Sponsorship of a Willowbrook resident is a specific way to give back to the sanctuary each month. By sponsoring a resident, you are symbolically adopting your person. By sponsoring an animal, you are helping Willowbrook Farms care for the residents.
But what does sponsorship mean? Each resident, or grouping of residents, will have one sponsor. Our sponsors receive a sponsorship certificate, a photograph of their sponsored resident(s), and a Willowbrook car vinyl. Our sponsors will also receive occasional and personal email updates on their resident for the duration of their sponsorship. Of course, a sponsor can always reach out with questions or ask for an update, too.
Below is a list of all our residents and their sponsor OR a note stating the individual is in need of a sponsor. We do not do a split sponsorships so the amount listed is the sponsorship monthly commitment for that resident.
If you want to sponsor one of our residents, please email us at WFAS.email@example.com OR send us a private message via Facebook and let us know! Once we receive your request, we will send along a PayPal button with instructions specific for your resident of choice. We will need your email address, mailing address, and resident of choice in your message to us.
|50||Cora||Holstein Cow||Cora was born into the dairy industry where she was sold for slaughter, but purchased by a university. But when the university was done with her, they sent her back to sale to “regain their assets.” A loving vet student, also vegan, went to bat for Cora and brought her to sanctuary. Now Cora lives comfortably on 5 acres with her best buddy, Charlie the Donkey.||Ami S|
|50||Charlie||Donkey||Charlie was sold by an amish family at a sale barn and purchased by one of our neighbors (roughly the week we moved into the area). It wasn’t long before the family realized Charlie may be a little too big for their goat run. After a few conversations, they surrendered Charlie to the sanctuary where he can stretch his little legs on 5 acres with his best friend, Cora the Cow.||Abbey W|
|50||Walter Pigg||Mini Pig||Walter Pigg is a good boy but is also quite the tank! He was purchased by a couple who were told he was a “mini pig” and would stay small. Unbeknownst to them at that time, mini pigs can get quite large depending on their genetics. Walter began to get bigger and bigger and they realized he wasn’t a good fit for the space they had. It was with heavy hearts and tears they decided to rehome him – and he found sanctuary at Willowbrook.||Brenda K|
|30||Michael||Dog||Michael is a blind dog that found her way (somehow) to a limestone cutting business. She was sick, unable to walk, covered in ticks – and quite frankly, everyone thought she was dying. I felt the most compassionate thing to do was to let the vet decide. With much surprise, this little dog pulled through a massive tick infestation, lyme disease, and heartworm. She lives quite contently on the sanctuary, but we do want to see if there is a way we can help restore some, or all, of her eyesight||Nicole A|
|5||Amelia Earhart||Spiny Mouse||Amelia Earhart was a surprise resident. While not farmed in the traditional sense, when a mouse is listed for free on Craigslist they are often scooped up as free food for snake enthusiasts. When we were on the road to receive Portia as a new resident, we were informed that the other sanctuary owner, the individual with Portia, had stopped and picked up 5 mice. After a quick chat, it just felt like we were supposed to bring the ladies to Willowbrook – and here they are! Not sure what a spiny mouse is? They are pictured in the image set below!||Needs a Sponsor|
|5||Miss Bianca||Spiny Mouse||Miss Bianca was the other little lady that found surprise sanctuary at Willowbrook the day we picked up Portia. It’s almost impossible to tell these little ladies apart – but due to rough handling at some point in their past, Amelia has a small nick in one of her ears (hence her name) and a little crooked tip to her tail. So if you sponsor Miss Bianca, I assure you you will get Miss Bianca updates.||Needs a Sponsor|
|10||Sheldon||3-Toed Box Turtle||Sheldon is one handsome little man and our first non-farmed animal resident… unless you count farming as picking up a wild animal and bringing them home. Sheldon was roughly 10 years old in 1994 when he was taken by a young girl from the woods in Missouri. I suppose he became her vacation souvenir. Sheldon was good for a few years until it was decided he was to be put in a 10 gallon aquarium, fed 1 worm a week, and left on a shelf. He was in a sad state when he came to us but now he thrives with a 64 sq foot outdoor enclosure for warmer months and a 12+ sq foot space for the winter. He is pictured below hanging out in his indoor enclosure – literally hanging out on his log enjoying the heat from his lamp.||Jeremy J|
|15||Penn||Silverlined Sebright True Bantam Rooster||Penn is one handsome rooster who takes his job protecting the hens very seriously. Penn is our third official resident to the sanctuary and with a little bit of shame I admit he was purchased from a tractor supply store. When we started the sanctuary, we had taken in two little chicks, Willow and Brook, and when Brook passed way, Willow began to mourn. We didn’t know what to do so we panicked. Penn was purchased and brought home. He was supposed to be a hen – which he wasn’t. And that is when the legacy of Penn and Willow began.||Needs a Sponsor|
