History of PEAK
Moving to Freedom, IN
To rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farmed animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability.
PEAK was founded in 2012 and opened its barn doors in October 2013 to our first residents, Andy and Annie, two brave piglets who escaped a backyard butcher and ran for their lives. Uplands PEAK was located in Salem, Indiana for five years and moved to Freedom, Indiana in April 2018.
Smack-dab in the thick of animal agriculture, founders Mark and Michelle believe this is where sanctuary is needed more than anywhere. It is their belief that given the opportunity to experience the sentience of farmed animals people will be changed, and those changes will ripple out into the world.
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary is 105+ acre refuge for animals and people. A significant portion of the property is wooded with trails to hike and places to sit and be still. In the short time since we moved to Freedom, we have fenced dozens of acres of pasture, gutted and built stalls in the barn, restored a large chicken coop, re-installed our solar array and panels (installed originally in 2015, thanks to The Pollination Project, Whole Suns Design, and The Binky Foundation), and built a second chicken coop.
Uplands PEAK offers an eco-friendly cabin for our members and other visitors to access, and the main house on the property is home to our gift shop, education center, and community lounge. In addition, the main house provides housing for staff and interns. Our visiting program offers educational tours to meet our rescued residents and introduce people to the realities of animal agriculture. Come out and visit us! PEAK will revitalize you, as much as it has for the lives of our residents… They like to share their Freedom with others.
What People Say
Uplands PEAK is a true refuge in the middle of animal agriculture. From the moment you meet Mark and Michelle you can feel, and almost see, their compassionate, pure hearts. They truly understand that all creatures want love and peace, and deserve our help and protection, and they have devoted their lives to that calling. If only more of us strived to live this way.
As a visitor at PEAK, you feel a momentary weight lifted off your shoulders. We can forget, if only for a short time, how harsh the world can be, and simply watch the animals enjoying their lives as they should, no longer in fear.
Listening to Mark and Michelle talk to visitors about the individual lives of the residents that call PEAK home, it’s clear they are changing hearts and minds, and societal views about the way we should treat animals. We’re lucky to call them friends and cohorts in this journey to promote a peaceful vegan life.
Kristina AddingtonBusiness Donor - V-Grits
Making a Difference!
Although Uplands PEAK is a sanctuary for animals, humans find sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life there too! Each animal person who lives here lives a rich, fulfilled life, free from worry and suffering forever! Mark and Michelle Pruitt are amazing people who pour their souls into the sanctuary,
I hope you would consider visiting Uplands PEAK! Volunteer around the farm, and you’ll bridge the gap between modern civilizati
For years I searched for a farm sanctuary near me (Champaign, IL) to volunteer with — being in the heart of animal agriculture, you’d think they’d be nearby. When I finally found out about PEAK I pretty much bulldozed them, lol, to find out every way I could possibly help. Mark, Michelle, and the staff/volunteers at PEAK do incredible work to make sure their rescues live the life they deserve to live. Because I can’t be there physically, I find comfort and joy in knowing there are other ways to support people who put 100% of what they do into such an important cause. Thank you PEAK!