Dear friends and supporters:
As many of you know, Wildwood Farm Sanctuary & Preserve is located on private property in Newberg, Oregon. For 10 years, the Sherick family has hosted our sanctuary and all the animals who have called this wonderful place home. Unfortunately, new realities are making it impossible to remain on this site. There are multiple complex reasons for this very difficult decision and we know we have an emotionally difficult transition ahead. But we know we will emerge from this time feeling pride and gratitude for the wonderful lives our animals will continue to have.
Due to many years of drought, there are serious concerns about the property’s ability to safely support a sanctuary. The property’s single well shows signs that we’re stressing its capacity. We’re also facing other drought-related fears because the sanctuary sits on the edge of 90 acres of forest. While the devastating fires of 2021 came close, our sanctuary was spared, but we know we might not always be so lucky. These practical concerns, along with life changes among sanctuary principals, brought us to the decision that this property can no longer host our sanctuary and its animal family.
Our first priority has—and always will be—the safety and wellbeing of the animals. That’s why we’re seeking new homes on properties that can safely house animals long term, and where they will continue to receive the love and care they need and deserve.
We will find permanent, loving homes through our region’s other sanctuaries, and through private adoptions to carefully vetted families. Bonded pairs and groups will find new homes where they can continue to live together. The Sherick family will continue to privately care for a small number of animals on their property. If you are interested in adopting, please visit our Adoptable Animals page.
Wildwood will cease operations as a sanctuary by the end of 2022. We are all heartbroken by this decision but we know it’s in the best interest of the animals.
While we are in the process of finding new homes for many of our residents, we are still caring for 80+ cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys and other animals. Your continued support will help us provide the food and vet care they will continue to need as we phase the sanctuary out. Thank you!
This is difficult news to share and process. We know you share our wish to see each Wildwood resident nestled happily and safely in a new forever home, so we will keep you updated during our transition. Perhaps you even want to add one or more of them to your own family, or know someone who would. Very soon, we will distribute our adoption fliers and applications, so interested adopters can offer homes to our much-loved animals. We’ll also keep you updated on which sanctuaries are welcoming our beloved animals, where we hope you’ll seize the opportunity to support and visit them.
We are so grateful for your love and generosity over these last 10 years. Thanks to you, we have been able to rescue hundreds and hundreds of abused and abandoned animals. So even though we are sharing sad news today, it has all been worth it.
With love and gratitude,
The Wildwood Board of Directors