A vibrant sunset of a yard filled with natural plants

Our mission is to build a community where farmed animals are treated with kindness and compassion and can live their natural lives in safe and thriving environments. We will achieve this through the rescue of abused, neglected, and abandoned farm animals as well as by engaging the community through education, outreach, and partnerships.

As a 100% donor-funded sanctuary, our animal care services include:

Veterinary medical care for all residents

Specialized care and enrichment based on animal’s unique needs

Daily cleaning, fresh water (more often as needed), and fresh food

Daily monitoring for behavioral and physical changes

24/7 onsite caregiver(s)

Predator-proof housing and aviaries

A duck sleeping underneath a sign reading

We strive to provide animal-centric design

by asking ourselves…

  • What makes the animal feel safe?
  • What makes the animal feel happy?
  • How can the environment support the animal (or social group)?
  • What type of environment would they choose to live in?
  • What can we do to enable our rescued residents to thrive?
A bright sunflower

Events and Community Engagement

Our events will revolve around One Health which has the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes through recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. We believe by improving the lives of farmed animals and removing them from the food system optimal health for all is possible. Events that support the Sanctuary’s mission as well as community engagement activities will take place at the Sanctuary as well as within the region.

Our Board Members

Jennifer Kyle, founder of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary, kissing a duck's head

Jennifer Kyle

President / Founder

Jennifer is the Founder and Executive Director of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary. She established the sanctuary in 2021 to serve and help farm animals in the Columbia Basin. Jennifer has been around animals her entire life. She has worked or volunteered in veterinary clinics, a horse boarding and recovery facility, a university veterinary hospital, an urban wildlife rescue, and a farmed animal sanctuary. Professionally Jennifer is a scientist and has a personal mission to improve the lives of farmed animals in the Columbia Basin and beyond.

Kristie, Vice President and Treasurer of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary along with her dog


Vice President / Treasurer

Kristie is currently the vice president and treasurer of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary. She is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to go on adventures with her husband and her two dogs. Kristie’s love for animals and her fascination with the natural world began as a child, and she now works for human and animal health as a scientist.

Sara, secretary of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary, along with a donkey



Sara is currently the secretary of Tumbleweed Animal Sanctuary. She loves to be outdoors on the family hobby farm with her menagerie of animals including 3 dogs, 2 cats, 10 chickens, and 4 goats. She’s a mom to 2 beautiful children, and a wife to her active, handsome hubby. Rescuing animals has been a long-time interest and she has fostered and placed over 15 cats.