|15||Ingrid Tweedle||Light Brahma Rooster||Ingrid came to the sanctuary under the guise of being female, which he obviously is not. He is a beautiful Light Brahma rooster and looks pretty much just like Eli, expect he has very little black on his beak. Ingrid was part of a Tractor Supply surrender in Ohio in 2021 after the company completely botched their care and setup for all chickens across the United States. These boys were very sick and were going to be thrown into an actual trash can. Thankfully, the store manager at this particular store had the compassion to contact a farm animal specific rescue and sanctuary. We took twelve in from that entire situation – but the surrender involved over 150 chicks. Thankfully – those that survived, as many did not, all found a loving forever home.||Needs a Sponsor|
|15||Elizabeth (Eli) B. Tweedle||Light Brahma Rooster||Elizabeth’s story is the same as Ingrid. He was sick and headed straight for a trash can where he would simply die an unknown. Here at Willowbrook, he and Ingrid are known as the Tweedles. Eli even has a middle name: Elizabeth B. Tweedle. The Be stands for “bite you whenever I get the opportunity” – While brahmas are known for being more docile, Eli has a bit of spunk. Combine that with his pre-pubescent hormones and he is quite the personality. Regardless, we love him and make sure he has what he needs when he needs it – oh, and lots of love too! While he and Ingrid look a lot alike, they still have their telling signs so Eli’s sponsor can rest assured that when they get updates and images, they are really of Eli.||Needs a Sponsor|
|15||Portia||Light Brahma Hen||If I could dot the i in the name Portia with a heart, I would. Portia is a beautiful individual rescued from a private location in Michigan. When Portia was found, she had been doused in gasoline. We don’t know who or why – but we are so thankful Portia was found before the assumed intention was complete. Her rescuer bathed her as best she could but the damage to her feathers had been done. As of right now (February 2022), Portia is living in the hospital coop as we believe her feathers would not provide her the protection from the cold that she needs. She will continue to live inside until the warmer months and then we will monitor her molt before making any decisions on where she will be living come the start of winter 2022.||Needs a Sponsor|
|30||The Gonzo Girls||Leghorn Chicken Hens||If you are old enough, you should remember Camilla, Stephanie, and Ethel from the muppet show… Gonzo’s chicken lady friends! As soon as we decided to take these three from the Ohio Tractor Supply Surrender, we had names. These ladies were sick from transport and had began to cannibalize one another. Two of the three are missing two toes each. With love and care, they are happy healthy adult hens. They are definitely best friends and seem to have a secret crush on Eli. And like the others, while these three look identical at first pass, we can tell each apart. Ethel has all her toes. Camilla’s big ole red comb flops to the right and Stephanie’s flops to the left.||Needs a Sponsor|
|15||Peggy||Polish chicken||Peggy & Sue came from the same situation: a hoarding case of multiple species of farmed animals and a total loss fire. Peggy appears to be the only hen that was actually IN the fire itself as her entire body of feathers was singed to the point of being crispy, her nostrils were burned off, her entire crest of head feathers was burned off, and she had multiple burns and blisters on her feet and wattle. She was the only chicken that seemed to have been named by the owner and the chicken that, due to her injuries, was forcefully relinquished from the owner (any injured animal had to leave the property with a rescue or sanctuary). Sue had a few blisters but a lot of danger from roosters (there were approx 10 hens to about 40 roosters). Since Peggy had a name, the farm hand from the coordinating sanctuary named Peggy’s new best friend Sue.|
Peggy is pictured at the top of this page with her glorious new crest of feathers!
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|40||The Fire Survivors||Various Chicken Breeds (4 total)||These ladies came from the same situation as Peggy and Sue. When we originally were called to assist, only the roosters and injured hens were able to be removed. But within a few days we were called again as the remaining hens were taken in by the coordinating sanctuary. Due to our bad rooster/hen ratio due to the Ohio rescue, we were asked if we would want to take in six more hens. We happily said yes and went straight out to get them. These ladies aren’t exactly human friendly, which is why I have grouped them into a single sponsorship, but they are definitely beautiful individuals who deserve a safe and loving environment.|
As their sponsor, you would receive updates for Francine (Frannie with the Fannie), Elsie, Annabelle Green, Missy, Tina, and Delilah.
