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Why You Should Open Your Home to Farm Animals

Why You Should Open Your Home to Farm Animals

When it comes to inviting a new animal into our home, it’s not just dogs and cats that can make for the perfect companion.

More and more people, after witnessing the plight of farm animals, are waking up to the realities of animal agriculture and as a result are opening their homes to offer refuge to abused and abandoned animals such as pigs, sheep and chickens that would otherwise have nowhere else to go.

What a Micro Sanctuary is and Why You Should Start One

Micro sanctuaries are a revolutionary concept that could help to dramatically change the future for farm animals. Founder of Triangle Chance For All Animal Sanctuary talks about “how we can extend the circle of companionship to include farmed animals, and how micro sanctuaries can, and must, spring up wherever possible.”

Until we live in a world which no longer exploits animals, we need to work together to give sanctuary to the innocent victims that make it out alive, and this is where micro sanctuaries come into action. As our collective consciousness is raised, we will find a growing need to give refuge to food animals, and micro sanctuaries hold the key.

If you have a little land at your disposal, and the ability to love and care for farm animals, providing them with a safe forever home where they can live free and happy then you can start your very own micro sanctuary right in your backyard.

Esther the Wonder Pig is a perfect example of how easy it is to share our lives with farm animals. Her inspirational story is just one of many where average people have gone beyond the entrenched ideas that companion animals are limited exclusively to dogs and cats, and have instead chosen to adopt animals of a different kind.

Living with farm animals is a truly beautiful experience. Each individual animal has their own distinct personality and preferences, and despite what you may have heard, it is extremely easy to develop deep and meaningful connections with farm animals. Here at our sanctuary, Olive the sheep responds to her name and comes running when called, Tuttle the pig follows you around wherever you go demanding a belly rub, and Brucie the goat just wants to be near you.

Finding the Perfect Farmyard Companion

What type of farm animal you are able to welcome into your home will largely depend on where you live and the type of land you have available to you.

When shelters are full, they depend on compassionate people who want to make a direct difference to a suffering pig, sheep, chicken or other farm animal.

Farm Sanctuary operates the country’s largest farm animal rescue and adoption network, helping to provide a happy ending for rescued farm animals all over the United States. Other organizations that operate animal adoptions include Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and Catskill Animal Sanctuary. All of these organizations also offer all support and guidance on how to properly care for your new friends to assure they receive the best quality of life possible.

Do you like the idea of micro sanctuaries? Would you ever consider adopting a farm animal?

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Photo Credit: Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary

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9:49PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

PS eggs are unfertilized eggs there's no cruelty in that, IF you treat the hens right with a pasture to roam in. Dairy is okay IF the cows are treated the same way. Slaughter however is a crime, period.

9:43PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Laurie S. The human condition is they think they're the center of the universe, and they to desperately excuse their ATROCITIES by saying "circle of life". Well the harsh news here is humans are the center of nothing except their own immoral delusions. artificially breeding billions of animals for terror and slaughter is NOT NATURAL. IT IS A CRIME AGAINST NATURE and its for human greed. Would you agree to be thrown into the African bush to be eaten by lions the next time you chow down on the adrenalin and blood of a horribly slaughtered and terrified lamb? Humans are such incredibly weak excuses for life, giving nothing to the biosphere but pillage and destruction in the name of their overpopulated smug obscene GREED.

3:10PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

I hope someday, when I have the space....

11:04PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

I look forward to having more than my 3 rescued bunnies someday...

3:29AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

I consider myself truly fortunate to have grown up where we could own several farm animals and pets. It was wonderful to be able to interact with them.
I know that pigs make wonderful pets and that they are very intelligent.

Earlier today I read that one of the Agricultural Ministers in Canada gave his permission for hunters to shoot feral pigs. I guess the pigs were thrown out the same way one often hears about how cats and Easter bunnies are mistreated here in Canada. Hope you all find and Sign that petition about shooting feral pigs.

1:31AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Shared, thanks.

4:48PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

If you have a fenced in yard you could get a pygmy goat, very cute and friendly and will eat the grass, less mowing.

2:13PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

I've just got a house with a small front garden, I'd love to get a goat.

1:22PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

If I had the place, I would surely like to adopt a pair of goats (again) and some chickens...

12:35PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

I have adopted several goats, chickens and an abused mule, apart from dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes. We have fostered injured gulls and hedgehogs, the animals we rescued were All characters and completely part of the family, one of our goats was convinced he was a dog and used to run with the dogs when someone came to the gate bleating, if you have the land it is a rewarding experience, glad I had the opportunity.

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