Some of our residents have come from larger rescue efforts, like Magnum P.I.G. (pictured above). We are home to about 140 animals that have come to us from varying backgrounds like hoarding, rescue, surrender and abandonment. Think of us as a foundation that plays a supporting role for those who actively rescue. Our small staff has their hands full with educational programming, as we feel that is extremely important to prevent future rescues.
Some of our residents have come from larger rescue efforts, like Magnum P.I.G. He came to us earlier this year from an unfortunate situation involving a group of individuals living on a commune in the mountains and a caring woman driving by daily who could see a lot of animals that were not properly cared for. Magnum was one of about 40 animals as well as one of the hard ones to place, as not many people have room for a pig that weighs 700-800 pounds. We swiftly built a fence in one of our larger enclosures to separate Magnum from our 2 smaller pigs and moved him in. He could barely walk, as his hooves were so overgrown. He had never had a shelter, and pigs do not have a furry coat, so those Colorado winters had to be miserable. Now, after a visit to CSU and a hoof trimming, Magnum is a happy and healthy pig that now has his own house, shade and is seen regularly running around in his pen. He wasted no time digging a hole and dumping his water basin into the hole to create his custom mud pit, which he wallows in daily. We are lucky to have this guy here and would love to share him with you on one of our tours. (video and still of Magnum)
Hurricane Harvey is another example of how we have been fortunate enough to help. Our founder was in touch with a group that needed hay for their horses that were evacuated due to rising waters. Some were not so lucky and did not survive. But, the ones that got out needed hay, and a lot of it. We sent down 2 semi-loads of hay and a 24’ trailer full of other horse supplies and first aid supplies. We also received cash donations from wonderful caring people, and matched the donation (and then some) to send $10,000 to 4 different organizations that were in the trenches, helping dogs, cats and other small animals in need. Our job is not done, there is more work to do and we are keeping our ears open for those in need. They will need support for a long time to come.
We took in a rooster named Bon Bon, who’s next stop would have been an end of life decision. His family loved him very much, but the neighbors did not like his daily crowing. It is not possible to be guaranteed you are getting a hen when the chicks are little, and yes, they are so darn cute! But some turn into roosters, which do not bode well in the city limits. Please be aware that animal shelters are getting over-run with this problem and consider adopting hens that are a year or two old if you live within city limits. It is tough to grow attached to them, and then find you cannot keep them due to city code. It is very difficult to find a home for a rooster, as most flocks can manage only one, unless they have been raised together. Please think about the needs of the animal you are thinking about brining into your home. Make sure you have the situation that is best for the animal in mind as well as your other pets. For example, a duck may not be the best pet if you already have a dog. You may be putting that animal’s life in danger. Or a bunny your child wants for Easter, but then is given up as your child grows and has lost interest, perhaps adoption might be the better route for a new family member.