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Sarah Simpson column: A Home for Hooves finds forever home

The wait is over: farm animal sanctuary is expanding
A Home for Hooves has new digs. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Gordon)

It took nearly three years of blood, sweat, and tears and even more nights of lost sleep and doubts and worries but love will always find a way.

Michelle Singleton and her crew at A Home For Hooves Farm Sanctuary are moving on up.

From their humble roots on a leased less-than-five-full-acre space, on April 30, the gang took possession of their new digs, a stunning 40-acre property that will henceforth be the sanctuary’s forever home.

The not-for-profit made the announcement on Facebook.

“We are beyond grateful for the homeowners patiently waiting for us to raise sufficient funds and for Island Savings believing in our dream and providing the charity with a mortgage,” said their post. “There is so much work ahead of us in order to prep the site for the animals, but we are ready to hit the ground running!”

Of course I wasn’t content with just re-posting the Facebook notice. I’ve been following Michelle since the beginning and had to send her a note of congratulations and to ask what’s next.

Before I tell you what she said, I should tell those who aren’t aware that A Home for Hooves Farm Sanctuary was born in 2017 when Singleton, who at the time was a volunteer at the Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals in Chemainus, took in a 900-pound house-guest named Debbie. RASTA was full to the brim and Singleton couldn’t bear the thought of the giant animal being turned into sausages.

By 2018 A Home for Hooves was home to 21 animal residents: seven pot belly pigs (Charlie, Charlotte, Puddin, Juniper, Hazel, Gracie and Charles), two Guinea Hogs (Eugene and Violet), four goats (Remi, Finnegan, Buddy and Smurfy), three roosters (Henry, Elvis and Presley), a one-legged turkey (Gertie), two dogs (Rocky and Lucky) and two cats (Alice and Koda).

Eventually RASTA closed down and Singleton was there to ensure the animals that had lived there were all taken care of.

Today, the centre is responsible for the care of more than 170 rescued farm animals, with close to 20 in foster homes because their 4.5-acre site couldn’t possibly hold one more.

That’s why for a couple of years now they’ve been raising money to buy a bigger space so they wouldn’t have to keep turning animals in need away.

Imagine their joy when they were handed the deed to their new land!

“It’s going to be a massive project but worth it,” said A Home For Hooves director Stephanie Gordon. “I think the public will be really excited about it too. It’s such a magical spot.”

There’s still so much more money to raise because there’s still a mortgage to pay and animals to feed and facilities to construct to give the animals the very best lives possible at the sanctuary.

Read about the group’s capital campaign at or make a donation at or sponsor an animal at

Sarah Simpson

About the Author: Sarah Simpson

I started my time with Black Press Media as an intern, before joining the Citizen in the summer of 2004.
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