What We Do
Out to Pasture Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit vegan farmed animal sanctuary and licensed animal rescue with Clackamas County, OR. We provide a loving, forever home to abused, neglected, or abandoned animals including farmed animals, rescued laboratory animals, and others.  

We work with animal welfare groups such as the NW In Defense of Animals to investigate reports of animal neglect in Clackamas County and Northwest Miniature Pig Association to provide shelter for displaced pot-bellied pigs.

At Out to Pasture we believe in choosing compassion over cruelty. Animals value their lives as we value our own and deserve to live free of exploitation and suffering. We promote the sanctity of life for of all animals and advocate for an end to all forms of animals abuse through public education including leafleting, tabling, and articles in the Portland area. We promote a vegan lifestyle for reasons of ethics, compassion, health, and the environment.

Volunteers are invited to participate in workdays scheduled through out the year at the sanctuary.

*We are unable to take in any more roosters at this time.*

Anti Discrimination & Harassment Policy
Out to Pasture Sanctuary is committed to providing a safe environment free from discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, age, citizenship, or any other form. For our volunteers, founders, and board members, we operate a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination, misconduct, or abuse.  

Who We Are
Kit Collins, Board of Directors, Co-founder
As a child, Kit cared for goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens and a cow on her parents’
farm. Witnessing the slaughter of numerous farmed animals made her question the
necessity of killing and eating her animal friends. 
Years later, when Kit’s older brother returned from Vietnam as a vegetarian, he vowed never to participate in the killing of anyone, human or animal. Impressed, Kit went vegetarian in 1976 and vegan in 2000.

John Collins, Board of Directors, Co-founder
In high school John read Henry David Thoreau’s story of planting extra rows of plants in his garden for the animals to eat. While other farmers chose to shoot the deer and rabbits that invaded their gardens, Thoreau chose compassion over cruelty.Several years later in 1970 watching a fish he had caught dying in the boat forced John to confront the reality of killing an animal and turned him into a vegetarian (and later vegan). 

Jessika Ava, Board of Directors, Board Chair
Jessika Ava’s niche lies in coordinating global projects, statistically analyzing project efficacy, and guiding philanthropic support. Her notable experience includes grantmaking, biostatistics, NGO management, Asian street animal welfare, and Indian elephant conservation. She also offers consulting to nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and philanthropic endeavors. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MS in Biostatistics. Jessika went vegetarian when she was 10 years old and went vegan in 2007. She sits as Board Chair of Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary and Help Animals India  and is the International Programs Director for Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM).


Matt Rossell, Board of Directors
Matt Rossell is the Director of Public Policy at Beagle Freedom Project.  Previously he has worked with Animal Defenders International, In Defense of Animals, and as undercover investigator at an one of the nation's leading animal research labs.

And all of our volunteers and supporters who make Out to Pasture possible!

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