MEET THE RESIDENTS!
ALPACA and LLAMAS
We have 13 alpaca and 2 llamas on the Sanctuary.
They've come from a variety of situations and histories but now have a safe, warm, loving forever home. The male alpaca are guarded by a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog and the female alpaca are guarded by a female llama.
We have Hens, Roosters, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl and Turkeys free ranging throughout the sanctuary property. The geese are a kind of burglar alarm when strangers arrive. The Guinea Fowl eat ticks. The Turkeys love their humans and are incredibly social. Every Hen and Rooster has a name and a unique personality.
We call the cows our "grass puppies" because they love to dance, play ball, and fetch. They want to sit in your lap and jump on your back, which is challenging when the puppy weighs 1000 pounds. Our most famous resident is Dudley the Scottish Highland Bull. He's extremely friendly and has 1800 pounds of enthusiasm!
Donkeys have a reputation for being stubborn. The reality is that they are extremely intelligent and make decisions based on life experience. When we hear the donkey bray, we know we're home!
Think of goats as permanent 3 year olds; they'll do whatever it takes to get into trouble. We have Nubian, pygmy, and silky fainting goats who are always happy to see any visitor, even young children.
HORSES, PONIES, and MINIS
Equines are complex physical and emotional creatures which benefit from teams of volunteers who provide socialization and exercise. As with all our residents at the Sanctuary, each equine has a backstory. Caring for them gives us great joy!
Pigs are smarter than most dogs; they solve puzzles, have a wide range of vocalizations, and even have a social hierarchy. We have 4 pig areas because their emotional interactions require their separation into tribes. We can't imagine how anyone could eat a creature that is so complex.
Sheep are very gentle and intelligent animals.They have a long-lasting memory and recognize faces. They also are very emotional animals and have different vocalizations to express themselves. Our flock is the newest group to the Sanctuary and are living in the goat paddock. They are loving their new forever home!
Although it may sound odd, our Sanctuary is surrounded by 70 acres forest has many residents that come and go as they please - wild turkeys, deer, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, fisher cats, coyotes and even bears. Our role is to share the land with these wild residents while also keeping the farm animals safe.