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 it’s 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. Located in Salem, Indiana, Uplands PEAK is smack-dab in the thick of animal agriculture – there is a chicken factory farm less than a mile from the Sanctuary! The 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, thus rippling those changes out into the world.
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary is 20-acres of refuge for animals and people. About 15 acres of the property is wooded with trails to hike, places to sit and be still, and a labyrinth to walk. In our short time of being in operation, we have fenced more than 4 acres of pasture, gutted and built stalls in the pole barn, built a large chicken coop, and built a pig shelter. Additionally, we have opened a B&B room for our members to access, and purchased a travel trailer to offer housing for up to three interns. Even more, our visiting program kicked-off in June 2014, where we offer educational tours to meet our rescued residents and introduce people to the realities of animal agriculture.
The Sanctuary was able to add a solar array and panels to our barn in the Fall of 2015, thanks to The Pollination Project, Whole Suns Design, and The Binky Foundation. It is our goal to continue to add to our solar capabilities and achieve as much self sustainability as possible as we move forward.
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!