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 supports animal rights and animal protection, providing a safe haven for over 200 previously abused, injured and neglected animals (pigs, goats, sheep, roosters, cows, horses, ducks, geese, rabbits, turkeys and more) near Ōtaki Forks.

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Thank you from Chicory for your generosity!  18 August 2022

We're feeling very humbled by your kindness - we've raised the required funds for Chicory's desexing already, and even some extra which we will use towards a thorough veterinary health check and preventative care to ensure the little blind pig's ongoing wellbeing. Thank you again :-)

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Westpac NZ
Westpac NZ 3 days ago
Westpac employee matching gift programme
Michele 6 days ago
Dani on 12 Jul 2024
Moggers on 11 Jul 2024
Love to all the fluffy babies!
KB on 10 Jul 2024
Love to all the individual residents

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