Let’s Be Honest

When was the last time you hugged a cow? Or the last time you saw an ox playing and jumping next to you? Or the last time you hugged a horse? For most people, even vegans, it has never happened.

The majority of humans today have lost connection with farm animals, and so they don’t feel what these animals feel, nor hear what they are trying to communicate to us. Most of us believe animals are just different, but the reality is animals have the same basic needs as humans — they eat, sleep, feel, think, love and socialize, just likes humans do.

Most of us have had a dog or cat whom we have developed a loving bond with, and yet for some odd reason, we feel farm animals like cows, chickens and pigs are incapable of such expression.

At Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary (JAS), we want people to have a real connection with animals that they would normally only see on their dinner tables. When we connect with farm animals like we do with our animals at home, we feel a natural affinity and begin to see all animals as equals, worthy of love and respect.

Contact us if you’d like to visit our farm and reconnect with animals.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Just about everyone cares for animals, at least in their mind, but when it comes to practically expressing that care and concern, few are willing to stand up and take real action.

Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary is one of a kind in South America — a continent famous for it’s rearing of cattle to support the expanding burger industries in the United States, China and Europe. Our 2-hectare farm is located 40 minutes outside of Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, and is the only animal sanctuary in all of South America that protects cows.

The main goal of the sanctuary is to teach people to respect all living beings,” explains Juliana. She and the other volunteers believe all living beings are spiritually equal. Many animals today do not get the love and respect they deserve and Juliana’s Animal  sanctuary is an example of love in action.

Our Projects

LivingOnTheStreet600The project began in 2009 with a desire is to protect one of the most abused animals in the world: cows. In the United States alone, around 5 billion cows are killed annually for food while hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners. The animals at Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary were also abandoned, or rescued from slaughterhouses and test laboratories.

The abuse of all kinds of animals in Colombia is enormous. Even bull fighting is legal. However, with most people just trying to make ends meet, animal issues are low on their list of concerns and the government offers no help to animal charities.

Farm Animals Slaughtered in Colombia Annually

  • 4,124,658 dairy cows
  • 3,500,000 pigs
  • 600,000,000 chickens

Bogota has more than 350,000 street dogs at any one time. To manage this overpopulation of street animals, a government sponsored office called Zoonosis euthenizes an estimated 25,000 animals a year in Bogota. We plan to sponsor a mass sterilization program for these street animals, along with various education initiatives and reconnection programs for schoolchildren to enlighten the public and bring about a real change of perception.

Meat-Free Monday Campaign

It has been more than 10 years since I began distributing free vegan food to people in need and to children at schools in Bogota. This passion for educating people about the plight of farm animals has now enabled us to join forces with the McCartney family to introduce Meat-free Mondays into Colombia and to expand our vegan education outreach efforts with the help of one of the most famous people in the world.

We plan to:

  • Invite the public, especially school children to visit our sanctuary and interact with the animals.
  • Conduct vegan cooking classes.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of a meat-free diet

Visit the new Lunes Sin Carne website

SARALOGO640Animal Reiki

Our Sanctuary is unique in that is also the only sanctuary in South America that offers reiki services. We are accredited by Kathleen Prasada’s Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). See the video endorsement by Kathleen Prasad.

Our Plans

There are many millions of animals that are in terrible pain with no hope of shelter and so no amount of shelters can save them all, but we can do the following…

  1. PROJECT 1: Street Sterilization
    The main problem here is that cats and dogs in the street are multiplying daily. We need to slow down the expansion. So I want to get monthly donations to sponsor the sterilization of dogs and cats in the street. The ones who are in better condition we can also help to find a home for them. But even if we are unable to find them a home, at least they are not going to multiply.
  2. PROJECT 2: Senior Animal Care
    I want to help senior animals and those in special need. At a typical animal shelter in my country, if the dogs are old or their medicine is too expensive, they are “put to sleep.” In other words, they kill them in a ‘sweet way’ without a care to ask them if they want to continue living or to go play with their friends.I would like to give these very sick and old animals a second chance; to honour their seniority and show them that if it is their time to leave this world they can do so surrounding by love with all the medicine and care they need. I’ve been doing this at my sanctuary since the beginning and I’d like to do more.I also want to help those animals with mental scars; the ones that have been abused by humans and try to find a place here or in other countries where they can get the special care they need to heal their “wounds.” My unique connection with animals is that they allow me to communicate with them and I have a special ability to understand what they are saying to me and can respond in ways that makes them feel happy and safe again.
  3. PROJECT 3: Education and Vegan Advocacy
    We plan to educate people to understand why they should not slaughter innocent animals for food; why they deserve respect like us; why we have to honour their life and why we have to help those without a voice in any way possible. We want to teach them about the value of a plant-based diet, for health, the economy and the environment.I believe, without a doubt, that the way to a happier world is through honoring the equality of all beings and I want to be a catalyst for this change. I want to be an instrument for animals to explain to humans what they want, what they feel, what they need, and what they love.

30 Responses

  1. Valerie Swan

    Thank you for the wonderful work you do and the loving care you give these animals.

