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We are driven by compassion, freedom, trust, community, love, peace, and a holistic way of life.

Be the change.

About Us

Luvin Arms is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal sanctuary for abused or neglected farmed animals in Erie, Colorado. Our rescued residents include cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, horses, goats, sheep, and ducks. These beautiful residents were rescued from horrific situations including abuse and neglect cases, factory farms, religious rituals, slaughterhouse-bound trucks, bankrupt farms, and more. They were left with nowhere to turn and would have been slaughtered if they hadn’t been saved.

OUR MISSION

Ahimsa – Nonviolence Toward All Living Beings

We are working to provide exceptional lifelong social, emotional, and cognitive care to rescued farmed animals, and to advocate for those who have not been rescued by sharing our residents’ stories to inspire, educate, and empower others to embrace a more compassionate and sustainable lifestyle.

Our vision is to create a sanctuary of inspiration and connection where people are empowered to create change that leads to more compassionate choices for themselves, for the planet, and justice for all beings.

OUR STORY

Luvin Arms opened its doors in August 2015 after founders Shaleen and Shilpi realized farmed animals were in need of refuge. The Shahs began their journey toward providing a safe haven for rescued farmed animals with a horse named Jale, (pronounced Haalee) who came from a situation of neglect. After saving Jale, they received a call about a pregnant mare at an auction. When the Shahs visited the auction, they discovered there were not only horses there, but a variety of suffering farmed animals who also needed help. This inspired the Shahs to start a sanctuary for farmed animals. As more animals came to call Luvin Arms home, more hands were required for the work involved in caring for them. Since the beginning, passionate community members have volunteered their time and talents to continue to help Luvin Arms and its residents thrive.

OUR COMMUNITY

All those with a heart open to compassion are welcomed here — whomever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love.

Our community is all living beings. Diversity makes us stronger. Luvin Arms is a safer space and we have zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. Please refer to our Safer Spaces Policy for more information.

“Connecting Community Through Compassion”

INSPIRE        |       EDUCATE       |      EMPOWER

Our Team

Shaleen & Shilpi Shah

Shaleen & Shilpi Shah

Co-Founders

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About Shaleen & Shilpi

Shaleen and his wife, Shilpi Shah are the founders of Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary near Denver, Colorado. They are spreading the values of Ahimsa, Jiv Daya, and Karuna towards farmed animals, actively creating a more compassionate community for the animals and our planet. These unlikely sanctuary founders and dedicated Jains grew up in India before moving to the United States. Since founding the sanctuary in 2015, Shaleen and Shilpi have grown Luvin Arms substantially, already having saved over 800 animal lives and welcoming thousands of visitors every year. Along with Luvin Arms, Shaleen and Shilpi have created another nonprofit called OpenSanctuary.org that freely publishes hundreds of resources on how to start, manage and grow an animal sanctuary. Shaleen and Shilpi make a living as software consultant and tax/accounting consultant respectively. They live in Boulder, Colorado with their two young boys, Aarav and Avi.

Ηаnnа Kircher

Ηаnnа Kircher

Development & Marketing Coordinator

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About Hаnnа

Hаnnа is a development and communications professional who is passionate about sanctuary work and the difference sanctuaries can make in so many beings’ lives. In her role at Luvin Arms, she uses her communications, fundraising, and social media knowledge to connect people all over the world with our animal residents. When she’s not at the sanctuary, she enjoys hiking, cooking plant-based meals, and playing with her dog.

Favorite memory with our residents:

Hanging out with the turkey girls and having Oolong start to fall asleep while I was petting her. Oolong is usually super active when I spend time with her, so it was nice to have this peaceful moment to connect with her and the other turkey girls!

Alexis Miller

Alexis Miller

Education & Outreach Manager

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About Alexis

Alexis Miller’s role as Education and Outreach Manager at Luvin Arms provides her the opportunity to live her passion of helping humans develop empathy and understanding for non humans in order to create a kinder world for all.  Alexis lives with her two fur babies in an animal sanctuary co-op with 10 other humans and 11 non human animals, where there is a practice of intentional living. Before her life in Sanctuary work, Alexis used her Masters of Arts in Teaching to help youth express themselves through art, which she still loves to do given the chance.

