What is Free for Life?
Free for Life is for those participating in student agricultural programs like 4-H or FFA who don’t want to send their animals to slaughter. Free for Life is just that: an opportunity for cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and other animals to be free for the rest of their lives.
It’s natural to feel a bond with animals we care for every day, and even to love them, and for them to love you back. It’s also natural to not want them to die: after all, friends don’t betray each other. Having compassion for your animal is natural – and normal.
If you have a change of heart about your animal’s future, you have a choice. You can choose to let them be free for life.
How does it work?
First, contact us and we will discuss more details about your situation. Then we will look for a sanctuary or private home for your animal, either at one of our locations in California or at an organization closer to you. Please note that acceptance is not guaranteed, it depends on space being available.
Once we find the right place, we can arrange the transfer of ownership and transportation to a sanctuary or private home. Even if your animal is perfectly healthy, there are testing requirements whenever farm animals are transported across state lines, so this may take time. You’ll continue to care for your animal until all the arrangements are made.
You’ll need to read and sign an agreement that states you will no longer raise animals for a student agricultural project. You’ll also complete a Q&A “interview” about your animal and about your experience with Free for Life. This is to help us make sure our program is meeting the needs of people like you and animals like yours. The Q&A can be anonymous, if you have any concerns.