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Barn Sanctuary — one man’s dream to create a safe haven for farm animal refugees

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Barn Sanctuary — one man’s dream to create a safe haven for farm animal refugees
Source: Facebook/TheBarnSanctuary

Michigan man gives up 9-5 job to turn his family’s farm into a refuge for animals who have been rescued from cases of abuse, abandonment, and natural disasters.

Barn Sanctuary is creating better world for animals to live in

Barn Sanctuary, in Chelsea, Michigan, is a hands-on animal sanctuary dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farm animal refugees. This includes any animals that have been abused, abandoned, sentenced to death or are victims of natural disasters. It is also a place where visitors can come face to face with the animals they may only know as dinner, and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day farm factories on the animals, the environment and human health.

Amazing guy turns his family's 140-year-old farm into an animal sanctuary Dan McKernan was working a 9-5 job – until he decided to turn his family’s farm into an animal sanctuary. Now he's having the BEST time, and falling in love with each and every animal he rescues. Source: Facebook/TheDodo

Dan McKernan’s vision is a world in which animals are treated with empathy and compassion

Barn Sanctuary is an animal rescue farm and organisation in Chelsea, Michigan. They also educate the public about the horrific treatment of animals raised and slaughtered by modern day farm factories, and the positive impact that a plant-based diet can have on the environment and our health.

Dan McKernan started Barn Sanctuary May 2016. "I’ve had a farm in my family for the last 140 years and when my father asked what we should to with the property last year I jumped on the opportunity to create a farm animal sanctuary. I believe we can make the world a better place with the work we’re doing at Barn Sanctuary and help bring the direct community together."

Today they are utilising 15 acres of the 70 acre property and developing sections of the land at a time. There are plans to have a cow barn, pig barn, goat/sheep, duck barn, and more.

Visitors can play with goats in a large open field, sit down with a pig who wants nothing more than a belly rub, cuddle with chickens who seek out your attention or get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!

"We envision a world in which animals are treated with empathy and compassion; a world where interacting with animals inspires people to make healthier dietary choices for the sake of animals and the environment. We strive to a lead a new and diverse generation of people towards a vegan lifestyle.", says the vision statement on Barn Sanctuary’s website.

Dan, alongside Mike the calf, who was scheduled for cataract removal surgery on November 8th.
Mike kept taking Dan’s hat so it’s his now Dan, alongside Mike the calf, who was scheduled for cataract removal surgery on November 8th. Source: Facebook/TheBarnSanctuary
Barn Sanctuary provides shelter to horses, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, abandonment, and natural disasters. Oh, and donkeys!
Dan and Blossom Barn Sanctuary provides shelter to horses, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, abandonment, and natural disasters. Oh, and donkeys! Source: Facebook/TheBarnSanctuary
Make an Impact

Donate direct or sponsor an animal at Barn Sanctuary

The funds directly go to the care and feeding of the animals as well as their education and outreach programs, and your gift today will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a very generous anonymous donor!