From rescuing animals to building an education center, we will create a vibrant and welcoming gathering place for all individuals.

Very few laws protect farmed animals; in fact, most states expressly exempt them from any legal protections. Farmed animals like Mikey (pictured) account for over 95% of all animal suffering in the US, yet only a handful of organizations offer them care and shelter.

Porchlight will be a permanent home for rescued farm animals, where visitors can meet the individuals typically seen as food. We want our visitors to leave the sanctuary knowing why animals like Mikey are worthy of protection. Through our programs, we hope to inspire others to create change that will benefit animals, people, and the planet!

Porchlight Animal Sanctuary's IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter can be found here.


Our Mission

Saving the lives of animals by providing sanctuary and inspiring compassionate action through education and outreach.

OUR Vision

A compassionate world where all animals are recognized as unique individuals, free from exploitation.

OUR Values

Equality: While we understand that humans and non-human animals vary in complexity, we believe that every individual is entitled to a basic set of rights including the right to freedom from exploitation. We recognize that both human and non-human animals are capable of experiencing pain and pleasure, therefore there can be no moral justification to exploit other sentient beings for any purpose. 

Education and Empowerment: Through innovative educational programs, we seek to empower our community to make choices that foster compassion for all animals. We believe that most people share a common set of values that align with veganism. We are committed to creating transformative experiences that promote a vegan lifestyle and expose the realities of animal exploitation.

Quality of Care: Our top priorities are the health, happiness, and comfort of the animals in our care. We recognize that we cannot save every animal in need and will not sacrifice the quality of life for our sanctuary residents in order to increase the quantity of rescues. 

Focus on Farmed Animals: Our efforts are focused on farmed animals because they are the least respected and least protected class of animals in our society. We are working from the "bottom" up to bring about fundamental change for all animals. While our sanctuary may also include some animals that are not traditionally raised for food, the majority of animals in our care will come from farmed backgrounds.

Respect: Respect for all beings is the foundation of our mission. We will maintain a non-judgemental and supportive environment where we treat everyone with honesty and respect, regardless of differing viewpoints. As caretakers, we will respect the individual needs of the animals in our care.

Diversity: We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive community for individuals of various backgrounds, beliefs and cultures and will strive to make a vegan lifestyle more accessible to all. We are committed to creating and maintaining a board, staff, and volunteer community of diverse, talented individuals.

Stewardship: We will be responsible stewards of the financial resources provided to further our mission. Our donors can expect honesty and transparency in everything we do. We are committed to evaluating the outcome of our programs and revising our approach to create the greatest impact.

Integrity: We will uphold the ethical standards established by our mission and values.


A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.