Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world rooted in respect and justice for all living beings.

aka Woodstock Farm Sanctuary   |   High Falls, NY   |  http://woodstocksanctuary.org

Mission

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission to rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Ms. Rachel McCrystal

Main address

2 Rescue Road

High Falls, NY 12440 USA

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EIN

20-1552990

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sanctuary Visits Every Weekend

During our open season, April through October, we are open for farm tours.  Visitors learn in detail about the plight of animals in the factory farming system while making connections with the "ambassadors" who've managed to escape it.

Population(s) Served

Providing a high standard of lifelong care to rescued farmed animals with a full-time staff of animal caregivers.

Population(s) Served

Attending demonstrations such as the People's Climate March in NYC and NYC Pride March. Tabling and extending our outreach to new locations in Connecticut and Pennsylvania at vegan festivals.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 our annual events saw more than 4,000 attendees come to meet our rescued farmed animals and celebrate compassion and community.

Percent of visitors converted to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles to reduce farmed animal consumption

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Sanctuary Visits Every Weekend

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of more than 10,000 on-site visitors in 2019, 90% decided to make dietary changes to reduce consumption of animal products. In 2018, we also increased number of surveys to ensure more accurate data.

Number of animals provided with long term care

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 380 rescued farmed animals are currently in our care. We commit to every rescue for the entirety of their lives, providing long-term specialized care including physical therapy and rehabilitation

Number of animals rescued

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Animal rescue is an essential part of our mission. When we rescue animals, we are committing to providing them with the compassionate care they deserve for the rest of their lives.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and gives them care and sanctuary, connects animals with people to advance veganism, and advocates for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements. The Sanctuary has opened in a new, larger location in High Falls, New York, and our residents include pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, goats, llamas, sheep, rabbits, ducks and geese. It is a place of compassion and empathy, where children and adults come face-to-face, often for the first time, with animals for food.

This year and beyond, we aim to increase our impact via our larger facility and increased ability to save more animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. We will also aim to have school tours where young children will be able to learn about what eating meat results in and how our organization is helping to save the animals. In addition, we are aiming to have retreats for organizations looking for a peaceful environment and a betterment for themselves and others.

Woodstock Sanctuary is one of the leading farm animal sanctuaries in the United States. We have helped rescue and relocate thousands of animals and are currently home to over 350 rescues. A significant number of our residents have severe medical conditions because of past mistreatment, neglect or the reckless way that they were bred—genetically altered to grow faster or to produce much more milk or eggs than they naturally would. At the sanctuary, animals who have only known fear and suffering now enjoy warm, clean barns, nourishing food, and care.

In the spring of 2006 we officially opened our doors to the visiting public and the Sanctuary quickly became a popular destination for local residents and tourists alike. Currently we moved to a larger facility in High Falls, NY. Our visitors and volunteers meet the animal “ambassadors" and learn about the billions of animals who are being born, living, and dying on factory farms. The bucolic images of green pastures and picturesque barnyard scenes as depicted in ad campaigns do not reveal the reality of today's farming practices. On today's factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. Most won't feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter. We are able to teach visitors about the truth of where their food comes from in a environment where they are meeting the animals themselves.

The tours allow people to interact with animals and get to know them as individuals. With our proximity to New York City, many urbanite visitors who would otherwise never cross paths with these animals now have that chance.

In addition to the tours, we conduct education and outreach program on and off site—including humane education workshops, group presentations, and additional outreach opportunities like our popular “Blessing of the Animals" and “ThanksLiving" events. We use news media to promote veganism and compassion and to teach those who can not visit the Sanctuary. We are going to continue to use and maximize this strategy to save more animals.

Founded in 2004 on 23 acres of land with empty, unfenced pasture, the Sanctuary has grown to over 150 acres with more and larger buildings – including separate barns for goats/sheep, cows, pigs, and a medical barn for the sickly that need care. We also have pond/habitats for ducks and geese, and a building that features office space for our administrative staff who ensure our mission can continue.

Woodstock Sanctuary has an active and engaged board and a staff of 22.

Woodstock Sanctuary impact is measured by visitors, volunteers, social media impact, and animals saved. We also try to find homes for animals who can't come to the Sanctuary which helps promote rescue and veganism. Our goals and strategies are aimed to continue to increase that impact and spread our mission of compassion. Recently, we were part of an emergency rescue of over 100 animals from a private farm where the animals were extremely neglected and living in their own feces. This rescue allowed us to save a mother pig and her 5 baby piglets, goats, sheep, and chickens.

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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ethan Ciment

No Affiliation

Ethan Ciment

The Chelsea Foot & Ankle Center

Jody Rasch

VegInvest Trust

Lita Dwight

Bryt Life foods

Jeannine Cicco-Barker

University of Pennsylvania

Stephanie Yazgi

Center for Popular Democracy

Berto Calkins

Monisha de Quadros

Lesley Tse

Getman, Sweeney & Dunn

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes