Become a Volunteer

Get involved and help grieving families find hope and healing

Give A Donation

Help provide a measure of love, education and grief support

Adopt an Animal

Help provide care by symbolically adopting one of our rescue animals

Become a Volunteer

Get involved and help grieving families find hope and healing

Give A Donation

Help provide a measure of love, education and grief support

Adopt an Animal

Help provide care by symbolically adopting one of our rescue animals

Welcome to the Selah Carefarm

A compassionate community where grief and love, pain and beauty intersect.

The Selah Carefarm just outside of Sedona, AZ is the first carefarm for the traumatically bereaved in the U.S.

It’s a very special place on 10 acres of beautiful farmland where bereaved family members can come to both give and receive connection, compassion, and understanding. All the animals on the carefarm have been rescued from abuse, neglect, and torture. Our grieving families know what it means to suffer, and so do these animals.

OUR HISTORY

In April of 2015, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore rescued a pack horse in the Grand Canyon from horrific torture and abuse. She named him Chemakoh. Grieving clients with whom Dr. Jo worked were deeply moved by Chemakoh and found their time with him to be ineffable- very powerful. She eventually began to research an idea: Connecting tortured, abused, and lost animals with traumatized humans in a therapeutic carefarm environment. That’s when she met Dr. Rich Gorman in the U.K., who was already researching care farms. The two of them met in Sedona, Arizona and for two weeks planned the first carefarm for traumatic grief in the world. Now we have more than 40 animals rescued who live in our sanctuary and welcome grieving people and families from all around the world.

OUR COMMUNITY

Our amazing team of regulars and part-time volunteers are committed to helping others during the longest, darkest nights of their souls. We have research and clinical interns, specially trained in traumatic grief by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, counselor, researcher and bereaved mother, in addition to grief counselors, yoga teachers, and meditation teachers all available to meet with individuals, families and groups.

If you would like to schedule a visit to the carefarm, please visit this page below:

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Support Our Efforts

Thank you for supporting us! There are many ways to contribute that help us continue our important work. Giving to the Selah House Fund provides much needed operational support to our newly built family guest house. The house allows grieving individuals and families to stay on the carefarm property as they receive counseling support. Contributing to the General Carefarm Fund helps with land maintenance, supplies and the general operations that are so important to keeping the carefarm running smoothly. Funding through Animal Adoptions provides the necessary food, supplies, veterinarian services and overall care necessary to keep the beloved rescue animals happy and healthy. 

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SELAH HOUSE FUND

Consider this donation option that will go directly to support maintenance and operations of our family guest house for the traumatically bereaved. This donation helps overall operations along with programs and staff support.

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GENERAL CAREFARM FUND

We are always in need of support funds that help maintain the farm, create new gardens, grow healthy food, develop meaningful spaces for bereaved families, and sponsor a grieving family in need of support services and counseling.

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ANIMAL SPONSORSHIP

We have a wonderful opportunity to directly sponsor our rescue animals at the farm. Please read their compelling stories and consider a contribution today to support our beloved rescue animals.

Testimonials

See what people are saying about their experiences at the carefarm. From spending time with the animals, to working with our counselors, to remembering a loved one in our restorative spaces, people share their thoughts about what was most meaningful to them.

Our First Rescue, Chemakoh

Dr. Jo’s first rescue, Chemakoh, was the horse who started it all, leading to the establishment of the carefarm and the rescues of 40 animals. Today, Chemakoh is a healthy, happy, well-fed horse loved by many. Learn more about his rescue from starvation and severe abuse.