Frequently Asked Questions
When did the sanctuary start?
Luvin Arms was founded in late 2015 by Shaleen and Shilpi Shah. They had started out rescuing horses, but after seeing that all farmed animals were in need of a place to care for them, they decided to start Luvin Arms.
What kinds of animals live at Luvin Arms?
Luvin Arms is a sanctuary for farmed animals. We are home to cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks, and horses.
How many animals live at Luvin Arms?
Where do the animals at Luvin Arms come from?
The animals at Luvin Arms have been rescued from abuse and neglect situations, bankrupt farms, factory farms, and other life endangering situations.
How are you funded?
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit. We rely entirely on donations to stay in operation. Nearly all of the money we raise every year comes from small donations by individuals who support the lifelong care of our nearly 100 animal residents.
Do I need to make a reservation to visit?
Yes. You can sign up for a tour or schedule a visit with your sponsored animal to visit us. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate drop-in visits because our team is hard at work running the sanctuary.
Can I feed the animals?
Many of our animals are on special diets, so we ask that you do not bring any food to feed the animals at Luvin Arms. You are welcome to donate produce for the animals, though. You can see what produce we need on our wishlist.
Can I bring my dog or other companion animal with me?
Companion animals should stay at home when you are visiting or volunteering at Luvin Arms. Our residents come from abuse and neglect situations, and we need to be aware of their feelings of safety and comfort at all times, which can be disturbed if an unfamiliar dog or other animal is present.
Can I bring my own food to the sanctuary?
Yes, but we ask that all food is free of meat, eggs, dairy, or animal by-products out of respect for our animal residents.
Can I visit any other time besides weekend tours?
Outside of specified tour times and special events, visitors may only visit if they have a scheduled sponsorship visit or a private tour. We cannot accommodate drop-in visits as our staff is busy working during the week.
How do I schedule a private tour?
You can schedule a private tour by emailing our education and outreach coordinator, Alexis Miller at [email protected]. We ask for a suggested donation of $100 for private tours.
How do I become a volunteer?
You can register to volunteer at Luvin Arms here.
How old do you have to be to volunteer with animal care?
Animal care volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate in animal care shifts. Volunteers ages 16-17 may volunteer without parental supervision as long as a waiver has been signed by a parent or legal guardian on the minor’s behalf.
However, we host a youth volunteer day once a month. Check Luvin Arms Facebook for specific dates.
When does animal care take place? How long are the shifts?
Animal Care takes place every day of the week, rain or shine, and there are two shifts each day:
The AM Care Shift begins at 9am
The PM Care Shift begins at 4pm
Shifts typically last 2-3 hours, depending on how many volunteers are signed up.
Do I have to commit to a certain number of hours each month to become a Luvin Arms animal care volunteer?
No! We appreciate any and all time our volunteers are able to give to the care for our residents. Consistent volunteer commitments help us out tremendously, and we’d love to be your home away from home, but volunteers who can only make it out periodically to participate in animal care are always welcome.
Sponsoring an Animal
What is the sponsorship program?
Sponsorship is a great way to help support the care of Luvin Arms animal residents. Your sponsorship helps cover the costs of our animal residents’ food, bedding, and medical care.
How do I sponsor an animal resident?
You can sponsor an animal resident and get more information at luvinarms.org/sponsor.
How much does sponsorship cost?
The price of sponsorship depends on the species of the animal resident. You can see the pricing lists for both monthly and annual sponsorships here: luvinarms.org/sponsor.
Will I be the only sponsor of the animal I choose?
Can I give sponsorship as a gift?
Yes! Just make sure to check “yes” that it is a gift and provide the info of the person you are gifting the sponsorship to.
Can I visit my sponsored animal?
Yes, all sponsors have the ability to schedule a 1-1 visit with their sponsored animal resident. Please keep in mind that the nature of the visit will vary depending on the comfortability of the animal resident. If you are looking for a more social animal resident to sponsor, please let us know so that we can match you with someone with that kind of personality.
Our Animal Residents
What do you do with wool from the sheep?
We compost our sheep residents’ wool in a pile where is it available for wild animals to use for their nests if they choose.
Do animal residents ever have babies?
No. Animal residents do not have babies at Luvin Arms unless they were pregnant when rescued or came to the sanctuary with their babies. Animal residents are not bred at Luvin Arms.
Why can't you release the ducks back in the wild?
Our duck residents are domesticated farm ducks who would have little chance at survival if released into the wild.
Do the chickens lay eggs? What do you do with the eggs?
The chickens do not lay eggs anymore because they have implants, which is like birth control. These implants give them a much needed break from laying since chickens body’s in today’s world have been genetically modified to lay more eggs than what would be natural for them to lay in nature. The ducks also have implants.