Favorite memory with our residents:

While leading a public tour and discussing how gentle and wonderful cows are, (which they are) Alexis’s toe found its way through a small opening at the bottom of the fence, where the cows residents were romping around. Unfortunately, they romped into the side of the fence and stepped directly onto Alexis’s big toe. This hurt a lot and continued to hurt for months; however, Alexis felt the need to mask her pain so as not to give the cows any negative representation. She did her best to finish out the tour without a limp and without putting any farmed animal reputations as risk. It wasn’t easy, but she is confident that she was able to do it without hindering anyone’s perception and love of cows!

Kathleen Jefferies

Kathleen Jefferies

Administrative Coordinator

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About Kathleen

In August 2015, Kathleen saw social media posts about an animal sanctuary starting up and was excited to find it was located practically in her own backyard!

She attended a care orientation led by Shaleen and has been volunteering at Luvin Arms ever since. In 2016, when the sanctuary was entirely volunteer run, Kathleen was invited to coordinate animal care volunteers and still performs some of those functions on a volunteer basis. In addition to being a Guide for weekly resident care, Kathleen has been involved in organizing each annual Gala, helped in various ways with administrative tasks, and even ran a fundraising event in 2016. Kathleen is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with Luvin Arms as it provides the means to put her values into practice and truly be part of the change she would like to see in the world. Kathleen joined the Luvin Arms staff in 2020. She says she is ‘living her dream’ and is honored to be part of the dedicated staff at the sanctuary.

​Favorite memory with our residents:

Being involved with the lively, affectionate, clever individuals who reside at Luvin Arms for so many years provides many memories running the entire range of emotions. The most recent memory involves Teddy. Teddy and I have been meeting regularly since July 2020 as part of his Individual Enrichment Plan. After just a  few sessions, we were strolling along and he affectionately licked my elbow. I took this as a sign that he had accepted me into his inner circle of love and trust and recognized me as his human. It melted my heart. Teddy is pictured in my photo for the Luvin Arms website.

Shartrina White

Shartrina White

Executive Director

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About Shartrina

Shartrina White is Executive Director of Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary. Shartrina has extensive background in nonprofit management and education. Shartrina was the Executive Director of YMCA READS a K-3 intervention program for disadvantaged youth for the Florida State Alliance of YMCA’s the past 12 years. Prior to that she was the Educational Director for Rush Neurobehavioral Center in Chicago where she traveled nationally and internationally lecturing on supporting and improving student executive function skills. Shartrina also was a District Reading Specialist, and a teacher for Gifted and Talented students. She has been Vegan for the past 12 years. Shartrina first went to school to become a Veterinarian, while working at the Vet School she witnessed “research” on Siberian Huskies for medical research. She became so distraught by their suffering that she dropped out of the program and became an educator. Now she is excited to be building a more compassionate world for non-humans.

Favorite memory with the residents:

My most memorable moments were sleeping overnight with Marley when she first arrived at the sanctuary. I felt her loneliness and never wanted her to feel alone ever again. I only wanted her to feel pure delight and love for the rest of her life. Lying next to Marley and feeling her heart beat, listening to her breathe each breath, and smelling the fresh scent of hay while she chewed her cud, were moments that were so beautiful, filled with exquisite simplicity, love, warmth, and the joy of being with someone…moments of life that every being deserve to experience. There’s also the first hug from Tito, which will be forever the best hug of my life.

Cassie Baurick

Cassie Baurick

Volunteer Coordinator

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About Cassie
Cassie first visited Luvin Arms for a tour back in May of 2017. After attending the tour, Cassie fell in love with all of the residents and knew in her heart that this is where she wanted to be. Cassie was the first animal care intern at Luvin Arms, and after her internship the sanctuary offered her a position as an animal caretaker. It was truly a dream come true! Cassie was a caretaker at the sanctuary for a year when she then decided to attend school for animal natural healing and communication. It was her love for animals that inspired her to want to connect with them on a deeper level and offer them a natural healing alternative. She is now back at the sanctuary as our Care-Volunteer Liaison.

