Animal related

Skys the Limit Sanctuary

"A Safe Place To Land"

aka Sky's the Limit Sanctuary

Lakebay, WA


Sky's The Limit Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary devoted to saving as many lives of exploited farm animals as possible while providing them an enriching environment safe from harm. We also strive to educate the public so that we may motivate and encourage others to stop the cycle of horrific practices of the animal farming industries.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Shannon Hill


Ryan Hill

Main Address

PO Box 273

Lakebay, WA 98349 USA


sanctuary; farm animals;





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

It is becoming much more common for people living in urban and suburban areas of the world to keep chickens for eggs. For example, in 2010, the City of Seattle increased the number of chickens allowed in a residential area from three to eight, based on demand from the public. This has more than doubled the number of chickens people will likely purchase to keep on their property. In addition, roosters are not permitted in most city limits. People having no experience with chickens nor understanding of how the industry operates are purchasing baby chicks from feed stores. Many times, up to half of the chicks they purchase are male. Homesteaders who buy chicks often find themselves with one or more roosters which they cannot legally keep on their property. There are rehoming websites and social media pages devoted strictly to finding homes for unwanted roosters. Many times, if an owner cannot find a home for their roosters, they are abandoned in a public area (park, woods, etc.)

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Rooster Appreciation

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Our Results

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Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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This metric includes all animals we were directly involved in rescuing.

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Our goal here at Sky's The Limit is to provide sanctuary for discarded and unwanted farm animals. We also wish to educate the public about the growing problem with stray chickens, especially roosters, in the urban and suburban areas of the world. We are focusing on rescuing chickens because the need is great and we want to maximize the number of lives we can save with the current land we own. If our donation base continues to grow, we will commit to providing a safe, clean, spacious, and enriching environment for all of the animals under our care. Most of all, we plan to educate the public about just how wonderful chickens are and how they deserve the same respect afforded to conventional companion animals.

Through direct rescue, educational fundraisers, and a social media presence, we intent to spread the word as much as we can feasibly afford within our time and financial budgets. Many times, the education is provided by people who meet the animals and learn the truth behind process. We have held/participated multiple events, including: Hug-a-Rooster Sustainability Conference in Tacoma, WA Seattle Veg-fest Dog-a-thon (Pierce County Humane Society) Volunteer opportunities In addition, the strong presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon has provided many opportunities to inform the public and support our mission. Any time, we have been involved in a direct rescue of a stray rooster, we have engaged in meaningful conversations with people and have provided valuable information to support our mission.

Our passionate board of directors and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year supporting our mission and sharing the stories from our sanctuary. Through social media and sanctuary events, many people have been touched by our many outreach strategies. Our strategies include: meeting the animals, handing out pamphlets, direct conversation, and word of mouth through others.

Although it is difficult to measure true progress, we are able to see our impact with individuals as they begin to understand the growing problem that faces our cities and parks. Many have vowed to never participate in the egg or chicken meat industry.

We have directly rescued over 70 birds since we started rescuing in 2015 and have been able to provide a place for all of those animals to live the rest of their lives in a safe and enriching environment. Through the donations received in 2017, we were able to build many new structures allowing us the ability to save more animals. In addition, we have shown over 40 people who have attended our hug-a-rooster event that roosters are wonderful animals. As we begin our move to a larger, but less expensive property in 2018, we will be able to provide sanctuary to more animals. We will continue to reach out to the community through educational events.

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