Leilani Farm Sanctuary
In 1999, Laurelee moved from Orange County, California, to Haiku, Maui, and created a farm to save animals from neglect, abuse, and slaughter. Leilani Farm Sanctuary was formed in 2008 and is now home to about 200 animals, including goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, cats, geese, pigs, tortoises, and a deer.
- Nominated by: Melody Hofmann
In Her Own Words:
My life’s work is about reducing suffering to animals and humans. As a child, I watched helplessly as my father mistreated animals. I silently vowed to protect others against abuse when I grew up. Leilani Farm Sanctuary enables me to carry out my mission. We rescue animals from desperate situations, and provide programs for people with special needs and at-risk youth. Victims of domestic violence often benefit from bonding with gentle animals by learning to trust again.
The Sanctuary also offers humane education to the general public and teaches visitors how they too can make a difference in the world.