Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals


Rasta; The Dog & The Inspiration Behind The Rescue Organization (March 26, 1999 – November 21, 2007)

Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals (RASTA) was founded by Lucie Cerny in January 2001.

Named after her beloved late dog, RASTA is a registered Canadian charity devoted to animal rescue and protection through public education.

Originating as Alberta’s premier no kill & cage-less all animal rescue with a unique nondiscriminatory approach (open to all animals regardless of breed, size, age or species) over 17 years ago, RASTA began to see a desperate need for farm animal refuge and advocacy.  Over time, this inspiration led to the Sanctuary’s eventual evolution to a permanent refuge for abandoned and abused animals, focusing on farm animal rescue and advocacy.  This bold move sparked the beginning of the farm sanctuary movement in Alberta, and eventually the other prairie provinces. 

In 2013 RASTA founded the Potbelly Pig & Farm Animal Rehoming Network and in 2014 the Farm Animal Rescue And Rehoming Movement (FARRM) was also born from RASTA’s inspiration.

Formerly located just south of Calgary, Alberta, RASTA’s Founder recently took on the monumental task of relocating the Sanctuary and all the animals to Vancouver Island in the late summer of 2015.  This move was motivated by a better quality of life for the animals, sustainability reasons for the Sanctuary, as well as to fill a need for farm animal refuge and advocacy in an area which desperately lacked this much-needed support.  Now located just outside the small town of Chemainus, RASTA is once again setting a precedent as the first and only sanctuary for rescued farm animals on Vancouver Island.

Honoring education as the most valuable tool in rescue work, RASTA offers a unique one of a kind interactive experience to the public by visiting the many different types of rescued animals at the Sanctuary.  In doing so, it’s RASTA’s goal to inspire compassion for all animals with no distinction between breeds or species.

RASTA prides itself in being a no kill and cage-less Sanctuary, rather than the conventional approach of a shelter or a pound.  The strict no kill policy mandates that only terminally ill or fatally injured animals will ever undergo euthanasia and the cage-less philosophy allows the animals to enjoy freedom and socialization within their own, as well as among other species.

The RASTA Sanctuary operates on a volunteer basis and is maintained for the most part by Lucie and a handful of devoted volunteers.

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.  They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men”

~ Alice Walker ~