Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere.
As Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director, Susie oversees a team of caregivers, who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across the organization’s three sanctuary locations. They work closely with veterinarians who help Farm Sanctuary create and deliver cutting-edge care and treatment to farm animals at every stage of their lives. Advances in farm animal care and treatment made at Farm Sanctuary under Susie’s guidance have led to tremendous strides in the field of farm animal medicine. She also shares her wealth of knowledge with other farm animal advocates, acting as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leading Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference, which provides valuable resources and hands-on training for people interested in caring for farm animals.
Committed to increasing awareness of farm animals’ sentience and the abuses they routinely face in the animal agriculture industry, Susie can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and through the Animals of Farm Sanctuary project, which she founded in 2016.
Susie is based at Farm Sanctuary’s Watkins Glen, NY, location and regularly travels to the organization’s two West Coast sanctuaries. When she is not at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters, she shares her home with six cats and two dogs.