The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary
In November 2009 the Animal Protection Society bought 26 acres of land to set up a sanctuary for animals founded on animal rights principles. Our primary aim is to provide a refuge for abused, neglected, and mistreated animals, and especially former farm animals.
In New Zealand, a country where the economy depends on the dairy and meat industry, there are many animals in dire need of care and protection. We rescue and rehabilitate abused animals, including ex-dairy cows, ex-factory farm pigs, and ex-battery chickens. Where possible, we rehome to loving forever homes. For the many animals which cannot be rehomed, we offer a safe space where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace and security, in the company of others of their kind.
The Sanctuary is owned by the Animal Protection Society, Inc., a registered charity. We seek to support both human and animal rights, and are against all forms of oppression. We are pro-feminist, and anti-racist; we oppose sexism, inequality and environmental destruction. We acknowledge local iwi and local hapū as tāngata whenua. We are a space that is vegan for humans.
We promote animal rights and animal liberation through our newsletter, other publicity materials, stalls, fundraising shops, and supporting animal rights conferences. Long-term, we plan to set up an education centre, from which we will run animal rights education programmes for children and adults.