Buy a charity sheep for just $48 before December 25 & we’ll match your donation*. Buy one sheep, give two!

* Until December 25 or a maximum of $50,000 thanks to the generous support from The Fleming Foundation.
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In the Ethiopian highlands, sheep are better options than goats as a source of nutrition. They breed reliably and can free graze on available plants.


Sheep distributed by CFTC are part of a breeding program that means that one sheep becomes the foundation for a growing herd that offers food and income for the long-term.


The CFTC partner programs that distribute sheep offer feed, training on care and breeding, and the regular support of community agricultural workers to ensure that this gift to farmers keeps on giving!

Free Card

When you buy a sheep

With each sheep you buy you will receive a free Printed, PDF or eCard to send to a special somebody. Card themes include birthday, holiday, teachers, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and many more (use the slider to browse all options). Alternatively, you can select a sheep themed card, which details the sheep gift you have purchased. You can also buy a sheep without selecting a card.

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    Holiday Card

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    Birthday Card

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    Teacher’s Card

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    Wedding Card

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    Thanksgiving Card

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    Father’s Day Card

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    Easter Card

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    Standard Card

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A sheep’s impact

See charity sheep in action

Shibire Damena


When CFTC support commenced in 2009, Shibire received 600 Birr ($35) and purchased two sheep. Since then she has increased her herd to eleven, selling three sheep and remaining with eight sheep in her care!

Shibire is just one of many examples of community members who started off rearing sheep but who converted the sheep into cash and made other long-term investments.

For example, Getachew another member of CFTC’s small ruminants program, initially purchased two sheep for his 600 birr. After his sheep had multiplied to a good number, he sold some of them and bought a five-year bond at the Commercial Bank of Debra Sina.

Tesfaye Abate, on the other hand, sold three sheep to finalize his distance education program. Both Getachew and Tesfaye used returns from the sheep to invest in ventures that would provide economic returns in the longer term..

How to Buy a Sheep

In under 5-minutes

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The sheep you purchase will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. This approach provides an extra boost to local economies while keeping transport costs to a minimum.


Select a printed, eCard or PDF card to go to your special somebody. Note that eCards can be scheduled (great for holidays & birthdays). You can also donate a sheep without choosing a card.


Review your sheep order and then pay using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or via PayPal. Upon payment, you will be emailed an eReceipt within an hour of your donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about sheep. If you still have questions please contact us at 1-800-387-1221.

Sheep can be purchased online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also donate sheep by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.

Every gift that is listed in our Best Gift Ever catalogue has been identified by the communities we support as being vitally important to ensure children’s health and well-being. Sheep are a popular choice because sheep produce other sheep. Quickly. Relatively easily. Maybe not as fast as the proverbial bunny, but fast enough that women – who are prevented from owning land in many of these communities and are often unable to grow and sell enough produce to feed their children – can create a simple set-up in their yard and raise a couple of sheep – which can be reared and then traded up for a cow and for many other options as the family income grows.

Rest assured that the sheep you donate won’t be put in the cargo hold of Air Canada to be shipped from HERE to THERE. That’s not only cost prohibitive, inefficient and inhumane, but it also prevents local, sustainable economic development from happening. That’s the last thing we want to do.

The charity sheep you donate will be sourced and distributed through CFTC’s local partners in communities that are running agricultural income generation programs. In our case it means sheep will be bought locally and delivered to communities in Ethiopia.

The sheep that CFTC distribute go to small family farms and individual families and are part of agricultural training and livelihoods programs that offer broad-based support. They are distributed through Self-Help Groups and Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care, raising, and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing training.

Community agricultural agents work with women and men to ensure that they have what they need to feed, house and sell their livestock. No one benefits if the recipient doesn’t know how to care for her sheep and to grow her herd into a sustainable source of family income.

Every item in our catalogue is a REAL item that is given to REAL people in REAL communities. Those sheep really exist, and they are really distributed in the communities in which CFTC works.

That said, it is true that while we do our very best to predict how many sheep will be “ordered” from the catalogue each year and make sure that is the same number of sheep that are used in our programs, it’s not a perfect science. For example, there could be a downturn in sheep popularity, and fruit trees could go through the roof. Although this happens in the small minority of cases, we must do the responsible thing and let people know that we might need to use the excess funds raised for something else. If we have to do that, we always use the funds for a similar type of product – livestock of a different sort, or other agricultural products, for example.

Yes! Sheep make the perfect birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Wedding gift. Not only are sheep available to give all year-round but they also come with a free card to match most occasions.

Yes, all sheep purchases are tax receipted. When you donate a sheep online, you will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. When you order a sheep by phone, you can choose to receive an electronic receipt or have one mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Canadian Feed The Children’s charitable registration number is 11883 0983 RR0001. See the Government of Canada’s policy statement for charitable tax receipts for more information about charity tax receipts.

No. When you purchase a sheep it is considered a donation to Canadian Feed The Children, so no taxes are charged.

When it comes to cards you have three format options: email, PDF (for printing at home), or print. If you choose a printed card, we can send the card by post to you or to your honouree, whichever you prefer.

While we can’t guarantee delivery time, Best Gift Ever gift cards will be processed and sent by mail within 48 hours of purchase and by email within one hour.

About Us

Canadian Feed The Children is an independent, international development agency founded and operating in Canada since 1986.


CFTC is proud to have been named one of the Charities of the Year 2016 by the Financial Post. We were among the first to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and were awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency. We are a registered Canadian charity.


Our financials are independently audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published each year. When you purchase a chicken from CFTC you can count on the highest standards when it comes to the stewardship of your generous donation. When you give a chicken your information will be 100% secure and will never be shared with anybody. See our privacy policy for more information.

Based on preliminary unaudited financial results for 2016. For more information about our financials please download our latest Annual Report

Related Gifts

Below are related gifts or browse the catalogue to see our full range of charity gift items.

In the event that money raised for a particular gift item exceeds the demand for that item, your donation will be directed to other items in our catalogue.