Cottontail Cottage Animal Sanctuary (CCAS,) is located in Cherryfield, Maine on a beautiful 50-acre farm. While working closely with Maine State Animal Welfare, our mission is to provide compassion, respect, dignity and love to rescued farm and companion animals and to give them a place to call home. Cottontail Cottage is a vegan-operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a forever home to animals who have experienced severe abuse or neglect. We are committed to the healing, rehabilitation, and security of every animal in our care, where they can live out their lives with the love and respect that each of them deserve.
To create a place where animals have room to heal and play, enjoying a life filled with joy, love and kindness.
Collaborating with others to build a better world where animals’ lives are valued on their own merit and they
are likewise treated with compassion and dignity.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES and VALUES
Foundation: Providing a permanent, loving home for animals who have suffered severe abuse and neglect.
Supporting a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle, that demonstrates compassion for all creatures.
Leadership: Leading by example, we are committed to treating everyone with respect, trust and professionalism, and in demonstrating excellence in the quality of care we provide to each of our animal residents.
Education and Public Outreach: Inspiring the community to recognize positive human-animal bonds and interactions through our educational opportunities and resources. Educating the public about not only the
importance of animal care and welfare, but also the importance of living a vegan lifestyle in an effort to end animal cruelty and suffering.
Collaboration: Working together as a team and with other advocacy groups and organizations to improve the lives of abused and neglected animals.
Transparency: Making information available to our supporters, donors, prospective donors, and the public about our goals, decisions, policies and standards. Communicating through social media, email, direct mail, and various media sources about the animals in our care, educational and other programs, onsite and offsite events and volunteer opportunities.
CCAS is a magical place. The Rookery (a two hundred-year-old cape) perches high on top of a knoll allowing the founders, Jenny and Mathew Nichols, to keep a close eye on the animals, barns and pastures below. The sanctuary is located down a long lane over-hung with old lilacs and blue spruces; brambles and a single, magnificent lombardy poplar. There are pockets of fields and many trails thoughout the property where folks are invited to walk and enjoy nature and the serenity of the place.
Cottontail Cottage was originally founded as a rescue for rabbits in the town of Lamoine. It wasn't long before it became apparent that there was a need to help other animals as well, and a new, larger property was purchased in the winter of 2019. Although rabbits will always be a huge part of CCAS (we currently, have thirty of them,) we have since opened our doors to farm animals and other dometicated pets who all share a common need for love and sanctuary.
Cottontail Cottage has an incredible reputation and draws visitors from all over New England and beyond. Open shelter days provide a platform for education where lecture series and hands-on learning events - many of which are directed at children - are taught. Our online prescence is huge, with folks contacting us on a daily basis asking questions and advice about their animals. We work hard to educate the public, not only about animal care and welfare, but the importance of living a vegan lifestyle in an effort to end animal cruelty and suffering.
Won’t you please donate to our critically important work?
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Cottontail Cottage Animal Sanctuary. Without your support, we would be unable to continue saving lives. Thank you for being compassionate. Thank you for your kindness and being there for the animals. And us. Your support means the world and your generosity makes my heart sing!