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On Monday the 3rd of February our founder and CEO of ‘Til The Cows Come Home, Donna Wild, did a Facebook Live for our supporters to find out more about how our organisation works. Continue reading to catch up on anything you missed from the Facebook Live and gain a deeper understanding of who ‘Til The Cows Come Home is and how we are helping give farmed animals a second chance at life. 

Donna created TTCCH 2 years ago registering the organisation on May 25th 2018 as an official not-for-profit charity. It’s hard to believe that we have only been around for 2 years as we have done so much in a short amount of time. We have gone from being a quasi-sanctuary in NSW to establishing our niche model of helping animals through two distinct models. 

Our first model is focused around our Facebook page listing of animals that need adopting. We have farmers and people contacting us asking for our help in rehoming the animals that they are no longer able to care for. Many of the animals listed on our Facebook page require urgent adoption from locations all across Australia. If we are unable to quickly rehome these animals they, unfortunately, may end up at sale yards, abattoirs or the doggers. The doggers are the most common scenario for most of the animals if not adopted, it is where the animals are taken and turned into pet food. We find this model to be very successful in terms of it being far-reaching and enables us to rehome animals in need in all locations across Australia. 

Our second method of helping animals is through our holding stations. Holding stations can be accustomed to short-term foster facilities for rescued animals, and they are run by amazing volunteers. Trained volunteers have a holding station built on their property, and then care for the animals until the animals find their forever homes with adoptive families. This method is where the majority of our donations go into, as the holding stations are a constant source of expense. The donations fund the building of the holding stations, the feed,  equipment needed for the animals staying in the holding stations, vet care and transport. 

We have found that over 50% of the animals we rehome is through the holding station model, therefore funding for ongoing and new holding stations is essential. We currently have holding stations for calves from the dairy industries and hens from egg farms. More and more animals need rescuing and rehoming around Australia, especially since the bushfires, which means there is a demand for us to establish more holding stations in various locations. Before the bushfires and drought, we had a policy that animals in holding stations would usually stay there for a maximum of 21 days until being adopted and 40% were adopted before coming into the station off of a waitlist. Since the bushfires, this maximum period has increased which has become more expensive for us as we need to provide longer care for the animals while they wait to be adopted. This is one of the main reasons we currently have an emergency fundraising goal of $50 000 for the end of this week. We are currently at $23 000, which is amazing but to help the animals as much as is needed over the next 3 months we really need to get to that goal of $50 000. Without this goal reached we can’t build enough required holding stations and can’t save nearly as many lives. 

We are asking all our supporters to donate just $5, which is the same price as a cup of coffee, this would help us reach our fundraising goal. The funds we receive are critical. One holding station can save up to 10 calves’ life in one week and save up to 1000 hen’s lives, this shows how essential the holding stations are. We currently don’t have enough holding stations despite farmers being eager and willing to work with us, this is devastating. Just $5 from each and every one of you can help save the lives of many. Help us change the lives of farmed animals today! Donate at this link: https://www.paypal.me/tilthecowscomehomeau  
If you missed Donna’s video and want to watch it, you can view it on this link: https://www.facebook.com/tilthecowscomehomeau/videos/489123512012193/?eid=ARD5GWJpn63MJK1vGZ4yiKu8xozVZZ3-0l4ykABPOk0uwNhQAzXEAUpwVi6rDfb4PW_QGtDWYpJe17Vy

By Luella Botteon