Meet the Animals
Our mobile vet reached out to us about a client who was in heart failure. She had to find a good home for her two beloved goats, Skitter & Leroy. How could we possibly say no.
Sometimes a commercial sheep farm has too many babies and the economics no longer apply given its fixed infrastructure. Sage and Rosemary needed a forever home on the day we happened to take a tour of the sheep farm. It was a matter of being at the right place at the right time.
When the call came in about a bird hoarding situation, we didn’t know what to think of it. An elderly lady was found with over 100 birds in her small home in El Cajon, many in bad shape. We saved Mango and her sister Kiwi. Each day they get the run of their oversize enclosure and boy do they enjoy it.
Sammy and his 5 family members were enjoying the good life in rural Julian when one by one, a mountain lion started to pick them off. Sammy was the sole survivor. His owners reached out to us to save him or his fate was preordained.
They loved Dinky, they just could not take care of her. We see this a lot with elderly owners. Her life was spent in a small paddock, barely wide enough to turn around, and stuck in her own filth. Her hooves had grown out to the point of impairing her ability to walk, and her legs were covered in open sores. We got her the care she needed and nursed her back to full health. She enjoys the run of the ranch during the day where she serves as the unofficial comfort animal to the other members of our tribe.
A dirty little secret about dairy goats is that males have no economic value. Very few make it past 2 months of age. We simply could not see these three triplet brothers slaughtered. Our goats, 7 total, help keep our ranch weed free, and they are always willing to lend a helping hand. Perpetually curious and always excited to get involved.
Kona was our first alpaca. He was originally bought to the sanctuary to comfort Dolly but we soon realized it might not work out. After bonding with the sheep, Kona now has friend and companion in Hilo.
Like Kona, Hilo was just weaned and was in search of a home. The owners no longer wanted their Alpacas. We took him in to eventually become a companion to Kona. Alpacas are herd animals and should never be alone.
Buzz was in bad shape. He came in with Dinky. The owners could not properly care for him. The neglect showed. We nursed him back to health and found him a companion. The two baby doll sheep are happily living their best lives.
We got a call about a neglected sheep in Lakeside. Poppy was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty we had ever seen. Poppy was living in horrid conditions and was forced to sleep in a dog crate. Buzz and Poppy needed each other. They are a perfect match.
Shelby was an emergency rescue from a small horse farm where he was causing quite a ruckus among the horses. The owners pleaded with us to take him. He has the run of the property and enjoys the wide-open space to roam.
They were a young couple. He gave the hedgehog to his girlfriend as a gift. When they broke up shortly thereafter, Starla was unwanted. They could not care for her, nor did they want to. We found out about her through our networking and have had hedgehogs in the past.
Lola was raised as a baby, in a typical suburban neighborhood as part of the family. She was one of them. Over time she grew to over 300 pounds and was no longer anonymous. They were renting the house. When the landlord found out he gave them the ultimatum, she goes, or you move. They were heartbroken. The owner had found out about us and reached out. He wanted her to have the best life. She enjoys the property and her fellow tribe mates. The owner stays in touch and receives regular photos and updates.
This is almost the same story as Lola, except he only grew to about 100. They were moving out of state as there is where the job was. They could not take her to their new apartment and were looking for a good home. He loves his new digs and has adjusted perfectly.
Another story of raised a baby by a young lady. Only this time the owner graduate high school and was going off to college. The parents traveled constantly and could not ensure her care. Not only that but Courtney was losing her eyesight and hearing. She would need special care. She gets it and is safe, secure, and loved.
Sweet Pea was well taken care of and friendly, but the owners lost their leash and had to move. Their jobs were in the city and finding a donkey friendly rental was severely limiting. They were heartbroken and were in search of a great forever home. Dinky needed a friend. It worked out. Dinky and Sweat Pea are inseparable.
Dolly and her baby, Brody, were not safe around the father. The owner contacted us to see if we could help. Brody had health issues but we had to give him and his mom a home. Unfortunately, his health issues were congenital and after multiple surgeries, could not be overcome. Ending his suffering was one of the most heartbreaking events in our time rescuing animals. It goes with the mission.
After Dolly lost Brody she was lost. She would go off on her own and sit for days under a tree, and always in search of her baby. She needed a companion. Spitunia came to us from an outdoor outfitter that was leaving the business and no longer could accommodate her. She is so sweet and fit right in. Dolly and Spitunia are the best of friends.
Sadie was raised by a high school student from birth and was now fully grown and living in the same tiny enclosure. He was going off to college and his parents wanted nothing to do with her, she needed a home. Goats are a pack animal and do better with other goats. Milkshake, Splash and Finn quickly adopted her into their tribe. These 4 are inseparable.
Billy the Kid and Cisco
We often network with other rescuers. In the case of Billy the kid and Cisco, a local rescue needed to free up space for a hoarding situation. We were happy to provide a forever home for these two characters.
One of the most intelligent animals on our sanctuary, Fat Albert is smart beyond his years. Well cared for and trained by his family, at 350lbs, he just got too big to live in the city so he was transported to us to live out his years in paradise.
Dove, Raven and Hawk
The slaughter house can be a very scary place. Especially for babies. We came to rescue two of them, but when we heard the little white girl was to be slaughtered for a family’s Easter dinner, we stepped in and negotiated a way out for her. Meet Dove, Raven and Hawk.
Alpacas are herd animals. They can get very stressed on their own. Jack was left behind when his family decided they could not transport him to the east coast. We were looking for a friend for Hilo, our baby alpaca. A perfect match was made. They are inseparable!
We looked far and wide for a baby donkey for Sweetpea, she was lonely and socially isolated. Her own baby was taken from her shortly after birth. When we heard a baby donkey was up for adoption in El Cajon we patiently waited until he was old enough to be weaned from his mother. This was life changing for both Sweetpea and a baby boy who needed a new mother. Meet JP.