Iowa Farm Sanctuary provides a safe haven to rescued farm animals in need of love and compassion, while providing humans the opportunity to experience the unique sentience and intelligence found within these animals.  Founded by Shawn and Jared Camp, their aim is to bring animal liberation, activism and awareness to the place it is needed most – Iowa, the epicentre of animal agriculture.  Together with their amazing multi-skilled team, Iowa Farm Sanctuary is making a huge difference in opening eyes to the realities of animal agriculture, and opening hearts to the beauty and individuality of the animals who are trapped, abused and exploited within the industry.  

If you haven’t checked out their Facebook page, make sure you give them a follow to keep up with all the goings-on at the sanctuary, but most of all, the gorgeous faces, heartwarming friendships and hilarious antics of the many animals who reside there.  There’s Angel, the miniature Zebu calf who was born without the use of her back legs.  She doesn’t let that stop her though! 

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Dannie and Donnie, the inseparable brothers who were rescued from the dairy industry and brought back from the brink of death.

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Adorable Pumpkin, best friend and ‘seeing eye’ cow of Ellie and Flower. 

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Wilma the pig, who fell from a transport truck along with others at just a few weeks old.  While the rest sadly perished, Wilma not only survived but thrives, despite losing most of her ears to frostbite. 

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Goats, sheep, chickens, roosters, ducks – so, so many animals enjoy a safe and happy life at Iowa Farm Sanctuary, and they each have their own special and unique story.  

If you are lucky enough to live in or near Iowa, you can go and visit the animals on their Sanctuary Strolls, held every Sunday from May 16th to October 10th.  If not, there are plenty of ways you can support the sanctuary, from sponsoring an animals of your choice, to making a donation on their $5 Fridays, buying a sanctuary t-shirt or something from their Amazon wishlist.  This wonderful place and the people and animals in it are so deserving of our support.  Be sure to check them out on Instagram too!

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Sanctuary of the Month: Iowa Farm Sanctuary
Vegan FTA's Jackie Norman is a freelance writer of more than 20 years, specialising in food, travel, simple living and vegan/environmental issues. An ex-beef and dairy farmer prior to going vegan, Jackie puts her years of experience to good use, by speaking out globally for the animals and opening the eyes of others to the horror and reality of the dairy and beef industries.