Are you prepared to open your heart and home to a farmed animal? Our adoption program seeks to match the right animals with loving forever homes.
A Rewarding Experience
If you can you provide an animal with a place where they will have the company of their own kind, a place with adequate shelter for all seasons, and a place where they will be valued and cared for in sickness and in health, we’d love to hear from you!
IMPORTANT – Please Note Before You Apply
Have you researched what is involved in bringing a farmed animal into your heart and home? Do you have the means and the ability to cater to their specific needs? Please check out Open Sanctuary’s Animal Guides here for more information.
Other things to note:
We are located in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia. Unless under exceptional circumstances, we cannot rehome animals interstate. Please find for your nearest animal sanctuary here.
We cannot offer short term or foster care.
We cannot adopt to schools, childcare facilities, aged care homes or community groups.
We cannot adopt to properties that use any animals onsite for breeding, food or fibre.
You must be over 18 years old to apply.
Your details are held strictly confidential.
Please read our FAQ and register your interest below and you will receive an email with more information. Any questions, please call 0408 397 301 or email us.
Why We Have an Adoption Program
Since 2003, Edgar’s Mission has rescued and provided sanctuary for thousands of farmed animals in urgent need. In that time we have come to accept that in order to remain viable, we sadly cannot provide every needy soul with a forever home, for this would compromise the high level of care for our current residents, it would subject our small team to unacceptable workloads and negatively impact the land, and it would diminish our ability to advocate on behalf of farmed animals everywhere.
Our adoption program seeks to match the right animal rescues with loving forever homes.
Average Lifespans by Species
Welcoming an animal into your world is a big responsibility and requires commitment for the entire natural lifespan of the animal.
Chicken 7-10 years (note rescued laying hens and birds bred for flesh have greatly reduced life spans due to unnatural breeding and require additional care throughout their lifetime)
Ducks and Geese: 10 plus years
Sheep: 8-15 years (will greatly depend on the start in life they have had)
Goats: 10 -15 years
Pigs: 8- 12 years (factory farmed or commercially bred pigs have shortened lifespans due to terrible conditions they have been subjected to, and unnatural breeding)
Cows: 15 -20 years
The Animals We Adopt
The animals most in need of forever homes are roosters, geese, ducks, pigs, sheep and goats.
We do not currently have any hens, alpacas, cows, donkeys, rabbits or horses for adoption.
Animals who have resided at the sanctuary for years, who have made bonds with others, or have ongoing special needs, shall in their best interests, remain with us.
Animals are generally adopted in pairs or family groups to make their transition to their new home as stress free as possible. We cannot separate best friends.
Animals are health checked, treated for parasites and in the best of health they can be prior to placement.
Due to unknown backgrounds, we may not be able to provide full histories of the animals.
The Adoption Process
After registering your interest below, you’ll receive an email with more information and an adoption application form.
Your application will be followed up with a phone call, reference checks and a property inspection.
If you meet our selection criteria and the adoption proceeds, we will bring the animal/s to you. We will then keep in touch for the duration of their lives, and we will be on hand to offer advice if needed.