Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary

Wellington, Otaki, New Zealand

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: August 17, 2012

Mission Statement

Animal rescue and rehabilitation. Intersection of animal rights, human rights and the environment.

Community Description

The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary is a recently established animal sanctuary working with neglected/abused native and introduced animals. Our main focus is on rescued farm animals. We have 26 acres in the Otaki Forks area, just over an hour from Wellington. The sanctuary is strictly a human-vegan space. Queer/lesbian/gay/trans/bi/intersex friendly essential. We have a main house and are working towards sleepouts and other housing options. Currently 4 adults and one teenager permanent residents. We run 3 fundraising opshops/charity stores that help pay for the mortgage and animal care. Residents pay their own (communal) food costs. Currently over 160 animals residing at the sanctuary – pigs, goats, cows, sheep, cats, dogs, geese, chooks, ducks, a horse and more!


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 26 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments:

    Charitable Incorporated Society


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Email or phone first to confirm a good time

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Stay for a week
    Stay longer term/become a part if there is a space

  • Additional Comments:

    We would work towards housing for an appropriate person/people who are similarly minded in ethics and who want to be a part of our community


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $100
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet, River swimming area
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Smoking outside is ok for those who smoke

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Vegan, queer, lesbian, gay, trans, bi, intersex, animals, respect, environment, animal rights