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Farm Sanctuary started in 1986 with a dream of a compassionate world. 

That was the year that president and co-founder Gene Baur rescued Hilda the sheep from the pile of dead animals that she had been discarded on. Left for dead, the six-month old lamb was very much alive. She went on to start a movement, and inspire change in the hearts of countless people like you. 

Today, the dream of a compassionate world where farm animals are protected has the strength of tens of thousands of caring and thoughtful members like you. 

Farm Sanctuary has grown into the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization… and all because people like you care. We work tirelessly toward the mission to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living. 

From stockyards to courthouses to classrooms, Farm Sanctuary is there to help farm animals. Every time you make a gift to Farm Sanctuary you are saying no to cruelty and yes to compassion. Legacy Society members just like you are a foundational part of Farm Sanctuary’s work. 

Aligning your estate plans with your deepest values by including farm animals and Farm Sanctuary is a joyful act that will go on to help farm animals for years and years to come. 

“I’m just glad somebody cares about the farm animals, too. I spent years on my grandmother’s farm, and know farmers don’t always treat farm animals well. Since I’m familiar with so many of the tactics farmers use, I know how important it is to have somebody like Farm Sanctuary working for those animals.... I’m glad to be a part of it.”  – Judith, Legacy Society, California