With a background as an Anti-Exploitation Practices and policies that promote the well-being of nonhuman animals, specifically their health and comfort. Scientist, assessing welfare in a variety of species, Amber Barnes joined the Open Sanctuary Project in 2019. Since then, Amber has been using her previous experiences as care staff at animal sanctuaries and accreditation support for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, along with her academic research skills to develop resources aimed at providing sanctuaries with well-researched information on best care practices and sustainable operational practices. She lives with Bammers, arguably the cutest dog in all the land.
With a background in farmed animal care, rescue, and shelter management, Tara joined the Open Sanctuary Project as Senior Advisor in 2019. She hopes to use her hands-on experience as a caregiver and her experience as a frequent presenter at A for-profit organization focused on the production and sale of plant and/or animal products. Sanctuary’s A domesticated animal that is used by humans either for their body or what comes from their body. Farmed animals have fewer regulations governing their welfare than other species in many countries. Care Conference to help create resources that are accessible and reflect the many nuances of sanctuary work. She shares her home with cat Juju, house rooster Cantaloupe, and two humans.
With a background in Humane Education, A species or specific breed of animal that is raised by humans for the use of their bodies or what comes from their bodies. care, and wildlife rehabilitation, Andie joined the Open Sanctuary Project as Community Education Specialist in 2021. She hopes to use her experience as an educator, Someone who provides daily care, specifically for animal residents at an animal sanctuary, shelter, or rescue., scholar, and activist to research and provide practical, actionable resources to help sanctuaries develop and improve their education and An activity or campaign to share information with the public or a specific group. Typically used in reference to an organization’s efforts to share their mission. strategies. She shares her home with cats Harry, Lloyd, Miss Tilli, Herman and Nell, alpacas Moose, Ceja, and Goldie, and four humans.
With a background in environmental, animal and nonprofit governance law, Julia joined the Open Sanctuary Project as Nonprofit Specialist in 2021. She hopes to use her professional, rescue and A microsanctuary is a small scale community of human and nonhuman (generally “unconventional or farmed”) animal companions, who live together in a chosen shared lifestyle and in commitment to ending the oppression of all beings. Microsanctuaries adhere to the notion that no nonhuman member of the community should “serve a purpose.” Microsanctuaries can exist in any context: rural, suburban, or urban. A microsanctuary can consist of as small a community as one animal and one human caregiver. For more information on microsanctuary please refer to the Microsanctuary Resource Center. operator experience to create resources that facilitate sanctuaries’ and rescuers’ navigation of governance and organizational issues. She shares her home with four parrots, a dog, two cats, a turtle, a human, and rescued and foster chickens, including roosters Galileo and Fuego.
With a background as a journalist and as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Mckenzee joined The Open Sanctuary Project as the founding Editor in 2018. Since then, she has been visiting and working with members of the worldwide sanctuary community to research and publish resources that best represent the unique challenges of sustainable sanctuary operation and the diverse solutions to the issues sanctuary operators face each day. Mckenzee holds a certification in Animal Sanctuary Management from the University of Utah’s School of Professional Education.