Meet Our Residents
New Life Animal Sanctuary has rescued over 1,000 animals – far too many to introduce to you here! Instead, enjoy a peek at some of our current residents.
Angelina was rescued from an academic science center. She’s very old now, and blind, but is enjoying her time outside of a lab and in the open air, with plenty of nuzzles for and from our volunteers. We are very grateful for every day with our magical pony queen.
In spring 2020, thirteen pigeons were saved after spending a full decade in a psychology lab. At NLAS, they’re finally able to engage in normal social interactions and stretch their beautiful wings. Since then, twelve more pigeons have been added from shelters or other situations that required intervention.
LUCKY 13 and COMPANY
We took in 32 rabbits released from a laboratory in Northern California! This is just the beginning of their Life After Labs. They’ve been known as only a number. Until today. Today their lives matter for each individual, sentient being they are. Their metal, numbered ear tags have been removed and they will never be hurt again.
We are thrilled to have partnered with our friends at Golden Years Sanctuary who have already taken in 7 and Harry’s Haven who took 6! We are so grateful to work with other wonderful rescues to make the magic happen!
SMALL FURRY FRIENDS - RABBITS
Llamas rock! Meet Marjorie, Hank and MaryJo, who joined us in May.
Our wonderful donkeys came to us from two different situations. Harmony was in a kill pen in Texas and would have been sent to Mexico for slaughter. A rescue was able to save Harmony, along with many other horses and donkeys… but tragically the trailer taking them from Texas to California was rear-ended by a big rig. Harmony was a fortunate survivor of the collision who made it to her final destination in California. Hamilton was rescued from a local shelter and lives at NLAS as a companion to Harmony.
HARMONY and HAMILTON
Max was brought to NLAS from a laboratory in 2019. He may be blind, but he is as loved as a dog can possibly be and living his best life.
Ricky was rescued from a local shelter, extremely sick. After months of diligent veterinary care, he’s now thriving, and the doting companion of Lucy, one of our pigs rescued from a laboratory.
Hollywood wound up homeless when his people divorced… but lucked out when our good friends asked if we could take him. The good luck was ours as well – Hollywood is the absolute sweetest boy, who adores having his belly rubbed… preferably all day long!
The sanctuary is home to a large group of “Miss Piggies,” including Laverne, Shirley, Lucy, Amelia, Geraldine, Margie, and Ardath. In July 2015, we undertook the largest known rescue of pigs from a laboratory ever. 31 Gottingen mini-pigs left a Bay Area laboratory and never looked back. Many were adopted out to other loving places, but nineteen pigs still happily reside with us.
LAVERNE, SHIRLEY, and THE LADY PIGGIES
Our chicken flock began with seventeen chickens from an academic science center. We now have chickens from all kinds of situations including battery/egg farms and shelters. They’re now able to live together in a group and enjoy life outside of cages.
THE CLUCKY FEW
These sweet ladies were rescued from a Rocky Mountain lab in 2013. They have PTSD from their experiences there, but are living out the rest of their lives safe and protected at NLAS, where they have captured the heart and soul of our founder… as well as everyone who meets them!
REBECCA and JANE
Ellie is our little ray of sunshine. She’s our self-appointed greeter, tour guide, and hostess with the mostest. She looks forward to seeing you at New Life Animal Sanctuary soon!
It is heartwarming beyond words to watch t6 (six!) rescued rat mommies, fresh out of a laboratory (in April), care for their little beans with such devotion and tenderness. And to witness the growth and subtle changes, knowing that they will never know the horrors their mothers did. They are safe and they are loved.
SMALL FURRY FRIENDS - RATS
Many goats live at New Life, but here is Merry, the goat standing, the matriarch of our herd and a cantankerous old gal. She was rescued from a science center over 6 years ago and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer about 2 years ago. But she keeps trucking’ on.
Abi and Izzy are the goats laying down, sisters rescued from a laboratory 3 years ago. They are inseparable and love living their best life!
In addition to our flock of pigeons, we currently have nine ducks, eight guinea fowl, and two turkeys, saved from slaughter at Thanksgiving.
TURKEYS and GUINEAS and DUCKS
Our two mini-cows were raised for the purpose of slaughter. A friend of the sanctuary negotiated their rescue, and they came to live out their days happily here at New Life.
NELSON and GANDHI
Harriet from one lab and Lynn from another, rescued 3 weeks apart and now besties for life.
HARRIET and LYNN
We have an assortment of cats from various situations, including Martin, who was rescued from a laboratory in 2013, and Simon, who was used as a blood donor in a vet’s office. Since over 18,000 cats are used in laboratory testing each year, there were plenty of kitties who needed saving and permanent homes.