The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is a safe and sustainable space to rehabilitate and re-home abused, injured, and neglected non-human animals. We are a relatively new sanctuary on 26 acres of land at Otaki Forks, an hour's drive north of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. The Sanctuary operates according to animal rights principles and promotes animal liberation.
We are not currently open to the public, but visitors are welcome at working bees.
Read more about how we began... here
Autumn news at the Black Sheep
All the animals are enjoying the sun and the green grass of early summer! We've recently welcomed miniature ponies Chester and Lilly, two lovely new friends for Thunder, and Ronan, a goat who loves hanging out with the sheep. They join the hens, ducks, rats, pilgrim geese, cows, ex-battery chickens, sheep, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, nearly 50 roosters, a herd of pigs - over 160 animals in all!
You can now sponsor an animal through the Black Sheep! We re also seeking loving permanent homes for cats, cows and sheep ideally with vegetarian families - this will enable us to take in and care for more animals on an ongoing basis. See our Adopt page for more details. Please also check out Happy Tails (our blog page) and our Facebook page for the latest news and updates!
Animal stories and invitations to working bees!
To find out what's going on at the sanctuary, including animal stories and invitations to working bees, join our email list to receive a monthly email with photos and news! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Loving forever home urgently needed for 4 beautiful cows!
Quin, Connemara, Clare and Brigid are a family of Dexter-cross cows that have spent all their lives together on a coastal property in Te Horo. Dexters are an Irish breed, so Brigid is named for an Irish friend of the original owners, while the other three are named for places in Ireland that the couple had visited.
Quin and Connemara are 13 years old, while Brigid and Clare are 11. Brigid is the daughter of Quin, and they have a very close relationship.
If you can help with a home for any (or ideally all) of these girls, please comment below or email email@example.com and we'll put you in touch with their current caregivers