The Chenoa Manor Story

Chenoa Manor

Chenoa Manor is a very unique and sacred space. Long before Chenoa Manor was a non-profit organization, the land itself was held very sacred by the Native Americans who inhabited this area, specifically the Lenape Indians. The word Chenoa is a Native American term meaning white dove.

In addition to the Native American ancestors, many of the manor’s visitors – from energy workers and healers to astrologers and Bhutanese monks – have all agreed that there is something “other worldly” about this 25-acre parcel of land. That something not naturally found in many other locations, something that inherently creates a sense of peace and connection, not only among our animal residents but also with the youth who are regularly involved with the sanctuary.

As an accredited sanctuary we have limited space. As a result, we only take in the neediest of animals, in situations that are either unstable or very grim. We work with other accredited sanctuaries, humane officers, and shelters. We do not accept owner-surrendered animals unless extenuating circumstances arise (for example, a person’s terminal illness). Our focus is exclusively on farm animals as well as exotic animals. We do not work with wildlife or dogs and cats.

The animals who call Chenoa Manor home have come to us from a variety of circumstances. Many arrive at the sanctuary after suffering the abuses of factory farming, cruelty, or hoarding situations; others were subjected to laboratory experiments, or simply abandoned in the wild and left to fend for themselves.

Chenoa Manor is guided by an Inner Circle Council. The Inner Circle is composed of young adults who have all been impacted by the manor and her offerings, either through their previous internships or community service. Together, they lead Chenoa forward with their ideas & decisions. The Inner Circle is supported by the Elder Circle, a group of professionals ranging from doctors and actresses to artists and other visionaries. The Elder Circle offers their wisdom, experience, and expertise to the Inner Circle as needed.

Everyone’s services are offered on a strictly voluntary basis. We have no paid staff and rely exclusively on contributions from the public.

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