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Emergency Rescue: Twenty Imperiled Animals Will Sleep in Warmth & Safety at Farm Sanctuary Tonight

Earlier today, five members of Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Team and Mike Stura from Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue spent four hours rescuing 17 sheep (including six lambs), two goats, and a bull calf from a property about two hours west of our shelter in Watkins Glen, NY.

The sheep were terrified, but the young bull and the goats came to us willingly —  they were so desperately hungry.

The animals have been living without any shelter at all — no place to escape from driving rain, gusting winds, and freezing temperatures. When we arrived, they were hoof-deep in snow, shivering, with nowhere to go.

The conditions were so difficult and the sheep so frightened that, in some cases, we needed to practically “sled” down this hill while holding them in order to get them off the property and to safety. Here, Senior Shelter Manager Tara Hess executes this maneuver with a scared sheep.

Last night must have been excruciating for them. Temperatures dipped down into the low twenties, with wind chills and snow squalls making it feel even colder. The animals must have spent the night desperately huddled together for warmth. It would be the only way to survive such brutal conditions, especially for the lambs.

Tara and me attempting to herd some of the sheep toward the trailer. They didn’t yet understand that they were headed to safety, so the herding didn’t wind up working as well as it would have under better circumstances. We wound up having to put halters on most of them in order to guide them.

By some miracle, they made it through the night. But they are in terrible condition and need urgent care. 

Mike Stura of Skylands and Farm Sanctuary Senior Caregiver Mike Cogliano guide a frightened sheep toward the trailer to safety.

I’m particularly worried about the six lambs. Babies are more vulnerable to cold, and these sweethearts have had no protection from the elements beyond the valiant efforts of their mothers. Hypothermia and frostbite are serious concerns.

I’m also certain that some of the sheep are pregnant. I’m grateful that none of them gave birth in these recent cold temperatures — the babies would have never survived. However, pregnant sheep means we will soon have more births at Farm Sanctuary. We need to make sure the mothers-to-be are properly nourished and healthy enough to make it through what could be very difficult deliveries.  

As for nutrition, many of the sheep look thin and undernourished. There was no food in sight and no water source; they had resorted to eating tree bark to stave off their hunger. I can tell by the matted, patchy condition of their coats that they are not well — they definitely need to be looked at for lice and other biting and internal parasites. 

Mike C. carries a sheep toward the trailer.

I haven’t talked about the poor goats or little bull yet, mostly because I get choked up thinking about them. They were so hungry they ran to us and up on to the trailer with no prodding. The three of them were clearly starving. 

The young bull is terribly thin and eagerly ate the grain we gave him.

I’m especially concerned about the male goat, whose ribs and spine are clearly visible. He’s emaciated and looks awful. One glance at his overgrown hooves makes me think he has never received any care at all. These animals were just thrown out in the pasture with the sheep to fend for themselves. Thankfully, they are not alone now.  

Poor calf in the trailer, his emaciated state plain to see.

Two hours after we left that terrible place with the animals in tow, we arrived at Farm Sanctuary and carefully helped them out of the truck and into our Rescue and Refuge Barn, where they were met by friendly faces, heated floors, straw beds, and lots of hay. They are fearful of their new surroundings, but we hope they will feel warm and protected. For the first time in their lives, they will receive proper care, and shelter from the cold.

Mike S. carries a sheep from the trailer after our arrival at Farm Sanctuary, greeted by shelter staffers who’ve prepared a new temporary home where these animals will spend their first night in safety.

In fact, they will never be vulnerable to the elements again — because at Farm Sanctuary they can move freely from pasture to barn whenever they choose. And in cold nighttime conditions like we had last night, animals choose the barn. I can barely imagine how cold these poor animals were last night, standing in the snow as the wind whipped around them.

Newly rescued sheep in a warm barn with soft bedding at last.

While there are still many unknowns about this rescue and what it will take to save these animals, it is clear that they are fighters. They could not have survived this long otherwise. 

Bringing hay for our hungry new arrivals.

As you can see, they were happy to get it and wasted no time digging in.

With their continued determination, our expert care, and your generous support, we will do everything in our power to ensure they make full recoveries.

Mike C. visiting quietly with the goats, who seemed so relieved to have food and warmth at last.

This sweet goat’s condition is of particular concern (though it is clear that they have all been through so much and have a tough road ahead).

