Oh, how I love thee!
Sanctuary Moon was the first vegan-principled animal sanctuary I visited and photographed. And I just can't get enough of them! Rachel and Ryan are so passionate about animal rights, activism, and advocacy, and giving the residents the best care and dedication possible. Visiting was a life-changing experience.
Sanctuary Moon is a microsanctuary, settled on 3.5 acres in Lowell, Michigan. It is the only animal sanctuary in Kent County founded and run on vegan principles. The 30+ residents include chickens, goats, and ducks. They specialize in rescuing roosters, who are so often misunderstood, unwanted, and dumped.
I will be the first to admit I was afraid of roosters before visiting. And let me tell ya, those dudes showed how wrong I was about them! They are actually SO sweet and lovable, with personalities more vibrant than many humans. I found myself laughing every time I photographed them. Most have perfected their "blue steel" look (I am quite certain they practice modeling in their free time!).
At Sanctuary Moon, people rally together and get things done, no matter their lifestyle, geographic location, or difference in opinions. Volunteer days at the sanctuary are fun, productive, uplifting, and inviting. Everyone works together for a common goal. We all want to see the animals (and caretakers!) have a safe, comfortable, and positive home.
Sanctuary Moon holds a special place in my heart. I am so thankful for Rachel, Ryan, and the community of individuals who contribute to this sanctuary.
To donate to, volunteer at, or learn more about Sanctuary Moon, check out their website and Facebook. They are currently fundraising to purchase a coop for a group of chickens rescued from Kaparos. Please consider donating here!
To see a few more images from my days at Sanctuary Moon, head over to their gallery here.