Next to rescuing and rehabilitating young or sick animals, finding forever homes for them is the most important part of what we do at ‘Til The Cows Come Home. Rescue and rehoming go hand in hand. Through adoptions, we are able to find incredible homes for fostered animals and make room to rescue more.
The needs of our animals are unique and our rescue and adoption processes are specifically tailored to address these. With this in mind, there are different types of rehoming that we offer through our adoption program.
Family to Family
In this kind of rehoming scenario, animals surrendered from one family are directly rehomed to another. This method saves the animal the extra step of having to go through our foster care program and also helps us improve the efficiency of the program to save more animals. One less animal in foster care means one more animal can be saved.
Many families are already seeing the benefits of adopting rescued farmed animals. Similar to dogs and cats, farmed animals also make wonderful companions. Numerous studies have established the benefits of having a pet. For example, a study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposes that human-animal interaction can promote the release of oxytocin which, in turn, can have a multitude of positive effects. Caring for an animal comes with significant emotional and psychological benefits and can also help improve physical health. Many of our adopters form special bonds with their companion animals and have so much fun caring for them.
There can be a myriad of reasons why a family may need to surrender an animal. We step in to help facilitate adoption between families to avoid these animals going to foster homes, shelters or worse.
Farm to Foster Family
‘Til The Cows Come Home’s incredible animal foster care program forms the backbone of our rescue and rehabilitation mission.
The calves we collect are sometimes only days or weeks old and are often found in distressed conditions. Many calves show signs of being dehydrated, emaciated, ravaged by bacterial infections and having sustained severe bruising from hard births or rough treatment. Through our rehabilitation processes, we provide much-needed care and treatment for our animals so that they may recover and be able to function as normally as possible.
We are extremely proud of our foster program. It is due to this program that we are able to keep our costs down, as building and maintaining animal shelters or sanctuaries can consume a large amount of donor funding.
In addition to this, our foster care program helps provide a better environment for our rescued animals while they await their forever home. We could save so many animals by creating shelters and holding cages to keep them in until we find them new homes but we don’t believe that’s the right thing to do for these animals. They deserve to feel the grass on their feet, be able to socialise with their friends and feel the love, warmth and attention from their foster families to help them learn for when they do go to their forever homes.
After they have had a health check from a vet and are thriving in foster care, calves then become suitable for adoption. Sometimes the calves need a little more TLC before being healthy enough to go to their forever homes. It’s also a good time for them to socialise with humans, other calves and animals to help them be prepared when being adopted.
For hens in foster care, they too receive the medical care they require such as worming or mite and lice treatment. Protein deficiencies are common among hens whose bodies have been put under strain to produce an egg every few hours. We address these deficiencies so that they may have a healthier start to their new life once they are ready for adoption.
Farm to Family
Similar to family to family rehoming, farm to family rehoming also helps rescue animals without the additional step of going through a foster home. It makes the adoption process quicker and reduces the burden on our foster care resources. It helps keep foster homes free thereby allowing more space to collect other animals, and also allows rescued animals to go straight to their families.
At the moment, farm to family rehoming is done mainly for hens. We do this by organising hen adoption days, where we have potential adopters lined up prior to collecting the animals from the farms. Upon collection from the farm, if the driver identifies any hens that look unwell or have sustained injuries such as broken toes or legs from rough handling, then they are immediately separated and taken into the nearest foster care for vet treatment and TLC. It is only after the necessary recovery that they then become suitable for adoption.
Our rehoming mechanisms make a vital contribution to the sustainability and viability of our animal rescue mission. Adopting an animal is a rewarding way to save a life. For more information on adopting a farmed animal, refer to our blog article covering how you can go about this.