It has been a long day and it is just the beginning. Please help make sure Farm Sanctuary has the resources necessary to care for these newest residents, rescue more animals in crisis, and continue all our work for farm animals by donating to our Emergency Rescue Fund. As always, we are so thankful for your support!

Checking one of the sheep and trimming hooves during an initial examination with Shelter Manager Jill Tedeschi.

One of Mike C.’s new goat friends coming up to investigate while he trims the overgrown hoof of another new arrival.

Checking my notes. “Are you writing something nice about me?”

Removing the ear tag from a newly rescued sheep.

Snug in a new coat, things are finally looking up for this sweetheart.

thevalyrian  asked:

Do you have any recommendations for sites to read cute and factual stories about animals? I occasionally lose willpower and look at the Dodo, but would much rather spend my browsing time on a website with more integrity/accuracy.

My go-to for this is AZA zoo facebook pages. They’re always sharing stories about their animals and cute videos. Same for good animal sanctuaries. Pet rescues are… a little more hit and miss, but generally big shelters do a pretty decent job of not spreading incredibly incorrect info. 

little ways to cope with stress ♡

➳ make silly faces in the mirror

➳ take a bubble bath

➳ pet a friendly puppy/kitten

➳ dance to your favorite song

➳ eat a rainbow of fruits (& veggies)

➳ take a long nap

➳ read some story books

➳ build a blankie fort then fill it with stuffies & fairy lights

➳ visit a toy store (or several)

➳ watch your favorite movies back to back
➳ give yourself a makeover
➳ color color color

➳ listen to lullabies or soft music

➳ do some yoga
➳ make snow angels

➳ pack a picnic
➳ cook some macaroni & cheese

➳ go on a long walk or scavenger hunt

➳ paint a picture frame or flower pot

➳ go to an animal/exotic bird sanctuary

➳ cuddle up with a bottle/binkie

➳ cry cry cry

➳ put together a puzzle

➳ eat a lollipop (or several)

➳ make a mobile with ribbon & paper
➳ bang together pots & pans

➳ build a block castle
➳ play dress up
➳ build a snowman

➳ go to an art/science museum

➳ bake cupcakes or cookies

➳ visit a candy shop (buy some sweets)

➳ make homemade hot cocoa

➳ brush your teeth & hair
➳ play cute online games

➳ buy a new toy or coloring book

➳ set goals then celebrate them

➳ watch funny youtube videos

➳ make a collage of cute photos for your wall
➳ set up a bird or chipmunk feeder
➳ stay in your jammies all day
➳ have a tea party with your stuffies
➳ make a new “imaginary” friend
➳ marathon your favorite cartoons


EVERYONE! OLD FRIENDS SENIOR DOG SANCTUARY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Please help make this a swift and easy transition for the Old Friends, if you have any money at all to spare consider donating to the moving fund! We all love seeing Leo, Captain Ron, Mildred, Toby, Leona, Lacy, and all the other old friends. Let’s give back to something that gives US joy!

When Jasmine was alive, she and the fawn, Bramble, were inseparable. Even birds would perch themselves on her nose and be led around the shelter.

“As soon as an animal is brought in, she walks over takes a sniff or two and then licks and cuddles them… she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits -which greyhounds usually chase down the track.”


“Our culture will go vegan, transform, and flourish, or it will continue brutalizing animals, humans, and the earth to its self destruction. We are not the only species on this planet, and we cannot continue to usurp the wisdom of the web of life here.”
— Will Tuttle
Photographed by Hof Butenland Farm Sanctuary. (Don’t delete caption)

Cats Need Your Help!

This is very urgent, “The World’s Greatest Cathouse”, otherwise known as “Puffy Paws Kitty Haven,” Is an Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary style house, but for cats! They foster any and all cats, but especially old, disabled, or ‘unwanted’ cats. They run out of Englewood, FL and are a non-profit organization. Sounds great, right?


They have run out of funds. They only have enough food until Friday, which is TOMORROW. They’ve seen to have raised a bit of money, but the situation is urgent. They post about all the funds needed to care for kitties, while also taking lots of photos (I know everyone loves photos of cats!) and posting them for our pleasure.

Please check out Puffy Paws Kitty Haven, they’re in desperate need of help! 

Donate here!


Website (Also has options to shop for the kitty’s needs)

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