Hawkes Homestead Animal Sanctuary Startup Fund

Hawkes Homestead is nestled in the fifth-generation North Dakota farmstead belonging to the family of founder Jessica Hawkes. From baby goats to elderly cats, guineas to geckos, chickens to chinchillas, Jessica and her team have experience caring for animals of all shapes and sizes.

We currently house over 100 animals, representing more than two dozen individual species and breeds. We strive to take excellent care of all our critters, and rarely say no to those in need of a safe home.

It is now our goal to file state and federal paperwork to apply for 501(c)(3) non-profit status as Hawkes Homestead Animal Sanctuary. This will enable us to provide tax deduction opportunities for donors, apply for funding to improve our facilities and, in turn, care for more animals in need.

Additional funds donated will be used to hire an electrician to update wiring in our original early 1900s big red barn, and to help fix fencing for the safety of our larger animal friends.

Our future plans for the Homestead include pet adoptions, youth tours, internships, heritage gardening and ND native foods products, and potential overnight stay capacities. The sky is the limit!

Current goals:
$1000 - filing for non-profit status
$1000 - wiring upgrade to barn
$500 - fence fixes for horses, goats, llama, etc.
$500 (stretch goal!) - improve and expand winter quarters for chickens, ducks, guineas, geese, and other small animals

A gift in any amount would mean the world to us and to the many little ones in our care. Please consider a donation, and whether or not you can help at this time, please share our story!
  • Nathaniel Bice 
    • $60 
    • 16 mos
  • Sheldon erickson  
    • $100 
    • 16 mos
  • Heather Blackburn 
    • $50 
    • 18 mos
  • Heather Blackburn 
    • $25 
    • 18 mos
  • Aaron Thompson 
    • $25 
    • 18 mos
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Jessica Hawkes 
New Rockford, ND
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