These lovely cows have all found their new homes. Some have gone to Kondinin, others to Kirup. And the remaining two, Ghleanna and Wilma have found a forever home at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary.
These beautiful Dexters have been part of a happy family for the past 10 years, on a lovely piece of land in the Perth hills. Their “people” love them dearly and have always taken great care of them. Unfortunately the family faced some very hard challenges last year and are now needing to move, and so this bovine group need to find a new home (or homes) – somewhere where they’ll continue to be loved and treated extremely well.
Here’s a little of what their current owner says about their situation:

My wife and I built our house on this property and moved in on September 2006. We had no real experience of living a country lifestyle and we have learned so much over the years.  We needed some grazing animals to manage the property and decided on Dexter cows. We have found them to be very good natured, highly intelligent and very inquisitive with each having their own individual personality. They have added value to our lives over the years.  Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, I am preparing to put the property on the market to sell. The thought of having to let the cows go to someone who would use them for breeding and eventual slaughter is very distressing for me as they have been our pets for all this time. I am sure they would make lovely companions for anyone who has an interest in having Dexters. They are very easy to care for and give so much pleasure.

Introducing Bronson


Little Big Bronson

“We got Bronson when he was about 3 years old. His original owner was going to take him to get slaughtered to make sausages of him, so we paid $800 to save him and we have had him ever since. I’m sure we were really ripped off, but we couldn’t let him go to be slaughtered. He has a lovely nature and likes to be petted. Bronson is a Dunn coloured bull and is Double Polled, which means he was born without horns, this means that the shape of his head is much nicer than it would be if he had been de-horned. He is a short leg Dexter – he’s a very cute little guy and would be a lovely companion for any family. There is a problem with his back legs – it is a condition that sometimes occurs in bulls if their back legs are too straight, which his are. He has had this condition for a few years although it hasn’t appeared to get any worse over time and he doesn’t seem to be in any distress or pain.  He swings his back legs when standing and they appear stiff when he walks. Otherwise he appears in good health.”

10 years old – enjoys pats – rescued from slaughter – loves company – has trouble with his back legs – will be castrated and vet checked as part of adoption agreement – would love to be part of a small herd once he’s had “the snip”.

Corona and her baby

Corona and her calf

Corona and her calf

“Corona is the matriarch of the family.  We bought her for $700 and she arrived with her calf who was only one day old. Corona would have suffered the same fate as Bronson once her calf was weaned. Due to a lucky (for Bronson) accident – Corona has since had another little calf. She doesn’t mind being patted and she has a lovely nature.  She looks a bit thin in the photos but this is because, as an older cow, she takes longer to come back into condition following calving so she is currently on high intake diet to help her recover. Corona is a very attentive mother and her little female calf is healthy and has a lovely nature.”

9 years old – has a well behaved 4 month old calf (f) who must remain with her – rescued from slaughter – enjoys a pat – sweet natured – needs continued high nutrition to help her back into condition – is not offered for further breeding.

Ghleanna & Wilma

Gleanna and her calf

Gleanna and Henrietta

“Gleanna was the little calf who came with Corona.  She was born 27/01/11 making her 5yrs old.  Her lovely natured calf was born on 16/10/12 who my wife called Henrietta. Gleanna has full Dexter horns – we decided to let her keep her horns as we didn’t like the way they would have been removed. Gleanna has a lovely nature and she is a very devoted mother, just like her mother Corona. The name Gleanna is Scottish Gaelic for ‘Lives in the Valley’.”

Gleanna is 5 years old – Henrietta is 3 – both are well behaved and must remain together – Gleanna has horns but she has never used them with aggression – neither are offered for further breeding.

Two Young Heifers

young cow1

young cow2“One of the young cows is from Corona and was born on 27/02/13. The other was born around the same time and was from another cow who was injured and had to be euthanized last year. These two often play together.”
Both 2 years old – they are the best of mates so need to stay together – are not offered for breeding.

All Dexters will be wormed and vaccinated (if required) before handover to their new family/s.

An adoption fee of $75 each applies, or a lower adoption fee will be negotiated if they can all be homed together.

This is a bonded group so our main objective is to try to find them a home together if we can. Cattle require good sturdy fencing like post and rail or very sturdy ring lock, shelter from the elements, good quality pasture and supplemental feed, regular worming, occasional hoof trimming, and access to a large animal vet if anything should ever happen to their health. For first aid and husbandry treatments it is best if you have a cattle crush or small yard to contain them in.  Should one home not be possible, we can separate as detailed above.


Please fill in our EXPRESSION OF INTEREST form if you would like to ask questions or offer to adopt.

Animal Actionist promotes non breeding of all rescued animals, particularly in the interest of breaking the cycle of unwanted farm animals (most of them males,) that find themselves with little time to find a new home and end up in danger of slaughter. All farm animals adopted via Animal Actionist are intended as family pets, and therefore the same rules that apply for non breeding of cats and dogs, applies to these animals too. If you apply to adopt you thereby agree and are bound to not use this animal for breeding.

All suitable applications are forwarded to the current custodian for consideration, and you will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss your offer further. Please understand that it may take a few days for us to respond to you depending on the amount of applications received, and it is never a case of first come, first served with animal adoptions, as we have to do our best to locate the absolute best homes for the animals. If you have any problems or further queries, please contact Animal Actionist direct via the “contact us” link. Thank you so much for caring for animals.

Posted by animalactionist

Co-Owner/Founder/Director of Animal Actionist Ltd & Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary. It's all for the animals.


  1. Hi just wondering if this lovely family of dexters are still available??
    Have recently moved to a rural property and would love some cows to become part of our family!!



    1. animalactionist 07 Mar, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Yes Clifton, we are taking applications for them now. Please fill in the form and we’ll be in touch. 🙂 thanks so much.



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