Who we are
CockadoodleMoo Farm Animal Sanctuary just north of Reno, Nevada is a small 501(c)3 operation that provides a lifetime home for abused and rescued farm animals, plus care and protection for wild animals who share our beautiful canyon. 501(c)3 just means that any donations you help us with are tax deductible. It is run by two unpaid volunteers.
Where we get the animals
We work with other rescue groups and animal control when they come across farm animals in need. There are currently no other rescue groups that take farm animals for miles in every direction. We've taken animals who were victims in criminal abuse cases, who were abandoned by the sides of the roads, who were dumped on the doorsteps of shelters, who were homeless and destined for euthanasia or slaughter, and who were found unadoptable by other groups. We also sometimes accept animals from individuals who can no longer care for them.
If you've got an animal you want us to take
Email us. In general, we are full up because we do not adopt out animals. Anyone who comes here, comes here for life. But it can't hurt to ask — and we might have ideas for other options.
What happens when they get here
When an animal arrives, he or she gets a complete physical exam and is generally put in a temporary isolation pen to make sure they don't have any illnesses that could be spread to the other residents. If sick or injured (and they often are), they are cared for until healed as well as possible. Then they are introduced to others of their species. If they can't live with others, we figure out something else, such as a solo pen or pen within a pen. Finally, we try our best to give them a fulfilling life that fits who they are. If they're chickens, that means dirt to bathe in and room to peck around in. If they're goats, that means things to climb and head-butt. If they're donkeys, that means places to graze and run. If they're rabbits, that means tunnels to hide in and dirt to dig in. We are always working on ways to improve their lives as time and money permits.
Who lives here — and who doesn't (yet!)
Because we're a two-person operation that's relatively new (we started in 2007), we are limited in the numbers of animals we can take and the variety. Currently we have donkeys, goats, rabbits, chickens (hens and roosters), turkeys and cats. At this time, we are unable to take cows, pigs and sheep. (We've got plans for pot-bellied pigs!)
There is no shortage of tasks we could use help with. We have things that extra strong folks can help with and things that the not-so-physically-able would be great at. Just email us that you'd like to come out.
Saturdays and Sundays are best. Wear clothes and shoes/boots that can get dirty. Avoid wearing red or orange because the turkeys and donkeys won't be as friendly. We can provide work gloves or bring your own. If you bring food, we ask that out of respect for the animals here, it be vegan.
Here are some of the things we can always use help with:
• fence and shelter maintenance and expansion
• prep for winter and summer
• assisting with health checks
• cleaning food dishes and refilling water
• clearing fire dangers around pens (weeds, brush, downed limbs)
The sanctuary's pens and layout aren't particularly visitor-friendly — and especially aren't during the muddy winters — but we love to share the place, especially with children. Most of the animals aren't human-friendly but they're usually happy to accept a treat.
Us visiting your school
We love to speak at schools about the lives of farm animals.
We believe animals — human and nonhuman — are individuals whose lives have value to themselves and who have their own preferences, desires and unique personalities. We don't believe we should inflict violence upon them. The first step toward living this belief is to go vegan. There's an abundance of wonderful food and clothes for which no animals were intentionally hurt or killed. Think of all you can have instead of what you can't and you'll be surprised how easy it is — and you'll experience the peace of your actions and values being in sync.