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  Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary

 “The final lesson of mankind’s evolution may well be that
animals are sacred and deserving of our protection.”

Anna C. Briggs

Mission & History
Lifelong Sanctuary & Adoption Services
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Directions to Peace Plantation

A Visitor’s View of Peace Plantation

Mission & History                                                  Back to Top

Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary (Peace Plantation) is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization with a central mission to provide lifelong sanctuary and adoption services for homeless animals. Although separately incorporated, Peace Plantation operates under the auspices of The National Humane Education Society (NHES) from which Peace Plantation receives the major portion of its needed operating funds.

Peace Plantation is an incarnation of kindness to animals as revealed through its history. Created in 1950, Peace Plantation began on a 150-acre farm in Sterling, Virginia. NHES benefactress, Alice Morgan Wright, recommended the name Peace Plantation for two reasons, (1) because she felt it best captured the welcomed feeling of peace that our country was beginning to feel as it emerged from the horrors of World War II, and (2) it was just such a peace that she and NHES founder, Anna C. Briggs, wanted for the homeless animals of the time who clearly knew their own unique sufferings of life.

Since its creation, Peace Plantation has experienced many challenges; but through faith, a dedicated staff, and generous member support, it carries on by serving homeless companion animals and working cooperatively for their welfare at its present location near Walton, New York, where it maintains the spirit of its placid beginnings.

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Located only 153 miles west of New York City, Peace Plantation continues to serve as NHES’s flagship animal sanctuary and is one of only a select few sanctuaries in the country that has withstood the test of time. Today, Peace Plantation works to decrease suffering and reaffirm the intrinsic value of animal life by providing lifelong sanctuary for homeless animals—primarily cats—hundreds of them, a small number of kittens, a few resident dogs, and various farm animals.                                                                       

Peace Plantation provides one of the highest standards of lifetime care in the country for its residents who enjoy:

  • Quiet, rural environment
  • Cage-free living
  • Indoor, open, and airy colony rooms with access to large fenced-in, grassy yards or, at minimum, screened-in porches or patios that allow the cats to enjoy the benefit of fresh air and sunshine
  • Daily care from compassionate and experienced animal care attendants
  • On-site veterinary clinic with a staff veterinarian and certified veterinary technician
  • Employees living on-site to provide emergency care and transportation when needed
  • Plenty of toys, climbing areas, and perches
  • Premium diets, including veterinarian prescribed special diets
  • Being protected by Fire and Smoke Detection Systems that are tied into central reporting stations, which immediately notify and dispatch fire/rescue personnel when necessary

Peace Plantation also works to decrease animal suffering through adoption services. Since its creation, Peace Plantation has placed more than 37,000 companion animals in quality adoptive homes—and spayed/neutered thousands more.

Our staff and animals love to have visitors. So, if you’re traveling near our area, please stop by for a visit. Also, if you or someone you know might be interested in adopting an older companion cat or the occasional kitten that comes our way, please give us a call at 607-865-5759. We’ll be glad to speak with you. 

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Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary
12752 State Highway 206
Walton, NY 13856

Phone: 607-865-5759
Fax: 607-865-6334

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Peace Plantation has giving programs tailored to small donors as well as major gifts and planned giving. For questions regarding financial contributions, please call Ben Cross, Development Officer, at 304-725-0506, extension 202, or email at

Donate to Peace Plantation now!

Please Note: Your donation will be processed through Peace Plantation's parent organization's (NHES) Secure Payment Page.

Thank you.

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From New York City:

  • Take the New York State Thruway North to Exit 16 (Rt. 17 West).
  • Follow Rt. 17 West approximately 70 miles to Exit 94 at Roscoe, NY. (Peace Plantation is approximately 29 miles from Roscoe).
  • Follow Rt. 206 West to and through Walton.
  • As you leave Walton, at the flashing yellow light, Rt. 206 West bears to the right.
  • Stay on Rt. 206 West for 5 miles, at which point you will see the Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary sign on the left side of the road.

From Washington, D.C.:

  • Take the Washington Capital Beltway (I-495) to I-270.
  • Follow I-270 North to Frederick, MD.
  • At Frederick, take Rt. 15 North to Camp Hill, PA. Exit onto Rt. 581 East.
  • Follow 581 East to I-83 North.
  • Take I-83 North to I-81 North. Follow I-81 North to Binghamton, NY. (Peace Plantation is approximately 50 minutes from Binghamton).
  • From Binghamton, take I-88 East to Exit 8 (Rt. 206) at Bainbridge.
  • Follow Rt. 206 East approximately 17 miles, at which point you will see the Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary sigh on the right side of the road.

