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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Thank you so much @Lyn Kalnitz @studiolyn for the absolutely amazing painting of our handsome Ricardo..
We love it ❤️
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Incredibly gorgeous painting! Lyn, you are an amazing artist! And look at Ricardo go, the big puppy that he is! 💗

He looks so happy please post more of him

Love seeing Ricardo frolicking so happily through the pasture living his best life!!! ❤️ Such a handsome legend for a noteworthy portrait 🥰 Great painting 🌟

Such a beautiful painting of Ricardo! He looks so happy in his new home thank you Skylands for all you do to save these animals

What a beautiful perfect painting of Ricardo! And he looks so darn happy running around like a little puppy dog! 💗

That is amazing!! Watching him run around like that is more amazing ❤️❤️

Great painting and a happy Ricardo!

This is so beautiful! You are a very lifted artist! It makes my heart happy that Ricardo is safe and reaching people everywhere! Thank God for the good people of the world!

What a lucky lucky boy! My wish for all animals to live free!

Love watching this happy boy , beautiful painting.

She does amazing work! She painted a portrait of my two dogs and the details are spot on

That is truly amazing work! He looks alive in that painting! So heartwarming to see that gorgeous boy skipping around living life!

Love watching Ricardo running around. He looks so happy! Thank you for everything you do. The painting is great too.

😍 love it 🥰 it's absolutely amazing .. such talent!

He looks so happy frolicking in the field. The painting is beautiful!!

That’s awesome, I’m so happy he’s doing well! Look how playful and happy he is! Where are you going to hang that beautiful work of art

Glad he’s doing well, and I enjoyed the sweet song. 🎶 🙂

Look at precious Ricardo…living his best life!♥️♥️♥️ Beautiful painting…

Beautiful video! He is so happy there! Painting is awesome!

Absolutely magnificent painting!! Gorgeous!!! And look at handsome Riccardo living his best life, thanks to you ❤❤❤

Ricardo looks happy!

So beautiful! Amazing talent.love Ricardo skipping in the field lol

Oh I love the painting ❤️ and look at Ricardo running around in background...lol....happy and handsome ❤️

Beautiful picture !! He looks so happy!

It’s amazing to see him running through the fields! Thank you! Lovely painting! 😊

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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).

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!