The definition of "exotic animal" is fairly loose but most people consider it to be any domesticated pet that is not a dog, cat, or farm animal. This includes birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, insects, gremlins, demons, and lots more adorable species! Adopting an exotic animal can be a rewarding and incredible experience but can also be more complex than a typical dog or cat.
A farm animal is a domesticated creature that was once (or still is) kept for agricultural purposes. This includes goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, and much more. Farm animals are incredible friends and a blast to spend time with but they are only suggested for those with lots of land and the proper accommodations.
Every single animal of any species is different and desires various living conditions and stimulation. Just like humans, we all live in different conditions. Please do your research before adopting an animal of any species.
There are many reasons to adopt instead of purchasing an animal. Here are just a few:
Absolutely. While not all rescues specialize in every species there is a rescue that specializes in nearly every species! Not sure about the demon dog though, if you find a demon dog rescue get at us, please.
We don't know where you live and we're not lawyers, but it's really easy to find out which animals are illegal to cohabitate with in your area!
Goats need a large pasture and tons of enrichment. Fish need temperature regulation and natural light. Mogwais can't be fed after midnight. Every single animal of any species is different and requires various living conditions and stimulation. Here are just a few of our favorite resources for adopting different animals but please do your research before adopting an animal of any species.
Animal Humane Society (rodents, rabbits, and other small mammals)
The Avian Welfare Coalition (parrots and other captive birds)
Best Friends Animal Society (sheep and goats)
Pig Placement Network (pigs)
Saint Frances Wolf Sanctuary (wolves and wolf-dogs)
Many sanctuaries offer adoption sponsorship programs! Check out the Adopt a Farm Animal Program at Farm Sanctuary, for example.
There are also a number of fantastic rescue organizations and sanctuaries that allow you to meet the residents and spend time with them. We've pet wolves, fed tigers, snuggled with cows, and had picnics with turkeys all by visiting sanctuaries!
And never forget that donations go a long way. If you want to help animals but can't take one in, donate to a rescue or sanctuary that specializes in that species to help save more lives.