Jacksonville, OR (September 1, 2017) – For the first time in ten years, Sanctuary One was forced to relocate all 60 animals from the Applegate Valley farm. In consultation with local authorities, Sanctuary One started moving the animals on Wednesday, August 30. As of the afternoon of September 1, all of the sanctuary’s pigs, goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, duck, geese, dogs, cats, and rabbits have been moved to temporary shelter thanks to community residents and partner agencies.
The evacuation would not be possible without a dedicated staff, community, and supportive organizations like Southern Oregon Humane Society, Equamore Foundation, and Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital. “We had over 100 individuals throughout Oregon offer emergency foster homes for our animals. Sanctuary One strives to be a resource to our community through our food bank donations, our work with at-risk youth, and our animal rescue work. In a crisis though, such as this wildfire, the community became our resource. So many volunteers made a challenging week, smoother, more hopeful, and ultimately safe for our animals,” said Megan Flowers, Sanctuary One executive director.
Sanctuary One’s top priority now that the animals are safely relocated is to focus on the farm. Staff continues to fire prep with heavy watering of the buildings and land. While we hope the fire does not reach our farm, or our wonderful Applegate neighbors, we are preparing for the worst.
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About Sanctuary One: Located on 55 acres in Oregon’s beautiful Applegate Valley, Sanctuary One was established in 2007 as the nation’s first care farm. Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. Elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and emotionally traumatized animals who may never be adoptable receive personalized attention, loving rehabilitation, and a peaceful retirement here. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.