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Their Journey to Sanctuary

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From the middle of the forest to a dairy farm,  our rescued residents come from a variety of backgrounds. Four beloved animals told us their rescue stories.

“I was born on a farm, where I was forced to get pregnant over and over, so that I could produce milk. I lived with a lot of other goats, who had to do the same thing. I was not happy. After 7 years, the farmers could not use me anymore. They wanted to find me another home. Then, I was brought to Animal Place, with my friend Espresso. As soon as we arrived, I knew life would be different here. Whenever humans come to visit me, it’s always to give me love. I really like getting my face and back pet..just in case you come visit– Belle, sweet goat

“I grew up with fluffy cow Azalea. She looks like an Oreo and doesn’t really like people. We lived together for 7 years. The family who raised us wanted to start planting grapes on the land we were living on. To make room for the grapes, they were going to get rid of us. Pretty rude. The daughter really loved us and wanted to make sure we went to a safe home. She called Animal Place and asked if we could live at the sanctuary. They said yes! Now we have been living here for over a year, and we couldn’t be happier. Azalea and I especially love when the humans come to give us hay cubes.“ – Daffodil, perfect cow

“3 years ago, I was abandoned in the middle of the forest. After being alone for a few days,  I heard some footsteps, turned around, and saw a human. I immediately started attacking the human’s ankles. This is my form of love. The human picked me up, and I thought I would momentarily stop pecking while she held me. Later that day, I was brought to Animal Place. Ever since then, I’ve been attacking most humans who enter the chicken barn. “ – Don Juan, fierce rooster


“As a piglet, I was living in someone’s backyard. I knew they were raising me for slaughter, so I had to find a way out. I escaped through a gap in the fence, into the neighbor’s backyard. The neighbors called Animal Control, and soon enough I was brought to Animal Place. When I arrived, animal care director Hannah fed me every two hours, and slept next to me to keep me warm. You might say, she’s my favorite human. Two and a half years later, and I’m still loving the sanctuary life.” – Bert, cuddly pig  

18 Responses so far.

  1. Michael Gannon says:

    Great facility doing a great job! It’s disgusting what happens to animals on farms, ranches and dairies and any rescue is a great thing.

  2. Luana Duncan says:

    Such lovely stories! I’m so happy that all of you now live at Animal Place! I would love to come and visit all of you!

  3. I love knowing a place like this exists

  4. kathy Strang says:

    I love these stories abut how your residents found their home. Thank you for what you do.

  5. Beth Doherty says:

    I would love to see the sanctuary. It looks like the perfected place to live for the animals. Where do you live?

  6. Susan says:

    Animal Place residents are the LUCKIEST animals in the world…thanks to the KINDEST people in the world.

  7. Kudos to you for the fine place you have and the love you show these animals

  8. Donna Babao says:

    I love reading the animals stories. I planned on visiting several times but something always came up. I will visit some day.

  9. Kelly Jostad says:

    I know some of these sweet rescued animals. Daffodil
    , Belle… And I know Don Juan. It was so incredibly peaceful and spiritually fulfilling to have the opportunity to intern at this sanctuary and spend a few moments with some of these individuals.

  10. Anett says:

    You seem to really care. Where are you located?

  11. Isabel Herrera Hagar says:

    May the Great Mother send blessings to all the people that care for animals. May she reward them with prosperity and good health that they may continue to do this wonderful work. Blessed be.

  12. Tania says:

    Thank for your letter. This is a very good place for these animals.
    I live in South Florida. You have no idea how many bad things happen in this area for the animals. We are working on this to help and give a good life to farms animals in this area. It is not easy at all.
    Unfortunately, people from all over the World coming w/out special culture for the animals.
    We are trying hard.
    Keep and going good work.

  13. Teresa McGill says:

    My most heartfelt thanks for the incredible job !!!
    We have a nice chicken in Hayward. This is my daughter ‘s chicken. She got pregnant and moved to Washington State with both of her babies.
    We had the chicken in our back yard for five years. The poor thing ( Octavia the hen) has been sleeting in one of the branches of the lemon tree. She is very anxious and afraid. Although we close her in at night. She scapes and is afraid of something. Raccoon, or some other animal or animals. I beg you to allow us to take her to your sanctuary.
    Let me know how we can arrange a drop off. She gives us eggs once an a while. she is lonely because she lost her two sisters to predators in the middle of the night.
    Eagerly awaiting your response,
    Teresa
    510-259-3889