Mission and History

About

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our History

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.