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.