Up a set of winding switchbacks 10 miles from Park City, Utah, Sage Mountain Sanctuary overlooks surrounding pastures and ski resorts. With over thirty animals, including pigs, sheep, turkeys, goats, and cows, Sage Mountain provides sanctuary and advocacy for these beautiful beings.
Lauren Lockey and Dave Swartz started Sage Mountain with a shared a vision of inspiring others to reduce or eliminate the use of animal products. To assist with this mission, the sanctuary’s animal ambassadors help inspire visitors to adopt a plant based diet. In discussing the mission of Sage Mountain, Lauren Lockey summarized by stating, “Most importantly, being in the presence of these rescued farm animals and hearing their stories empowers us humans to help them through making compassionate choices. In doing so, we heal ourselves and the planet.”
A few things make Sage Mountain stand out from other sanctuaries. The first is size. Sage Mountain always planned to be a smaller sanctuary. In fact, Lauren and Dave initially set the target number of animal ambassadors at just ten. However, there are always more animals in need, and the sanctuary has made room for additional residents since then. The sanctuary has two goals behind keeping the sanctuary small. The first goal is to ensure the wild lands around the sanctuary are preserved. The second goal is to allow the sanctuary to go beyond just sheltering animals and focus on community outreach.
Another aspect of Sage Mountain that makes it unique is community outreach. While some sanctuaries focus most of their time on rescuing and taking care of animals, Sage Mountain is very active in the greater Park City community. For example, campaigns have included increasing vegan options at local restaurants, educating the community on the environmental impacts of consuming animal products, and presenting nutrition lessons at local schools.
Sage Mountain offers many ways to get involved. Below are a few of their most popular programs. You can also find information about sanctuary activities at the Sage Mountain website.
Tour Sage Mountain Sanctuary
For those interested in seeing the sanctuary in person, tours take place on Wednesday nights. Guided tours give participants an overview of all the sanctuary spaces, and the opportunity to interact with the animals. The tours at Sage Mountain have small numbers, creating an intimate experience. Visiting a sanctuary should be a bucket list item for anyone who is vegan or is interested in the reasons behind being vegan. Schedule a tour on visiting page of their website.
Participate in a Group Volunteer Day
Group volunteer days happen on specific Saturday mornings. Some of the main tasks include feeding the animals and cleaning their shelters. Plus, volunteers get plenty of chances to interact with the animals. Participating in a group volunteer day will allow you to get a taste for volunteering and see if you want to do it on a consistent basis. Sage Mountain also has regular, weekly volunteers who assist with scheduled sanctuary tasks.
Wine Down Yoga
One of the sanctuary’s most popular events occurs in the summer and fall with Wine Down Yoga. During Wine Down Yoga, Founder Lauren leads participants through a yoga series on the Peace Platform. Then, participants enjoy a beverage and get to interact with the animals.
Donate to Sage Mountain
If you are interested in helping Sage Mountain, one of the most powerful things you can do is to donate money directly to the organization. Your donations are tax deductible and you can make them HERE.
What’s Next for Sage Mountain
Moving forward, Sage Mountain has a few projects on the horizon. Two of the upcoming projects involve construction. The first project is the development of a goat playground to provide enrichment for the playful goats who call Sage Mountain home. The second project is building a quarantine shelter for animals who are new to the sanctuary and/or receiving medical attention. The sanctuary will also continue their community outreach events and activities. You can stay up to date with Sage Mountain and all of their events on Facebook and Instagram.
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