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  • Chantelle Pedersen

Give the Gift of a Second Chance


There is often a mistaken belief among pet owners that rescues ended up in care due to being tainted or undesirable.

The stigma attached to adopting animals from shelters or rescue groups means they are frequently overlooked in favour of animals from breeders or pet stores, often with a hefty price tag.

The real reasons rescue pets are given up may surprise you!

Far from being un-adoptable, many rescues are the victims of ill-equipped owners or unfortunate circumstances.

Gracie is a good example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her owner suffered from anxiety and struggled to teach Gracie to self soothe. The pair’s confidence suffered as a result and they had an accident in which the owner was injured.

Making an educated decision, Gracie’s owner handed her into our care. We have worked hard to instill confidence in her and now she is seeking a suitable match.

Abandonment or relocation are other common reasons animals end up in rescue. Sometimes when agistment is not paid and horses are not picked up, they are let loose in the wild. Often, a horse will outgrow the kids, or experience health issues.

Owners with a lack of experience and no help may end up with animals in poor condition or with behavioural problems and be forced to surrender. Rarely is the animal at fault.

At FNQ Foster Farms, we believe in second chances.

We offer information to potential adopters about our residents’ previous circumstances, depending on the extent of the history provided at intake. You won’t be in the dark about where they’ve come from and we conduct thorough behavioural analyses to ensure they will be a good fit, even if their previous home wasn’t.

The next time you or someone you know is thinking about making a furry addition to the family, consider checking out your local rescue!

It’s our mission to support a holistic approach to health management, utilising a natural environment to develop happy, healthy companions to match with happy, healthy homes. We can provide ongoing advice and support your relationship with your new companion to be the best it can be, so you’ll never have to go it alone. Get in touch with us today to organise a meet and greet with Gracie, or the many others in care.

Not in a position to adopt right now? You can still pledge your support! You can volunteer in many different capacities, no matter your skill level. Assist with admin support, hold an event to raise funds or come along and hang out with a horse while they graze. You could make a once off donation or sign up to sponsor an animal on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly basis.

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