About Us

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, NY, Orland, CA, and Acton, CA; provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals. These animals stand as ambassadors for the billions on factory farms who have no voice, and their stories help educate people about the realities of factory farming.


Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director, joined us in March 2000. In the six years prior to coming to Farm Sanctuary, she worked for a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. Before that, she earned a master's degree in special education and worked with kids with disabilities. As a committed farm animal caregiver for more than a decade, Susie has been a mentor for many of her peers (who have started their own sanctuaries throughout the U.S.) and is well-known for bringing the animals' stories of love, loss and life to the public. Currently, she oversees a full department of caregivers, feeders, cleaners, and project workers at the New York Shelter, ensuring that hundreds of animals are given the best possible care at every stage of their lives. Aside from working at Farm Sanctuary, Susie cares for her own 10 cats, two dogs and two roosters.


Tara OresickTara Oresick has been the director of Farm Sanctuary's Northern California Shelter since January 2012. She previously worked at our New York Shelter, starting as an intern in 2008, joining the staff as a caregiver in 2009, and becoming the shelter manager in 2010. Tara grew up in Rochester, NY, where she earned a Masters in Inclusive Education and worked for four years as a one-on-one aide and special ed teacher. Meeting the residents of the New York Shelter during a visit in 2008 galvanized her to pursue a career providing direct aid to these animals who society exploits and ignores. Overseeing a full staff at the Northern California Shelter, Tara ensures that all of the sanctuary's hundreds of rescued animals receive expert, individualized care. At home she cares for her own family of rescues: dogs Millie and Tug Boat; cats Morgan, Piper, Edward, and Juju; and guinea pig Bonzo.