Will you be there?


With numerous organisations doing great work to rehome cats and dogs and our wildlife carers providing a great network of coverage across the country, what becomes of farmed animals?  These creatures are forgotten from our animal protection legislation and often forgotten from people’s thoughts, however they are never forgotten by Edgar’s Mission.  In fact, it was the lot of one pig that changed the life of Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, in 2003.

Struck by the fact that farmed animals had nowhere to live lives where they were valued for who they were, not for what they could provide, Edgar’s Mission trotted into gear. Over the years, we here at Edgar’s Mission have come to realise just how much an organisation like ours is needed, not only to provide a voice for farmed animals but moreover to  provide sanctuary for those animals who have become lost or abandoned with no identifiable owner.  The latter of these reasons has been a driving force for securing our new forever home.  But we have also come to acknowledge that whilst the animals think us super heroes, we are not, and sadly we cannot provide every single farmed animal in need with a forever place to call home sweet home, as well as continue to maintain the first class level of care to the animals already in our care, be good stewards to the land, be advocates for animals and last, but of equal importance, to give due diligence to our own physical and emotional wellbeing.

The task of rescuing animals in need, whilst often difficult, heart breaking and expensive, is something we will never shy away from.  Rendering care, veterinary attention, rehabilitation along with all the kindness, love and tender mercy we can muster will always be our charter.  But we need to ask your assistance to help share the love.  So we now ask, “Will you be there?

Will you be there to provide a rescued animal with a forever home?  A home where they will have the company of their own kind, with shelter and warmth through the coldest of days and shade and cool water under the harsh Australian sun.  A home where these gentle souls will never want for anything, where they will never be bred with or from, one where they will never be on-sold, given away, or (perish the thought) killed for human or animal consumption.  A home where they will never again be forgotten, where they will be valued for the unique and beautiful creature they are, not as a something. Will you be there to provide a rescued animal with a life truly worth living?

If you think you fit this lofty bill, we would love to hear from you as we seek to expand our base of adoptive ‘parents’.  Through social media and publicity, the work of Edgar’s Mission reaches farther afield each day but so too do the number of calls from members of the public, animal rescue organisations, council pounds and even the police, to help farmed animals in need.  We are deeply touched that so many have great faith in our work, and we take great pride that we are indeed able to provide a beacon of hope for farmed animals.  Indeed this is something which we wish to continue providing.

Like to find out more?  Please check out prospective adoption form below for more information or email Pam.

Please note Edgar’s Mission is located in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia.

A quick FAQ on our rehoming scheme

Which animals do you adopt out?

This is a really really difficult question.  Animals who have resided at the sanctuary for several years, who have made bonds with their fellow kind or who we know will have on-going special needs will remain with us.  We prefer to adopt animals in pairs or family groups to make their transition to their new forever home as stress free as possible.

Why so many questions in your prospective adoption form? 

Please understand our first duty is always to the animal/s in our care, animal/s whose terrified ear we have whispered into that we would never let them be in harm’s way ever again. And whilst you may know you are good folk, we do not yet.  Over the years we have received many an odd call from members of the public wishing to ‘obtain’ an animal from Edgar’s Mission for a less than satisfactory end.  Whilst some may feel our questions seem a little personal, in all honesty the information is nothing a dear friend of yours would not know and after all, that is what we would like to be should you adopt an animal from Edgar’s Mission. Rest assured also that no information supplied is ever passed on to any third party and is always held strictly confidential.

We will also keep in touch with you and your new friend/s should the adoption proceed and we will always be on hand to offer advice should the need arise.

Have you considered our three R’s of Rehoming?

Research – Make sure you do your homework to see what is involved in bringing a farmed animal into your home and your heart. Do you have the means and the ability to cater to their specific needs? Do you understand the species specific requirements for the animal you are looking to adopt?

Responsibility – welcoming an animal into your world is a big responsibility and requires commitment for the entire natural lifespan of the animal.

Remember – While you have may many interests in your life, you are the life source for your new friend and they need you to be there strong for them.

So how long do farmed animals live (approximately)?

Chicken 7-10 (note rescued battery hens and broiler birds have greatly reduced life spans because of the terrible lives they have endured and the un-natural breeding they have undergone)

Ducks: 10 years

Rabbits: 8-12 years

Sheep: 8-15 years (will greatly depend on the start in life they have had)

Goats: 10 -15 years

Alpacas: 15-20 years

Pigs: 8- 12 years (factory farmed or intensively bred pigs have shortened lives due to the terrible conditions they have endured and un-natural breeding they have undergone)

Cows: 15 -20 years

Horses: 20-25 years

But I want an alpaca?

