Heartland Farm Sanctuary

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Heartland Farm Sanctuary, which opened in 2010, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. We created Heartland to provide a safe, peaceful environment where youth and farm animals could come together to heal, grow, and have fun.

Many children today face significant life challenges such as physical, emotional, or cognitive developmental delays, a history of delinquent behavior or other detrimental life choices, or an abusive or otherwise troubling home life. Research has shown that these children can benefit tremendously by taking part in animal-assisted therapeutic activities, such as those programs developed by Heartland using the farm animals we help.

Our mission is to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other.

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What We Do, Thanks to YOU…

Farm Animal Shelter 

Heartland is Wisconsin’s rescue resource for farm animals and serves as the state’s only shelter devoted to the care and rehabilitation of pigs, goats, chickens, and other country critters. Every year, Heartland members provide the “last chance” for dozens of abused, neglected, and abandoned farm animals who have nowhere else to go. Many of the animals find their forever homes at Heartland, and others are placed into safe, loving adoptive homes so we can keep our barn doors open for other animals in need of refuge.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Each animal rescued “gives back” to thousands of people each year. Led by licensed counselors and knowledgeable animal care staff, Heartland offers therapeutic animal assisted services to children and adults with special needs, at risk youth, and youth and adults who have been traumatized from abuse or other significant loss in their lives. Our therapeutic support programs provide healing and hope for hundreds of individuals and their families each year.

Humane Education

Our “four-footed” teachers provide a unique classroom experience for children of all ages! Each year our barn doors open to dozens of school and youth community groups and our popular Camp Heartland gives hundreds of students a chance to meet our rescued animals and learn the Heartland ABCs – AWARENESS of others, BEING KIND to ourselves and each other, and COMPASSION for all. 

Heartland’s farm animal friends lift our spirits, provide gentle companionship, and offer us the opportunity to heal one another, and ourselves. Be a part of the Heartland human-animal experience for yourself, for others, and for a kinder, gentler world for all.