Bart, the miniature donkey, is one of over 100 animals that have been rescued by the sanctuary.
In 1866, Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He was moved to action when he witnessed the brutal beating of an exhausted cart horse.
During the 1880s, the U.S. Lighthouse Board saw the need to guide mariners through the treacherous rocky Oregon waters around Yaquina Head. In 1872, Oregon's second oldest and tallest currently working lighthouse was completed. This light was manned by keepers and assistants who, every night, would climb the 114 steps carrying gallons of oil to fill the lamp and light the lantern. The beam of the lantern was concentrated through the fresnel lens and the strong, focused beam guided those in need to the protection of safe harbor afforded by Yaquina Bay in Newport, therefore, preventing disaster and the loss of life. This story plays out over and over again throughout the Pacific Northwest, and indeed, throughout the world.
Now, over 100 years later, the marriage of safe harbor and the protection of animals comes once again to the Pacific Northwest. The Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary was formed to guide animals in need to the safety of calm waters. The Board of Directors, volunteers and supporters are dedicated to light the lantern to guide those abused and neglected animals; to prevent disasters; and to prevent needless loss of life.. a guiding light to safe harbor.
As all lighthouses need keepers and assistants to keep the lanterns lit, the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary needs you. Please join us in our efforts of shining the light. For information on how you can help, please contact us.
The Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Please contact your financial advisor if you need more information about tax deductions when giving to charities.