This photo essay is part of “We Are the Change,” a series telling the stories of local causes. View all the “We Are the Change” essays.
We all have seen the stories on TV — the shocking news reports about the abuse, neglect and abandonment of farm animals. We feel saddened and outraged, watching the flashing lights of sheriff’s vehicles as emaciated horses, llamas, chickens or goats are rescued.
Have you ever wondered where these animals go? And who treats their wounds, provides them nourishment and mends their broken spirits?
Enter the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary. Located on 54 acres in Scio, the farm is a nonprofit organization serving the Willamette Valley. Wayne Geiger founded the sanctuary 12 years ago and dedicates his working life to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing abused and neglected farm animals in new homes.
Currently home to about 200 animals — each with its own name and unique personality — the farm employs one full-time and one part-time worker. It also depends on volunteer work and donations from individuals, groups and corporations.
Fenced areas on the farm are generous in size, and cages are not used. Compatible animals commingle, often in bonded pairs. Curious goats, burros or horses often follow visitors and volunteers around the barnyard, nudging at pockets for a tasty treat. The sanctuary provides a safe, relaxed and caring environment for these farm animals to recover and flourish.
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Retired from a career in the health care field, Beverly Kanewske is a member of the Salem Photo League. She has always loved animals and shares her life with two pampered Standard Poodles.