Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary, Estacada, OR

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

Last weekend, John and I visited Out to Pasture animal sanctuary for their summer movie night fundraiser. It was about a 50 minute drive from Portland to the sanctuary in Estacada. In case you can’t make out the sign on the right, it says “a gated community.”

This was my first visit to an animal sanctuary, and I was excited to make some furry new friends, but you never know how the animals will react to humans as they’ve suffered abuse or neglect before winding up here in this caring forever home. That said, we encountered many friendly, gentle creatures, some of which seemed to be posing for photos. This is really a place “where a pig can be a pig.”

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

You guys know that I’m a city girl, and in case any other city folks are wondering, the farm smells were very minimal at this sanctuary. Here are some of the beautiful faces that greeted us when we arrived…

This handsome fella over here is Ike the goat. He was the friendliest of the bunch and strikes some majestic poses for the camera. Ike was previously bound for slaughter when his former caretaker got tired of him. Luckily, he was rescued and brought to Out to Pasture.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

I’m normally not a fan of beards, but Ike is definitely nailing this look. At one point, he even let me stroke his beard.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

If Ike likes you, he’s not afraid to get upclose and personal.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

And it turns out that John is a goat whisperer.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

I also met a sweetheart named Sweetpea, who came to the sanctuary after being abandoned. Such pretty eyes! Also, check out our matching highlights…

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

We chowed down on vegan nachos before the movie started. I almost asked for no sour cream, then remembered that all the nacho toppings are vegan! The movie “Harvest of Fear” is one of those B-rated slasher movies that’s more silly than scary. Budget film making at its finest. Turns out some of the scenes were filmed at Out to Pasture.

Vegan Nachos, Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary

Here’s one more of our dear friend Ike who is wondering where everyone went. Sorry, Ike, everyone went to get nachos without you.

Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary


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  • Reply
    September 5, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Awww this is so cute! Love to see how neglected animals have found a new, better home!

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      September 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

      My husband recently volunteered at another sanctuary, and he said the goats there were very energetic! I’ll have to join him for a volunteer session soon.

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    November 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    For sure a nice place to visit! Ike seemed to like you guys, living with you now?

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