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Tour a Farm Sanctuary

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 32 reviews.Gig Harbor, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Kate

90 mins
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

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, goats, special needs animals and sometimes the sanctuary dogs.

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

Next are the big pigs, Lucy, Ethel and Josie. They are 500lbs of curiosity and love. Ethel will even give you about kisses and many of the pigs like belly scratches.

Our goats greet visitors by jumping on the gate to say hello. They are very curious to meet you and tug on all your zippers and buttons.

Finally we meet our special needs pigs Fiona and Penelope who also love getting treats.
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, goats, special needs animals and som…

Kate's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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Meet your host, Kate

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 32 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 500 farm animals ranging from chickens to goats to pigs and even special needs animals. All animals here are rescued and living their best lives.
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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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Where you'll be

The sanctuary is located on 2.5 acres of beautiful forested land. When you arrive, please park along the street outside the gates and someone will meet you at the front gate. Please do not enter the property on your own. The sanctuary is located at our house. You can tell that you have arrived when you turn up a private road and arrive at two green gates with “No Trespassing” signs.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Emily
March 2020
We had a wonderful afternoon with Kate and her sweet animals. We learned a lot about the animals that live at the sanctuary and the circumstances that brought them there. Kate talked passionately about each of the animals and the unique elements of their personality and the intricacy involved in taking care of . Would definitely recommend!
We had a wonderful afternoon with Kate and her sweet animals. We learned a lot about the animals that live at the sanctuary and the circumstances that brought them there. Kate ta…
Lori
February 2020
This was a fantastic experience. Kate gave backgrounds for all of the animals and was extremely knowledgeable about every one, and you could tell how much love she has for each and every one. I would recommend this tour to everyone who cares about all animals.
This was a fantastic experience. Kate gave backgrounds for all of the animals and was extremely knowledgeable about every one, and you could tell how much love she has for each and…
Harry
February 2020
We had a great time at Heartwood Haven. It was obvious that Kate cares deeply about the animals and she had a lot of interesting stories and facts to share. The animals are all well loved and it was so cool to get to meet them and learn about their backgrounds. I would highly recommend this experience to anybody who is interested in learning about farm animal rescue, or even just wants to meet and hang out with some cute animals.
We had a great time at Heartwood Haven. It was obvious that Kate cares deeply about the animals and she had a lot of interesting stories and facts to share. The animals are all wel…
Jim
January 2020
Though it was pouring rain for almost my entire time there, it was really fun to get really up close to the animals, and feed them! Thank you for your hard work Kate!
Melissa
January 2020
My husband, six year old daughter, and I, had a wonderful time visiting with the animals. Kate was knowledgeable and did a great job tailoring her message to be child appropriate. We got to pet chickens, goats, and pigs (and even got a big smooch from Ethel the pig!)
My husband, six year old daughter, and I, had a wonderful time visiting with the animals. Kate was knowledgeable and did a great job tailoring her message to be child appropriate.…
Donna
December 2019
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the animals we share this planet with. The area is beautiful and the animals are uber special.

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 of all ages can attend.

More tips

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.

What to bring

Proper attire for the outdoors depending on weather

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