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Meet the Animals



Gabe was born on a Shire farm with genetic abnormalities, unable to register him, they planned to sell him to a zoo for meat. CT Draft Horse Rescue saved him & provided the surgery he needed.  We adopted from CDHR to make room for more horses.  He is a gentle giant and very fond of kisses.

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Omen was rescued from the kill pen by a loving man, but he was unable to care for him long term, so Omen was sent to CT Draft Horse Rescue.  He was adopted out several times but ended up back at the rescue through no fault of his own, that's when he came to us.   The key to this gorgeous guys heart is a good neck scratch.

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Molly was an Amish workhorse in PA until she became lame.  A farmer purchased her for resale at auction, most likely by the pound for meat. Often female horses are impregnated to add weight to the scale and money to the pocket. Upon her arrival at our sanctuary Molly was pregnant, terribly malnourished, had a hoof abscess & trembled when touched.
She delivered her filly, Reed, at our sanctuary in Spring of 2021.  Both Mom and baby are thriving.  Reed is a sweet little ball of energy and we love to watch her sprint around the pasture.



Sonny & Lucy, or "the Minis" as they are affectionately called, were rescued from a hoarding situation by Gerda’s Animal Aid.  We took them in to make room for more rescues at Gerda's.  Don't let their compact statures fool you, these two cuties rule the pasture!

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Randall was rescued from the kill pen at an auction by a kind young woman.  She could not provide a permanent home for him so we agreed to take him in.  Randall was very skittish in the beginning, but has developed a true friendship with Molly, and as a result has blossomed into a confident, and dare we say very handsome, young mule.



Duke & Tootsie came from MSPCA at Nevins Farm.  They LOVE belly rubs and napping almost as much as they love snacking.  If you visit the sanctuary they are sure to greet you, as they are the friendliest & most curious little pot belly pigs you'll ever meet.

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Keith and Kenny were surrendered by their owner due to the pandemic.  Despite their robust and healthy frames, these boys are actually Nigerian dwarf goats.  They are the most polite & well behaved goats in residence.

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Oakley & Francis were owner surrenders  from a goat farm in VA.  Oakley is our largest goat weighing in at about 150 lbs.  He is a super love bug and will tug relentlessly on your sleeve until you scratch his cheeks.  Francis is a world  renowned jumper, easily escaping the highest of pen walls.  They are parents to Noah.



Noah was also an owner surrender from the VA goat farm, and just a wee kid when he arrived at the sanctuary.  Having been showered with attention and love by volunteers he has grown into a very charming & affectionate goat.

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Oakley is also proud Papa to these little twin mischief makers, Vincent & Buttercup.  They were born at our sanctuary shortly after the VA goat family arrived.  Buttercup was born first, Vincent second.  His birth was a difficult one, and volunteers had to intervene.  His legs needed to be tapped for a few days to help him stand & walk properly.  The twins are growing quickly & can be found most days frolicking in the yard.

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Teddy was rejected by his mother at a meat farm & never received the vital colostrum necessary for a healthy immune system.  He wasn't found for 3 days following his birth, during which time he fell victim to the elements.   He had several abscesses, a persistent open wound on his back due to insect infestation & urinary tract scar tissue. Several attempts were made to drain the abscesses & repair the scar tissue build up, but ultimately he required surgery.  Today Teddy is a thriving young steer thanks to our generous donors.



Ollie is younger, but much bigger than Teddy.  Cows are natural herd animals and Ollie was brought on to keep Teddy company and teach him how to be a proper steer.  The boys are happiest out exploring the field together.  Watching their friendship grow has been a heartwarming privilege.



Little Shootie was an owner surrender.  He lived quite the pampered indoor life prior to the sanctuary, but he is adjusting nicely to barn living.  His previous owners visit him regularly where he is showered with love, treats and stroller rides.  This boy is sassy but oh so lovable!



Our hill town kids hail from Blandford.  Upon their arrival they were very wary of human contact, but after much patience and TLC they've come around beautifully.  They are our smallest goat guests, be sure to check out their beautiful blue eyes when you visit.

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Thomas previously resided in the living room of a private residence where conditions were very unsanitary, he was surrendered to us by the homeowner.  You cant miss Thomas, he is the official barn greeter here at the sanctuary, where his beautiful plumage is always on display.



This little gal came to the farm, straight from her Princess themed bedroom, when her human was transferred across the country for work.  It was a very sad parting of ways,.



Eddie was hatched at a Rhode Island college. A student brought him home during holiday break, but unfortunately Eddie's excitement at having a new home was loud & disturbing to the neighbors.  Eddie came to live with us shortly there after where he enjoys top rooster status in the hen house.

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Fred & Rita are new owner surrenders to the sanctuary.  They are distinctive for the basal knob on top of their heads.  Their hobbies include lounging pool side and chasing the volunteers.



We're please to introduce Avery, a most handsome new addition to our flock.  He likes to pal around with Olga, Thomas & Eddie in the main barn.



This is our newest addition to the farm family.  This lovely lady was an owner surrender and is very gentle and sweet from day one.

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OK, so he's not so little, but his heart is as big as he his.  He helps Thomas greet all our visitors and can be found most days rolling over for a belly rub!



Petunia joined the family when her bonded partner passed away, she needed the comfort of other animals to thrive, and so we took her in.  She's a wonderful girl and Manny was thrilled to have another sheep in the pasture.

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This dynamic duo were just mere months old when they were saved by a good Samaritan from the slaughter house.  They spent some time in quarantine and were slowly introduced to the rest of our big goat family, they are doing great in gen pop.



This little one was separated from her mom right after birth.  She came to us at just 3 weeks old and was bottle fed until she got a bit bigger.  Today she is thriving and on her way to the 150# she will eventually be.



This handsome little fellow was about to be euthanized when West Springfield Animal Control reached out.  He's living the good life at the sanctuary now.



Hand raised from eggs these four boys happily roam the grounds each day, they love munching on meal worms & taking a cool dip on hot summer days.

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Turkeys, Chicks & Roosters

Late summer 2021 we had an owner surrendered flock of baby turkeys, chickens & roosters arrive.  The gal pictured is quite a ham, never misses a photo op.  But trying to get the rest of them to all sit still for a nice picture is proving to be difficult indeed! So stop on by & meet them all during visiting hours!

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