Animal experience hosted by Kate

90 mins, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people

What you'll do

Visitors to the sanctuary get to meet all of the animals. We take a walk through their habitats and talk about where they came from, what hardships they have faced and how they have overcome them. Some of the animals get snacks during the tour, other animals prefer to get pets instead, while others might prefer a different activity.

During the tour we meet and interact with pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, special needs animals and sometimes the sanctuary dogs.

The sanctuary is home to 16 pigs of all sizes. You will meet big 600lbs pigs, little 100lbs pigs, naked pigs, pigs who love belly rubs and more.

We also visit the rescued hens and turkeys who love to flock around your feet and ask for their favorite treats.

Other things to note
Wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Boots or waterproof shoes are recommended. During the summer sneakers are good too. Please do not wear high heels or clothes you would hate to get dirty.
Visitors to the sanctuary get to meet all of the animals. We take a walk through their habitats and talk about where they came from, what hardships they have faced and how they have overcome them. Some of the animals get snacks during the tour, other animals prefer to get pets instead, while others might prefer a different activity.

During the tour we meet and interact with pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, special needs animals and s…
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Meet your host, Kate

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 130 Reviews
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I have been working in animal welfare and research for over 10 years. In 2017 I left my career as a college science instructor to cofound a farm animal rescue which came to be known as Heartwood Haven. We have rescued over 1000 farm animals ranging from chickens to goats to pigs and even special needs animals. All animals here are rescued and living their best lives here at the sanctuary.
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Wed, Jul 28
$35 per person
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join 3 other guests
$35 per person
Fri, Aug 6
$35 per person
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join 5 other guests
$35 per person
Mon, Aug 9
$35 per person
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join 4 other guests
$35 per person

About the organization: Heartwood Haven



The mission statement of Heartwood Haven is: 1) To provide sanctuary and care for neglected, abused or homeless animals. 2) To provide and find homes for mistreated animals in need. 3) To promote adoption as the most responsible act to help homeless animals. 4) To promote respect and compassion for all animals. 5) To provide education to the community about our responsibility to be the guardians

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Heartwood Haven.
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Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

Caring expert hosts

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Diverse animals

Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.

Where you'll be

It is extremely important that you use GOOGLE MAPS for directions. Apple maps is usually the App that automatically opens in your phone, but will take you to the wrong place.

The sanctuary is located on a 2.5 acre private farm on the Key Peninsula near Gig Harbor.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 130 reviews.

Marylen
July 2021
Such an awesome experience overall! Kate was very friendly and informative. Answered everyone’s questions. Everyone could see the love and care she puts towards caring for all the animals and this business. The pigs were my favorite! Bring veggies for the animals to eat, they truly enjoy it. I’ll definitely be recommending this to family and friends. Just be sure to wear boots and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. And if you plan on petting the animals, definitely bring sanitizing hand wipes to clean your hands at the end.
Such an awesome experience overall! Kate was very friendly and informative. Answered everyone’s questions. Everyone could see the love and care she puts towards caring for all the…
Claudia
July 2021
Kate provided an inside look into the lives of forgotten and abused animals, otherwise known as livestock. We got to spend time with the resident pigs, ducks, turkeys, and chickens. It was an enlightening experience and one that we will remember.
Kate provided an inside look into the lives of forgotten and abused animals, otherwise known as livestock. We got to spend time with the resident pigs, ducks, turkeys, and chickens…
Melissa
July 2021
This is an incredible experience! Kate is a superb storyteller & we hung on her every word. We have a new obsession of pigs after learning so much about them and spending time in their environment. It's sickening to think about cruel situations some of these animals endured, until their angel on earth, Kate, saved them & provided the life they deserve. We came to the northwest coast to enjoy its beauty & go hiking, yet it was this experience that my teenage boys have enjoyed the most!
This is an incredible experience! Kate is a superb storyteller & we hung on her every word. We have a new obsession of pigs after learning so much about them and spending time in t…
MacKenzie
July 2021
We had a great time meeting animals (especially the pigs which there are lots of) and learning about them. Plus the price you pay for the tour supports a great cause so it’s completely worth it.
Kevin
July 2021
We had a great time! Kate was super knowledgeable and very happy and willing to share any and all info on her sanctuary. Her heart is really in her work and it shows. We had a wonderful time learning about all the animals and getting to love on some of them.
We had a great time! Kate was super knowledgeable and very happy and willing to share any and all info on her sanctuary. Her heart is really in her work and it shows. We had a wond…
Erin
July 2021
This was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot about the animals and the rescue/sanctuary world that I didn't know before. We got to meet several animals with lots of respect and space for any individual that didn't want to meet us. Kate kept the discussion frank without getting mired in the inevitable sadness of a lot of the animals' stories. She was easy to talk to and ask questions. I would certainly recommend this experience to anyone interested in meeting big pigs in an ethical way.
This was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot about the animals and the rescue/sanctuary world that I didn't know before. We got to meet several animals with lots of respect and…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Proper attire for the outdoors depending on weather

Proper shoes for the outdoors. Boots or sneakers depending on weather.