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Farm Sanctuary works towards the day when all farm animals will have protection from cruelty and abuse.

You make this work possible. And we invite you to take on a leadership role in creating a compassionate future—through the Friends of Hilda Club.

Named for Hilda, the first animal rescued by Farm Sanctuary, the Hilda Club was established to express our deep appreciation for members like you who make leadership gifts towards farm animal protection.

All that we do, from our shelters and rescue work, to our legal and legislative actions, and to changing hearts and minds across the nation, is because of Hilda and animals like her.

In 1986, Hilda, a 6-month-old lamb, was discarded as a downer and left for dead. As Farm Sanctuary co-founders, on a stockyard investigation, passed by the dead pile Hilda had been tossed on, the small sheep lifted her head. The rest is history. Hilda became the first animal that Farm Sanctuary rescued and took to safety, and with that began a movement. During her next 11 years spent roaming the green pastures of Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter, Hilda touched the hearts and minds of millions of people, including legislators and policymakers who introduced federal and state legislation to ban "downed" animal cruelties; nationwide readers who learned of Hilda's plight in dozens of national stories; and visitors of all ages who met Hilda and learned that farm animals feel pain, sorrow and joy, just like dogs and cats.

Hilda inspired a community and played a large role in the first-ever cruelty conviction of a US stockyard. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, dying from old age on September 25, 1997. She is buried in a beautiful garden grove on the farm, with a memorial that will continue to reach and teach people for years to come.

There are billions like Hilda. And because of you, there is now hope for them.

Annual membership in the Friends of Hilda Club provides the resources for the critical rescue, education, and advocacy work that Farm Sanctuary does on behalf of farm animals.

To recognize the special way our Hilda Club members are involved in this lifesaving work and to help you help the animals you care about, Farm Sanctuary will provide you with the most in-depth and updated information about groundbreaking campaigns and rescue efforts.

As a Hilda Club member, you will receive an invitation to our exclusive Hilda Club party, special pre-registration opportunities for on-site lodging and select events, the Hilda Club newsletter, and a Hilda Club pin that will display your commitment to farm animal protection each time you wear it. And best of all, you will know you are making a leadership difference for farm animals.

You can join the Friends of Hilda Club or renew your membership with a one-time annual gift of $1,000 or higher, or with an automatically deducting gift of $84 a month or $250 a quarter through our Sanctuary Sustainers Program. (USD)

Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Gifts to Farm Sanctuary are tax deductible as allowed by law. We encourage you to contact your financial advisor for information about tax deductions as they relate to charitable giving.

A compassionate world begins with you.

Please contact Amanda Fortino, Director of Leadership Giving, at or 607-207-7783 to discuss the Friends of Hilda Club benefits and how you might make a leadership gift to Farm Sanctuary today.

One-time gifts may be made using the form below. To make a recurring monthly or quarterly gift through our pledge program, please click here.

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