» What is a care farm?
Care farms are farms where people, animals, and the earth work together for mutual healing. They are well established in Great Britain and northern Europe, but are new to the United States. Sanctuary One didn't invent care farming, we're just one of the first nonprofits to take the idea and transplant it to the United States.
» How did you get started?
Sanctuary One is the brainchild of Lloyd Matthew Haines, an attorney, businessperson, and philanthropist. Mr. Haines, Robert Casserly, Linda Champlin, and Patty Davis worked together throughout 2006-2007 to conduct a feasibility plan, find suitable property, purchase it, form a legally recognized nonprofit, recruit a board of directors, develop an operations plan, and hire staff to run the operation. Sanctuary One opened in March 2008 and soon thereafter started rescuing animals and healing people while promoting environmental stewardship.
» How are you funded?
Sanctuary One receives no government funding of any kind. We are a nonprofit and are funded by individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, fundraisers, and earned revenue.
» Where do your animals come from?
From all over West Coast of the United States. We mostly partner with other animal-welfare agencies in Oregon, but also Washington State and California.
» What kind of animals do you take?
Domesticated animals. Visit our Meet the Animals webpage for the current roster of rescued animals that live at Sanctuary One. We do not rescue wildlife. The premier wildlife sanctuary in Southern Oregon is Wildlife Images.
» Will you take in my animal or help me find a home for it?
In general, we do not accept animals from private homes. We specialize in rescuing animals transferred from overcrowded animal shelters and sanctuaries, qualified rescue groups, and law-enforcement agencies. If you live in Southern Oregon and need help re-homing an animal, please visit our Resources webpage for a list of agencies that may be able to assist you.
If you are concerned about what will happen to your animal(s) after you pass away and are willing and able to make a substantial estate planning gift that will provide us with additional resources to rescue abused, neglected, and abandoned animals, we would be happy to discuss lifetime care options for your animal(s). Please visit our Planned Giving webpage for details.
» How do you decide which animals to take?
It's difficult. If we had unlimited land and money we would save every animal that needs help, but we only have 55 acres and a limited budget, so tough choices need to be made. Our decisions are primarily based on whether we have adequate resources and staffing to provide safe, loving care for an animal.
» Do you have a waiting list for animals?
No. We do not keep a waiting list.
» Where can I report animal abuse or an animal in need of rescue?
If you witness a case of animal abuse, call your local police or sheriff's department immediately. If there is an animal shelter or humane society in your community, contact them, too.
» Do you give tours?
Yes. Our Visit webpage has all the details.
» Can children visit the sanctuary?
Yes. We love kids! As long as they have adult supervision and are reasonably well behaved, children are warmly welcomed.
» Can I bring my dog/pet with me on my visit?
No. Please leave your pets at home.
» Where are you located?
In the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, near beautiful Applegate Lake. Please visit our Contact Us webpage for more information.
» Do you accept volunteers and interns?
Yes. Please visit our Volunteer webpage for more information.
» I am unable to donate money, is there any other way I can help?
Yes. You can volunteer either at the Sanctuary or from your home. We also welcome donations of supplies and pro bono professional services. Telling your friends and family about our website or Facebook page is another way to help us heal people, rescue animals, and care for the earth.
» Are donations tax deductible?
Yes. Sanctuary One is a legally recognized nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 20-8982518. Please visit our Support webpage to make a donation.
» Can I make an estate planning gift in exchange for taking in my pet(s) after I die?
Yes. Please visit our Planned Giving webpage for information.
» What are donated funds used for?
For a variety of purposes, including animal food and vet care, gardening supplies, staffing to run the Sanctuary, farm maintenance expenses, utilities, and all the other associated expenses of running a multi-faceted nonprofit care farm.