Graze in Peace is a 20-acre sanctuary for animals such as pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, llamas, and chickens who through unfortunate circumstances found themselves in grievous situations with no other place to go. In our first few years of operation, we’ve helped over 150 animals from unfortunate situations, including broken homes, abandonment, neglect, foreclosures, and other unsustainable circumstances.
Once we decide to take an animal, we take full responsibility for their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. We do not foster or adopt out any of the animals we take in and are therefore almost always operating at full capacity. We never purchase animals and we do not take owner give-ups from people or farms that are continuing to use animals for personal gain — including backyard chicken/egg farmers who find themselves with “surprise” roosters.*
If you know of an animal currently in an abusive or emergency situation, call your local police department or animal control officer.
Our sanctuary is currently at capacity and we are not able to accept any new animals at this time. If you or someone you know has a farmed animal in dire need, please fill out our animal intake form here and we will try to get back to you if we think we can help through advice, networking, or other means. Thank you.
*Note to people rehoming chickens:
Although we are called to do so on an almost daily basis, our policy is not to take “accidental” roosters or hens from people who are replacing their older hens with new ones. All animals deserve a lifetime of compassion, respect and care. Nature intended for there to be equal numbers of roosters and hens and the fact that a person unknowingly brought home a rooster instead of a hen from the feed store is not an accident. It’s a responsibility they accepted when they took the baby chicks into their care. An older hen deserves just as much care as an older cat or dog. Just because someone chooses to use one for companionship and another for a source of food doesn’t make either of them less deserving of a lifetime commitment of care.
For more information on keeping roosters and last-resort rehoming of chickens, see: http://www.chickenrunrescue.org/Finding-a-New-Home-for-a-Chicken
Did you know that roosters can thrive in rooster-only flocks? For more information on rooster flocks, see: https://opensanctuary.org/article/rooster-flock/#establishing-a-rooster-flock Reach out to us if you would like more information on this.