Sometimes the story is about an animal
that is rejected or orphaned at birth. Without their mother's care,
these babies are denied life as soon as it is given to them. But
with diligent and loving care, we can offer these animals hope for
a future. Such is the story for two of our favorite farm animals,
Walter the sheep and Raymond the goat (both are shown to the left).
Other times the story is about animals who outlive the capacity
of their owners to give them adequate care. This is the story for
many of our animals, including two of our popular residents, Stanley
and Stella, the sulcata tortoises (shown below).
There are also rescues of livestock with poor breeding potential
but whose owners could not see them slaughtered for consumption.
Mike and Joe, the oxen came from such a background.
And, of course, every year there are horses in need of rescue from
The list goes on: It could have been that the owners simply could
not afford the expense or time to take proper care of their animals,
that there was not enough space, or maybe the owners found themselves
unqualified to meet the needs of their animals.