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.
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!