Gut Aiderbichl Farm Animal Sanctuary in Austria

Salzburg is not only the birthplace of Mozart, but of Gut Aiderbichl, a paradise for animals. This extraordinary sanctuary is the brainchild of Michael Aufhauser, Austria and Germany’s own Doctor Dolittle. Visitors arrive at the complex of gorgeous chalets only to be nudged into considerable interspecies camaraderie with the hundreds of rescued goats, horses, donkeys, chickens, geese, cows and the odd fox. There are few sanctuaries like this one anywhere in the world.

Michael Aufhauser believes we only need to learn how to listen. His philosophy of “humanity” embraces everything that lives, for all need closeness, protection and “a chance.” Here at Gut Aiderbichl, many fortunate creatures get a “second chance” and people have the opportunity to meet animals eye to eye and enjoy the unique communion. It is our distinct privilege and pleasure to profile Michael Aufhauser’s Gut Aiderbichl in DSF’s book, Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence.