Farm Animals Need Love, Too!
Imagine for a moment you are in your car driving in the country, when you notice a dog wandering across the road. He’s not wearing any ID tags, and there aren’t any houses nearby that may know the pooch. What would you do? At this point, many folks would load the dog into their car, and bring him or her to the local animal shelter. You know that the kind folks at the shelter will take good care of him until he is adopted by a loving family.
Now, what if that dog was instead a 300 pound sheep (with horns, mind you), or a 1,200 pound dairy cow?
Homeless farm animals aren’t usually something people think much about. However, each year many Wisconsin farm animals do find themselves in need of shelter due to a variety of reasons. A farmer, facing financial hardship, may move from their farm and leave behind an animal or two to fend for itself. A city person may decide that hobby farm (and rooster crowing every morning) wasn’t such a great idea. Still other farm animals become victims of abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, most “cat and dog” animal shelters are not equipped to handle farm animals. And there just aren’t many folks eager to adopt a full-grown cow or pig. Sadly, most homeless farm animals face a very grim future.
We are working to change that.
A Safe Haven for Farm Animals
Heartland Farm Sanctuary is located in a historic 18,000 square foot barn, located on 80 acres of scenic rolling hills, forests, and prairies. There’s plenty of room to roam on this homestead!
Our farm animal shelter offers rescue, care, rehabilitation services, and lifetime sanctuary to farm animals in need. When possible, we place animals in loving, permanent homes. And we serve as a resource for shelters and county agencies around the state who request our assistance with farm animal abandonment and cruelty cases.
And did you know that Heartland is one of Wisconsin’s ONLY shelters devoted exclusively to farm animals? Heartland is currently home to over 60 rescued farm animals. From pigs to chickens, we provide lifelong loving care – mucking out stalls, chopping up fresh veggies, stuffing hay racks, cleaning waters – is all part of the daily routine. And because many of our animals suffered from neglect and abuse, there are often special health care needs for many of our residents, along with regular hoof trimmings and grooming, among other care needs.
We have a big chore list each day, but thanks to our dedicated shelter staff and volunteers, our animal friends are enjoying life to its fullest –and isn’t that something to cluck about?!