Alpacas, due to their limited numbers in Australia and relatively small niche market tend to be very well cared for and as such, thankfully so, they are rarely in need of our assistance.  And our current alpacas are much needed at the sanctuary.

Which animals are most in need of my help?

The animals most in need of forever homes are roosters, pigs, goats and sheep.  Sorry we currently do not have any hens available for adoption.  Due to our current numbers of roosters we need to keep a stable number of hens.

Will the animal be healthy?

All animals are thoroughly health checked, treated for parasites and in the best of health they can be prior to placement.

How does the process work?

Our adoption process consists of three stages. Stage one is the submission of your Prospective Adoption Form. Stage two involves a telephone interview with the final stage being a property inspection/verification.

Once an animal has been adopted to their new forever home, it won’t be the last you hear of us :)  We will check in with you throughout the life of the animal to ensure all is going well and assist you with any questions you may have. And in the unlikely event your circumstance change and you can no longer provide the home the animal/s need, they come back to Edgar’s Mission.  Animals are NEVER to be on-sold, given away or relocated to a property other than the one occupied by the adopter (unless express agreement have been received from Edgar’s Mission).  Many thanks in anticipation of your understanding.

Can anyone adopt an animal from Edgar’s Mission?

Edgar’s Mission will only adopt rescued animals to people who can provide a forever home, not to those offering short term or foster care or those intending to rehome the animal themselves.  If you are after a cheap lawnmover please try one of the many hardware stores or ebay. Please note we are not able to adopt animals to schools, child care facilities, aged care homes or community groups.

Oh and one last thing, if you are prepared to offer your heart and home to a rescued farmed animal please standby for one of the most rewarding times of your life. So if you are still with us and wish to be there for a rescued farm animal, start clicking.

Please note prospective adoptions can only be received from persons aged over 18 years.


Prospective Adoption Form


First Name

Last Name

Email address

Street Address




Best Contact Number

Is this where the animals will live? If not where would they be and tell us about who would be tending them.

Are you prepared to keep and care for the animals for the term of their natural life, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse?

How often will you check the animals?

Do you own the property where the animals will live? If you are currently renting please provide written permission from the landlord for the housing of the species of animal you are seeking to adopt.

In the event you left your current address would the animals be taken with you?

Species of animals and number you are interested in adopting?(Please note we currently do not have any rescued hens available for adoption and have an extensive waiting list - please do not apply at this point in time, thank you.)

Are you prepared and ready to accept the animals now? If not when?

Do you currently have any farm/domestic animals living with you? If yes please tell us about them, including your reason for having them i.e. rescue/companion animal, weed abatement, food/fibre production, other...

If you do not currently have any farm animals, please list any experience you’ve had with farm animals?

Please describe the housing arrangements you will be able to provide for them?

Please describe your fencing, pasture and land size available for them?

Can you tell us about your veterinarian, who they are? Distance from you? Do they treat farm animals?

Will you be able to provide physically and financially should the need for a veterinarian arise?

Do you intend to tether the animal at any time?

May we reserve the right to inspect the animals?

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees not related to you?

If you intend to adopt farm animals other than poultry, you will need a valid and current PIC number. Please note, it is a legal requirement for anyone who houses pigs, goats, cattle, sheep, horses, deer or camelids (alpacas, llamas or camels) on their property to have a valid Property Identification Code. We will not rehome in instances where the codes cannot be supplied. There is no cost to apply for a code.
Please state it here.
Don’t have one? You can apply for one here

Can you please tell us why you would like to adopt an animal from Edgar’s Mission?

The costs of rescuing, rehoming, providing rehabilitation, everyday care and veterinary treatment for our animal residents are very real, and ever-growing. We also receive numerous enquiries from those who are simply after a ‘free’ animal. For these reasons, we do request a donation is made to ensure our life saving and life changing work for animals can continue. Please state the amount you are able to donate to our Animal Rescue Fund.

Have you checked with your local council that you are legally able to keep above animal(s) on your property?

Do you understand and undertake that these animals are never to be killed (unless humane euthanasia is necessary) or bred from or with?

Do you understand and undertake that the animal/s will not be bred from or with, given away, sold or slaughtered?

Do you understand and undertake that the animal/s will not be used for experimentation purposes?

Briefly describe your emergency plan that would take in any animals including those you intend to adopt:

Have you ever been found guilty of any animal welfare or care related offence?