We will approach the concept of sanctuary with an inclusive, community-centered, educational focus.
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 previously farmed animals, where they can live in peace and safety, and will be given the care and compassion that they deserve. Our community education center will focus on challenging the culture of animal abuse and exploitation while improving the accessibility of an animal-friendly lifestyle. 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!
We're currently raising funds in order to acquire land to start the sanctuary with the goal of welcoming our first residents in 2019.
Saving the lives of animals by providing sanctuary and inspiring compassionate action through education and outreach.
A compassionate world where all animals are recognized as unique individuals, free from exploitation.
Liberation: While we understand that humans and non-human animals vary in complexity, we recognize that every sentient being is capable of experiencing pain and pleasure, and should be entitled to a basic set of rights including the right to freedom from exploitation.
Social Justice: Our activism extends beyond issues affecting farmed animals and we will align ourselves with other social justice movements focused on ending all forms of oppression and exploitation. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transantagonism, ableism, xenophobia, or classism. We also recognize the presence of food deserts in our community and will be sensitive to issues of food access while promoting veganism and working to improve access to healthful foods for all.
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 accommodate more animals than we can reasonably care for.
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. By focusing on this group, we hope to ultimately 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-judgmental and supportive environment where everyone is treated with honesty and respect, regardless of differing viewpoints. As caretakers, we will respect the individual needs of the animals in our care.
Inclusivity: 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 outcomes 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.