Heartland’s Rehoming Program: Adopt a farm animal

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At Heartland Farm Sanctuary, we house as many farm animals as is financially and humanely possible. Unfortunately, the large number of animals that need a safe home is much higher than the Heartland barn can contain. To help connect farm animals to forever homes, we have created Heartland’s Rehoming Program to connect people surrendering animals with people looking to adopt a new companion. Please note that in these cases, Heartland is only connecting potential adopters to animals in need of a new forever home, in our community and beyond. The animals listed on this page do not live at our sanctuary and Heartland is not responsible for vetting potential adopters in these cases.

If you would like to surrender or rehome an animal, please email our staff person, Stephanie Wittig. Be sure to include your name, contact information, and a description of the animal.


Romeo: Romeo is a 2-year-old male potbellied pig who URGENTLY needs a foster or permanent loving home. He is a friendly pig who is no longer wanted at his current home. He is currently not neutered, but this will be provided prior to Romeo going to a foster or permanent home. Transport to his new home will also be provided. If you are interested in giving sweet Romeo a safe and happy life, please contact Chloe Dercks at 920-372-3835.

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Wendell: Meet sweet Wendell the steer! Wendell is located near Elkhorn, WI and is extremely friendly.  He currently lives with horses, dogs and cats. He’s about 5 years old and his current owner has had him since he was only few weeks old. Due to his current owner’s work schedule and personal and financial circumstances, Wendell needs to find a new home. If you’re interested in meeting handsome Wendell, please contact Raven at ms.ravende@yahoo.com.

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Boss Hogg: Say hello to sweet Boss Hogg! Boss is a 4-year-old male neutered potbellied pig who weighs about 85 pounds. He has been kept updated on his vaccines, tusk trims and hoof trims. Boss currently lives inside and is potty trained, but he isn’t opposed to be outside. He is in great health and his vet records (from the University of Illinois) are available. He also knows a few different “tricks” that he will do for carrot treats. Current owner is located in Dwight, IL. For more information about handsome Boss Hogg, contact Jason at 815-378-3174 or chfd147@sbcglobal.net.
Six Potbellied Pigs who need a home ASAP: Two male and four female potbellied pigs are looking for a new home as soon as possible. One of the female pigs has vision problems and another female pig has a limp. None of the pigs are altered and all of the pigs could use a visit to the vet for a check-up. The pigs’ current owner is physically unable to care for them. If you can provide a loving, safe home for one of more of these pigs, please contact Sarah at 317-626-4353 or sarah.rathburn3@gmail.com.

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Lamb with special needs: This four-month-old lamb was born with spinal deformities. She is unable to get up on her own and can’t walk far. Currently she is being fed milk replacer twice a day. She was born in April. Goats of Anarchy, a sanctuary known for helping special needs goats, believes this little one would do well in a home with a cart. If you’re interested in meeting this little lamb, please contact Ann Dwenger at Anndwenger@hotmail.com or 612-298-2346.
  Buttons: Buttons is a 1.5 year-old steer in need of a forever home. He’s currently located in Menomonie, WI and his current owners are able to transport him. He gets along with goats and loves attention and getting his chin scratched. He also absolutely needs strong, sturdy wooden fencing. Anyone interested in providing this sweet and adorable gentleman with a loving forever home can email Hue at hue.schlieu@gmail.com.

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Two Calves: These two boys are being rescued by The Vegan Community of Eastern Iowa (VCEI), who thought they had a home secured for them but it unfortunately fell through. Iowa Farm Sanctuary has found a temporary foster home for them but they don’t have the resources to care for them through winter, so time is ticking. The boys are Holstein/Jersey crosses, and are roughly 4 months old. The are banded (castrated) and disbudded (dehorned), and have had their first set of vaccinations. To learn more about these two calves, contact Shawn at Iowa Farm Sanctuary at contact@iowafarmsanctuary.org  
Wilburetta:  Wilburetta is a spayed female potbellied pig who is about 120 lbs. She should not be in a home with small children. Currently, she spends 75% of her time inside and 25% outside. If you would like information about beautiful Wilburetta, please contact Sarah Nelson at 815-677-0427 or email live.life.unconditional@gmail.com. Wilburetta is currently located in Davis Junction, IL.

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Saffron & Panda: Saffron and Panda currently reside on a dairy farm, and their owners are looking for a safe forever home for these senior ladies. The girls are large and very lovable. Saffron is a milking shorthorn/holstein crossbreed and red in color. She is about 12 years old. She is very gentle and docile, enjoys neck rubs and just about any attention she receives. She likes to come up to people and just stretch her neck out expecting a neck rub. Panda is a normandy/holstein crossbreed and mostly black. She is about 10 years old. She’s very mellow and calm, a gentle giant. She enjoys scratches behind her ears and crown. If you’re standing by her and not doing anything she will rest her head against you until you scratch her. They’ve been nicknamed “the grandma cows” because of their gentle and calm nature. They are both halter broke. Their feet are in good shape and they both recently went through the hoof shoot and got trimmed. They are both dehorned. They are on a grass based ration with a small grain supplement but with winter coming will transition to haylage and dry hay. For more information, please contact Clay at 920-344-4941 or email claypausma@gmail.com.
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