We rescue, rehabilitate, and care for farmed animal survivors
and advocate to end their exploitation and suffering

Our Mission


Tiny Sydney

by Flippo Rivetti

Tiny Sydney

by Flippo Rivetti


232 acres of pastures provides home to over 400 farmed animals who escaped certain doom.

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Stopped in to see our friends at All Roads Bakeryand thank them for their generous and delicious donation..
They are open and easy to get to, even though part of Rt-15 is closed for construction…
Go see them and get yourself some goodies❤️

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Such great food there!!

I will try to visit one day and thank them after I buy goodies.

Wait WHAT?? I didn’t know we had a vegan bakery 😮

Thank you so much!! We are always happy to help!!

Wow! I had no idea and I drive past there all the time!!

My favorite!

Good to know❤️❤️

I must stop in!

They're the best!

Good people!

My favorite ladies! 🤍

Their Vegan goodies look absolutely delicious!!!! 💚

Love All Roads !! 💚💚





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The sanctuary opens for tours on May 15!
Stay awhile – book a night or two to get the full experience in our new B&B.


Each One Has A Story Of Survival

Freddie escaped from a slaughterhouse — and ran for his life through the streets of NYC.



A young man and his friends went to an organic family farm in order to buy pigs for a pig roast. Four of the guys bought piglets but the fifth guy did not. He was a 22-year-old. The farmer said, would you like this little runt because I can’t sell him.



Mike received a call from a dairy worker in Connecticut saying they had a bull calf they would let go if he was interested. When he arrived at the location, he saw a tiny 2-day old calf. They said, “he’s with his mother because his mother is sick.”



A telephone call came in from the local SPCA which is only about 1/2 hour away. They said they needed help with a pig rescue. When he arrived at the location they gave him, Mike could see that this was a horrible neglect case.



One day, Mike received an unexpected telephone call from the local SPCA which is only about 1/2 hour away. They said they needed help with a pig rescue. When he arrived at the location they gave him, Mike could see that this was a horrible neglect case.



Andy came to Skylands together with another turkey named Robin around July of 2015. They were supposed to be Thanksgiving birds. They are called broad-breasted white turkeys. Someone just dropped them off mysteriously and didn’t wait to give an account of their story but we know they’re safe and sound now.



Bronx was brought in by the Bronx animal control staff. Many times, animals are seen on the streets and are picked up with no real destination, so they are often brought to the nearest sanctuary. We weren’t told Bronxies story but we’re thankful he’s here now.




Angel’s mother had beautiful baby twins. She only had 3 teats though and wasn’t producing milk very well. So instead of sending one of the babies away, the owner brought her to Mike. Honestly, the man looked happy with himself that he did it! We know we are.




  • Mitchell KurtzerMitchell Kurtzer

    We spent a wonderful day volunteering and bonding with these magnificent animals. Mike & Mary were incredible hosts and shared amazing stories of their animal rescues. This was our first visit and loved every second. Wear your washable boots. 😊👍

  • Christine YChristine Y

    Beautiful Animal Sanctuary in upstate NJ. Mike and the crew at Skylands are extremely dedicated to helping and rescuing animals in abusive situations, and from slaughter. These animals get to live in peace and never have to worry about becoming someone’s meal. Highly recommend visiting and supporting this sanctuary where animals are living free from exploitation (unlike zoos).

  • J LJ L

    This is a place for animal lovers, you can come and visit or you can come and volunteer. Our family has been able to do both and we enjoyed every visit. This was my first time visiting the sanctuary. I had signed up to volunteer and was really excited about meeting the animals, especially the famous ones like Freddy. He escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, NY, my old neighborhood and made the news that day. Thank God for Mike who rescued him and has been rescuing animals for years. He sure is heaven sent and has been doing an amazing job caring for these animals who deserve to live out the rest of their days treated with love and kindness the way all animals should be treated

  • Katty AybarKatty Aybar

    Great place to learn about the story behind the rescues. I've been there a few times, volunteering, celebrating friends birthdays and other activities like a hayride and fares with plenty of vendors and cuddling with animals.

  • Stephanie BerraStephanie Berra

    What a magical experience. The grounds, humans, and animals at Skylands are all so wonderful and awe inspiring. Mike and team's dedication to these gentle, rescued 'kids' and getting to spend time and interact with them was one of the most soothing and beautiful experiences I've had the pleasure of having. Can't wait to back!