All posts in Sanctuaries

Keith Wilkins & Melissa Dollard, of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

Keith Wilkins and Melissa Dollard—the Director of Operations and Hospital Supervisor, respectively, at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, in Indian Shores, FL that rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wild birds—explain the brief history of the sactuary, founded in 2016, clarifying the differences between Seaside and a similarly-named entity  (Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary) that previously operated for some 40 years at the same location. Read more…

Cameron O’Steen, photographer-founder of the Yoga Animalia Project

Cameron O’Steen—a photographer who created the Yoga Animalia Project, which involves traveling to farm animal sanctuaries across the country, and shooting portraits of the animal residents there—recalls his earliest experiences with farmed animals, as a kid growing up on his grandparents’ ranch, north of Los Angeles. Read more…

Arin Greenwood, journalist and author of “Your Robot Dog Will Die”

Arin Greenwood—a journalist who specializes in writing about animal welfare, and whose sterling new novel, “Your Robot Dog Will Die,” was published Tuesday (April 17)—offers her synopsis of the book, and recalls key elements of the setting, story, and fundamental themes that she arrived at while in the formative stages of writing “Your Robot Dog Will Die.” Read more…

Erika Abrams, co-founder & president of Animal Aid Unlimited

Erika Abrams—co-founder and president of Animal Aid Unlimited, a rescue operation, hospital, and sanctuary in Udaipur, India—recalls the circumstances under which she, her husband, Jim, and daughter, Claire, began traveling to India in the late 1980s. While noting she wasn’t (and still isn’t) well-traveled, and that her initial interest in the country was rooted in superficial facets, she fell instantly, and hard, for India. Read more…

Rachel McCrystal, executive director of Woodstock Farm Santuary

Rachel McCrystal—executive director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, which rescues farmed animals and provides refuge for them, now housing around 400 animals—recalls a childhood marked by a houseful of animals, featuring a preponderance of rattlesnakes and other reptiles (her biologist dad was a herpetologist). Read more…