Animal Sanctuaries

The Association of Farm Sanctuaries Ontario is the most comprehensive list of farmed animal sanctuaries in the province.


Here is a listing of farm sanctuaries who are doing great work in Ontario and a map so you can find them all!


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Carroll Organics – An organic vegetable farm, CSA service, and also a sanctuary for dogs, cats, and pigs!

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

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: or contact them at 416-399-6244.

Grey’s Haven: Grey’s Haven Farm Sanctuary, located in the Niagara Region, is a safe haven for rescued farm animals as well as a home-between-homes for cats and other animals. We are committed to providing a safe and permanent home to animals that have been neglected or abused, those who have been rescued from the meat and dairy industries and are otherwise unwanted and facing slaughter. Visit for more info.

Happily Ever Esther: Located in CampbellvilleHappily Ever Esther is the home of Esther the Wonder Pig and her friends. Click here to like their Facebook page or visit 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!

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.

Milo’s Mission: A small farm sanctuary located in Keswick. Find out more by visiting their website, and joining their Facebook group.

Parrot Sanctuary: This is a Toronto-based rescue and adoption group for parrots.

Pegasus Sanctuary: This 97-acre property, 5 minutes south of Port Perry on Scugog Line 3 was purchased in 2017 to provide a lifelong safe haven to farm animals. Their missions is to rescue abused, neglected and abandoned animals, rehabilitate them and give them a second chance to live out the rest of their natural lives in a caring, loving environment.Visit pegasussanctuary.comto find out how you can volunteer or support the sanctuary.

Promised Land Sanctuary: Located in Campbellford, they provide care and permanent sanctuary to neglected, abused, homeless and older animals in need, as well as promote a kind and compassionate lifestyle through humane education. You can book a 2-hour visit for a donation of $35!

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.orgWishing Well

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

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!