We know how very difficult it is to give up a loved pet, regardless of the species. Sometimes, all that is needed is a temporary place for the animal to stay while you are away (like college or the Armed Forces). Or perhaps you are recovering from an illness or surgery, the loss of your job or home, or relocating to another area and need time to get set up for your animals. We offer you the options of boarding, temporary fostering, adoption to a good home or permanent residency on our farm.
If you have a pet farm animal that is listed as an animal that we accept, please give us a call. We will schedule a time that you can visit us first or to drop the animal off. If you do not have transport-ation for the animal and need assistance, we will do what we can to help you. Please be sure to bring all records you may have on the animal (if any), such as vet records, vaccination records, milking records, registration papers, bills of sales, etc.
Once you arrive, you will be requested to fill out a short animal intake form. For the safety of our employees and volunteers, as well as the other animals here on the farm, we need for you to be totally honest with us about the safety of this animal. If your animal bites, kicks, rams, or is sick, etc. it does not necessarily mean we will not accept it, we just want to protect everyone who will be taking care of your animal so that no one gets hurt. At that time, a joint decision will be made as to whether your animal is to be boarded, fostered, placed up for adoption, or is to remain on the farm. All incoming animals must be quarantined for a period of time.
As you may know, The Barnyard Sanctuary is run solely on donations, You already know what it costs to feed your animal, and have it vet checked. Please help us defray these costs as much as you are able.
If you are looking for a particular species of animal to adopt, please check out the “adopt me” page. If you are not sure what animal you want, or what it would take to adopt a particular animal, we would be happy to advise you! Please give us a call and set up an appointment, so that we have enough time set aside to give you the individual attention you will need.
Once you have chosen an animal that you wish to adopt, you will be questioned thoroughly to make sure the animal will be going to a good home. We also make home inspections to make sure the animal has suitable housing. WE WILL NOT JUST HAND OVER AN ANIMAL TO SOMEONE ON THE SPOT, unless you have adopted from us previously and already had a home inspection. The animal must have housing before it goes home with you. Too many baby chicks and rabbits are homeless from people taking them home on a whim, only to face reality later.
Once the adoption is approved, we ask that you make a donation to help us continue in our efforts. A suggested adoption fee schedule will be posted in our office.
If you already have animals and have room for more, check out how to become a foster home.
While we would like to be able to help any and all animals, we are not personally able to do so. If you do not see your animal species listed here and it needs a home, go to our “resources” page. If there are no shelters listed there that handle your species, please call us and well see what we can do to help you.
All chickens, roosters, guinea hens, peacocks, quail, pheasants, pigeons, ducks, geese, etc. and rabbits are living at our current location. We are in the process of clearing and fencing a field for the larger animals here. In the meantime, we are using several foster farms in the immediate area. This allows us to expand our acceptance on a limited basis to include alpacas, goats, llamas, sheep, pigs, donkeys and mules.”
As soon as we have purchased a larger farm, we will add on horses, cows, water buffalo, emus and ostriches. In the interim, if you have one of these animals you need to relocate right away, we would be glad to assist you in finding it a home.
We limit ourselves to farm animals. On a case by case basis, we will accept a limited number of dogs and cats. We do not accept exotic animals (snakes, reptiles, rodents, etc.), although we will have an exotic bird sanctuary on site (see the link on the “resource” page for more info on this). We also do not accept wildlife.”
If you have an animal not on this list, nor on the list of who we do accept, give us a call. We are always willing to try and help, even if it’s just a referral.
We are currently located on 4 acres in Frelinghuysen, NJ, where all our birds are housed.
Larger animals are temporarily placed in foster farms in the area, or sent directly to their new homes.
We are in the process of raising funds to purchase a 100 acre farm in the immediate area. Once this is completed and barns and fences installed, all operations will take place at one location.
when you can visit
Once we have purchased the farm and are set up, we will be having regularly scheduled days/hours we will be open. Stay tuned for more info soon.
address and directions
We will update this with our address as soon as we buy the farm. It will link to MapQuest for directions. In the meantime, the current location is Tamala and Bob’s home.
As this is a personal residence not open to the general public, make sure you call first.
The best phone number to reach us at for now is Tamala’s cell phone 973-670-4477. Call for faxing information if you need it.