Sponsor an Animal

Animal Sponsorships are an affordable way to help us cover the costs for each rescued animal’s feed, shelter, and care. You or your chosen recipient will receive a beautiful, personalized photo card of the animal who you select. You can give a one-time gift or sign up to be billed monthly. Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more!

If you’d prefer to pay by check, please pay the year in advance (12 times the designated monthly amount) and specify which animal you are sponsoring. Also, send us an email with instructions on how you would like the gift card(s) sent — all to one person, each to different individuals, or just for yourself to enjoy! Please send checks to:

Barn Sanctuary
c/o Animal Sponsorships
20179 McKernan Rd.
Chelsea, MI 48118


Can I name the animal?

Alas, no. Each of our animals already has a name, and it would disrespect them to change it.

If I’ve met an animal or seen him/her online can I choose the one I want to sponsor?

In most cases, yes. Just indicate your preference on the order form. However, doing so may delay the issuance of your card, as the photograph or text may not be formatted for sponsorships yet.

Am I the only sponsor of the animal I choose?

Often not. The animal sponsorships are symbolic, and the funds go into our general operating budget and are not earmarked to that specific animal (doing so would be next to impossible if you think about it — we can’t tell Cora not to eat Henry’s hay!).

What’s the difference between a sponsorship and an adoption?

A sponsorship is a monthly gift; adoption is when you take the animal under your care for life. Our adoption program is still in the works.

What happens if the animal is adopted out or passes away?

As a sanctuary we do sometimes adopt animals out to magnificent forever homes, which are carefully vetted and we follow up frequently. Doing so makes room for more animals in need. And of course sometimes animals may pass away unexpectedly. In general we issue sponsorships only for animals who are not elderly and not likely candidates for adoption. However, in the event of death or adoption we’ll make every effort to notify you as soon as possible, and give you the option of transferring your sponsorship to a different animal or ending it.

How long does it take to receive the sponsorship?

We strive to issue them within 14 days, but at peak times it may be longer. If you have a need for quicker service please let us know on the order form and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Can I sponsor for less than 1 year?

We ask for a minimum of a 12-month commitment. A lot of work and effort goes into our sponsorship program, and it is not feasible to offer shorter terms.