Microsanctuary Profiles

Farmshire Animal Sanctuary – Clyde, NC


Farmshire Animal Sanctuary is committed to rescuing farmed animals and educating people on the system of oppression that made their rescue necessary in the first place. It is unique in that it is an off-the-grid community run off solar power, with water fed from a spring. The majority of our structures are made with materials from our own land, as we are committed to not contributing to deforestation by purchasing imported wood that ruins the habitat of our wild animal friends. Our goal is to use a variety of natural building techniques to provide housing that is comfortable in weather extremes, and serve as a model for other sanctuaries looking to use resources they have at hand so that more financial resources can go into high quality daily and medical care.

We hope our small family of rescued animals help us to educate others on not only the horrors of large commercial farming, but also private backyard breeders and butchers that our so popular in our area of Western North Carolina.


Specializing in potbelly pigs, we also hope to bring awareness the “tea-cup myth” that leaves 90% of potbellies surrendered to animal shelters or sanctuaries by 1 year of age. Although we cant take in all of these unwanted animals, we help to coordinate adoptions through a network of rescuers in the area, and when possible offer support and guidance to keep the animal in the home.

As of Summer 2017, we are an incorporated organization and are in the process of obtaining of 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Our focus right now is ensuring that we are forming a sustainable rescue plan that will always provide high quality care to our residents.

Farmshire Animal Sanctuary is the recipient of a Microsanctuary Seed Grant!


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Castle Galliformes – Knoxville, TN


Castle Galliformes was founded in March 2015 with the aim of providing a safe haven for chickens coming from food industries and/or other abusive situations. Located in Knoxville, TN, we have been provided with the opportunity to show our neighbors and friends what wonderful companions these intelligent birds can be. Many people in our area have only viewed chickens as farm animals to either be eaten or used to produce eggs. This is due to the fact that East Tennessee has historically been a highly productive farming region, and locals have grown up being taught that chickens are solely for human use and consumption. However, times are changing, and compassionate individuals are open to learning about the unique personalities of our rescues.

Julian leash

Our first ambassador was a broiler rooster named Julian. He would walk around the neighborhood on a dog leash, and children would come running out to pet him and talk to him. He became known as the “feathered puppy,” and many mourned his death after only 6 months of freedom. He made the most of his time with us, however, and it is largely due to his influence that we have expanded our work.

We have an 8’ by 8’ chicken house built by my father and me, and artistically painted by my mother. The residents also have a 15’ by 20’ outdoor enclosure where they spend most of their time during the day.

In our small sanctuary, we have overseen the rescue and rehabilitation of eleven chickens. We are currently looking to move to a larger property where we will be able to accommodate more who desperately need our help. Our current residents are two Dominique girls named Beverly and Deanna, and three Isa Browns named Sassy, Flops, and Miss Frizzle. Everyone gets along incredibly well, with Deanna being our “large and in charge” princess. Sassy is everyone’s little buddy, mainly because she’s cute and she’s sneaky.

Our two main goals are rescue and education. We firmly believe that the individual who meets an animal he/she calls “dinner” will think twice about his/her dietary choices. It is the objectification of animals that makes it easy for people to take advantage of them. Once an animal is shown to have a life and a personality, people take notice and reexamine their views. By showing a chicken to be as worthy a companion as a cat or a dog, one can change hearts and move mountains.

Castle Galliformes is the recipient of a Hen Reproductive Healthcare grant!


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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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