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Shanti's Heart Sanctuary is named after Shanti, one of Meredith's first rescued goats.  Shanti was rescued in 2013 from a neglect situation with her mom, Lakshmi.  Both Shanti and Lakshmi had a non-curable condition called CAE.  Lakshmi passed away a year after rescue but Shanti was a fighter and stayed relatively healthy with the help of holisitic medicine, veterinary care, and a whole lot of love until her passing in June of 2018.  Shanti is the inspiration behind Shanti's Heart Sanctuary.  Shanti's Heart Sanctuary is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization in the state of Washington.

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Meredith Wetherell

Founder, Executive Director

Board President

Meredith has always had a love of animals and was best friends with her kitties and dog growing up.   As an empath and with sensitivities toward the experience of animals, Meredith quit eating large animals at the age of 12, later becoming a vegetarian, and then a vegan.  Meredith has been an advocate for animal welfare for 20 years and first volunteered at a farm sanctuary in 2009, thus igniting her dream of starting one herself.  Meredith rescued her first goats, Shanti and Lakshmi, in 2013, and started Shanti's Heart Sanctuary in July 2019.  In addition to sanctuary work, Meredith enjoys hiking, swimming, nature, painting, and spirtual practice.  Meredith works full time as a special education teacher.

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Beth Milton

Board Secretary

I’ve always loved animals. As a kid, I enjoyed reading about & making friends with animals.  In my family of origin, we shared our home with various individuals of other species. As a kid, my friend & I walked dogs for neighbors. In my late teens, I volunteered at a no-kill cat shelter in California. When I moved to the PNW, I continued helping rescue cats at a local shelter. Around that time, I did a week long volunteer gig at a sanctuary with lots of different kinds of animals. In the early 2000’s, I turned my love of animals into a career when I started my own pet sitting business. Going vegan in 2016 turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life, along with becoming an activist for the animals. I’m devoted to helping them, which aligns well with Shanti’s purpose. Big love to Shanti’s for doing so much fantastic good for the animals! I’m excited about joining the team & becoming more involved, including hanging out with the resident goats & cats!

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Winter Riversong

Board Treasurer

Hello there! I am Winter. As a dedicated caretaker at Shanti's Heart Sanctuary, I wear many hats. I am not only a treasure to this sanctuary, but also a proud goat mom, a diligent cat feeder, and a provider of warm water during the winter months. I understand the importance of keeping our animal friends comfortable and healthy, especially in harsh weather conditions. Over the past year, I have also been actively involved in the construction of our Quarantine barn, ensuring a safe and secure space for our animals to recover and heal. It's a privilege to be part of Shanti's Heart Sanctuary, and I am committed to creating a loving and nurturing environment for all beings in our care.

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Melanie Sears

Board Member

Hi, I'm Melanie!  After being involved with sanctuary work, animal rescue, and activism for almost 20 years, in early 2021 I purchased land in northwest Ohio with the intention of providing sanctuary to factory farmed animals.  I currently am an orphan wildlife and kitten foster mom, and also share space with my dog, cats, chickens, hamster, snake, and fish.  In the past, I have also served as a board member for Equine Aid Horse and Donkey rescue and have also worked as a caretaker (staff and volunteer) for a handful of sanctuaries around the country.  I currently work as the Creative Arts Specialist for Bittersweet Farms, an nonprofit organization that serves adults on the autism spectrum.  I am also a graduate student, on track to receiving my Masters in Special Education and BCBA.  I love all types of creating, herbalism, mysticism, mushroom hunting, Dolly Parton, gardening, sasquatches, and building a sustainable and self sufficient life.

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