Nonhuman animals have a right to live their lives free of suffering and exploitation by humans.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary exists to provide them with love and safety until they do.
The Sanctuary is a 148-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley for eleven species of farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, over 4,000 animals have been rescued since 2001. Between 250 and 350 residents call the Sanctuary home at any given time.
We believe that looking an animal in the eye and seeing someone — not something — looking back is one of the most profound shifts human beings can make in their understanding of the world and their place in it. And so we welcome visitors through tours, overnight stays, and events.
As the very best way to end animal suffering, improve our health, and heal our ailing planet, Catskill Animal Sanctuary advocates veganism and provides support and encouragement through a free mentorship program and culinary program.
PersonalCatskill Animal Sanctuary opened in January of 2001, the culmination of many months’ research, travel, and internships at successful farm sanctuaries by founders Kathy Stevens and Jesse Moore.
Dino, the survivor of a Brooklyn arson that killed 23 horses, was the first resident at the small Kerhonkson, NY farm. In 2003, the Sanctuary moved to an 85-acre property in Saugerties, NY, and in early 2010, we completed that location’s conversion to solar energy. In 2011, an additional 32 acres was acquired. CAS at 32, just five minutes away from the Old Stage Road location.
Today it is the home for many animals and is the future location of a new visitor’s center. In addition to direct animal aid, the Sanctuary offers a wide variety of programs and events (including on-site tours) designed to help people experience farm animals as the unique individuals they truly are, and to educate people about the institutionalized suffering of food animals on factory farms.
Founder Kathy Stevens speaks at community organizations, schools, and conferences each year, and has written two books full of stories about animals that have lived at the Sanctuary.
Favorite Vegan and Animal Awareness Books and Movies
- Where the Blind Horse Sings
- The Last Pig
- Animal Camp
- Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from our Vegan Kitchen
Favorite Vegan and Animal Awareness Nonprofits
- Global Federation for Animal Sanctuaries