Favorite memory with our residents:

I had never been around cows before I visited Luvin Arms and when Tito and I first met we instantly had a connection. I met him when he was only a month old and ever since then we have been best buds. One of my favorite memories was when Tito was a baby and would zoom around and play just like a puppy. I loved interacting and connecting with him in that way. Every now and again Tito and I will get to interact in that way and play like we used to.

Thera Irlbeck

Thera Irlbeck

Animal Caregiver

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About Thera
Rob Schubert

Rob Schubert

Facilities Manager

About Rob

Rob Schubert came to Luvin Arms after a 40-year career in facilities management at CU-Boulder. He thought he retired but LA had other plans. A long-time volunteer knew LA needed facilities help and talked Rob into taking a look around. That’s all it took. Rob’s childhood on the family farm in Ohio ingrained in him a love of animals and the outdoors, both fulfilled at the Sanctuary.

​Favorite memory with our residents:

My most memorable animal experience is my ongoing battle of wills with Xander the goat. Here’s how it works; Xander breaks a fence, I repair the fence, Xander breaks a fence, I repair the fence…repeat. I honestly don’t mind because it allows me to spend time with the goats. They’re really very sweet (including Xander).

Caroline (Lina) Stein, JD, CAP®

Caroline (Lina) Stein, JD, CAP®

Director of Development

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About Lina
Lina came to Luvin Arms first as a volunteer back in 2019. Lina fell in love with the animal residents (especially the goats) and through her volunteer work and exposure to our education programming, transitioned from a pescatrian to dairy and meat-free.
 
Lina has years of experience as both a major gift officer and a planned gift officer with large institutions. She is also an attorney and has her Certificate in Professional Fundraising and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy accreditation. Lina leads the Development and Communications efforts at Luvin Arms and is honored to combine her passion for fundraising with her love of animals.

Favorite memory with our residents:

I didn’t have much interaction with goats before I volunteered with Luvin Arms and when I met Alfie, we instantly bonded. Alfie and Xander have become some of my best animal resident friends at the sanctuary. They have a way of asking me to give them scratches on top of their heads and even let me drape myself over them for bear hugs. They are so curious, playful, and always want attention!

Hаnnаh Rosenoff

Hаnnаh Rosenoff

Care Team Manager

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About Hаnnаh

Hаnnаh is a devoted caregiver for farmed animals and has been involved in the sanctuary world for over 5 years. Outside of work, she enjoys experimenting with plant based recipes, practicing yoga, and taking her dog on hikes.

Favorite memory with our residents:

Playing with the cows before sunset. I noticed Tito licking his salt block in the pasture and went over to say hi. He clearly was in a playful mood so we jumped around for a bit and not long after Domino, Leroy, and Milo came running. Their energy was electric, I watched them frolic and butt heads, all clearly having so much fun. I ran alongside them, encouraging excitement and building on their energy. We had such a good time!

Willow Alexis Mercurio

Willow Alexis Mercurio

Animal Caregiver

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About Willow

Willow began volunteering January 2018 and quickly fell in love with the residents and the work; right away she decided that she would not return to grad school and would instead work in this field. By March of that year she had already transitioned from volunteer, to guide, then to intern in the animal care department. For six months she interned, working five days a week at her job and volunteering three days a week as an intern, but right after her internship ended, in October 2018, an animal care position opened up; she applied and got the job and has worked here ever since.

Favorite memory with our residents:

It’s hard for me to pick one favorite story, as I have had so many great experiences with so many of the residents, but one of my favorite stories, involving two of my favorite residents, Ophelia and Athena, who I have know since they were just over two weeks old, and involves a behavior I noticed them engaging in. On numerous occasions they would both exhale hot air at me, it wasn’t something I had really seen them do to others and they were doing it to me all of the time. I did some research and discovered that it is a behavior that has a meaning to it. When they exhale like that it has the meaning of trust and love. Now when they do it, it always brings a smile to my face.

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