Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary is literally the only hope for farmed animals in Colombia and the only project to provide help by rescuing them from suffering or providing emergency medical care.
We are the first sanctuary established in South America and are currently the only one in Colombia. We have also established strong educational programs, including vegan cooking workshops, vegan comics, vegan
food relief and strong social media activism.
Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary was founded in 2008 in Colombia. However, the project has its roots in Juliana’s initial desire to save all the world’s animals when she learned about the suffering of animals as a 5-year old girl.
When Juliana was 5 years old she decided to stop eating meat when she found out that hamburgers were not born in trees, that burgers were cruelly murdered animals. From that day Juliana felt the need to help those innocent victims: The Animals. And so it was that at this young age she rescued dogs from the street, took them to the apartment where she lived with her parents and took care of them until she found them a home. When she was 11 years old, her school teacher asked her what she wanted to do in her adulthood. Juliana without hesitation said, “I will buy a very big place to save all the animals!” But Juliana is a person of action rather than words. At age 11, she started saving money selling things at school so she could buy a large piece of land and begin her dream, and she did! It was the first sanctuary for animals in the country of Colombia, and at that time was the only one in all of South America. Since then she has been working hard for the last 12 years with her team. In pursuing her dream, Juliana faced numerous challenges, including a public that did not even understand the meaning of a sanctuary, legal battles for her land, lack of funds and an overwhelming demand of animals in need.
The years have passed, and Juliana and her team have rescued more than 700 animals of all kinds. The sanctuary has grown and has become an organization that not only rescues animals but has strong educational programs to change the way people see animals. Juliana has managed, thanks to her husband Paul Turner, to take the sanctuary to an international level so that everyone knows the situation of the animals in South America and is aware that these animals need help, too. Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary has since become a non-profit entity registered in the United States.
Juliana still devotes her life to the sanctuary, where she lives with some volunteers, rescuing and taking care of rescued animals, giving talks on a national and international level, and bringing the reality of animals that are used as food to schools and other entities. Juliana will not rest until everyone knows the reality that the animals used for food go through, and she continues to teach respect for all beings to all the human hearts she encounters.