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FREQUENTLY
ASKED

QUESTIONS

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COMMON FCFS QUESTIONS

If there's something we didn't address, message us here 

          info@fcfsanctuary.org

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED

We're south of Atlanta, near Pine Mountain. We are also centrally located to Columbus, and Auburn, Alabama. 

961 White House Pkwy

Warm Springs, GA. 31830

 

The sanctuary neighbors the

F.D. Roosevelt State Park providing hiking and camping opportunities. The state park is also the historical site of Roosevelt's Little White House.

    WHAT IS A GUEST DAY

An FCFS team member will take you around the sanctuary to meet the residents, hear their stories, learn about those they represent, and the work we do. This event is a 90 minute moving  tour that occurs outdoors during all weather conditions.

 

The sanctuary is on 55 acres. While we only traverse a small portion of this, there is a good amount of ground to cover. The path we take has unpaved roads and parts of the tour will be uphill.

Please wear comfortable close toed shoes. We recommend bringing water and sunscreen, and wearing clothing that will keep you comfortable in the forecasted weather conditions of Warm Springs.  

WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE IT ON A DAY THAT YOU'RE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

You're welcome to join a Group Volunteer and Vegan Potluck Day or sign up to for an independent volunteer shift. Private tours are available on a limited basis and with a $150 donation. For questions email info@fcfsanctuary.org

ARE THE ANIMALS ADOPTABLE

FCFS is a forever home, we do not adopt out. The residents have made it to sanctuary after enduring hardship. We want them to feel safe, secure, and  enjoy their days in the stable environment where they have healed and cultivated relationships. It would not be fair to them to sever those bonds.

CAN I BRING
SOMETHING FOR THE
RESIDENTS

If you would like to bring the residents something special, we always need produce, peanut butter, and Amazon and Tractor Supply gift cards. 

ARE YOU INTAKING ANIMALS

To ensure the residents have the proper pasture space, care, and resources they need to maintain a happy, healthy, and balanced life, we are currently closed for intakes. 

The sanctuary is only open to visitors on specified dates. We invite you to participate in a free Guest Day tour. For information or to register click here.

 

We also have scheduled Group Volunteer and Vegan Potluck Days. For volunteer opportunities click here.

Private tours are available on a limited basis and with a donation of $150. For private tour information click here.

The lodge can be rented for event hosting, conference space, or team building. For event space rental information click here.

All donations and proceeds go directly to the care of the residents and the organization that is their home. 

  WHAT ABOUT RAIN

All events are rain or shine. We recommend checking the weather forecast before heading to the sanctuary so you can be prepared for the weather conditions of Warm Springs. We do not have rain gear to provide to guests. For your comfort, please check the weather for Warm Springs and dress accordingly.  

 

The only reason we would cancel is due to severe thunderstorms or a tornado watch. In this case, you will be contacted by our team.

IS THE SANCTUARY MOBILITY AID FRIENDLY

The lodge where we gather is upstairs. The tour path we traverse has unpaved roads and portions are uphill. 

 

 During Guest Days, visitors stop by most of the pastures and can meet the residents from outside the fence. Visitors with wheelchairs or other mobility aids will be able to participate.

 

If you have questions or require  accommodations, please contact us at   info@fcfsanctuary.org  

to ensure we can make your experience as wonderful as possible.

CAN I FEED THE ANIMALS

To ensure their optimal health, all the residents are on specialized diets. For this reason, only our Animal Care Team are able to feed the residents.  Occasionally and under the supervision of the Care Team, volunteers may be asked to help pass out produce.

When you attend ThanksLiving there is an opportunity to participate in our Pumpkin Party for the pigs. This is a crowd favorite!

 

If you would like to donate produce to the residents, the Care Team will be happy to give it out during scheduled meal times. The residents enjoy blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, squash, spinach, greens, pineapple, and pumpkins. 

CAN I BRING MY DOG

For safety to all, as well as the stress level of the residents, outside animals are not allowed on the property. This includes dogs. If you have a service animal, please email info@fcfsanctuary.org to make accommodations.

 

Even with the AC running, leaving your dog in the car is not permitted. If you arrive at the sanctuary with a non-service dog you will be asked to leave. 

HOW DO I REGISTER TO VISIT 

Guest Days

Volunteer

Special Events 

Click on the above links, send us a using our contact form, or email us at, info@fcfsanctuary.org

CAN I PET THE ANIMALS OR HUG THE COWS

The residents are enjoying their peaceful 

retirement. While some appreciate human interaction, others do not. We honor each resident's autonomy and respect their boundaries. We do not require them to interact with us or visitors. Unless it's for care or medical purposes, all interactions are on the terms of the resident.

 

 The cows have developed their own schedule for moving around the pasture. This includes rotations deep into the woods with steep uneven terrain. The herd typically prefers to keep to themselves and are not one of the groups who seek human interaction.

 

The best opportunity to interact with the residents is by volunteering as you will be inside the pastures.

WHAT IF I'M LATE

If you are late for a Guest Day, you will join the tour as it is happening. Our team is very small. This means we don't have the ability to run multiple tours at the same time. 

CAN I BRING FOOD

Out of respect for the residents and our mission, no animal products are to be consumed anywhere on the sanctuary grounds. You can bring food items as long as they are vegan (no meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, honey, or similar items). Guests who do not abide by this rule will be asked to put their items away. 

This applies to our event space rental opportunities as well. We can provide a list of vegan friendly vendors, guide you where to find recipes, or where to buy vegan products.

HOW ARE YOU FUNDED

FCFS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, completely funded by public donations. The generosity of our supporters enables us to honor our commitment to the residents, continue our work to educate, advocate, spread awareness, plant the seeds of change, and assist other animals in need. 

Aside from the devoted five member Animal Care team who tend to the daily needs of the residents, there are no other paid employees of the sanctuary. Anything that falls outside of animal care is managed by our three volunteer board members who balance their full time careers with their responsibility to the sanctuary.

 

Having no administrative staff ensures all funds are going directly to the care of the residents and to the organization which is their home.

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