Adopt a Rescued Cow

Hello, 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

Start your rescued cow adoption today

£30.00 each

A personalised rescued cow adoption certificate from our founders

A framed photograph of Rufus the cow

A beautiful welsh slate coaster engraved with cow footprint design

A recipe card featuring a delicious plant-based dish to create at home​

A Goodheart fridge magnet, pen, and sheet of stickers 

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

Complete your gift of an adoption box by purchasing a voucher for a tour at our sanctuary, where you can meet our animals, including Rufus the cow!

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.

Please note, aspects of the box may differ slightly from the above image, for example, the style of pen or photo in the frame but all items listed will be included. We use real straw in our adoption boxes. If you prefer we didn’t in yours, then please get in touch by emailing info@goodheart.org.uk

Watch the video to learn all about Rufus' heart-warming rescue story

Have you met our herd of curious cattle?

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

Fascinating facts about cows

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 many people can adopt an animal?​

There is no limit to the number of people who can adopt one of our animals. This allows as many supporters as possible to connect with and learn about our rescued residents through the adoption boxes and email updates.

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!