Portrait by Kristen Neudorf Fine Art
Providing animals quality of life and forever sanctuary
Where It All Began
The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary was established in early 2017, after my husband and I purchased a rural 32-acre, century old dairy farm in Wainfleet, Ontario. Although I was an animal lover and had travelled the world volunteering at sanctuaries, I never had the intention of starting my own.
Warning bells should have gone off when upon purchase, there was one lone chicken in the coop I felt wasn’t being properly cared for. I wrote her into our purchase agreement under “chattel”. Chattel is now the thriving ‘Queen of the Coop’!
Once on the farm, as an animal lover with a barn and lots of empty space, of course I started taking in rescues. One turned into two and two turned into twenty and so on.
Every one of my critters are rescues, most with a difficult past. Some of them have ongoing issues – some are learning to trust humans again. I have looked each of them in the eyes and promised forever sanctuary here. We are proud to accept them for who they are. They need to provide no service in return – I do not sell meat, eggs or milk and we are not a petting zoo.
I vow to treat them as sentient beings deserving of not only sustenance and shelter but also love, health care, enrichment, companionship, and peace of mind.
Our forever sanctuary is currently home to Winston, a large (and destructive!) male goat; Mummy the goat; Willow and Whisper, Mummy’s two kids; Fable, the miniature horse; Laura, the miniature donkey; Bud, Bert and Ernie, the three little pot bellied pigs; Calamity, Oscar and Cleocatra, the feline rulers; Satan, the evil Rooster (who protects all of his lady hens – whether or not there is a true threat!); 10 chickens; 12 turtles; and the partridge in a pear tree – Eligh, the Great Pyrenees guardian dog, who gives protection to all those that reside within.
With all these critters we have reached the capacity that our wallets and time will allow. I can maintain the quality of life I insist on providing for our current residents. The only way we can continue to take in those that need us is with the assistance of other animal lovers. So, we officially registered as a non-profit animal sanctuary and obtained official charity status.
To provide forever sanctuary to unwanted, neglected and abused animals.
Every creature given refuge will be respected as a sentient being. Provided not only food, shelter and medical care but also compassion, companionship and quality of life.
To collaborate peacefully and respectfully with the public, our community, volunteers and donors; encouraging an end to animal cruelty.
Volunteer. Donate. Sponsor an animal.
To help The Ass Menagerie Sanctuary continue to provide forever sanctuary to animals in need, please consider volunteering your time, donating money or items we need, or even sponsoring one of our animals.