There is no formal training needed for individuals to start a sanctuary. P.E.A.C.E. has created this roadmap to help highlight some key points (but not all!) for individuals to consider when looking to start a farm sanctuary. This is also a great resource for established farm sanctuaries anywhere along their farm sanctuary journey!
We reference a lot of resources available on The Open Sanctuary Project‘s website, a freely accessible, always growing digital guide for any resources or information you need in order to responsibly create and successfully manage a farm sanctuary or to provide the best possible care to non-human animals in order to help them live long, healthy, happy lives free of exploitation. We highly recommend getting their Care Program Evaluation Checklist!
On top of this roadmap, we also highly recommend individuals to volunteer (for at least a year!) or intern at a farm sanctuary before starting their own! Think of it like “work experience”. As an example, you don’t just open a vegan restaurant and become a great vegan cook or baker right off the bat! Especially if you’ve never done it before. You learn from others who have more experience than you, take classes, practice over and over and even after launching the learning never ends!
THE READ OR WATCH LIST – BEFORE YOU START THE ROADMAP
P.E.A.C.E. Resources For The Public | Starting A Sanctuary
The Open Sanctuary Project | So, You Want To Start A Farmed Animal Sanctuary
Starting A Farm Sanctuary Roadmap
We have broken the roadmap into three categories, each with up to four sections.
The categories are: The Sanctuary, Animal Care, and Governance.
The sections are: Essentials, Building, Preparedness, and Horizon. The first section of essentials we find are… essential! After accomplishing them you move on to building, then preparedness, etc.
These are, again, just starting blocks, as starting and running a farm sanctuary, just like everything else, is a continual learning and growing experience!
P.E.A.C.E. Farm Sanctuary Roadmap Checklist (to print) – COMING SOON
Land ownership is highly recommended. If leasing you need a leasing agreement signed by the landowner giving adequate notice when they plan to sell the property, for you to find a new home (if needed) and that they agree that you can operate a sanctuary, rescue or micro sanctuary on their property.
Farm Sanctuary bank account (after incorporation).
Human first aid plan. | GFAS supplies a template.
Lease contingency plan (if property not owned). | GFAS supplies a template.
Job descriptions of key personnel like farm sanctuary manager, executive director etc. | GFAS supplies a template.
Employee manual (if applicable). | GFAS supplies a template.
Succession plan. | GFAS supplies a template.
Resident intake process and records. | GFAS supplies a template.
Nighttime security check and lock up procedures.
Predator mitigation and protection plan.
Escaped animals plan and procedures.
Preventative medicine program. | GFAS supplies a template.
Adoption procedure and paperwork (if applicable) | GFAS supplies a template.
Foster procedure and paperwork (if applicable).
Disaster preparedness and emergency. | GFAS supplies a template.
Escaped animals plan. | GFAS supplies a template.
Policies and Agreements
Non-disclosure and confidentiality policy and agreement for your board, officers, employees and volunteers to sign.
Conflict of interest policy and agreement for your board, officers, employees and volunteers to sign. | GFAS supplies a template.
Accident waiver and release of liability agreement for your employees and volunteers to sign. (If not already included in the employee and volunteer manual).
Adoption Policies (if applicable).
Foster Policies (if applicable).
Code of Conduct/Ethics. | GFAS supplies a template.
Anti-discrimination, inclusion and diversity policy. | GFAS supplies a template.
Non-harassment and anti-violence policy.
Grievance policy. | GFAS supplies a template.
Whistleblower policy. | GFAS supplies a template.
DISCLAIMER | P.E.A.C.E. has provided this roadmap as a service to the public and farm sanctuaries. Some of the information in this website has been provided by external sources. P.E.A.C.E. is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information provided by external sources. Users should please consult directly with the external source of the information.