FARm Animal Adoption Program - Farm Animal Rescue

The FARAAP is an adoption program that 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. The FARAAP requires that prospective carers meet the following criteria:

  • Current membership of an animal protection organisation
  • Proven ability to provide for the animals financially
  • The existence of suitable housing, land and fencing
  • Proof of holding appropriate permits and PIC registration
  • A good reference from a vet
  • Access to large animal veterinary services
  • A vegetarian lifestyle and commitment to animal rights
  • A commitment that no product derived from the animal will be offered for sale, consumption or profit
  • A commitment to lifetime care

(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.


Application for inclusion in the program                                                     $50

Adoption of hens/roosters                                                                               $40 each
Adoption of geese/ducks/turkeys                                                                  $50 each
Adoption of sheep or goats                                                                              $60 each
Adoption of cattle                                                                                              $100 each
Adoption of pigs                                                                                                 $120 each

Transportation                                                                                                    $1.32 per km

Where does my adopted farm animal come from?

Farm animals made available for adoption may come from factory farms, saleyards, slaughterhouses, shelters, veterinary clinics or picked up as 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. When it’s not possible for the animal to be returned, or there is no desire for the animal to be returned, we will decide whether the animal will become a resident here at sanctuary or be made available for adoption. While the most compromised animals will remain at FAR, some compromised animals may be included in the adoption program and require additional care.

How does the process work?

After you lodge an application, a FAR volunteer or staff member will conduct a site visit, which will generally involve an inspection of the animal’s living area and some areas inside your home. If this inspection is approved, you’ll be invited to spend an hour with our Animal Care Supervisor who will tell you about important care standards for the animals you’re intending to rescue. Once this has been completed, you’ll be placed on our Approved Adopter list and contacted when an animal or animals become available. Animals may come from the farm, from a shelter, or directly from industry or a foster home, depending on the circumstances. Animals will be medically stabilised before adoption, but you should still quarantine new arrivals appropriately. An adoption contract and movement paperwork will be issued at the time the animals are adopted. Please note we cannot specify when an adopted animal will become available – we will only contact you when an appropriate animal comes into our care, so immediate placement is unlikely.

What happens after adoption

Following your adoption, FAR staff are available to assist 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 friends.

How do I get started?

You can request an application form to become a member of our adoption network by emailing


Farm Animal Rescue Inc.

1713 Dayboro Road
QLD 4521

FAR Management Committee

President - Brad King
Vice President - Carol Slater
Treasurer - Kim Payne
Secretary - Aaron Lee

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