Stacy’s Funny Farm is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization providing sanctuary for small homeless pets. We take in used pets and provide them with a home. We rarely adopt out because our pets are considered unadoptable. They have failed in previous placement or they are here by arrangement because the previous owners prefer to surrender to an organization where they can visit. In this way, we reduce the burden on other shelters by ensuring that the pets don’t end up there. We also work with other rescue organizations to take in their unadoptable pets when we have space.
Do we provide sanctuary for dogs and cats?
No and sometimes. We aren’t set up for dogs, and there are many other local organizations that specialize in dogs. Dogs are covered. There are also many local organizations that take in cats and re-home them. Cats are pretty well covered, too. (I’ll tell you about my cats later.) Our specialty is pocket pets, rabbits, small cage birds, doves, pigeons, quail, hens, ducks, and the occasional turtle. Few sanctuaries accept the wide range of animals that we care for. We know our limits, though, and don’t take reptiles, parrots, or ferrets.
Yes, we do have working cats.
Our cats provide rat abatement in the aviary. They are feral stray cats from the Seattle Alley Cat Project. They are a non-profit TNR organization monitoring the feral cat population in the Seattle area. They place feral cats in homes, especially the kittens. Unfortunately, not all ferals adapt to the life of a house cat. Nor can they all be returned to feral colonies. I adopted my cats from their “Barn Kitty” program. Some are FIV+, others were returned to the organization after an unsuccessful adoption. They live outdoors in a secure area and the resident rats pack their bags and move along down the road
Where do the other pets come from?
We take unadoptable pets from other local agencies. We take surrenders from our veterinarian. We take old hens and ducks being offered up “for the soup pot.” We take hens from unsuccessful urban chicken projects. We take second-hand lab animals. We take in stray pets whose owners can’t be located. We inherit pets from cancer victims. We foster pets for people in transition who aren’t ready to surrender.
How many animals do we have?
We have between forty and fifty animals. This is a residential setting, and most of the animals are small. From the street, the sanctuary looks like an ordinary home. In fact, inside it looks like an ordinary home. The pets are housed generously and receive personal attention and occasional visitors. The neighbors are generally unaware of the animals.
Do we breed pets?
Most of the pets here in sanctuary are neutered. That is a fairly standard policy among pet shelters and is our way of ensuring that we don’t contribute to the homeless pet population. Having said that, birds are very sneaky and an occasional egg hatches. Those babies remain here unless a suitable home can be found for them.
What is an Ambassador animal?
The Founder has been taking in stray animals since 1975. After she acquired her pet capybara, Dobby, people started leaving donations. Dobby inspired her to organize as a tax exempt non-profit. The capybara was not a rescue animal, but his visitors and knack for publicity funded the upkeep for all of the sanctuary animals. Many rescues have ambassador animals to draw attention to the less flashy sanctuary pets. After we lost Dobby, we brought in Charlie & Hamish, two rambunctious Shetland sheep, to serve as ambassadors. They came from a small hobby farm with surplus males.
Are you hiring?
We are all volunteer, sorry. We do occasionally have volunteer positions open. We can accommodate high school students and offer community service credits toward graduation. Check with the community service coordinator at Shorecrest and Shorewood high schools. Or you can contact us here.
How else can I help?
Our primary fundraiser is our gift shop. We sell a variety of jewelry items including vintage pieces and some original designs. We also have wine charms and a few capybara themed items. 100% of the proceeds from the gift shop go to support the animals. You can support Stacy’s Funny Farm by shopping through Amazon Smile.There are DONATE buttons all over this website, too. Stacy’s Funny Farm is a §501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Where are you located?
We are north of Seattle, Washington. We do not disclose our location because, unfortunately, people tend to drop off boxes of kittens if we do. Please feel free to contact us via email. We can answer many common care questions and have about thirty years experience securing chicken coops and designing aviaries and habitats. If you would like to visit, please contact us using the form on the visitor tab.