amanda’s Herbal Courses teach students to prepare plant-based foods and health care. The income from her herb classes supports the care of the animals.

We hold several fundraisers throughout the year, and use the opportunity of the Annual Halifax VegFest to educate and inform the public on the conditions of farm animals.

We recognize that each animal is an individual and spokesanimal for others who have the same physical and social needs but who are confined and tortured in cruel conditions, by the millions, each day. We try to respect each animal’s species-specific and personal, individual needs to allow them to live out a peaceful, natural, comfortable, healthy and happy life. Each animal is unique and wise, and teaches us about compassion and forgiveness.
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