Heartland has been recognized as one of the nation’s premier farm animal sanctuaries. We provide high-quality, specialized care, hope and healing for animals who have suffered abuse, neglect, and have nowhere else to go. Many of our rescued residents experience safety and compassion for the very first time after walking through our sanctuary doors.
All of our rescued farm animal residents have incredibly unique personalities, just like the dogs and cats many of us love and share our homes with. We invite you to see farm animals in the same light and get to know them as individuals.
Homeless farm animals aren’t usually something people think much about. However, each year many farm animals 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 as a companion animal. Sadly, most homeless farm animals face a very grim future. We want to change that.
Heartland Farm Sanctuary is located in a historic 18,000 square foot barn, located on 14 acres of scenic rolling hills, forests, and prairies.
Our farm animal sanctuary offers rescue, care, rehabilitation services, and lifetime sanctuary to farm animals in need. If 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.
Heartland is currently home to nearly 100 rescued farm animals of 12 different species. From pigs to chickens to cows and emus, we provide lifelong loving care and a safe forever home to each of our residents, and many hands make this possible! Every day we muck out stalls, chop up fresh veggies and fruit, replenish hay racks and water bowls – it 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 enjoy life to its fullest –and isn’t that something to cluck about?!
Your tax-deductible donation to Heartland Farm Sanctuary allows us to care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all beings.