Lenny, a remarkable soul who has since passed away (may he rest in peace), possessed a unique blend of traits. Serious and concerned, he carried an air of cautiousness, always observing his surroundings. Yet, underneath his reserved demeanor, a kind heart beat, waiting to blossom once trust was established. Lenny’s story began with his mother, Virginia, an ewe rescued from a live-auction slaughterhouse. Virginia’s rescue was part of a larger operation by Santa Cruz County Animal Services, who intercepted over a dozen animals from a facility where individuals could select their animals to be slaughtered on-site. We took Virginia in at the sanctuary and soon after Lenny was born. He was a symbol of resilience and the power of compassion in the face of adversity. Though Lenny is no longer with us, his memory serves as a reminder of the precious lives we strive to protect and honor.