Farm Animals can make good pets in Alaska if they match your IifestyIe. Farm animals such as sheep, goats, and pigs are useful additions to working farms. For example, sheep can provide people with milk for cheese and other dietary staples, as well as wool for clothing. Dairy goats are so hardy and such valuable sources of food that providing one for a family living in extreme poverty (through an organization such as Heifer International) can completely alter the existence of that family. Farm animals provide manure for fertilizer to grow healthy vegetables. The sale of dairy, wool, and offspring of farm animals can be a major source of income. Many people think farm animals are cute and picturesque and would like to own one or more. However, caring for these animals is very labor intensive, and unless these animals are part of a working farm, they can become the victims of abuse or neglect.
Potbellied pigs are an excellent example. Potbellied pigs became popular as house pets in the nineties. However, pigs can weigh over 130 pounds and are not as easy to care for as other household pets. Pigs need to be outside to satisfy their natural instincts to rut. Sadly, many owners of potbellied pigs are not ready for the commitment and challenges of having a pig for a pet, leaving many animals in need of adoption.
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| Farm animals are useful sources of fertilizer, food, and clothing. Sheep cheese, though uncommon in the U.S., is tasty and very popular in other parts of the world.
Farm Animal Rescue
Alaska Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
Anchorage Borough - Anchorage 99508
Anchorage Animal Hospital 907-563-2395
Anchorage Borough - Anchorage 99518
Alaska SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic 907-562-2999
Anchorage Borough - Anchorage, AK 99524
Friends of Pets 907-562-2535
Kenai Peninsula County - Homer, AK 99603
Homer Animal Friends 907-235-SPAY
Matanuska-Susitna Counties - Palmer 99645
STOP the Overpopulation of Pets 907-746-SPAY
Kenai Peninsula County - Seward 99664
SOS (Save Our Seward) Pets 907-224-7495
Juneau County - Juneau 99801
Gastineau Humane Society 907-789-0260
If you find any of the above spay/neuter information is incorrect,
or if you know another low-cost clinic to recommend, please
call Rescue Me! at 1-800-800-2099 with this information.