About Us

Located in the beautiful Green Mountians of Fairlee, VT, Willoughby is a 501c3 non-profit rescue which provides care, comfort and compassion to neglected, abused, abandoned, and orphaned farm animals. 

Our volunteers work to steward, preserve and support these farm animals by providing a humane living environment and adopting these animals into homes where they can prosper and grow old.

Funding for the rescue comes from generous donations from caring individuals, as well as the on-site campground. All profits from the campground go directly towards caring for the animals. 

Willoughby Rescue was founded in 2014 by Brian J. Stephens and G. Scott Graham

Vermont Regulations

Read the complete statute:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/fullchapter/20/194 

§ 3903. Animal shelters and rescue organizations

(a) [Repealed.]

(b) Animal intake. An animal shelter or rescue organization as defined by section 3901 of this title shall make every effort to collect the following information about an animal it accepts: the name and address of the person transferring the animal and, if known, the name of the animal, its vaccination history, and other information concerning the background, temperament, and health of the animal.

(c) Nonprofit status. A rescue organization under this chapter shall be recognized and approved as a nonprofit organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3).

(d) Immunity from liability. Notwithstanding section 3901a of this title, any animal shelter or rescue organization assisting law enforcement in an animal cruelty investigation or seizure that, in good faith, provides care and treatment to an animal involved in the investigation or seizure shall not be held liable for civil damages by the owner of the animal unless the actions of the shelter or organization constitute gross negligence. (Added 1971, No. 27, § 5, eff. March 24, 1971; amended 1997, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 14; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2009, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 11; 2013, No. 30, § 6; 2015, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 28; 2018, No. 8 (Sp. Sess.), § 15, eff. June 28, 2018.)