Starting Over is a non-profit animal sanctuary, we rescue and rehabilitate animals from the industries and from other abusive or neglect situations.

The sanctuary is home to animals that have come from all over the country after being subjected to cruel abuse, severe neglect or abandonment. They came from the streets or from the animal industries and in the sanctuary they are given the opportunity to live a life of freedom, love and peace.

Our sanctuary is a haven for the animals that come to it, as well as for the people who visit it. We work to promote education and awareness of animal love, to accept the other, and to raise public awareness for the protection of animals and their rights in order to build a healthy, tolerant society.

In addition, the sanctuary maintains a mutual rehabilitation relationship between the animals residing here and populations with special needs. We work towards ​​education and empowerment for youth at-risk and disadvantaged populations by integrating them in the animal care and support, while encouraging and developing attributes of responsibility, giving, competence, teamwork and leadership.


The shelter rehabilitates hundreds of animals a year

after being abused and neglected, and here they are given the opportunity to have a life of freedom and love.For us to continue and do the best for them we need your help.Our work relies solely on donations, and with your contribution we can change their reality together, allowing them to be someone and not something and start over.Thank you very much in the name of the current and future rescues at the sanctuary.

If you are in Israel:
To donate by a bank transfer:

Discount Bank

Branch 145 

Account Number 167650

A donation by Bit, Paybox or Pepper Pay apps: 0543314881

For a receipt for a bank transfer or app donation, please mail us at - 


We at the sanctuary rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of animals a year, after being abused and neglected, and here they are given the opportunity to have a life of freedom and love.

Today hundreds of animals live in the sanctuary - donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, pigeons, cats, dogs and many others ...

We respond to rescue calls daily.


In order to provide the best response and the best conditions for the sanctuary residents, we really need your help! Want to volunteer and take part in our work?

Please read the information below, fill in the form, send it to us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We’d be happy to have you join our family :) Thank you very much in the name of the current and future rescues at the sanctuary.

We need:

  1. Volunteers for regular work at the sanctuary - Physical work which includes cleaning, feeding, care, help with physical therapy for the sheep and goats and plenty of love for our residents - we’re looking for people who can come regularly once a week or two and help us with our daily work. Unfortunately, we currently do not have the option to receive one-time volunteers.

  2. Horse people - Help with care for the horses and donkeys at the sanctuary. Including hoof cleaning, washing, walking etc. For people who are experienced in working with horses, who can commit for a regular day once a week.

  3. Volunteers for educational and social activities - For experienced people who can volunteer every week or two.

  4. In addition - any area of ​​expertise you have and you think can help us, we would be happy!

Please note:

  • Volunteers will be required to sign a Health Declaration form.

  • Volunteering is from the age of 18 and above.

  • Unfortunately we cannot provide accommodation for volunteers.

And one more important note:

If you work in a company or organization, and you are interested in organizing a special volunteer day for the staff, please contact us!

Please make sure your contact details are correct before submitting :)

I would like to volunteer at -

Farm maintenance - cleaning, care and love for our residents

Caring for the horses and donkeys

Social activities at the sanctuary

Sharon Cohen - Founder

Hello everyone!

 My name is Sharon Cohen. From childhood, I rescue, treat, and rehabilitate animals of all biological species. From the age of 14, I began volunteering with various animal welfare organisations and working as an assistant in veterinary clinics.  I have around twenty years of experience caring for different animals that needed help and were gathered from the streets and from the animal industries, such as donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs and more.

From childhood, I dreamed of establishing a shelter for animals with the purpose of saving, rehabilitating and finding warm homes without any exploitation by human beings. Many of you know me from rescue cases or from consulting with me ​​about various problems with an animal that needed help. The common denominator of all these innocent creatures is their bitter fate of falling into neglecting, abusive and cruel hands, yet they have survived thanks to their hope and will to live.


They come to me broken, crushed, beaten, bruised, wounded, crippled and scared to death, but all have hope and a desire to live! Everyone wants to be rehabilitated, not to hurt or fear anymore, everyone wants to live a life of freedom without any exploitation and enslavement by human beings. Just live.


The shelter rehabilitates hundreds of animals a year until we find them a permanent and proper home, and this makes room for other lucky animals that I can rescue. For me to be able to continue my mission, I need your help!


Thank you!

Sharon Cohen

Get In Touch

Tel: +972-54-331-4881  Email:  Address: Moshav Herut, Israel

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We and all the animals at Starting Over Sanctuary thank you for your support in our work!

Thanks to you, we can continue to treat and rehabilitate animals rescued from the streets and animal industries.



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