To provide refuge to animals in need and promote compassion for all.
We do this by:
Providing a permanent home for farm animals in need.
Rehoming suitable animals to carefully screened, exceptional homes.
Educating the public and sharing stories about the animals in our care.
A Home for Animals
We will offer sanctuary to as many rescued or surrendered farm animals as possible, but due to the sanctuary’s limited capacity, where possible we will also endeavour to find suitable, loving homes for animals in the wider community.
A Place for Education
We would like to make Lailo Farm Sanctuary accessible to the public in the future. Our vision is to become a centre where people come to connect with farm animals and learn to see them as individuals rather than commodities.
A Community for Compassion
We hope that Lailo Farm Sanctuary can serve as a place for those wanting to connect with animals and other like-minded compassionate people. This can be through volunteering, pot lucks, and special events.
Lailo Farm Sanctuary was founded in the summer of 2018 by Jen Lussing and her husband, Will Cooper. Earlier that year, the couple, along with their three young children, returned to Nova Scotia after living for many years in New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Jen ran a successful farm animal sanctuary where she rescued and rehomed over 100 animals. They have now settled into their “forever home” near friends and family in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, where they are helping to build a community of compassion on their 30 acre property.
From a very young age, Jen knew that she wanted to share her life with animals. She has worked in many animal related jobs, has a degree in biology and completed two years of vet school in New Zealand before she and Will started their family. Jen has been helping animals since she was a child and became more seriously involved in animal rescue while she and Will were teaching English in rural South Korea, where they rescued and rehomed many dogs. Jen has been a vegetarian since she was a teenager. Their time in South Korea prompted Will to change his eating habits - realizing the hypocrisy of condemning dog and cat meat consumption while continuing to eat other animals. The couple have been living as vegans for the past 10 years and are raising three children who are as appalled by the idea of eating cows and chickens as most people are by the idea of eating dogs.