Frequently Asked Questions

We are very happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our organisation. However, please check these FAQs before contacting us in case your question has been answered here.

You can donate via the Donate Page on our website

Lambs are fostered in pairs. You will quite likely foster 2 newborns who will for the first few days require 2-3 hourly feeds which will then extend to 4 hours, 5 hours and after the 2nd week will settle to 4 x 6 hourly feeds. At about 8 – 10 weeks weaning will commence over a period of about 4 weeks. Vaccination occurs at about 6 weeks of age as does castration for males. Castration will be performed under light sedation by a vet. We make every attempt to give you healthy lambs (those with health problems will spend time with one of our experienced carers prior to fostering) but sometimes health issues may still arise. Vet visits may be a necessity in some of those situations.

You will provide support from experienced carers by phone or facebook messenger. Anytime there is a concern you will be encouraged to contact your “buddy”.

You will need a secure outdoor area for your lambs. This does not need to be a large area – just somewhere for them to spend some time outdoors. You will also need an indoor area where your lambs will spend a lot of their time especially when they first arrive. Lambs, as they get older, enjoy chewing on whatever they can find so keep this in mind when deciding if your house is suitable. Other items such as nappies, scales, thermometer, towels etc will be outlined in a care guide you will receive in preparation for delivery of your lambs.

 

The 2 most costly items are nappies and milk powder. Milk powder costs approximately $45 per bag and you will need at least 2 bags over the time you are feeding you lambs. Other costs involve vaccination at 6 and 12 weeks and castration for males. Castration, depending on where it is performed, is usually about $150.

Lack of experience is not necessarily a problem. You will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your lambs and a buddy system will be in place. Your buddy will be someone you can contact for advice. You will also receive a detailed care guide prior to delivery of your lambs.

During the 1st week of fostering or adopting Lamb Care Australia will pay any vet bills. From the 2nd week on we will take it on a case by case basis.

1. You must carry with you: a) Worker permit b) LCA COVID safe plan c) Photo ID

2. If you are unwell, we ask that you not transport for us and notify us as soon as possible

3. As with current regulations a face mask must be worn

4. Hand Sanitizer must be carried and used at regular intervals

5. During your journey you are required to observe social distancing

6. Only one person is allowed in a car. Even if you live in an area with lower level restrictions, you may be travelling into one with Stage 4 restrictions

7. On completion of your journey we ask that you wipe down your crate with disinfectant to help minimize the spread of any germs

8. Transport jobs must be carried out without stops along the journey unless the journey is of a distance that warrants a toilet break. If such break is unavoidable hand sanitizers must be used prior to continuing your journey

Lamb Care Australia is not a sanctuary so there is no centralised location for you to visit.

Please see our Get Involved page where you will find a Volunteer Application Form to complete.

Please see out Forever Home section on the Get Involved page and complete a Forever Home Application Form.

You can donate via the Donate Page on our website

Please see out Forever Home section on the Get Involved page and complete a Forever Home Application Form.

Please see our Get Involved page where you will find a Volunteer Application Form to complete.

Lamb Care Australia is not a sanctuary so there is no centralised location for you to visit.

1. You must carry with you: a) Worker permit b) LCA COVID safe plan c) Photo ID

2. If you are unwell, we ask that you not transport for us and notify us as soon as possible

3. As with current regulations a face mask must be worn

4. Hand Sanitizer must be carried and used at regular intervals

5. During your journey you are required to observe social distancing

6. Only one person is allowed in a car. Even if you live in an area with lower level restrictions, you may be travelling into one with Stage 4 restrictions

7. On completion of your journey we ask that you wipe down your crate with disinfectant to help minimize the spread of any germs

8. Transport jobs must be carried out without stops along the journey unless the journey is of a distance that warrants a toilet break. If such break is unavoidable hand sanitizers must be used prior to continuing your journey

Becoming a Foster Carer

Lack of experience is not necessarily a problem. You will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your lambs and a buddy system will be in place. Your buddy will be someone you can contact for advice. You will also receive a detailed care guide prior to delivery of your lambs.

Lambs are fostered in pairs. You will quite likely foster 2 newborns who will for the first few days require 2-3 hourly feeds which will then extend to 4 hours, 5 hours and after the 2nd week will settle to 4 x 6 hourly feeds. At about 8 – 10 weeks weaning will commence over a period of about 4 weeks. Vaccination occurs at about 6 weeks of age as does castration for males. Castration will be performed under light sedation by a vet. We make every attempt to give you healthy lambs (those with health problems will spend time with one of our experienced carers prior to fostering) but sometimes health issues may still arise. Vet visits may be a necessity in some of those situations.

You will provide support from experienced carers by phone or facebook messenger. Anytime there is a concern you will be encouraged to contact your “buddy”.

You will need a secure outdoor area for your lambs. This does not need to be a large area – just somewhere for them to spend some time outdoors. You will also need an indoor area where your lambs will spend a lot of their time especially when they first arrive. Lambs, as they get older, enjoy chewing on whatever they can find so keep this in mind when deciding if your house is suitable. Other items such as nappies, scales, thermometer, towels etc will be outlined in a care guide you will receive in preparation for delivery of your lambs.

The 2 most costly items are nappies and milk powder. Milk powder costs approximately $45 per bag and you will need at least 2 bags over the time you are feeding you lambs. Other costs involve vaccination at 6 and 12 weeks and castration for males. Castration, depending on where it is performed, is usually about $150.

During the 1st week of fostering or adopting Lamb Care Australia will pay any vet bills. From the 2nd week on we will take it on a case by case basis.

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