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Coming down state highway 206 from Walton, New York, I spied the blue barn before I saw the sign for Peace Plantation. I hadn’t expected the barn to be so close to the road. Instead, I had visions of driving down a winding country road to a rustic setting nestled among fields and trees. But there it was. And, because of the steep descent of the road, had I not known what to look for, I might have flown by it. After a few quick taps on the brake, I made a left into the sanctuary parking lot. And there was the rustic setting I had longed to see, just beyond the barn.

I sensed a shift in time and space upon leaving highway 206 and entering the grounds of Peace Plantation. The summer blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds stretched for miles. Even on this mid-August day, the fields were lush green and the trees full of summer leaves. Stepping off the roadway, only just a few feet from it in fact, was a slice of heaven for human and nonhuman animals alike.

Michael Reed, director, greeted me like a long lost cousin. His energy and enthusiasm infectious. His tour of the barn better than any workout I’ve ever had at a gym. There’s a lot of stepping up and down and over and climbing stairs to get to the various parts of the barn. Those who work here must be quite physically fit.

Some lower level rooms were in the process of being repainted; others upstairs had been recently completed. The warm, light colors reflected the gentility that is the cat. And there were many gentile cats about, with a few rambunctious young’uns to liven things up a bit. Since my visit came in mid-afternoon, most of the cats were snoozing, some on the outside porches soaking up the sun’s rays.

The porches themselves are a marvel of engineering. They appear suspended in mid-air. Sturdy and well-built, they give the cats on the upper levels of the barn a chance to be outdoors. Those on the first floor have their own outdoor cat fenced-in area. I saw several cats hiding in tufts of grass or sleeping under a picnic table. Some were crouched low in pursuit of a beetle or butterfly.

Beyond the barn were corrals for a few horses. There may have been other farmed animals; I don’t recall. I focused all of my attention on the cats.

The cat rooms were spotless, a quality I’ve come to admire at both Peace Plantation and Briggs Animal Adoption Center. There’s lots of attention to cleanliness and order. Litter boxes, recently scooped, lined one wall of each cat room. Plenty of water and food bowls dotted the floors. And there were many comfortable places for cats to rest.

One staff member was sitting on the floor grooming one of the cats. The really old ones, she said, have an especially difficult time keeping themselves looking fashionable so they are given a helping hand. They may have a touch of arthritis which makes it difficult for them to reach certain parts of their body. Or maybe, just maybe, they really enjoy the beauty treatment the staff gives them. Who could blame them?

Peace Plantation is an old-age home for many cats. A number of the residents could be placed in the category of “super” senior. Boy, I wouldn’t mind spending my “super” senior years in such a place. Food and water a plenty. Soft beds and toys. Friends. And love, lots of love. That’s what I most felt while following Michael around. The love the staff has for the animals, the love permeating the walls, floors, and roof of the barn. The “peace” in Peace Plantation is palpable.

There is also the silly side of Peace Plantation. Patty, the administrative manager, was carrying Cathy Sue, a long-haired dilute torti and white cat, in her arms. Cathy Sue, a new arrival, had recently been shaved because her fur had been too matted to comb. To protect her skin, Patty had dressed her in a pink and white gingham tennis dress with ruffled skirt. Patty put Cathy Sue down to take a walk about and show off her tennis finery. It’s not nice to laugh at a cat—but I could not help myself. However, Cathy Sue must have enjoyed herself in her new outfit. She sashayed her way down the hall showing off her costume.

After visiting more than 200 cats, Michael took me to the last rooms where feline leukemia and FIV positive cats live. And not one looked sick. In fact, had I not known their medical conditions, I would never have guessed. Some were quite old, having lived years with their disease. So often a shelter’s decision is to euthanize cats with these diseases. Seeing a room full of survivors was overwhelmingly emotional. I could barely hear what Michael was telling me about these cats—tears were welling in my eyes and in my heart. Here were humans who understand not just the value of the healthy, robust animal but of the diseased, the old, and the infirmed. Being in the presence of these cats was humbling. Being at Peace Plantation was a joy.


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