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Rescued Animals in need not only need food and shelter, they require trauma-responsive care and psychosocial healing.

Care at our sanctuary Grace Village is based on principles of trans-species psychology, traumatology and trauma-responsive care. This approach and training which is embodied in the Ten Principles of Being Sanctuary is essential for rescue centers, shelters, veterinary clinics, educational institutions, sanctuaries, and private homes.

Through our Being Sanctuary curriculum and manual, we translate our extensive work in Elephant, Great Ape, Orca, Bear, Parrot and other Animal PTSD and trauma healing to all Animals who have suffered egregiously from exploitation by the food, fashion, experimentation, and entertainment industries.


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What is trauma-responsive care?

Most, if not all, rescued Animals will have suffered trauma—abuse, isolation, forced removal from his/her mother and family, sustained deprivation, and survival in unnatural environments. Symptoms of Animal trauma, however, are ignored or overlooked because Animal captivity (e.g., Elephants in zoos and circuses), use and abuse (e.g., Turkeys, Cows, and Pigs in food industry), and custom (e.g., Dog and Cat breeding practices) are culturally normative settings. Elephant stereotypy, Parrot feather plucking, and Dog “aggression” are ways by which individuals cope and communicate in desperation.

Trauma-responsive care understands Animals as psychological and spiritual beings whose bodies and minds are forced to live in unnatural conditions. Courses, internships and Animal Care Professional Certification Programs are evidence-based and grounded in science, and somatic and contemplative studies. For more information about upcoming curricula, contact us at

“Love, by its very nature, is unworldly,

and it is for this reason rather than its rarity

that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical,

perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.”

– Hannah Arendt