Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary Ōtaki offers neglected and abused animals a safe haven, and a new chance at life.


The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary operates according to animal rights principles and promotes animal liberation. Our work focuses on:

- Animal rescue and rehabilitation, caring for abused, injured, and neglected non-human animals, especially farm animals.

- Teaching compassion, educating New Zealanders about animal rights and protection.

- Rehoming selected animals, where possible, to loving forever homes.

- Offering a refuge where animals live in peace and security in the company of others of their kind.

At our vegan animal sanctuary in Ōtaki Forks, we care for around 150 rescued animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, geese, cows, horses, ducks, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, and rabbits. We have rehomed lambs, sheep, chickens, cows, dogs and socialised wild kittens to loving permanent homes. The Black Sheep promotes animal care and compassion through many channels: social media, newsletters, stalls at community events such as Out in the Park, Vegan Vault, and Newtown Festival, sanctuary tours, the Opportunity for Animals op-shops and by working with other animal protection groups.

Every animal rescued is a symbol of hope and liberation.

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The Black Sheep rehabilitates and re-homes abused, injured and neglected non-human animals. We support animal rights and animal protection, and our main aim is to provide a safe haven for animals, as well as outreach and education in our community. Right now four full-time caretakers, with support from dedicated part-time volunteers and WWOOFers care for over two hundred animals (pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, geese, cows, horses, dogs, cats, ducks, hedgehogs, geese, rabbits and many others) at Ōtaki Forks, an hour's drive north of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Although our fundraising shops cover the sanctuary mortgage, we depend on community support for all animal care costs.

Our particular focus is to take in neglected, mistreated, and abandoned farm animals. We offer a refuge where they can live out their natural lives in peace and security, in the company of others of their kind. Where possible we rehome to loving forever homes, but there are many animals with special needs who are permanently with us. We're run by the Animal Protection Society, a registered charity, and we're hoping for your help to enable us to continue our animal rescue work. Thunder, Chester, Sirius, Iris, Struan, Sparkles, Betty Boo and many others will be so happy because of your contribution!

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Helping Gherkin  7 July 2019

Many of you have met our cheeky pig Gherkin, who was found as a tiny piglet, alone and disoriented by the roadside in December 2017. A lively and mischievous soul, he quickly grew into a playful young adult.

Recently Gherkin started experiencing seizures, which is very distressing. Despite multiple vet visits, x-rays, and pain and anti-inflammatory medications, we still don’t have a definitive answer as to why he is unwell. We are determined to explore every avenue we can to protect his health, and thus we are planning to send him for a CT scan at Massey University. Unfortunately this comes with a significant cost at a time when winter feed bills are high.

You can help Gherkin by donating through Givealittle. Please just remember to reference ‘Gherkin’ when making a donation. Any contribution helps, no matter how small.

Thank you so much for your support. We'll be posting another update soon to let you know about Gherkin's progress. If you don't already receive our newsletter, please do sign up for it to get animal news, photographs, and invitations to sanctuary open days!

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Private Donor
Private Donor 6 days ago
Bronwyn on 09 Oct 2021
Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Thank you so much for your kindness!

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary
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Private Donor on 07 Oct 2021
Kelsey Polglase, Envelope Surveying
Kelsey Polglase, Envelope Surveying on 05 Oct 2021
We are a civil engineering and Survey Consultancy company. We have do a STEPtember challenge last month and the winner could make a donation on behalf of the company to a charity of her choice. Our winner Kelsey chose your organization.
Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Thank you so much to you and everyone at Survey Consultancy on behalf of the sanctuary animals!

Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary
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Private Donor on 30 Sep 2021

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