  2. fabulous work I LOVE IT! wish I could be there to help! Congratulations!

  3. Leslie Allo

    What a wonderful, selfless lady. My faith in humans is deteriorating the older I get but when I hear about the kindness and compassion of people like Julianna, some faith is restored x

  4. God bless you…..you are a wonderful person. I too see abuse with pigs here in the U S and that is why I do rescue. Your mission is such a positive one in such a country who does not care about animals feelings. Keep up the wonderful work and I will follow you to see how you are doing with everything. Give Pola a big hug from me.

    • jagsadmin

      Thank you for caring about our work here. We need all the help we can get from the US.

  5. Beth Doherty

    You are truly an angel. Thank you so much for all you do for the animals. Too bad there aren’t more people like you and your staff in this world.



    • Paul Rodney Turner

      Thank you, Linda for these kinds words. Juliana is indeed a special lady with a very big heart.

  7. Judith Sockloff

    I wanted to make a donation, but you don’t use PayPal and I feel insecure placing a credit card on the internet. You should try using PayPal because I’m sure there are many people like me. Using PayPal is so easy for the person donating.

    • Paul Rodney Turner

      Hi Judith, actually we do use Paypal and that is all we use on the site. If you click on donate, it takes you to our paypal page.

  8. John Helak

    I just watched the story of Pola and thought what a wonderful place the Earth would for living thing if it had more people like you.

  9. Louise Jeffery

    Every animal on this planet has as much right to a life as we have, I wouldn’t tread on an ant if I could help it. Ignorance and cruelty are everywhere and yet right in the middle of it are people like you, wonderful and courageous people, I do what I can in my small way but how I wish it could be so much more. Thank you for everything you do and I send my love to all your animals.

    • Paul Rodney Turner

      Thank you for caring. I wish there were more like you. We appreciate your blessings.

  10. Juliana is my hero! What you are doing is simply incredible. I cry every time I watch your videos because you share so much love with the world. Those animal friends are so fortunate to have you as their caretaker! Keep up the amazing work!!

  11. John Elliott

    While I’m sure your project is worthy and excellent, the fact that you are a new organization requires more depth and assurances. Please send/post links to legitimate newspaper/magazine articles detailing your project and sanctuary. Anyone can create a wonderful marketing tool as yours is and generate thousands of dollars, but if I’m going to contribute, I need more impartial sources. Thank you,

  12. I am in Colombia at the moment and the amount of abandoned animals is heartbreaking, it makes me ill to see this, I really would like to help out. I would love to visit your shelter.

  13. Louise Jeffery

    Thank you dear Juliana for your little note and the postcards, from the bottom of my heart I wish you, your helpers and all the animals in your care a very happy new year and may it be a happier new year for all those in need of your care. With my love to you all.

    • Juliana Castaneda

      Happy new year! I am very happy that you like the postcards. thank you for all your support, you are our angel! <3

  14. Id like to assist your sanctuary but i cant find the address on the website nor the phone number works. Any help please?

    • Juliana Castaneda

      We are located, in Chia Colombia, in Colombia the country area dont have address just indications. our phone number is in the web 3018801107

  15. Porqué todas las publicaciones están en ingles? Entiendo que están ubicados en Bogotá, o me corrigen si me equivoco. Gracias

    • Juliana Castaneda

      Querida Maria, NO estamos ubicados en Bogota, estamos ubicados en Chia. Nuestra organizacion esta legalmente registrada en Estados Unidos como una organizacion sin animo de lucro (Tambien en Colombia), el 99.9% de el apoyo para nuestro proyecto y el 99% de nuestros voluntarios son de todos varios paises menos Colombia. En 10 anos que el santuario lleva funcionado en Colombia solo hemos recibido alrededor de 3 o 4 donaciones de nuestro pais (casi siempre de la misma persona), y solo un grupo en Colombia ha hecho voluntariado dos dias en los ultimos 10 años, asi que todos los informes van dirigidos a las personas y paises que nos han apoyado. En cuanto a colombia, solo traemos los beneficios, talleres y rescates de animales, de esos eventos y mas puede todo el mundo verlos en espanol en nuestra pagina en FB para Colombia (la pagina esta con el nombre del santuario)… resumiendo: recibimos apoyo de todas partes dle mundo (menos de nuestro pais) para asi ayudar animales y personas en nuestro pais, eso lo hacemos en Espanol en la pagina de FB o de cualquier otra manera. Si tienes alguna otra duda por favor contactanos.

  16. Catherine Orban

    I have donated today for your project. I will support you again when I can, as I have done in the past.
    I hope you succeed with your wonderful new sanctuary.
    If I may make a small suggestion… I discovered your work thanks to Evolve when you needed money for your rent. I know they helped another sanctuary in England last year, even running a tee-shirt campaign for them. Could you ask them to run an ad for you? It would maybe touch more people?
    I wish you and the animals all the best

  17. michael floresca

    The Andean Bears need your help. It would be great to see Andean bears in your sanctuary. I think a few thousand are left

    • Paul Rodney Turner

      We would love to help them, but we have no room on our sanctuary and honestly, they really need their own sanctuary. Please try to help them.

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