Just before Thanksgiving, while monitoring local adoption boards, our shelter team learned about a Dorper sheep — a breed typically raised for meat — in desperate need of help. We immediately called the municipal animal shelter where she was being housed to see if we could take her in — but someone else had beaten us to the punch.
This news concerned us deeply, since there are few protections in place for farm animals in shelters. Instead of screening potential adopters , most shelters simply adopt farm animals out on a first-come-first-serve basis, or even send them to auction. This sheep could be taken home for a mere $25 — which, unfortunately, would be a good deal for someone looking to “adopt” her in order to eat her.