Spring Farm CARES Animal Sanctuary
The heart of Spring Farm CARES always has been and always will be the animals. They have been and continue to be our teachers and guides on a most amazing journey. We learned long ago that we are not the ones rescuing them but we are the ones being rescued by them. We stand in the presence daily of animals of all sizes, from gerbils to draft horses, who teach us about forgiveness, non-judgment, and unconditional love. Most of them did not get to us on an easy path. But they have shown us repeatedly that the path to love is always right in front of us. We give them a respite and they give us their hearts and their teachings and gifts.
Spring Farm CARES is in many ways a microcosm of the world. A Sanctuary where multi-species meet in harmony, with respect for all of mother Earth. We are a refuge where these animals leave their pain and suffering behind them and find their way on a different path. Thousands of animals are helped each year, many not even stepping foot on the farm, but who benefit from all the farm stands for and the difference it makes, through our programs, in so many lives.
You are all a part of that healing and sharing and connection. Whether you are touched by their messages through our website, blog, and newsletters, or by visiting the farm first hand, you are a part of the network of heart healing energy that is created by listening and sharing with them. They share it with us, we share it with you, and you pass it along to all with whom you share.
And that is what makes us different. Spring Farm CARES is firmly rooted in a philosophy that we are all One and that animals have souls, just as humans do, and have hearts that share incredible gifts with each other and with any human wanting to participate. We don’t just provide for them a place to live but we are their home and place to be and share WHO they are and what they have to give. We are a meeting place of hearts. This is the very foundation and bedrock of Spring Farm CARES.
The Animal Sanctuary is the primary focus of our organization. The animals’ needs are always our first priority. No medical decision is ever made based on finances but is made on what is right for that particular animal in that specific circumstance in that moment. How can we afford to do that? The only way we can guarantee that pledge to every animal who comes in our door is to limit the number of animals we take in to what we can be sure we have the resources to support. Not just financial resources, but space consideration, and most importantly quality of life concerns for that particular animal. We also need to be sure that the ratio of animals per staff person is such that the animals are given quality time – not just for their physical and medical needs – but for their social, emotional, and interaction needs as well. Several species make up our family. Our limits are not just based on a specific number but more importantly on if we can give an animal what it needs for a high quality of life while still maintaining the high quality of those already here. This means making the very difficult decision on a daily basis of having to say "no" to requests for us to take an animal into our facility.
Our Animal Family
Spring Farm CARES is run by 3 full time Directors who live on site 24/7/365. We also have 23-25 employees, most of them full-time. All but 5 of those positions are designated Animal Caretaking positions. The rest run our offices and programs. Many volunteers who offer even more socialization and support to the animals also assist us.
We have 250-275 animals in residence at any time. Our numbers are slightly higher during orphan kitten season but most, if not all, of those kittens are adopted out. Approximately 100-125 cats and kittens find homes through our organization each year through our adoption program.
Horses: The horses will always be at the heart of our farm. They are the keepers and place holders of the land. Spring Farm started as predominantly a horse rescue before adding other species as well. Our herd currently consists of 28 Equines – 26 horses and ponies and 2 donkeys. We do not adopt out any of our horses or farm animals, so they are all permanent residents who live out their days here at the farm. None of them are rideable and most are either elderly or have special needs. All of them are loved dearly and cherished for who they are. You can meet all of our horses on our Horse Page.
Goats: We currently have 11 goats in residence. All of them are elderly or special needs or came from neglect situations. You can meet our beloved goats on our Goat Page.
Feathered Friends: We also have several chickens, ducks, and a goose – many of who have special needs, and most came from neglect/abuse situations. We also have an African Grey Parrot and 2 cockatiels all of whom are permanent residents.
Cats: The cats comprise the greatest percentage of our animal population. The cat population ranges between 160 – 190 cats at any time. Many are up for adoption but the majority are permanent residents due to issues that make them unadoptable. The cats come from all sorts of different circumstances. There is such great demand of cats in need and we are always filled to capacity. You can meet some of our resident cats on our Cats Page. And you can always see most of our cats that are available for adoption on our Adoption Page.
Dogs: We are not physically able to house very many dogs and, usually, all of our dogs are permanent residents. We currently have 5 dogs – all of them with very special needs. Because our dogs all have special needs, we always need to be sure we have the resources to make their lives as fulfilling as we can. Therefore, we are extremely limited to taking any other dogs in. Being permanent residents, they are here until the end of their journeys. And our dogs tend to live very long lives! You can meet our dogs on our Dog Page.
Rabbits: Our rabbit population generally is between 12-15 rabbits. Many of these rabbits come from abuse/neglect situations and some have special needs. You can read about our Rabbit Program and meet our resident rabbits as well as our adoptable rabbits on our Rabbit Page.
Find out more about sponsoring one of our animals by going to our Sponsor an Animal Page.
We always love to have visitors! You are most welcome to come meet the animals and walk around the farm and its many flower gardens. To find out how to schedule a tour of the farm, go to our Tours Page.