Visit a Farm and Wild Animal Sanctuary in Your Area

Visit, Volunteer and Donate to an Animal Sanctuary

A great way to help animals is by visiting, volunteering and supporting farm and wild animal sanctuaries. This list of animal sanctuaries in the U.S. combines sanctuaries that are accredited by the American Sanctuary Association (ASA), the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), are listed in the Compassionate Farming Education Initiative (CFEI), as well as some larger animal sanctuaries that are outside of these lists.

Visit a Farm and Wild Animal SanctuaryThe sanctuaries listed below are for farm animals, exotic animals, wildlife rehabilitation and some more notable sanctuaries for domestic animals, primarily for dogs. This list is not comprehensive for the U.S., but it does highlight the sanctuaries that are accredited by the two accreditation organizations in the U.S. plus includes some larger, notable animal sanctuaries. 

List of Animal Sanctuaries in the U.S.

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Mississippi

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary (Leesville, SC) cottonbranch.org
  • SC-CARES Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Sanctuary (Georgetown, SC) sc-cares.org

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

  • PIGS Animal Sanctuary (Shepherdstown, WV) pigs.org

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Outside the U.S.

Accredited Animal Sanctuaries in the U.S.

American Sanctuary Association

http://www.asaanimalsanctuaries.org/accredited_animal_sanctuaries.htm

The American Sanctuary Association (ASA) is an accrediting organization that maintains strict policies and procedures for animal sanctuaries to comply with including a detailed application process, high quality animal care standards and housing requirements. They conduct routine visits to animal sanctuaries to verify that sanctuary facilities are meeting or exceeding set standards and policies. Plus, member sanctuaries cannot breed, sell or trade animals, nor use them for commercial purposes. In addition, ASA works to find homes for abused, neglected, abandoned, seized exotic, farm and companion animals, and seized and abused exotic animals.

GFAS Accredited Sanctuaries & GFAS Verified Sanctuaries

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/about-gfas/gfas-sanctuaries/#usa

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/

These are GFAS Accredited and Verified Facilities. Per the GFAS website, both Accredited and Verified facilities provide humane and responsible care of the animals, including housing, physical facilities and security, records, transportation, nutrition, veterinary care, and well-being (physical, emotional, behavioral), as well as at least minimal financial reserves and a lease contingency plan if on rented land. A “Verified” status as opposed to an “Accredited” status often reflects constrictions imposed by financial resources.

 

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