Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

Nonhuman animals have a right to live their lives free of suffering and exploitation by humans.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary exists to provide them with love and safety until they do.

The Sanctuary is a 148-acre refuge in New York's Hudson Valley for eleven species of farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, over 4,000 animals have been rescued since 2001. Between 250 and 350 residents call the Sanctuary home at any given time.

We believe that looking an animal in the eye and seeing someone — not something — looking back is one of the most profound shifts human beings can make in their understanding of the world and their place in it. And so we welcome visitors through toursovernight stays, and events.

As the very best way to end animal suffering, improve our health, and heal our ailing planet, Catskill Animal Sanctuary advocates veganism and provides support and encouragement through a culinary program.


Catskill Animal Sanctuary rescues farmed animals, ignites social change to end their exploitation, and champions vegan living.


Catskill Animal Sanctuary opened in January of 2001, the culmination of many months' research, travel, and internships at successful farm sanctuaries by founders Kathy Stevens and Jesse Moore.

Dino, the survivor of a Brooklyn arson that killed 23 horses, was the first resident at the small Kerhonkson, NY farm. In 2003, the Sanctuary moved to an 85-acre property in Saugerties, NY, and in early 2010, we completed that location's conversion to solar energy. In 2011, an additional 32 acres was acquired. CAS at 32, just five minutes away from the Old Stage Road location. Today it is the home for many animals and is the future location of a new visitor's center.

In addition to direct animal aid, the Sanctuary offers a wide variety of programs and events (including on-site tours) designed to help people experience farm animals as the unique individuals they truly are, and to educate people about the institutionalized suffering of food animals on factory farms.

Founder Kathy Stevens speaks at community organizations, schools, and conferences each year, and has written two books full of stories about animals that have lived at the Sanctuary. Her first book, Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary, was released in 2007, and her second book, Animal Camp: Lessons Learned from Rescued Farm Animals, was released in 2010.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary has provided a safe haven for over 4,000 farmed animals and has found loving homes for many of them.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc. Saugerties, NY, USA
May 08, 2019
Internship- Unpaid
Spend your summer at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a home for rescued farmed animals, helping children connect with our 300 animal residents, each other, and their inner sense of compassion! The Counselor Intern will assist with Camp Kindness and CK Teens, weekly day programs for children ages 8-16 that focus on fostering compassion for all living beings. This internship provides an opportunity to work at a unique summer program that encourages children to learn about the plight of farmed animals as well as how they are similar to humans, and explore more compassionate choices. Activities include time with the animals, making food, providing animal care, games, activities, and discussions. Interns in this role are crucial for providing a safe and fun environment for the children and youth who we serve. Duties and Responsibilities: Completing pre-camp training to learn about the sanctuary, the animal residents, compassionate communication, safety procedures, etc. Assisting Educators in leading activities and supervising children Facilitating connections between children and the resident animals of the sanctuary Ensuring that children have a positive, fun, and educational experience Helping to set up the program room at the beginning of the day and cleaning up at the end of the day Assist with food preparation and distribution during snack and lunch Preparing the program space and materials prior to the program, and organizing and closing the space once the program is completed Other tasks and duties as needed Qualifications: Have experience working with children ages 8-16, or a subset of those ages, in a formal or informal group setting - summer camps, classrooms, parks, youth groups, etc. An understanding of what is age-appropriate information for children of various ages, as well as age-appropriate ways to communicate said information Be comfortable working with animals Be willing to learn about and engage with our animal residents Have an understanding of the philosophy and mission of Catskill Animal Sanctuary Be able to follow detailed instructions and meet schedules Be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with other interns, volunteers, and staff Be available for training and preparations as well as all four weeks of the program, up to 40 hours per week Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions Training in First Aid and/or CPR is a plus Benefits: Help inspire youth to make compassionate choices Learn from and interact with our animal residents Invitations to special events Work with like-minded and committed animal activists Gain experience beneficial for future employment and life Make professional contacts and references Potential for academic credit Housing is available Schedule: July 1 to August 9, Monday to Friday for 7-8 hours per day You must be able to commit to all four weeks of camp (July 8 to August 2), plus mandatory training during the first week of July. Interns are expected to work Monday through Friday for up to 40 hours per week. To Apply: Please send an email to including: The position title in the subject line of the email A resume A cover letter briefly describing your experience with children and what you hope to get out of this opportunity Two professional references