Fundación Santuario Gaia

Vegan center for the rescue and recovery of animals victims of exploitation

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Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary

The sanctuary

The Fundación Santuario Gaia is a vegan rescue and recovery center for animals considered farm animals, victims of livestock exploitation, abuse or abandonment. Where they receive the necessary care so that they have a decent life for the rest of their lives. Located in Camprodon (Girona) in the Pyrenees, surrounded by forests, rivers and mountains. The tranquility of the place is ideal so that the non-human animals that arrive here, most of them in poor condition, have a speedy recovery and live in peace and harmony.

Our mission

Santuario Gaia was founded in October 2012 by Ismael López and Coque Fernández to save animals that need help, and thereby promote veganism.
Our first Mission is to save lives, and once they are safe, to meet their nutritional, veterinary and emotional care needs. Provide adequate facilities for each individual, which gives them security, but at the same time, allowing them to have as natural a life as possible.


Veganism is the attitude of respect towards other animals:

  • A vegan diet.
  • Clothing and footwear free of materials of animal origin.
  • Do not attend shows in which animals are used.
  • Do not use products that have been tested on animals.

Volunteer caregiver at Gaia Sanctuary

The program

Fundación Santuario Gaia is located 10 km from Camprodon (Girona), a small town in the Catalan Pyrenees, in an environment surrounded by forests, rivers and mountains.

We offer the possibility of living day to day in a Sanctuary for farm animals. Living with animals that have been rescued from exploitation and knowing first-hand how they interact with each other, observing the bonds of friendship that they establish between different species, and the capacity for recovery they have after having suffered a life of slavery.

The work is done inside the center. Volunteering is 6 days a week with 1 day of rest and flexible hours, depending on the volume of work, arrival of new animals or care of the sick. It is an outdoor job, so you have to be willing to work in inclement weather, to get dirty, get up early, in short, get involved with the animals. It is an intense and hard volunteering, but very comforting and positive.

It works with different species: sheep, goats, cows, bulls, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, pigeons, dogs and cats. Each one with its character, with its adaptation process, with which it is necessary to know how to respect each individual to avoid unnecessary stress.

Safety rules will be learned that must be strictly followed, this is VERY IMPORTANT, the person who participates in the course must know how to work as a team, accept orders and carry them out.


Minimum two weeks and maximum 3 months (with a 2-week trial period).

Comarca El Ripollès, province of Girona, Catalunya (Spain).

  • Being over 18 years.
  • Driving license (it is essential, since the Sanctuary is 10 km from the nearest town).
  • Animal lover.
  • Responsible, serious and hard-working.
  • To be in good physical shape.
  • Medium level of Spanish.
  • Animals are not allowed, since here the animals circulate freely and any new individual can cause stress or an accident.

The tasks are very varied: feeding the animals, cleaning the facilities, helping with the maintenance and improvement of the facilities, caring for the sick, etc.

It includes
  • Accommodation in the Sanctuary.
  • Consumption of electricity, water, gas and internet.
  • Training course for farm animals.
  • Attendance certificate.
  • Liability insurance.
The program does not include:
  • Travel expenses to the center or transfers.
  • Feeding.
  • Health insurance


You can make your donations directly to our CaixaBank account:

HOLDER: Fundación Santuario Gaia
IBAN: ES82 2100 0118 3102 0026 7582


It is important to contact us before the end of the year at and correctly indicate your full name, ID, province and the total contributions made during the year, attaching the bank receipts, since during the In the month of January, they will be sent to the Tax Department so that when you make your income statement, your contributions to our foundation will be recorded. For more info contact at