T he Kerulos Center for Nonviolence is presently located on 32 acres of forested land outside the town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Our current Sanctuary is home to 48 domestic Animals and endangered, special needs Desert Tortoises. The land also provides refuge for native, free-living Wildlife.

We have the unique opportunity to expand our sanctuary by purchasing adjacent acreage. With a total of 80 acres and its existing structures, we will be able to provide lifetime care for many more farmed and companion Animals in desperate need of rescue from the food, fashion, experimentation, and entertainment industries. In addition, the land will provide the home of Kerulos’ School for Trauma-informed Care for Animals.

The space and care necessary to support physical and psychological healing and wellness are guided by The 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary, a trauma-informed approach to care.

Please donate today, your support will save lives and bring peace to some very special individuals.

Watch our video describing the Kerulos Sanctuary Expansion Project.

The 10 Principles of Being Sanctuary


  • Understanding — Develop ways of knowing and experiencing the world through the eyes of another.
  • Safety — Create and sustain physical, psychological, social and ethical safety.
  • Listening — Being present, without an agenda, to hear and respect others’ emotional and physical needs and perspectives.
  • Acceptance — Open embrace of difference.
  • Parity — Respect the needs and aspirations of others with balance, equality, and reciprocity.
  • Belonging — Cultivate positive, non-dominating relationships and space that include and connect.
  • Trust — Provide consistent confidence and care.
  • Self Determination — Support self-efficacy, empowerment, and confidence.
  • Assurance — Provide lifelong care and security.
  • Beauty — Deeply appreciating nature’s inherent value and wholeness, aligning with Nature, ‘walk in beauty,’ or hozho in Navajo Dine