Here is a listing of farm sanctuaries who are doing great work in Ontario and a map so you can find them all!
Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary – located in Lakeside, Ontario (near London, ON) started in 1999 when the co-owner was pregnant with twins. They take care of rescued animals, including goats, pigs, donkeys, chickens, ducks, and a dog. They welcome volunteer working visits to their sanctuary, where people can help contribute to the much needed farm work to be done, as well as get to visit the animals. Please check their website for more details about their working visits. More information at www.cedarrow.org
Farmhouse Garden Animal Home: Located in Uxbridge, Ontario, this sanctuary used to be a cattle ranch until its owner had a change of heart while caring for a newborn calf. It is home to cows, horses, ducks, chickens and the absolute sweetest donkey. You can like their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.
Happily Ever Esther: Located in Campbellville, Happily Ever Esther is the home of Esther the Wonder Pig and her friends. Click here to like their Facebook page or visit http://www.happilyeveresther.ca/ to find out about upcoming tours and events.
Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary is a vegan micro-sanctuary in Harrowsmith dedicated to sharing the stories of the magnificent creatures who live there, adding to the global movement toward a more compassionate world. They believe strongly in Humane Education and volunteer at schools regularly to give humane education to school children. They welcome visitors by appointment. Click here for more info on Facebook.
Haven of the Heart: This sanctuary provides a home for rescued domestic animals including dogs, cats, domestic fowl and horses. It is located in Palgrave, Ontario and has a blog so you can stay up to date on the animals! havenoftheheart.wordpress.com/
Land O Lakes Rescue Petting Farm: A rescue to help injured, sick and abandoned farm animals and offer a therapeutic setting for children and adults who have suffered from trauma and have special needs. The love and compassion that these animals receive from visitors who provide treats & hugs have helped make these animals gentle & can trust again. They offer day tours to tell you the personal histories of each animal and offering children the chance to feed and pet the animals. Educational aspects of the tour include natural habitats, diet and the care of animals in a farm environment. http://www.landolakesrescuepettingfarm.ca/
Parrot Sanctuary: http://parrotsanctuary.ca/ This is a Toronto-based rescue and adoption group for parrots.
Ralphy’s Retreat: A sanctuary for potbellied pigs and farm animals, they are a registered non-profit located in Norfolk County. They offer tours in exchange for a $5 donation, by appointment only. Click here to visit their website.
Refuge RR for Horses / The Canadian H.E.A.R.T. is located in Alexandria, Ontario, and has been operating for 22 years. They have hundreds of animals. Refuge RR for the Horses does not only rescue horses as they have many farm animals in their care. They help and rescue companion animals (pets), wildlife, and farm animals, as well as horses. Please watch for details on their website for links to their newly created organization, The Canadian H.E.A.R.T which stands for The HorsE and Animal Rescue Team. The Canadian H.E.A.R.T is determined to make Canada a cruelty-free country; a place where animals are truly respected and protected. For more information visit www.refugerr.org
Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary – located in Kenilworth, Ontario (near Mount Forest) started in 2008, inspired by Ruby, their first pot-bellied pig, they got in 2004, and now have many farm pigs and pot-bellied pigs. They welcome visitors on any Sunday throughout the summer, and they will also be organizing a few official open houses, separate from the TVA’s. For more information, please call 647-261-9583. You can read their pig’s stories and also visit their blog on their website. More information at www.rubyranch.ca
Wishing Well Sanctuary: Wishing Well Sanctuary is a registered non-profit that rescues and provides permanent homes for cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep and chickens. They also host educational programs and kids’ camps! www.wishingwellsanctuary.org/