Kindred Spirits is a non-profit farm animal sanctuary that provides rescue services and safe haven for neglected, abused, or abandoned farm animals. Kindred Spirits Sanctuary was founded in late 2003 in response to an overwhelming need for farm animal sanctuaries. The Sanctuary’s founders adopted four sows from the national farm animal protection organization, Farm Sanctuary. The sows were rescues from a terrible abuse/neglect case that Farm Sanctuary handled at the end of 2003. Inspired by the four sows from Cattaraugus County and by Farm Sanctuary’s outreach and compassion, Kindred Spirits’ founders decided to create another haven for abused, neglected, and displaced victims of “food animal” production.
Farm animals are exploited every day in our society, and are subject to some of the most horrendous forms of harassment, abuse and neglect. Industrialized or “factory” farming operates on the basic premise that farm animals are mere commodities, not thinking, feeling beings. Animals that exist in these factories suffer in silence, and we find that people are horrified to learn about the types of abuse that these animals endure.
Kindred Spirits is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, dedicated to ending the abuse and suffering of farm animals through direct rescue, advocacy, and education. We seek to provide a place where people can connect with these sentient beings and discover their unique (and often humorous!) personalities.
At Kindred Spirits Sanctuary, farm animals are our friends, not our food. We are passionate about helping others form bonds with these remarkable animals, and gladly give tours by appointment. We invite you to come and give a pig a belly rub, or get a kiss from a cow! Volunteers are also welcome, and invaluable to our rescue work. Please see our "Tours & Volunteers" page for more information.
Kindred Spirits Sanctuary also offers an adoption program, and an adoption application and more information about this program can be provided upon request. The Sanctuary is located on 36 beautiful acres in Ocala, Florida. Our sanctuary residents receive high quality diets, spacious barns, access to the best veterinary care, and green pastures in which to laze and graze. Most importantly, they are treated as individuals and given a loving, peaceful environment where they can live without pain, hunger, or exploitation for their natural lives.
Kindred Spirits Sanctuary assists with the care and rescue of pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, horses, and burros/donkeys. We occasionally handle rabbits, but we do not handle ducks or geese. However, we have contacts that have experience with many different types of animals, so if you have questions or need additional help, please do not hesitate to call. We will try to help in whatever way we can. We are always happy to pass along information. You can also visit our "Links" for additional assistance.