The Little Farm in Ojai is a animal sanctuary for rescued, neglected, and unwanted farm animals.
Our hope is that through education and gentle meet-and-greets we can help people to connect with our residents and make more compassionate choices in their daily lives.
We are a fledgling non-profit and have been running our current operations in our home and offsite in private homes and boarding facilities. Our ultimate goal is to purchase property in Ventura County, in a small town called Ojai California, with the appropriate acreage and zoning to be able to take the best care of our residents and allow them to live their best lives.
We are a 501(C)3 non-profit rescue farm.
For over twenty years our founder has been involved in rescue, both privately and through other non-profits. She has worked in partnership with multiple rescue groups to make a larger impact in the lives of animals in need. The standards set to legally allow for the private and commercial keeping of “livestock” animals is tragically low and we work everyday to try to make an impact in the lives of those animals, saving them from abuse and neglect. Cows, sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens, ducks, pigs, and horses find refuge at The Little Farm in Ojai, each with ample space to simply live happy healthy lives.
The Little Farm in Ojai was officially launched in October 2016 after meeting Ruby, our residents Kune Kune pig. Traditionally raised for meat, she was the runt of her siblings and our founder felt she was quickly falling behind. At approximately 2-3 weeks old, our founder advocated for her to be sent to our sanctuary and she was brought home and bottle fed.. Her body was weak and she needed round the clock medical attention for infected wounds, internal parasites, and a upper respiratory infection. But her personality and intelligence was immediately obvious to everyone who met her and Ruby flourished.
But there are many other Ruby’s, she just one of the lucky few. That drives our founder daily to seek out more acreage to be able to set up facility where we can provide the best possible care for our current and future residents. To save more, do more.
We are in the beginning stages. It's all new and exciting and overwhelming BUT the animals are the driving force. We are reaching out to other farm sanctuaries to lean on their expertise and experiences, lessons learned, and their amazing hearts to help guide us along the way. We need your help, we can not do this without you. Your donations and support help with all daily expenses and future rescues. We hope you will come along on this journey with us!
-Katie and all the animals at The Little Farm in Ojai