Adopting A Friend
- Adoption Coordinator Information: Erin Murphy, 845-336-8447x 232, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adoption Application: Find it online at www.casanctuary.org.
- Go to the Get Involved tab. Scroll down to Adopt an Animal and complete the application for the species you are most interested in.
- If you would like to adopt more than one species, you will need to fill out the corresponding forms for each of them.
- Our Adoption Coordinator, Erin Murphy will review your form, call you to discuss which of our animals might be a good fit for your family, check your references, and schedule an appointment for you to have an extended visit with the barn staff and your potential matches. (Note: if you do not qualify under our adoption guidelines, or we do not have any animals who are suitable matches for your family we may be able to refer you to other organizations or to animals on our waiting list.)
- You will meet with our Adoption Coordinator, Erin Murphy at the Sanctuary for an extended visit with the animal(s) who might be a good match for your family. You will be given an overview of any special care your animals may require; this is a great time for you to ask questions.
- If we are able to find an animal who is a suitable match for your family, our Adoption Coordinator, Erin Murphy will schedule a home visit in order to approve your animal housing facilities. (Sometimes a second home visit is required.)
- Once your facilities have been approved, we will contact you to sign the adoption paperwork and to arrange transportation of the animal(s).
The adoption process generally takes 2 weeks to complete, depending on the schedules of the Adoption Coordinator, Erin Murphy, barn staff, and adoptive family. Home/barn visits may take longer to complete if you live at the outer edges of our adoption zone. Please be patient as we work to find homes that best meet the needs of our animals.
Adoption fees by Species:
Farm Pig $60
Potbelly Pig $30
Who We Are
Located in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet.
CAS offers weekend and special group tours, vegan cooking classes,speaking engagements, a summer day camp for kids, and a host of compassionate programming year round at its primarily solar-powered Sanctuary. Lodging is available on site at The Homestead, a beautifully-renovated 1813 farmhouse.
Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 animals, and has worked in tandem with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Founder/Director Kathy Stevens blogs for the Huffington Post and is the author of the highly-acclaimed books, Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate farm animals and horses, to advocate for the abolition of institutionalized cruelty to animals through education, and to help people adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary opened in January of 2001, the culmination of many months’ research, travel, and internships at successful farm sanctuaries by founders Kathy Stevens and Jesse Moore.
Dino, the survivor of a Brooklyn arson that killed 23 horses, was the first resident at the small Kerhonkson, NY farm. In 2003, CAS moved to an 85-acre property in Saugerties, NY, and in early 2010, CAS completed that location’s conversion to solar energy. In 2011, CAS acquired an additional 32 acres, “CAS at 32“, just five minutes away from the Old Stage Road location.
In addition to direct animal aid, CAS offers a wide variety of programs and events (including on-site tours) designed to help people experience farm animals as the unique individuals they truly are, and to educate people about the the institutionalized suffering of food animals on factory farms.
Director Kathy Stevens speaks at community organizations, schools, and conferences each year, and has written two books full of stories about animals that have lived at the Sanctuary. Her first book, Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary, was released in 2007, and her second book, Animal Camp: Lessons Learned from Rescued Farm Animals, was released in 2010.
Since its beginnings, CAS has provided a safe haven for over 2,000 desperately needy farm animals and has found loving homes for many of those creatures.
Come Visit Us
CAS is open for tours from 11:00am – 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, April through October. Tickets are for sale in the Welcome Hut when you arrive. Tours last around 90 minutes.
Tours begin every 30 minutes but please allow for flexibility, and expect there may be a modest wait depending on guide availability.
Admission is $12/adult, $8 for seniors and kids under 12, and free for CAS members (don’t forget your membership card!).
Not Your Ordinary Tour
We promise one thing: tours at Catskill Animal Sanctuary are unlike any you’ve ever experienced! Many of our animals are free range- so when you drive into our parking lot, be prepared to have a chicken hop in your car, a sheep walk right up to say hello, or a goat saunter by on the lookout for a new adventure.
On your tour, you’ll learn the history and mission of CAS, meet many of our 300+ rescued farm animals, hear rescue stories, and learn what caring for these amazing animals has taught us. Information on agribusiness and its devastating impact on animals and the planet is shared honestly but with sensitivity to the ages of those on your tour. The pace is leisurely, with plenty of time for questions and enjoying one-on-one time with the critters.
We welcome community, youth, school, and organizational group visits on weekdays or weekends for special tours. For groups of 15 or more, please call 845-336 ext. 205 two weeks in advance of your visit to make a reservation. For groups of 50 or more, we require a reservation at least 4 weeks in advance. Please know that for larger groups of 50 or more, our Compassionate Cuisine program can provide a delicious vegan lunch as part of your experience if you choose.
Want to stay longer? We have a guesthouse on Sanctuary grounds! Homestead guests cozy up in our beautifully restored 1813 farmhouse, use their VIP pass to spend extra time with the animals, and enjoy a delicious vegan breakfast. Click here for more information on The Homestead, and to make reservations.
Our vegan cooking program will show you how healthy, delicious, and easy a cruelty-free diet can be! Join us for classes and discussions in our “Judgment-Free Kitchen” at The Homestead. Click here for more information on Compassionate Cuisine, and to sign up for a class.
Contact Catskill Animal Sanctuary