Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does your name mean?
A: "Ahimsa" is a Sanskrit word which translates, roughly, as "compassion for all living beings." It's a notion we embrace, personally, and we think it sums up, perfectly, the philosophy of our sanctuary. You can read more about ahimsa here.

Q: Are you vegan?
A: The sanctuary founders are vegan and we uphold a vegan policy at the sanctuary. This means that any event held at the sanctuary or for the benefit of the sanctuary will be free of animal products. 

Q: If you're vegan, what do you do with your chickens' eggs?
A: We collect our chickens' eggs daily, scramble them, then feed them back to our birds. We also crush the shells and mix them into their feed. Doing so helps to replenish their protein and calcium levels, which are depleted by the egg-laying process. When we have an over-abundance of eggs, we donate them to a local wildlife sanctuary, which feeds them to their raccoons, skunks, fox, birds of prey and other animals. 

Q: Do you offer tours?
A: We offer educational tours once a month from April through October. Tours must be reserved in advance. Please visit our VISIT page for more information. 

Q: Can I volunteer?
A: There are several ways to volunteer. Please visit our VOLUNTEER page for more information. 

Q: Where do your animals come from?
A: Our animals come from a wide range of backgrounds and situations. Some were surrendered to us by their owners, who could no longer care for them. Several had been abandoned or released into the wild to fend for themselves. Some were seized by authorities in cruelty or neglect cases, then transferred to us. And a few have been purchased by concerned individuals from livestock auctions and live markets, then surrendered to us for care. 

Q: Are any of your animals up for adoption?
A: Once an animal arrives at the sanctuary, he or she will remain with us for the duration of their lives. So many of our residents have come from such tragic or unstable backgrounds and really blossom at the sanctuary. We don't feel it's right to uproot them once again and break the bonds they've made with others like them for the sake of adoption.  If you are interested in adopting a farm animal, we may be able to help you find one that is a good fit for you. Please contact us to let us know what you're looking for. 

Q: Why don't you have any cows?
A: We would LOVE to have cows here at the sanctuary -- and we will, in the future -- but we aren't quite ready for cows just yet. As the largest and strongest of all farm animals, cows require a very specific type of fencing to keep them safely contained. Once we complete our fencing re-haul, we will be able to begin welcoming cows to Ahimsa Acres. 

Q: Why does Hawk always wear a mask/helmet?
A: Hawk has no eyes. He came to us mostly blind (due to a condition called equine recurrent uveitis, also known as "moon blindness") and lost all vision shortly after. Although he was blind, his eyes were still very painful and at the recommendation of our veterinarian, we had him evaluated by an equine eye specialist. The pain from the uveitis, combined with some spots of cancer in Hawk's eyes, validated our decision to go ahead with the surgical removal of his eyes. Because he had been blind for some time, he adjusted quickly to life without eyes. Although he can find his way around remarkably well, he does occasionally bump into things and his padded mask protects his delicate face and head from cuts and bruises. We call it his super hero mask!!

Q: Is running the sanctuary your full-time job?
A: Running the sanctuary certainly is (much more than) a full-time job, but our founders both work full-time jobs in addition to running the sanctuary, as do most of the volunteers who keep the sanctuary running. We are not paid for any of our sanctuary work, but we do it because it's our life purpose. And because we know the animals need us!

Q: Are donations tax-deductible?
A: We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Any donation you make to us is tax deductible as law- allows. Your accountant or tax preparer should be able to help you with any specific questions you have about your donation(s).