Your thoughtful donations are used in several ways to provide the highest quality of care to our residents. Also, donations are used to help provide “rescue” operations around our community on an as-needed basis. This can include rescue from fire, floods, as well as meeting other animal needs.
Below are some practical ways donations are used to support care for our residents.
Magnum and Sweet Pea are Hampshire and Yorkshire pigs that live at the sanctuary and both weigh upwards of 700lbs! With all of that weight to carry, foot care is extremely important. Every six months Magnum and Sweet Pea take a two-hour trailer ride (one way!) to CSU Vet Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins to take care of any hoof cracks, trimming needs, etc.
We have 9 cats at Zoology ranging in ages from 5 to 16! As you can imagine given their different ages, they have different nutritional needs. Cats Obie, Pocahontas, and Stitch all have a renal disease which is very common in older cats. They need a veterinary diet with lower protein values to keep their kidneys happy. Hermione and Panthro, on the other hand, have a sensitive tummy and can only handle a special gastrointestinal food otherwise they will get sick. Harry Potter, Neville, Taco, and Taquito are able to eat most foods. In order to monitor what food they eat and how much, all of the cats are created each morning and afternoon so they can have a peaceful and private meal!
Safety is always a concern for all of our animals at the farm. To keep them safe our staff performs monthly checks of every enclosure to ensure any damaged fencing, loose nails, and screws, ground holes, etc. are repaired as soon as possible. Sometimes bigger projects are needed too. Like two years ago, when we decided to completely cover our chicken and guinea hen yards in order to prevent foxes and other predators from being able to enter the yards.
Who doesn’t like to treat themselves every so often? We also like to treat our animals! This can be done in a variety of ways like using a Bluetooth speaker to provide natural sounds like birds chirping or rain to the rabbits. Offering different sized tunnels and beds for the ferrets to cuddle in. And PEANUTS, which are an ultimate favorite treat for our sheep, goats, and alpacas!