Animal related

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

  • High Falls, NY
  • http://woodstocksanctuary.org

Mission Statement

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission to educate the public about the mistreatment of animals in animal agriculture. Our shelter takes in farmed animals rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment. It is a place where children and adults can come face to face with the animals who most only know as “dinner" and learn about the devastating effects of modern-day agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health.

Main Programs

  1. Sanctuary Visits Every Weekend
  2. Shelter Caregiving
Service Areas

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National

Hudson Valley region of NY

ruling year

2005

Interim Executive Director since 2015

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Mr. Jeff Lydon

Keywords

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vegan, farm, animal, welfare, shelter, rights, rescue, sanctuary, vegetarian, cow, pig, chicken, duck, sheep, lamb, goat

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Also Known As

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

EIN

20-1552990

 Number

0285144345

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Nestled in the Hudson Valley region of NY, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

We are 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 agribusiness on the animals, the environment and human health. Here you can frolic with goats in a large open pasture, 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!

At the heart of our mission is the hands-on work of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees — as well as educating the public about the typically horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sanctuary Visits Every Weekend

During our open season, April through October, we are open for farm tours.  Visitors learn in detail about the plight of animals in the factory farming system while making connections with the "ambassadors" who've managed to escape it.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 2

Shelter Caregiving

The main shelter operations for over 350 rescued farm animals, including feeding, cleaning, rehabilitation, ongoing medical treatments, etc.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$300,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has a twofold mission: to rescue and care for farm animals from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and to educate the public about the effects of industrialized animal agriculture on our health, the planet and of course the animals. The Sanctuary has opened in a new, larger location in High Falls, New York, and our residents include pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, goats, llamas, sheep, rabbits, ducks and geese. It is a place of compassion and empathy, where children and adults come face-to-face, often for the first time, with animals for food.

    In 2016 and beyond, we aim to increase our impact via our larger facility and increased ability to save more animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. We will also aim to have school tours where young children will be able to learn about what eating meat results in and how our organization is helping to save the animals. In addition, we are aiming to have retreats for organizations looking for a peaceful environment and a betterment for themselves and others.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Woodstock Sanctuary is one of the leading farm animal sanctuaries in the United States. We have helped rescue and relocate thousands of animals and are currently home to over 350 rescues. A significant number of our residents have severe medical conditions because of past mistreatment, neglect or the reckless way that they were bred—genetically altered to grow faster or to produce much more milk or eggs than they naturally would. At the sanctuary, animals who have only known fear and suffering now enjoy warm, clean barns, nourishing food, and care.

    In the spring of 2006 we officially opened our doors to the visiting public and the Sanctuary quickly became a popular destination for local residents and tourists alike. Currently we moved to a larger facility in High Falls, NY. Our visitors and volunteers meet the animal “ambassadors" and learn about the billions of animals who are being born, living, and dying on factory farms. The bucolic images of green pastures and picturesque barnyard scenes as depicted in ad campaigns do not reveal the reality of today's farming practices. On today's factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. Most won't feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter. We are able to teach visitors about the truth of where their food comes from in a environment where they are meeting the animals themselves.

    The tours allow people to interact with animals and get to know them as individuals. With our proximity to New York City, many urbanite visitors who would otherwise never cross paths with these animals now have that chance.

    In addition to the tours, we conduct education and outreach program on and off site—including humane education workshops, group presentations, and additional outreach opportunities like our popular “Blessing of the Animals" and “ThanksLiving" events. We use news media to promote veganism and compassion and to teach those who can not visit the Sanctuary. We are going to continue to use and maximize this strategy to save more animals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Founded in 2004 on 23 acres of land with empty, unfenced pasture, the Sanctuary has grown to over 120 acres with more and larger buildings – including separate barns for goats/sheep, cows, pigs, and a medical barn for the sickly that need care. We also have pond/habitats for ducks and geese, and a building that features office space for our administrative staff who ensure our mission can continue.

    Woodstock Sanctuary has an active and engaged board and a staff of 17.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Woodstock Sanctuary has over 260,000 social media followers on Facebook and over 12,000 followers on Twitter. Every year, total revenue increases as does the number of visitors and volunteers. Our move allowed us to have a "grand re-opening" event in September 2015 which brought in thousands of visitors and further highlighted our work and mission and in 2016 we welcomed over 10,000 visitors to our site during visiting season.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Woodstock Sanctuary impact is measured by visitors, volunteers, social media impact, and animals saved. We also try to find homes for animals who can't come to the Sanctuary which helps promote rescue and veganism. Our goals and strategies are aimed to continue to increase that impact and spread our mission of compassion. Recently, we were part of an emergency rescue of over 100 animals from a private farm where the animals were extremely neglected and living in their own feces. This rescue allowed us to save a mother pig and her 5 baby piglets, goats, sheep, and chickens.
Service Areas

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National

Hudson Valley region of NY

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Funding Needs

General operating funds are our greatest need, our annual budget is over $500,000.

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WOODSTOCK FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Leadership

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Interim Executive Director

Mr. Jeff Lydon

BIO

Jeff Lydon has previously served as the executive director of Farm Sanctuary, VegFund, Inc., and Tompkins SPCA. A certified leadership coach/consultant with a master's degree in education (concentration in humane education), Jeff has published regularly on animal advocacy and other social justice issues. 

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Cabrera

No Affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?