From Personal Experience…

“Our experience at Serenity Farm was incredibly special. Jo wears many hats; she is a guardian of all animals, a steward of the land, a natural educator, and lastly, a gracious host. Jo facilitates an environment for living beings that is free from the harms, pressures, chemicals, and expectations of the human world. Her animal sanctuary is a picture of nature unabated; filled with harmony and balance. Jo’s animals feel safe to display and communicate their true realities, opening up a door for her to deeply understand them. With this understanding, she tailors her care and support to best fit their needs. Serenity Farm is a true sanctuary that meets all animals where they are at – regardless of their past, age, breed, or health conditions. It is a place where life thrives.”

Hannah, New York

“Thank you for truly special and memorable experience. We will definitely be back!! We loved meeting all of the animals and hearing their stories. It warms our hearts to know that each of them, despite hardships in their lives, can live out their days in a loving, caring, and natural environment. Jo, thank you for all you and the volunteers do at Serenity Farm. We are from Washington DC – just over an hour away and well worth the trip!!”

Sonali, Danny and Kai, Washington DC

“I am a professional artist and specialize in nature and animal themed paintings and prints. My love of animals and the rescue and rehabilitation work that animal sanctuaries do is what drew me to Serenity Farm Animal Sanctuary. I first visited in February of 2020 and created several pieces to raise money for the sanctuary. Each of the animals has a special story of how they came to the sanctuary and although some may have had a rocky start in life, the animals have really thrived in the space. No matter their background, the animals are given a safe space to live out their natural lives and it is a therapeutic space for both animals and guests. I continue to visit once every couple of months and every time I am greeted by an incredible group of animal ambassadors. It has been so heartwarming to see their progress over the time that I have known most of them. They have inspired me to keep creating artworks some of which are on view around the sanctuary today. These illustrations convey the animal’s. It is a healing space for everyone who gets a chance to visit.”

Kate Rice Art, Front Royal, Virginia

“My son has developed a sense of pride, ownership and connection with each of the animals of Serenity Farm Animal Sanctuary.  I also cherish the weekly time with just he and I, bonding over chores and care for the animals.”

Stacey E., Berryville Virginia

“One day when Harrison was sitting with me, slowly and one by one, all five of the sheep came to huddle around me. It was comforting to sit with them and just be, and I think that the socialization is beneficial for them as well. They haven’t always been treated kindly before coming here, but together we help them learn that humans can be kind. That human hands are good things that can give pig belly rubs, sheep and goat chin scratches, and donkey ear scratches. For both humans and animals alike, Serenity Farm is a place that heals.”

Rob R., Charles Town West Virginia

“Honestly, list the smallest things you can think of and the one that pops into my mind is that even though some of us in your community do not visit you, we KNOW you are there with your amazing animal rescue services and are proud to have such an organization in our community…you can quote me.” 

Barbara M., Clarke County Virginia

“When I recently contacted the farm about dropping of donations, I was also kindly offered a tour. My 14-year-old daughter and I got to meet several of the animal residents. Jo told us the stories behind how each came to be there. She also described several of the gardens that were in progress. We found it to be a truly peaceful place that reminds you of what is really important. What a difference it is making in the life of the animals living there. With this being my daughter‘s first year of high school, COVID-19, and just everything going on in the world right now, it has been a tough year for her. Our visit to the farm brought her true happiness that I had not seen in her for a while.  And for that I am so very grateful.”  

Stacey S.

Serenity Farm Animal Sanctuary in Berryville, Virginia, is not only a scenic haven for farm animals, but a home where they can live together under the watchful and compassionate eye of Ms. Jo Bighouse. Serenity Farm offers a certain peace to visitors – this is a special place for patrons of all ages. A visit to the sanctuary provides the opportunity to both observe animals living in harmony as well as experience a special calm and – assuredly – serenity.”

M. Christian

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