Welcome to Sunny Meadow!

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary is a safe haven for rescued farm animals and wildlife.

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

It had long been our dream to rescue and give sanctuary to farm animals along with the other work we do to help animals. Happily, that dream has become a reality! In 2009 Sunny Meadow rescued its first two farm animals, two young female goats, who we named Hannah and Ivy. We soon rescued ducks and chickens, and Sunny Meadow Sanctuary was born. Since then the sanctuary has rescued hundreds of animals, including cows, equines, pigs, sheep, goats, turtles, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and wildlife.

Each and every farm animal at Sunny Meadow was spared from going to a slaughterhouse or being abused and is now living a peaceful, happy life here at the sanctuary. Unlike some sanctuaries, the farm animals at Sunny Meadow are not bought. The only exception to that rule would be if we rescue a lone animal and cannot find a rescue animal for him or her to live with after searching extensively. Farm animals need companions—it is vital to their health and well-being, they cannot live alone. But if animals are bought, saving them is really “feeding the industry” and causes more suffering down the line.

Being vegans ourselves, there is no way that we would ever let anyone eat or use the animals for any purpose. Unlike a shelter, our sanctuary does not automatically seek to place animals with individuals or groups; instead we pledge to care for each animal until his or her natural death. However we do adopt animals to good homes at times—mainly rabbits, chickens, cats, and dogs.

Sunny Meadow is located in rural Central Massachusetts. The animals’ safety and well-being is the sanctuary’s utmost and only goal. The heart of the sanctuary are two large multi-acre meadow/pastures, filled with grass, wildflowers, butterflies and all the other great critters and plants that thrive in meadows and grasslands. Besides providing our own animals’ enjoyment and grazing, it also sustains a host of wildlife—deer, mice, rabbits, groundhogs, wild turkeys, fox, mink, birds, and more. We even get occasional visits from moose! Bluebirds and swallows nest in our meadow bird boxes and they have raised babies there for years. The meadows are a paradise for birds in general. Awash in sun and fresh air, our meadows/pastures are not just the sanctuary’s namesake; they are also vital to hundreds of wild animals’ wellbeing.

Sunny Meadow also acts as a sanctuary for animal lovers to feel safe, meet like-minded folks, help animals, bring their friends and families and volunteer.

Sunny Meadow is a 501c3 nonprofit. If you can make a donation to the sanctuary that will really help the animals and we will send you a receipt for your taxes. No one is paid a salary by the sanctuary so every penny donated goes directly to animal care and rescue.

You can just click the Donate button at the top of this page to do so. Our animals, and future rescued animals, thank you in advance!

For the animals,
Helen & Steve, Sunny Meadow Caretakers and Guardians, Sunny Meadow Sanctuary, Inc.


About us personally, besides being the guardians of the animals of Sunny Meadow, we are animal activists, grandparents, and organic gardeners. Steve is a college professor and Helen is a retired scientist. We have worked to help animals for decades and plan to continue for many more. We are not paid a salary by the Sanctuary—we donate our time just like any other volunteers.