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Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121

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Adopt An Animal At Old World Wisconsin

Do you love animals? Do you have fond memories of playing tug-of-war with the oxen, or petting the horses' noses? Now you can sponsor your favorite Old World Wisconsin breed by making a gift to "Adopt an Animal".

OWW's heritage breed livestock receive the best nutritious food, veterinary care, and attention. However, costs of daily care consume a large part of Old World Wisconsin's budget. When you "adopt" one of Old World's breeds - either in your own name, or as a gift to someone else - be assured that the animal you've chosen will receive the benefit of your contribution. With your help, we can expand the Heritage Breed Livestock program at Old World Wisconsin. Thank you!

Adoption Levels & Benefits

Level 1 - $35.00
The animals eat 35 tons of hay every 6 months. Includes adoption certificate, 12 - 15 e-newsletters annually to keep supporters aware of events, projects and programs at Old World Wisconsin and Old World Foundation.

Level 2 - $62.00
62 heritage breed animals live at OWW. Heritage breed animals are rare breeds that are often endangered. Includes all Level 1 benefits PLUS a quarterly update on the animals and an 8 x 10 photo of your animal suitable for framing.

Level 3 - $105.00
Approximately 105 animals call OWW "home". Includes all prior level benefits PLUS an OWF string bag.

Level 4 - $365.00
Animals MUST be fed 365 days each year. Includes all prior level benefits PLUS an invitation for 2 people to attend our annual Behind the Scenes Tour and Picnic (advanced reservations are required).

Level 5 - $524.00
The 2 oxen eat 524 pounds of hay each week. Includes all prior level benefits PLUS a special Behind the Scenes Tour with the Historic Farm Staff.

Animals Available For Adoption

  • SHEEP: Merino and Cotswold
  • PIGS: Mulefoot, Gloucestershire Old Spot
  • CATTLE: Milking Shorthorn
  • OXEN: Red Holstein/Brown Swiss Cross
  • HORSES: Morgans, Percherons, Belgian
  • CHICKENS: Golden Laced Wyandotte, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, Silver Spangled Hamburg, and Light Brahma

If you are interested in adopting an animal, you can use our convenient ADOPT AN ANIMAL AT OWW form.

Adoption Disclaimer

Animals may be adopted by more than one "parent". You will be adopting the species of animal, not an individual animal.

Museum animals, like all living things, are subject to change. They may become ill, die, or be moved to another environment. If any of these things happen, your adoption will be transferred to another animal. Animals remain at OWW, under the care of the professional staff. Your tax deductible donation will help to care for the animals of Old World Wisconsin.

No ownership rights are conferred by sponsoring an animal. Animals may not be on exhibit at all times, based on plans and weather conditions.

Contact Us

For more information on our "Adopt an Animal" program, please call 262-594-2922.

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