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|25||Roz and Bean||Goldlined Sebright Hen (Bean) and (Roz)||Roz and Bean are best friends from the Ohio Tractor Supply Surrender. Bean was an addition to the ask from our Ohio friends because it was right when Willow passed away. Penn was lost and we thought another Sebright may help lift his spirits and allow him to begin a new flock. While Penn likes Bean now, he was not a fan when they first came to the sanctuary. From the first day they came to sanctuary, it was obvious that wherever Roz went, Bean went too. Even when introduced to the bigger flock, Roz and Bean remain best of friends, regardless of their bizarre size and personality differences: Roz is more of an introvert while Bean is extremely social!|
Bean is the beautiful little lady pictured below sitting on her human besties shoulder… in the living room.
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|15||Melanie Hamilton||Light Brahma Hen||Melanie Hamilton is another beautiful survivor from the Ohio Tractor Supply Surrender. Like the others, she was sick from transport and poor handling but yet, she was one of the survivors and we are so thankful! She is a sweet young hen who loves cuddles and grapes – not always in that order and sometimes at the same time! Our farm hand loves to carry her around while doing chores and its not uncommon that he swings by the grape harbor and lets her pick grapes for herself. She may be a spoiled girl.|
Melanie is pictured below … with her human bestie.
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|30||Penny||Nigerian Dwarf Goat||Penny was surrendered to Willowbrook from a goat farm in Northern Indiana with her mother, Star, who sadly passed away shortly after finding sanctuary with us. Penny suffered from frostbite as a newborn, losing her ears, one hoof, and having another hoof damaged. While she may have a little bit of a limp, she enjoys romping around the sanctuary finding love with everyone.||Needs a Sponsor|
|30||Melania||Boer Goat||Melania is a beautiful boer goat surrendered to us from the same farm as Penny and Star. Melania is not related to Penny or Faline, but her maternal instincts are strong. She finds herself guiding the two young goats from place to place, ensuring they are safe and happy.||Needs a Sponsor|
|30||Faline||Nigerian Dwarf Goat||Faline was surrendered to Willowbrook the day her mother, Star, passed away. Faline and Penny are half-sisters and their bond suggestions that relationship is the same as a human sibling relationship. Sometimes they irritate each other, but if Faline is not with Melania, she is with Penny. She is our youngest goat having been surrender to us at 6 months old. She isn’t overtly “people friend” but we are definitely working on that.||Needs a Sponsor|
|10||Alice||Leghorn (House Chicken)||Alice came to us from Cincinnati, OH after being kept as a house chicken for a year and a half. Alice was found in a residential area in Cincinnati as a chick and no other chickens in sight. No one knows where she came from or how she was safely found, but her previous family knew that Alice needed to have the life of a chicken, not a cat or dog. As it turns out, after coming to the sanctuary, Alice is truly afraid of other chickens. We continue to work with her so that she can eventually join the outdoor flock, but until then – Alice is indoors. She’s a vocal gal with a HUGE personality.||Needs a Sponsor|
|10||Madison Hamburg||Hamburg, bantam (House Chicken)||Madison is one of our newer residents and she, like Alice, is a house chicken. She has had severe balance issues since surviving a life threatening infection almost three years ago. The farmer that had Madison previously was consolidating flocks and knew that Madison, who has been primarily alone in her own space, would not survive with the other chickens. She was frequently bullied by them which is why she had been moved inside their barn in her own space. Madison is a sweet little gal, turning 4 in 2023.||Needs a Sponsor|
FULL DISCLAIMER: Sponsorship does not give the sponsor rights of actual ownership over the resident nor does it allow for decision making over the health and well-being of the resident. Sponsorship is only symbolic to the farm and allows for special notifications to be received via email regarding the resident. Monies received from a sponsorship are used as needed for any resident including, but not limited to, feed costs, bedding costs, shelter/fencing needs, and vet care.
PayPal is the only payment option for sponsorships. By using PayPal, you can use your PayPal account for your monthly donation or set it up to withdraw from a debit or credit card. While we ask for a minimum one year commitment to any sponsorship, cancellation of your sponsorship is made via PayPal (WFAS cannot cancel your sponsorship for you).