© 2018 Association of Farm Sanctuaries, Ontario

Welcome!

 

Our association consists of farm sanctuaries located in Ontario, Canada. Members of the association exchange information on a variety of subjects including animal care, infrastructure repair, animals that are in need of a home, etc. If you have a question or request that you'd like to share with all of our member sanctuaries, please contact us and we will do our best to follow up. On the other hand, if you'd like to contact a sanctuary directly, please see our list of sanctuaries where you can find a link to each one with contact info. We also have a map which shows the location of each sanctuary, and a gallery of photos from our Instagram account.

 

Although the sanctuaries vary in size, they all have several things in common:

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  1. The sanctuaries care for what are traditionally known as "farm animals".

    In order for the association to be useful we have to limit it to certain kinds of animals so we have some common knowledge and understanding regarding their care e.g. cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks. Other animals may be farmed (e.g. mink and fish) but they are beyond our scope.

     

  2. We do not exploit animals.

    Sanctuaries don't sell their animals nor animal by-products (e.g. eggs, milk, etc.). They don't use the animals for amusement, labour, monetary gain, or any other purpose other than that which would directly benefit the animals themselves e.g. to educate the public about the animals.

     

  3. Animals on a sanctuary do not reproduce.

    Allowing animals to have young is prohibited. The only exception is if an animal arrives at the sanctuary already pregnant. If a sanctuary has the resources to care for additional animals it should rescue ones that have already been born.

     

  4. Sanctuaries allow animals in their care to live out their natural lives.

    Animals are not euthanized until all reasonable attempts have been made to provide a decent quality of life without undue suffering. Ending an animal’s life should only be done as an act of mercy, not for convenience, cost reduction, etc.

     

  5. Careful planning is required.

    Before starting a sanctuary, and throughout its existence, one must give careful consideration to long term financial viability, conformance to zoning by-laws, and succession plans. Sanctuaries that are started on a whim are unlikely to succeed and can leave animals poorly cared for or desperately needing to be re-homed once again. Ideally, a sanctuary will have a board of directors with members experienced in running a business or non-profit.

     

  6. Proper animal care is the top priority.

    Animals at a sanctuary must have adequate housing and access to the outdoors. They must be well fed (but not over fed), with nutritionally appropriate food. Pastures must be available to those that graze. They must receive prompt medical care and grooming when needed. Their living spaces must be kept clean and comfortable and not overcrowded. H
    oarding of animals beyond the ability to care for them should never be done, no matter how good the intentions.
     

  7. We strongly advocate for veganism and animal rights.

    In addition to providing a lifelong home to the animals in our care, we promote a message of peaceful coexistence and non-exploitation of all animals.