Animal Actionist Ltd is set up to assist rescue groups and/or individuals help farm animals needing adoption, and to provide hands-on, short and/or long term care to farmed animals in need. We have been helping animals since 2009 (although our registration as a non profit/charity only occurred in January 2014), and during this time we have offered advertising and guidance, temporary foster care, rehabilitation and/or permanent refuge to a variety of animals at our own cost.
With a focus on farm animals, our Perth-based website’s objective is to assist West Australian rescues and individuals when they are trying to find temporary and permanent homes for animals in need. Using eye catching ads and online application forms, we use proven social and email networks to spread the word across WA. We back this all up with practical guidance, advice and documentation to help owners ensure the best and safest outcome for their animal companion.
Farm Animal Advertising; It is required that the animal must be desexed*, immunized*, and placed in homes that will agree to never use the animal for breeding or production. In other words, farm animals must be placed in homes that will keep them as pets only, and not use them for conventional farming purposes for profit.
* Desexing and immunizing farm animals is species specific and will be discussed with the animal owner/custodian on a case by case basis.
We predominantly use our Facebook group – New Homes For Rescued Farm Animals WA (NHRFA) – to spread the word for animals seeking new homes. This group is managed by Animal Actionist Ltd, supported and assisted by a growing list of sanctuaries and animal rescue groups including Greener Pastures Sanctuary, Animal Liberation WA, Homeless and Abused Animal Rescue Team (HAART), Perth Farm Animal Save, our own Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary, and other professional and non-professional volunteers.
No advertised animals are sold for profit. Advertising & Adoption contributions are payable to Animal Actionist Ltd as a charitable donation to our registered non profit organisation to help us cover associated costs such as vet work, husbandry products, travel costs, administration, and more.
PRIVATE ADVERTISERS – HOW IT WORKS;
If the animal can stay in the owner’s care (or the care of someone they trust) for a few weeks at least, we can advertise for them on this site. From there we take applications, share these with the legal owner and guide them on good applicant choices, assist with property inspections (depending on location), draw up adoption agreements, and conduct follow up checks. We do all this to help ensure that your beloved animal friend(s) find a genuinely caring and safe home. We can also arrange a professional photographer to come out to the animal(s) home (depending on location) to take photos to help us create a beautiful and appealing profile for them.
During the advertising phase, the owner remain anonymous, we correspond and deal with the applicants and discuss them with the owner (usually in a Facebook conversation group) until we get past the stage of inspecting the property of a good applicant. We provide guidance on applicant suitability; once an applicant or two are selected we help conduct property checks and encourage owners to attend – before deciding on the final custodian of their beloved pet. The entire process is done in conjunction with our “New Homes for Rescued Farm Animals” team on Facebook.
Once a good home is found, adoption agreements are drafted and signed, the owner and the adopter coordinate animal handovers, and we (NHRFA) schedule follow up checks to ensure the new placement is working out.
Why no farm animal breeding?
Like any other animal rescue group, we discourage breeding to end the cycle of animals facing danger or homelessness. In the case of farm animals this is particularly important as breeding can result in excess animals which often results in offspring being slaughtered or sold to market for conventional farming purposes. As a registered animal welfare charity, our aim is to protect animals from immediate and potential harm; therefore we treat all animals as companion animals only and part of that commitment means we do not supply (directly or indirectly) animals for production farming purposes.
As a non profit, we need support to enable us to provide these services – we therefore offer the following guidelines for suggested donations/contributions.
For rehoming birds (poultry, ducks, etc) – $30 each ($10 payable by owner up front, $20 payable by adopter before handover as an “adoption fee”)
For rehoming larger farm animals (pigs, sheep, goats, etc) – $100 each ($25 payable by owner up front, $75 payable by adopter before handover as an “adoption fee”).
- Financial contributions from owners are suggested minimum amounts to help our non profit organisation to continue to do the work we do. You can opt to pay more, or less – whatever you can afford is appreciated if you don’t agree on the suggested amount.
- Recommended contributions from owner and adopters may be adjusted up or down, dependent on animal type, health status, quantity and number of placements. If an animal requires medical or husbandry treatment such as vaccinations, desexing, shearing, etc before rehoming, the requested amount will be adjusted to help cover the expenses. These will be discussed on a case by case basis.
FARM ANIMAL RESCUE/SANCTUARY:
When a farm animal is in urgent need, or facing imminent euthanasia or slaughter, Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary offers short and/or long term assistance whenever possible.
Once an animal is surrendered to us and in our care, they are quarantined, health assessed, taken to vet if needed, desexed if required, wormed, immunized and if injured or sick, rehabilitated. Rescued animals enjoy life at our 150 acre property under permanent sanctuary, however we do reserve the right to rehome surrendered animals (after they have been rehabilitated) when and if the need arises. We pride ourselves in providing a happy, fulfilling and safe life to farm animals who are either unwanted, abused, neglected or lost – we also aim to demonstrate to the wider community the intrinsic value of all animals, be they cat, dog, cow or chicken.
Moving forward, we aim to expand and improve the website services and content, expand the rescue and rehabilitation capacity of the sanctuary, and introduce more initiatives focused on animal advocacy, education, courses, cooperatives and events.