Rescue Group: Spring Farm CARES

Spring Farm CARES: Interspecies Communication, Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Ctr.

Established: 1991

Address: 3364 State Rt. 12  Clinton, NY 13323

Phone: 315-737-9339


Spring Farm CARES is a 501c3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Mission: SFC believes that when Mother Earth and all her living things were created, a loving balance, respect, and communication existed between Humans, all other life forms, and the Earth. They believe that Humankind has forgotten the original plan, to the detriment not only of others in the animal kingdom, and of the Earth, but of ourselves. They believe that a return to an understanding of our oneness with All That Is will cure the cruelties and horrors, and the illnesses with which we find ourselves surrounded. They hope to help Humankind remember that original plan of love and respect, to remember our natural ability to communicate with All That Is, and so return to balanced health, physically, mentally, spiritually, and in relationship to all.

Spring Farm CARES is home to about 250-300 animals, including 32 horses and ponies, 3 donkeys, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, and a couple of exotic birds. Animals not adopted are guaranteed a home there for life. The dogs and cats live in rooms furnished like living rooms, enjoying as much of a “home” atmosphere as possible. They do not euthanize to make room for new animals, HOWEVER, when they are full, they are full and must turn animals away.

Spring Farm CARES runs a spay and neuter program, a humane education program, the serenity fund for critical health care and rehabilitation, and a Network Partners for Animals Program, []which connects animal welfare organizations, groups, animal control officers, and concerned citizens. They are also the World’s First Center for the Teaching of Interspecies Communication. They do adopt out cats, dogs, and rabbits that are fit for adoption. They do not adopt out any of the farm animals. Adoptable pets are listed on their website as well as on Petfinder.

Spring Farm CARES is run by a board of directors. The 3 directors are on the property 24/7/365 and work without salary. Generally, the they each work about 60-70 hours per week.

The farm also has about 23-25 employees, some part-time but most full-time, who help with the daily running of the farm. About 16 of those are directly involved in animal care and the others run the offices and various SFC programs. There is also a volunteer program to help with the animal care and clean up.

Donations: Literally 100% of donations go directly to the animals or the programs people earmark them for.  The organization’s administrative costs, including salaries, fundraising (all done in house), the general animal care of the 275-300 animal residents (including vet care) are all paid for through the income and dividends they earn from a restricted bequest.  That income pays for the basic operation of the sanctuary.  100% of your donations , go directly into their programs, and/or the care of the animals.  You can earmark your donations to go to the Spring Farm CARES general fund, to use as needed, or to the program of your choice.

Serenity Fund – to pay for extraordinary vet bills of injured abandoned animals

Happy Hearth Spay Neuter – where in the past 10 yrs they have financed the spay/neuter of nearly 60,000 dogs and cats in their area.  It is a voucher program, open to Oneida county residents, and is based on financial need.

Animal Upkeep – you can designate if you want your donation to go directly to the care of a certain species of animal at the sanctuary.

Nature Sanctuary – SFC has over 200 acres of designated nature sanctuary.  You can donate for specific projects in the sanctuary or to the general fund.

Alternative Energy – the sanctuary is switching over to alternative energy as the funds become available.  They currently have 3 wind turbines on the farm now helping with their energy needs and providing emergency electricity to care for the animals if the grid goes down.

Sponsor an Animal – there are several animals on the SFC website where you can sponsor the animals at various levels.

No matter what fund you donate to, 100% of it goes directly to the care and rescue of animals in need.  Spring Farm CARES does not hire outside fundraisers who take any portion of the donations.  They also utilize as much volunteer help as needed.

DONATE to Spring Farm Cares.

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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