Changing the world, one adopted animal at a time..that's the driving force behind Animal Place's Rescue Ranch.

Each individual saved has a story, one of many. She may be the 1-yr-old hen slated for slaughter. He may be the discarded male dairy calf. She might be a confiscated pig saved from death.

Whatever their story, it all begins anew at Rescue Ranch.

In August of 2010, the Rescue Ranch program was launched with the rescue of 250 hens from an egg farm. Then 140 chickens from a hoarder. To date, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep and pigs have passed through its barn doors and onto greener pastures, new homes.

Rescue Ranch is the only program of its kind in the country. There simply is no other program that actively works with farmers, animal control agencies, and other sanctuaries and shelters to take in farmed animals and place them into new homes. A permanent refuge can only save a small number of animals, while an adoption program can save thousands.

Rescue Ranch can only take in those animals we can place. You can be a part of this innovative work by letting us know you can adopt. Email us for more information. Or apply to adopt!




Since its inception in August of 2010, Rescue Ranch has rescued, rehomed or provided permanent refuge to: 13,893 chickens, 25 turkeys, 7 sheep, 7 pigs, 1 duck, and 21 goats. (As of 7/31/2014)

July 25, 2014 - 513 hens, 1 rooster from a battery cage egg farm in California.

June 5, 2014 - 23 chickens rescued from southern California shelters. 14 hens rescued from a cockfighting operation. 6 New Hampshire Red crosses rescued from a transport truck that was shipping them to slaughter (4 hens, 2 roosters), 3 hens abandoned by a backyard chicken "owner".

June 4, 2014 - 4 goats from dairy farm  

June 3, 2014 - 5 roosters confiscated by Yolo County Animal Services and SPCA from a fight-bust.

May 27, 2014 - 1 goat, 1 sheep found running loose

May 1, 2014 - 249 hens, 4 roosters arrived from free range egg farm.

April 30, 2014 - 1 goat from Los Angeles shelter that rescued him from a hoarder

March 21 & 28, 2014 - 1,100 hens from an egg farm going out of business rescued!

July 28-29, 2013 - 3,000 hens from a battery cage egg farm rescued!

April 1-2, 2013 - 750 hens from a battery cage egg farm arrive!

March 1, 2013 - 166 hens from an egg farm arrive!

February 20, 2013 - 2 goats from a 4H farm arrive

February 15, 2013 - 2 goats from Santa Cruz shelter arrive

February 4, 2013 - 3 hens rescued from neglect situation

January 9, 2013 - 1 rooster transferred to sanctuary from shelter

December 9, 2012 - 2 goats abandoned at sanctuary

November 28, 2012 - 1 goat saved from a neglect case

November 10, 2012 - 1 duck rescued from a meat farm 

October 14, 2012 - Transferred 50 roosters from a southern California shelter to another sanctuary, took in 7 roosters

September 15, 2012 - 8 goats saved from a burned property.

August, 2012 - 6 turkeys from a breeding farm rehomed to another sanctuary

February 23 & 24, 2012 - 4,460 starving hens rescued from an egg farm. Of those, 4,100 came to Animal Place's Rescue Ranch. All adopted.

February 11, 2012 - 7 hens 4 roosters rescued from an abandonment case. Adopted.

January 16, 2012 - 1 rooster rescued. Adopted.

December 8, 2011 - 372 hens from an egg farm rescued. All adopted.

November 30, 2011 - 97 hens from a prison egg farm are rescued. All adopted.

November 26, 2011 - 3 sheep rescued from slaughter at a local farm. Rehomed to another sanctuary.

October 30, 2011 - 2 piglets and 2 goats rescued from a petting zoo that planned on sending them to slaughter. Piglets are permanent residents at our Grass Valley sanctuary; two goats adopted.

September 14, 2011 - 281 hens and 6 roosters from an egg farm. All adopted.

September 7, 2011 - 26 hens rescued from a closing egg farm. All adopted.

August 16, 2011 - 225 hens from an egg farm arrive ready for new homes. All adopted. 

August 10, 2011 - 2 ewes saved from predators after they were abandoned in the Oakland hills arrive! Adopted.

August 4, 2011 - Nineteen turkeys used for breeding and slated for slaughter are ready for new homes. For information on adopting the turkeys, click here, two are still available for adoption (12/7/2011)!

July 18, 2011 - Five pigs confiscated from a cruelty case hang out for ten days and are happily transferred to another sanctuary.

April 26th & May 7, 2011 - 581 hens rescued from an egg farm. All adopted.

March 30, 2011 - 395 hens arrive from egg farm. All adopted.


February 25, 2011 - 356 hens seek shelter from egg farm. All adopted.

January 18, 2011 -115 hens bust out of a prison egg farm. All adopted.

January 15, 2011 - 75 hens from egg farm are rehomed. All adopted.

September 9, 2010 - 140 hens, roosters, chicks rescued from hoarder. Many adopted; several die from diseases aquired from the hoarder, some are permanent residents at the sanctuary.

August 5, 2010 - 250 hens, most with embedded leg bands, are rehabilitated and adopted. Most adopted, some are too severely injured to be rehomed and remain at our sanctuary and others.


Animal Place's Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with egg and, sometimes, dairy farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry and dairy calves.

There are more than 18-20 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest - we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs.  We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Rescue Ranch's goal is save as many lives as possible, one individual at a time.

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