The farm is open to visitors on a regular basis, so that people can come to meet our residents. Each visitor has the opportunity to rub a pigs belly, pat a sheep, tumble around with a goat, and feed a rooster. During these animal contact sessions, we will tell visitors what the animals endured before they were rescued, and what life is really like for the millions of others on factory farms that we cannot save.
Our Adoption Program allows people like you to provide lifetime care to animals rescued from the food industry. (If you are interested in providing financial support only please see our Sponsorship program.)
The animals we rescue are individuals who often require special care. Prospective carers need to meet the following criteria:
(Please note that the adoption of laying chickens and female cattle, goats and sheep is available to vegan households only.) Minimum herd sizes apply, see below.
Farm animals available for adoption may be from factory farms, saleyards, slaughterhouses, shelters, veterinary clinics or saved from being “strays”. The enormous number of farmed animals in Australia means that many animals are left behind, escape, become abandoned or dumped, or are simply not considered valuable enough to care for. Animals once rehabilitated become eligible for our Adoption Program and may require additional care.
What’s the adoption process?
Please note: immediate placement is unlikely. We cannot specify when an animal may be ready for adoption. We will contact you when an appropriate animal comes into our care to support your preparations.
Following adoption, FAR staff will be available to assist you with any questions via a special email address and will provide expertise as you need it so that, together, we can ensure the best possible life for your new animal friend(s).
Note that adoptable animals listed as 2019 were actually listed in 2020.
Apply to adopt a farm animal in need of a forever home and to be part of a caring family by clicking the button below.
Meet the chickens, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and other happy animals who have a forever home at the Farm Animal Rescue sanctuary!
Booking a tour on a Farm Animal Rescue Open Day is a great way to meet animals that have been rescued from the agriculture industry, hear their stories, and spend some time with our amazing residents.
*** BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. ALL VISITORS MUST HAVE A VALID TICKET FOR EACH PERSON TO ENTER THE SANCTUARY ***
At the conclusion of the tour you will have the opportunity to purchase FAR and partner merchandise. We will also be offering pies, ice creams and drinks to take away. You can preview our merchandise options in our shop.
Many of the sanctuary animals come from intensive farming and other cruel situations. You will be required to sign a liability waiver when you arrive at the sanctuary.
Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables for the animals are welcome. We can only accept donations of apples, watermelons, bananas, grapes, strawberries, pumpkins, pears and carrots.
Food donations will be placed in our food store and must not be fed to the animals by visitors.
Donations of packaged frozen, refrigerated and shelf items for the sanctuary’s interns are also welcome. All donations for the interns must be vegan.
The sanctuary paddocks are hilly and there are rough paths. Visitors need to have at least an average level of fitness and good mobility to successfully complete the tour.
While visitors of all ages are welcome, tour content is designed for ages 13 to adult. Guardians of younger children must be prepared to take additional steps to ensure the safety of their children, and need to be aware that the tours contain accurate stories of each animal’s history, which some may find distressing.