How it all began...
Nestled in the tranquil hills of Aurora, Missouri lies a special place where the farm animals are friends, not food.
Have you ever given a pig a belly rub, talked to a goat, or kissed a cow? The animals at the C.A.R.E. Farm Sanctuary love visitors and you will love spending time with the happy animals that call our sanctuary home for life.
There is a disconnect most Americans experience between the animals we eat and the animals we welcome into our homes and families. When people visit us and interact with Momma, an 800 pound farm pig who loves belly rubs, or our very loving Holstein Cow, Annie Oakley, they witness firsthand these animals are capable of experiencing love, enjoyment, happiness, and pleasure. For many, there is a connection made that would be proof they also experience fear, pain, and psychological distress. This, in turn, moves individuals in a way that discussions alone cannot. The farm animals that call C.A.R.E. Sanctuary home are living happy, long lives which is in contrast to how most farm animals live. This is a happy place filled with love and kindness.
At the C.A.R.E. Sanctuary, we rescue, rehabilitate, and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been saved from homelessness, neglect, and death by slaughter. Some animals like Daisy, a little brown cow, come to us when families find compassion and choose not to butcher a friend they have grown to know and love. At our 385 acre sanctuary, residents are given the care and love they need to recover from abuse and neglect. All of the animals enjoy nourishing food, shelter, and green pastures each and every day. In just a short time after arriving they begin to heal and learn to trust again - it is an amazing transformation.