At Greener Pastures we rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for dozens of animals who have been saved from neglect, kill pens, slaughter houses, and factory farms. At out shelter rescued residents are given the care and love they need to recover from this abuse. All of the animals enjoy healthy food, clean shelter, and lots of room to roam every single day. When appropriate we adopt needy animals to good homes.
For many years we were rescuing animals in San Luis Obispo, California. There we discovered first-hand how great the need was to create our organization and educate others about the treatment of farmed animals. We became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2016. In 2019 Greener Pastures relocated to Santa Ynez where a new larger location allows us to help more animals, and educate more people.
Our programs have an emphasis on children, but others can benefit as well. We share the history of each animal, their resilience, and why it’s important to show kindness to others. Visitors are invited to spend hands-on time with the animals and experience the unconditional acceptance that animals give naturally. It teaches reverence for all life and helps promote loving kindness for a more peaceful community and planet.
VISIT When you visit Greener Pastures you’ll see frolicking goats on large pasture, ducks playing in pools, slumbering pigs in soft straw rather than filthy, crowded stockyard pens. You’ll see donkeys and horses experiencing joy and freedom for the first time in their lives. Few organizations exist that provide shelter and care for farmed animals as opposed to the many that exist for companion animals. Seeing these animals in a compassionate environment is a rich and rare experience.
While you’re here play with the friendly goats, brush the donkeys, hug a miniature horse, talk to the chickens and ducks, and give the pigs a belly rub! Learn why roosters crow, why donkeys have big ears, why pigs love mud, and how each species communicates using body language. Soon you will see that these animals are not unlike the animals we call pets, they each have unique personalities and can be affectionate and loyal as a dog or cat. Kids learn how much we all have in common and expand their empathy for all living beings.
We offer tours by appointment.
* Organize a trip to the sanctuary and bring a vegan picnic to enjoy on our scenic grounds. * Bring coworkers or the whole office out for a tour. * Plan a class field trip to learn about farm animals. * Host a birthday party.
"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar" Bradley Miller
Greener Pastures Farm Sanctuary, 4910 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, GreenerPasturesSanctuary@gmail.com, EIN 81-4222022