WELCOME TO THE INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL HAPPINESS!
At a cellular level, all animals (human and non-human) crave happiness in their own way. Whether as dance-floor ecstasy or meditative contentment, scratches under the neck or fresh grass, a piece of music or a soft bed, happiness is a quality that elevates all life to a magical and transcendent state.
Compassion, relentlessly applied.
The Institute for Animal Happiness (IFAH) is a vegan microsanctuary and growing advocacy organization. The Institute seeks to foster greater compassion through education, creativity and direct action - in order to alleviate the suffering of all beings, human and non-human. We currently rescue, provide haven and care for abused chickens. In focusing on these small, completely discounted victims who are deemed to be worthless and expendable by society at large, we wish to make our compassionate mission very clear: all beings have rights, and all beings deserve to live free from cruelty and suffering. We are also establishing and sharing creative programs, resources and offerings that seek to inspire positive change. We strive to continually increase our capacity for direct rescue and care, as well as foster art and opportunities that encourage joy, learning, dialogue and positive action for animals and all who are oppressed in a way that is linked clearly to the rainbow of social justice movements, while firmly grounded in a vegan, animal rights = human rights (Intersectional) philosophy.
“Only the growth of love among people can change society for the better.”
LEO TOLSTOY | 1910
How did we get here?
Everyone here has a story. Everyone here came from difficult circumstances, and deserved better than how they were treated. Learn their names, learn where they each came from, and what you both might have in common. Click HERE.
KONMARI FOR THE CLUCKS
All across the world people are learning to clear out the clutter via Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of Sparking Joy through Tidying Up! People are emptying closets, downsizing, minimal-izing and donating and it can benefit others. KonMari for the Clucks is a way for your unneeded possessions to help animal rescue! It’s easy:
After you have picked items to say good-bye to (and make sure to thank them for their service and purpose, just like Marie teaches!) designate one or more items’ proceeds to benefit the birds! The price can be ANYTHING - even $1! Every bit helps.
Do a yard sale, garage sale, eBay the item(s), sell on Craigstlist - whatever floats your boat and whatever is easiest. If you’d like a printable graphic like the one on the left, or something to share on social media announcing your participation, there is a download link to the left under the image!
After your successful sale, donate the proceeds here by clicking this button:
That’s it - you will have KonMari’d for the Clucks successfully,
and feel new lightness and peace!
Things change when we all come together to share!
HUDSON VALLEY VEGFEST!
Our Third Annual HUDSON VALLEY VEGFEST returns! The vegan world is here, in the Hudson Valley - and we hope you will join in the fun and excitement! Now in Kingston, NY: a ZERO-WASTE all-vegan festival showcasing fantastic food, innovation, compassion for animals, activism, humane education, wellness and health, films and so much more!
COMPASSIONATE CULTURE COMES TO KINGSTON, NY!
Also in the works for 10.19.19: A compassionate, intersectional ARTS gathering and uprising to celebrate our common Animalhood! Bands, Poets, Photographers, Painters and more. To close out the day after HV Vegfest. Join our email list to get in the loop on this exciting new event!