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Local Sanctuaries & Rescues to Support

By Esther Vininsky-Oakes

When you go vegan, it can be frustrating to feel such a strong desire to help animals and not know where to direct that passion.

To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of five organizations in or around Ottawa to highlight all the great work they are doing for the animals and the ways you can lend your support. While a donation may not be possible for everyone, another great way to help is by volunteering your time.

All five organizations on the below list are vegan sanctuaries or rescues located in Ottawa or in the surrounding area. Although not an exhaustive list, we hope that this serves as a starting point to highlight some of the many amazing organizations that are helping animals in and around the Ottawa area. We encourage you to also check out the more comprehensive list of vegan sanctuaries on our website. Be sure to let us know of any other sanctuaries that we should highlight in the future!

Holly’s Haven Wildlife Rescue

Holly’s Haven is a volunteer-run wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center based in Dunrobin. They take in all kinds of animals: racoons, squirrels, rabbits, mice, bats, chipmunks, coyotes, groundhogs, porcupines, and more! They are currently running a racoon sponsorship program from their Facebook page, which allows you to sponsor a baby racoon. In addition to raccoons, you may also sponsor other animals listed on their website.

Feline Cafe

Feline Cafe is a coffee shop in Ottawa that provides a temporary residence to cats up for adoption. Customers can buy drinks and vegan treats while interacting with the rescue cats in need of forever homes. Through the cafe’s income and fundraisers, they are able to house the cats, and pay for their food and veterinary bills. You can support them by visiting the cafe, volunteering, shopping from their online store, or donating here.

Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary

Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary is a farm sanctuary near Clarence-Rockland that saves animals that are neglected or rescued from slaughter. Right now, they are home to a whopping 105 animals who are all loved and well cared for by Penny Lane volunteers. One of their residents, Mango the pig, made national headlines in 2019 when he was saved from slaughter after falling off the back of a truck on the highway and got his happy ending at Penny Lane! You can support Penny Lane through their sponsorship program, making a one-time donation, or buying something from their Amazon Wishlist here.

Contented Clucks Farm Sanctuary

Contented Clucks is a microsanctuary located in Oxford Mills. Founder Lynn Kennedy started the sanctuary a few years ago with the goal of rescuing neglected hens and roosters in need of a safe and loving home. They are currently running a fundraiser to build a larger coop in order to provide more space for the growing flock under their care. To support the sanctuary, donate to their GoFundMe or contact their Facebook page for volunteer opportunities.

Sweet Sanctuary Animal Rescue

Sweet Sanctuary is a farm sanctuary in Mississippi Mills that saves abandoned or abused horses and farmed animals. They have 34 residents right now and are always looking to help more. You can support them through donations or volunteering. You can also purchase their famous chocolate chip cookies (which used to be sold at Grow Your Roots) with full proceeds going to the animals. They can even be delivered right to your doorstep for extra convenience. Cookies that help animals in need are the perfect excuse to eat dessert! Another way to support  Sweet Sanctuary is by donating a book to or buying a book from Secondhand Stories, an online non-profit used bookstore that donates all their profits to Sweet Sanctuary.

Happy Tales Farm Sanctuary, Mel’s Farm – All Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Refuge RR

Find an updated list of local Sanctuaries and Rescues on our Vegan Friendly Business Directory Page.


About the Author:
Esther Vininsky-Oakes is a new contributor to VegOttawa who has been vegan for 2 years and vegetarian for many years prior. She is currently pursuing an MA in English literature at McGill University, and in her spare time, enjoys advocating for farmed animals in need, exploring the great outdoors, and baking.


End Of The Year EPIC HOLIDAY VEGAN PRIZE PACKS!!(week three)

Two prize baskets delivered to two lucky VegOttawa Association members (congratulations!). We are now on to WEEK THREE!!!

This basket contains just as many amazing vegan gifts! Check them out below. (We’ll post a picture of the arranged basket soon 🙂 )

Total value of over $250 cdn!!

You just need to be a paid member(link below) and you will be automatically entered in the draw. No strings attached.

This is the final Holiday Prize Basket we’ll be giving away, so if you aren’t a member yet (only $20 per year) or need to renew then head over to our membership page and consider joining before the new year (check out all the member discounts while you’re there). You can also purchase a membership for someone else as a nice holiday gift.

The winner of this prize basket will be selected on Sunday, December 20th, so you have until then to buy your membership and be automatically entered in to the draw.

Ok, Drumrolllllllllllll,

PRIZE PACK #3 includes:

1 x Kyan Cuisine voucher $95
1 x Alice Restaurant gift card $80
1 x Hot For Food “All Day” (Pre-Order recipe book), Lauren Toyota
1 x Strawberry Blonde Bakery Box of treats
1 x Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co. gift card $20

1 x “All Things Holiday” Printed eCookbook, Melanie Boudens
1 x Van Tran Photography gift card $50
1 x Moo Free Holiday Assorted Chocolate Box & Trinket Tray from Feline Cafe and More!

End Of The Year EPIC HOLIDAY VEGAN PRIZE PACKS!!(week two)

Week One has passed, we selected a lucky VegOttawa Association member as a winner (congratulations!!), so now… on to WEEK TWO!!

This basket contains just as many amazing vegan gifts! Check them out below. (We’ll post a picture of the arranged basket soon 🙂 )

Total value of over $250 cdn!!

You just need to be a paid member(link below) and you will be automatically entered in the draw. No strings attached.

Next week we’ll be giving away another amazing prize pack similar to this one. So if you aren’t a member yet (only $20 per year) or need to renew then now would be a good time to head over to our membership page (check out all the member discounts while you’re there).

The winner will be selected on Sunday, December 13th, so you have until then to buy your membership and be entered in to the draw.

Ok, Drumrolllllllllllll,

PRIZE PACK #2 includes:

1 x Plant Prepped gift card $80
1 x Saaboon gift card $50
1 x Oh She Glows “For Dinner” (Hardcover recipe book), Angela Liddon
1 x Little Jo Berry’s Box of treats
1 x Chickpeas gift card $20
1 x Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co. gift card $20

1 x Sea Glass Films & Photography gift card $50
1 x Moo Free Holiday Assorted Chocolate Box & Trinket Tray from Feline Cafe and More!