Star Gazing Farm provides permanent sanctuary to the animals who come here. We are limited in how many animals we can take in by shelter space, pasture, quarantine paddocks, staff/volunteer time, and of course funding.
We give priority to animals who have picked up as strays, been referred by local shelters and to animals with special needs. In rare cases we may take in an owner surrender. We encourage owners who are considering rehoming their animal(s) to first think about the following:
We are a sanctuary with limited space and so cannot be a substitute for the animal shelter. By its nature, the animal shelter takes in unwanted animals and tries its best to find appropriate homes for the animals. If you have exhausted all other avenues, you should contact your local shelter; this is what they do.
We believe that bringing an animal into your life should be a lifetime commitment. They form attachments to you and to the other animals in your care, and uprooting them can be very stressful on everyone concerned. We understand that circumstances change for people, such as illness, a forced job move, loss of work, and so on. But we don’t condone the giving up of animals simply because they are no longer interesting/convenient. We would much rather help you re-discover the joy of the animal in your care and find resources to help you keep this animal in your life. If giving up the animal is the only option, we may be able to point you to resources for finding a new home for your animal if it is necessary, but we cannot act as intermediary; you will need to do the footwork.
We receive requests almost daily to take in roosters, either because the owners didn’t realize the chicks might grow up to be roosters (“they were all supposed be hens”) and are not allowed roosters in their jurisdiction, or because the roosters have become hard on the hens, or because the roosters have become aggressive. We have more roosters than hens, and bringing more roosters here would be unfair to the hens; it also requires additional housing which we do not have. In general, we will not accept any “oopsie roosters” or birds that you simply don’t want anymore. Please read our essay on “The Problem with Roosters” to understand this very sad and serious problem. You can try one of your local Facebook farm groups (an active group is “Maryland Farmers Exchange”) or surrender your rooster to the animal shelter.
We currently have four cats who consider this farm their retirement. As much as we love cats, we have our limits:
The situation with Potbellied pigs is tragic. After roosters, the most common animals we are asked to take in are pigs. We cannot take in any more pigs at this time. Pigs are labor intensive to care for, need special housing, must eat separately, and integrating them with each other is quite difficult. Please note the following facts before you even begin to think about getting a pig:
We require the following when considering taking in a new animal at our farm:
If our board of directors determines that we will be able to take in the animal, you will be required to sign a release form and provide any original ownership documents to us.