Adopt a Rescued Cow


I'm Rufus the cow and you can adopt me!

In early 2020 when the UK was in lockdown, I was living in a field in the centre of Cambridge as part of a cattle herd being reared for beef. Every day, a boy named Ashwin would journey through my field on his daily walk and I would approach him and say hello. Ashwin was living on his own at the time, away from friends and family, and so by the summer we were the very best of friends.

As more time passed, Ashwin couldn’t bear the thought that I wouldn’t get to see another summer, so he contacted the farmer who owned me, and I was safely transported to Goodheart. I have settled in really well and can now spend the rest of my days in comfort and freedom.

Adopt a rescued cow

Choose a cow adoption box​

We have two adoption boxes to choose from:


Plus regular email updates from Rufus the cow throughout the year!

Suitable for 5 to 12 years.


Plus regular email updates from Rufus the cow throughout the year!

Click the button below to buy a Rufus the Cow Adoption Box as a gift. We can either deliver it to you to give in person, or directly to your recipient. There’s also the option to add a gift message to the box free of charge.

Have you met our herd of curious cattle?

Enjoy these fun videos of our cattle enjoying life at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary

Did you know?

Cattle are well known for chewing the cud: regurgitating and re-chewing food that they have already swallowed once. This is to help them digest tough fibrous food, like grass.

Older cattle have better long term memory than younger individuals, with some studies showing that cattle may form memories that can last for about a year.

Cattle are capable of experiencing sadness; with agitated mothers and calves who have been separated after birth being a common example.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I adopt a cow?

You can adopt Rufus the cow via the links above, or by clicking here to go directly through to the order form. Click here to adopt a cow as a gift.

How much does it cost to adopt a cow?​

A £30 one-off payment is required to adopt a cow, and your adoption lasts for 12 months. If you would like to support our animals with a regular payment, please consider a Sponsorship or a Regular Donation.

Can I adopt a baby cow?

We do not currently have any calves at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary. By adopting Rufus the cow, you’re helping us to expand our sanctuary offering and provide a home for many more animals in the future.

How does adopting a cow for charity help?​

When you adopt a cow like Rufus or Duncan, you’re helping care for them and their rescued friends at the sanctuary, as well as contributing to our wider work as an animal rescue. Your generosity helps us with things like maintaining our sanctuary site, planning fundraising events, and funding exciting projects like our Goodheart Home for Rescued Hens!