Farm Animal Refuge is a 501c3 non- profit organization that focuses on the rescue and forever refuge of abused, unwanted, and neglected farmed animals. The animals here act as ambassadors and help people make the connection between companion animals and farmed animals. In addition to animal rescue, our mission is to help those people who have made the connection transition to a vegan lifestyle through resources and advocacy.
I grew up my whole life loving animals. My mom used to bring in all sorts of unlikely pets. From bottle-feeding kittens to a raccoon that used to come to our back door, and we would feed him grapes and let him run around the house. We hopped fences to feed horses. We bought feeder mice to save them from being eaten by snakes. We loved our dogs and fed squirrels and ducks. But we also had yet to make the same connection to farmed animals.
Going vegan wasn’t just a diet for me, it was much more, it became my purpose. It gave my life purpose and was the most beautiful gift I could have ever imagined.
It never feels like a sacrifice. To this day it still feels like a gift.
My hope is that we can change the world for animals together as a community! To give people a higher calling than just the day to day grind. We can do this for us, for the animals, and for the environment. When people band together in a movement, we can move mountains.
And as people, we have to understand that change starts with ones self. There is a calling that lies in each person’s heart to make the world better place. To be good stewards of our planet and all of it’s inhabitants. We have to answer that call! It all starts with you, right now! Can you be the change? Please join us in this journey to save lives!
Matt is a native San Diego. Spending much of his life as a chef and in the kitchen, he was raised and trained to see animals as a product.
Everything changed when he decided to dedicate his life to animal advocacy!
Sam: Board Member
Sam (she/her) has been a volunteer at Farm Animal Refuge since she moved from the east coast to San Diego in November 2020.
Prior to joining FARSam was a volunteer at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland for almost 5 years. Sam’s vegan journey began 13 years ago when she was living in the Caribbean with her daughter.