Adopt a Farm Animal FAQ

Adopt a Farm Animal FAQ

Can I choose to sponsor an animal at my favorite Farm Sanctuary location?
Of course! If you have a preference, please let us know from which shelter you would like to sponsor your animal, and we’ll pair you with a special resident who lives there. There are animals in need of loving sponsors at each of our shelters, so we are happy to help you make a choice that works best for you!

May I visit my Farm Sanctuary friend?
Farm Sanctuary sponsors have free visitation privileges during our visitor season, and we encourage you to come and meet your special farm animal friend if you can. A visit to Farm Sanctuary is a treat that we know you will never forget! We have a variety of tour options, overnight accommodations at our New York Shelter, and exciting shelter events, so please call us at 607-583-2225 ext. 225 today so that we can help you make the most of your trip! Please be sure to contact us at least one week in advance of your trip to Farm Sanctuary so that we can make arrangements for your VIP tour prior to your arrival. While we will make every effort to allow you to meet your sponsored friend, due to several factors (including the size of the herd/flock and the comfort level he/she has with new people), we cannot guarantee you will be able to interact directly with him/her. These occasions, however, are rare, and in the event that they do occur, there are hundreds of other rescued animals at our shelters who would love to meet you and be lavished with extra attention!

Does my animal friend have more than one sponsor?
Because all of the animals at Farm Sanctuary have been rescued from situations of cruelty, abuse, and neglect, many of them have special care needs, including costly veterinary expenses. Since it is often too costly for one person to fund the care of a special needs animal, we must provide for many of these needy individuals with the help of multiple generous sponsors like you. As a sponsor, your contribution not only provides for your adopted friend but it also goes into a general fund that works to protect all farm animals through Farm Sanctuary’s rescue, education, and advocacy efforts. The more sponsors we have, the more animals we can commit to caring for, and so on.

How are sponsorship donations determined?
There are different sponsorship contribution levels for different animals. Monthly donations are based on the average basic care costs of providing for each species. A pig, for example, would require more feed per year than a chicken, so this would be one reason why the adoption contribution is more for a pig than for a chicken.

How do I make my adoption sponsorship donations?
If you are choosing to make monthly, or quarterly donations, we ask that you sign up for an automatic payment program. Your sponsorship donations can come directly out of your checking or savings account, or be charged to a debit or credit card. We can provide you with an enrollment form, if needed, so let us know how we can help.

Automatic contribution programs are a convenient way to ensure the ongoing daily care of our shelter animals. They also cut down on administrative costs, which means that your contribution goes that much further to help the animals! Conversely, if you are more comfortable sending a check each month, we will provide you with donation coupons and return envelopes. Please note, however, that we do not send out monthly statements.

For more information about Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Farm Animal Program, an update on your adopted friend, or to change your sponsorship information, please contact us at or 607-583-2225 ext. 225.