It takes a community of dedicated people to make Arthur's Acres what it is. Here at AAAS, our team volunteers their time to take care and run the sanctuary. ​Without their generous support, Arthur's Acres would not be where it is today. Thank you!


Todd Friedman-Founder

Todd didn't make the connection immediately. Already a vegetarian for four years, he understood there was no difference between the dogs by his side and the animals we put on our plate.  However, it wasn't until he volunteered at an animal sanctuary in 2013, when he had a first hand experience with farmed animals that Todd understood the importance of becoming vegan.

This realization led Todd to an animal care role in 2014. In that time, he learned what really matters: the animals, their care, and their happiness. While working at the sanctuary, he learned how to work with staff, volunteers, the public, and other sanctuary organizations to do the very best for both animals in his care and the others out there still in danger. Most importantly, he learned the joy and heartbreak of opening his heart to animals in need, thus finding his true passion in life. 

With the help of friends and family, Todd founded Arthur's Acres Animal Sanctuary in Summer of 2018. 


Christina John

Christina is our Animal Care Manager here at Arthur's Acres. She went vegan three years ago after going on a tour at Farm Sanctuary in California. Since then, Christina has volunteered at several local animal sanctuaries. When she first started volunteering at AAAS, she instantly became a vital member of the sanctuary family - so much so that Todd couldn't get rid of her! She moved from her home in Long Island, NY and now lives here at the sanctuary!

Christina takes exceptionally good care of our animal residents and is extremely knowledgeable about treating chickens and pigs! When she isn't caring for our residents, she is spending time with her two dogs, Bentley & Shamus.


Todd Defio

TD is a full-time volunteer at Arthur's Acres and has been living on site since the Spring of 2020. He first came to AAAS as a periodic volunteer and has since become an integral part of daily operations at the sanctuary. 

Todd 2 is famous for his meteorological interest and colorful weather reports! He can be seen around the sanctuary doing anything from cleaning the chicken coop to working with Hans on various construction projects. 


Paul Spampanato

Paul is a Ph.D student at St. John's University, focusing on animal studies in Literature.  Inspired by his passion for animals and his vegan lifestyle, he hopes to spread the vegan message through his literary background. Born and raised in New York, Paul became an animal activist in 2017 when he began volunteering at animal sanctuaries.  Volunteering opened his world to so many amazing people that both inspired him and gave him hope that there is a brighter future for farm animals. 

Driven by his love for all animals, Paul spends his free time helping out at Arthur's Acres and writing in his blog to promote veganism.


Katherine Keefe

Katherine became a vegetarian when she was 14 after seeing and truly feeling for the first time the suffering of a creature raised and slaughtered for food. Throughout her life, she has always tried to help animals as an advocate and most often as a hands on caregiver.


When she began volunteering at a farm sanctuary, she took the natural step to veganism as the only way to not support cruelty in any manner. She continued that journey as an animal rights activist, as a caregiver, in hands-on rescue work, and as Shelter Director at two farm animal sanctuaries.

"I will use whatever strength I possess to help Arthur’s Acres offer sanctuary to animals in need and end the exploitation of animals everywhere."


Susie Pietsch

Susie is a longtime weekly volunteer and one of our Board members here at Arthur's Acres. She brings a unique flare and strong work ethic to the sanctuary. Susie is organized and focused when completing various tasks on the property, from cleaning the potbelly barn and chicken coop to managing all of the AAAS merchandise orders and new Patreon and sponsorship packets.

Susie lives in Syracuse, NY, and when she's not volunteering on weekends at AAAS, she is either teaching French, mountain biking, or taking care of her 12 cats and 2 dogs.


Grace Rosano

Grace is a weekly volunteer and one of our Board members. She has as much of a passion for the animals as she has for getting work done around the sanctuary. You rarely find Grace taking a break from cleaning or organizing something somewhere, but when a pig nearby is doing something cute, she will certainly stop for some cuddles! 


Hans Segboer

Hans has been a part of Arthur's Acres since the very beginning. He is a jack-of-all-trades and a true artisan when it comes to construction projects at the sanctuary. As the needs of AAAS evolve, Hans brings his expertise in carpentry and design to create new structures or enhance existing ones.  

In addition to his knowledge and talent with all things tool-related, Hans has a special bond with the pigs and is often seen sharing his lunch with Wilbur! 


Karen Segboer

Karen is the resident artist here at Arthur's Acres. She has a keen eye for capturing the beauty and personalities of all of the residents here at the sanctuary. Her artwork adorns the stalls of the potbelly barn, the main barn, and the house. Karen's compassion for all animals is expressed through her art, and she has a beautiful bond with all of the residents at AAAS.  


Dawnell Parry

Born and raised in Ohio, Dawnell began her animal care career in her home state in 2006. She moved to NY in 2009 to further her skills and has worked in animal care ever since. Dawnell is a keen observer with a gentle disposition, which are just a few of the many reasons why she is so successful in her field.

Dawnell now shares her knowledge and talents with multiple sanctuaries in an effort to help rehabilitate as many animals as possible from the cruel practices of the industry.

When Dawnell takes time to herself, you'll find her on her motorcycle exploring the NY countryside or hanging out with her two dogs, Baxter and Maisy.


Rose Brown

Rose, aka the Crazy Pig Lady, has been here with us since the beginning. She brings many years of experience working with potbelly pigs. You can always find her around the sanctuary with a box of baby wipes cleaning all of the pigs' ears and eyes. She has a special bond with every pig and has earned her unofficial title as Aunt Rose of the piggies!