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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. 100% of donations go to care and feeding of animals.

If you need to find a new home for a farm animal

We are full up and currently cannot take in new animals. 

If you need help placing a farm animal, visit Animal Place’s placement assistance page here. It gives some options you can do, as well as has a form for inclusion in their weekly placement emails where they contact vetted individuals and sanctuaries (like us) to see if they have room.

A similar placement-assistance option from Farm Sanctuary is here.

Volunteering 

We can use volunteer help on Saturdays from about May through October. (We do not have volunteers from November through April because of weather issues that can make it difficult to get to our sanctuary.) 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.

Here are some of the things we can always use help with:

• clearing fire dangers around pens (weeds, brush, downed limbs)

• maintaining and expanding fences and shelters 

• prepping for winter and summer

• assisting with animal health checks

• cleaning food and water dishes 

• painting and staining

If you are seeking animals to adopt

We do not adopt out animals. Everyone who comes here, stays for life. But we often get requests for us to take animals who we are unable to help. If you'd like, you can email us and we can keep your contact info and let you know when someone has an animal you are seeking. We will not pass along your info; instead, we will pass along the info of the people seeking to place an animal to you. 

Where we get the animals

We work with other rescue groups and animal control when they come across farm animals in need. 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. Sometimes we have also accepted animals from individuals who can no longer care for them in special circumstances. Our priority are those who face certain death if we cannot take them.

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. If they're pigs, that's mud and water to chill in. We are always working on ways to improve their lives as time and money permits.

Who lives here

Because we're a two-person operation, 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, pigs, desert tortoises, special-needs cats, and dogs. 

Our philosophy

We believe there’s no good reason to hurt or kill an animal for something we don’t need. Because of this, we are vegan, meaning we do not consume animal products such as meat, eggs, cow’s milk, cheese, and leather. It’s a bonus that a vegan diet is linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer, as well as that it’s far better for the environment than a diet containing meat and dairy.