Animal Friends Sanctuary

Intro. New BLOG by our Founder, Candy Nelson beginning June 2017!


Animal Friends of Westmoreland, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and abused animals
Founded in 2006 by entrepreneur & animal activist Candy Valentino Nelson. It took 2 years to renovate the donated building.  Almost 100% of the work was donated as well – with the help of volunteers and local businesses within the community.  We opened our doors to the public November 2009 and to date, have saved over 2500 lives.

Our life saving work is done with only 2 full time and 2 part time staff working along side an army of over 250 active volunteers contributing over 20,000 man hours to our mission and the lives of whom we care.

Our Mission:
We rescue animals and save lives. We provide love and joy to the humans who open their hearts to these animals and those who serve on their behalf as care givers within our organization. We stand up for the voiceless. We help animals and children remember that they matter.

We inspire people to stand up and speak out against animal abuse. We encourage a community.

We help children who have suffered abuse and neglect, find healing and gain trust as they relate to the animals who also share such horrific pasts. We remind the world that all lives matter.

Our Vision:
In 2017, Animal Friends of Westmoreland will be beginning the next phase of our journey as we forge ahead to create an even bigger impact on the community and leave a legacy for generations to come.

With the purchase of a 62 acre farm, we will be able to rescue large animals like horses, donkeys and cows as well as farm animals such as pigs, goats, sheep and chicken to name a few.

We will have space on the farm to build our new facility that will house MORE dogs, cats and rabbits than our existing location can hold.

We have an profound mission and a massive vision. Without your support, NONE of this would be possible.

About this Campaign:
The funds from this campaign will be used to renovate the existing barn on the property and build another new barn.  These barns will provide sanctuary to horses, cows, donkeys, goats, pigs, and chicken.

Our program will invite at risk and inner youth to the farm. Children in foster homes, children that have been abused, neglects or abandoned themselves will be able to find safety and begin to build trust as they relate to the stories of the animals that also share such horrific stories.

We have secured the 62 acres but need the additional financial support to bring this program to life.

It will mean the world to the animals’ lives that are saved. It will end the abuse, the suffering and will spare their life.   In return, the animals will pay it forward by demonstrating kindness and forgiveness; teaching children the power of compassion and will impact future generations ending the abuse cycle and fostering a more loving, gentler world.

Animal Friends Sanctuary.
Rescuing animals, helping children heal and teaching kindness and compassion for all.

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