SARA friend Kim drove from San Antonio with a mama dog and her 8 puppies on Memorial Day. The puppy eyes are still blue, so the guess is about 6 weeks old.
We don’t have many details except they were found in San Antonio as strays. Mom and pups still need vet check ups. We’re calling the mom Mallory.
For sure, Mallory is an attentive mother who has managed to keep 8 puppies alive. She has some skin issues and needs to put on weight. So do her pups.
You can see in this top down photo that Mallory & her little mini-me need nutrition.
FINDING 9 HOMES
We are sending out an e-newsletter to raise awareness about this family of 9. We’ll need help with finding homes and the vet bills for puppy wellness and shots.
BE A SARA PUPPY INFLUENCER
Your help in sharing this post will help us find loving homes in the next few weeks. Thanks for following SARA animals behind-the-scenes and for supporting us monthly at Patreon.com/sarasanctuary
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
If you found your way to this page and want to help Mallory, you can join Patreon monthly or find other ways to give on our website: sarasanctuary.org/give
Rufus & Oreo are 2 male Holstein steers who were transferred to SARA Sanctuary in May 2021. Their previous sanctuary home struggled to make it during the difficult economic times of the pandemic.
Rufus & Oreo were rescued at 5 days old from a dairy and brought home in the back seat of the family Jeep.
Male calves born at the dairy are usually immediately killed or grown for veal. It’s actually cheaper for farmers to kill male calves immediately than to feed them for a few weeks for veal meat.
FROM JULIE AT FARMONY ACRES
“I’m sitting here remembering when we picked up Rufus from the dairy where he was born. The males are of no use to a dairy, so they are typically sent to slaughter shortly after birth. I knew absolutely nothing about cattle and I’d heard these dairy babies are often hard to save, but I wanted to give them a fighting chance.”
“There were 20 or so to choose from. I wanted to take them all, but we’d decided to take 2. I chose the handsome colorful calf with the blue eyes and we named him Oreo. Sam chose the smallest, bow-legged calf and we named him Rufus.”
“Rufus was so sick and weak. I had to put a tube in his belly to force feed him and give him electrolytes every 4 hours. At his worst, he was comatose in the bathtub. I almost gave up on him. I put a catheter in his jugular to administer IV fluids and cried. We sat beside him that night saying our goodbyes.”
“But Rufus wasn’t ready to go. The next morning he sat up on his own! Then he stood and walked on his own and started drinking from the bottle. That was the turning point for him. Now he’s strong and thriving. He’s still smaller than Oreo but he’s mighty!”
WHO HAS SEEN A DAIRY STEER?
SARA is the new home for these 2 dairy steers or ‘cowboys’. Very rarely do you see a 2 year old Holstein steer. You usually see the dairy moms who are producing milk, but they only live to be 5 or 6. Once dairy cows drop in milk producing, they are sent to slaughter. The lifespan of a Holstein is approximately 15 to 20 years.
Thanks for supporting SARA on Patreon so that we can take care of animals like Rufus & Oreo for a long time.
Rocket was at Texas country dog who liked to run fast and play. He hitched a ride from Seguin to Chicago with Fetching Tails Foundation and immediately found Emily Coffey as his foster mom. Emily explains why rescuing Rocket, now named Grover, was not rocket science.
Rocket/Grover at SARA Sanctuary in 2020
“Year 1 with Grover! We decided to foster at the start of the pandemic. I’d always wanted to, but wasn’t sure I could handle it with our work schedule. I made a New Year”s resolution to try it – I applied with my local shelter to foster cats, where we got our first foster as the country was about to shut down. Our friends adopted her, and we decided to try dog fostering since I was working from home, and we got connected to Fetching Tails Foundation.”
“We fostered four different dogs, including another from SARA (Mari now Kira). When we met Grover, who was Rocket then, he was the sweetest dog – we thought he was just getting adjusted but he has not changed all that much from that sweet boy we met a year ago.”
Rescue team Joanie & Grover waiting for treats
“Within a few days, he was integrated within our household and became good friends with one of our cats, Kingston. Kingston didn’t like any of our other foster dogs and keeps his distance from our first dog Joanie. So when he was Kingston approved, we knew we couldn’t let him go.”
Grover’s Gotcha Day at Fetching Tails. Happily a foster fail.
“A year later, Grover is doing great! He plays wonderfully with Joanie, loves his walks (especially when he gets a pupcup!) and charms every person he meets. And he is wonderful with our cats, especially his bud Kingston. He can be picky with other dogs, but loves any dog who respects his boundaries and will eventually play with anyone.”
Couch time with the family & Kingston
“Grover is so charming people literally will stop their cars to ask us about him. We finally got a dna test just so we could stop making up the answer to “what kind of dog is that?!” He is truly one of a kind.”
Grover’s DNA test to figure out what kind of Supermutt he is.
“I would encourage anyone to foster if they are thinking of adopting. It is a wonderful way to figure out the personality that catches your heart and works with your family. And if the animal isn’t a great fit, you’ve helped an animal on their journey to their forever home and will love it when the adopters share information with you about how happy they are together!”
Find more posts with Grover and his family on Instagram: joaniegroverandthekittycats
SARA PARTNERSHIPS TO SAVE ANIMALS
SARA works with shelters and rescues across the state, US and other countries to help place dogs and cats in new homes. Learn more about SARA’s partnerships: How Dog Swaps Help Animal Rescues.
Thanks for supporting SARA Sanctuary or Patreon so we can keep saving animals and finding homes for as many as possible. It’s not rocket science, but it does take a lot of help from partners, donors, volunteers, foster families and adopters. We appreciate your commitment.
SARA is getting ready to open up again after 16 months. We need help getting the sanctuary ready for visitors, events, team meet-ups, new sponsors & more volunteer days! We are giving our Patreon folks first shot at our 15 spots. We will publish the invitation link Friday morning May 21.
HOW TO SIGN UP
We are using SIGNUP.COM to organize our volunteers, times, tasks and what to bring. We have 15 spots and all kinds of tasks.
Thanks for coming out and working with us if you can or if you are close by. Not all the tasks will be glamorous or Instagram-worthy. But please bring your camera to share your experience and spread the love of SARA animals.
AGE LIMIT: 18+
We love kids & kids love the animals. But this will be a working day. We want to get as much done as possible. Kids will be welcome another time.
LIST OF GLAMOROUS TASKS
Barnyard feeding & clean up
Help build fences
Help build shelters
Help feed cats
Clean cattery/rabbit house
WHAT TO BRING
1. Your own lunch, snacks and drinks.
We will provide water. Catering is not available or in our budget right now. To respect the animals at the sanctuary, we kindly ask you to pack vegan food without animal products.
2. Protective wear like hat, close-toed shoes, work gloves.
Consider the heat. Sunscreen, hats, a towel. Think about your hands and feet.
3. Extra change of clothes and shoes.
You may get wet, dirty, slobbered on, step in something. Bring a bag for your dirties after volunteering.
4. Treats, Toys or Supplies
We will have cleaning supplies & equipment. If you feel the need to bring things, we have a standard list of items we always can use and appreciate, doesn’t have to be brand new: SARA Wishlist.jpg
5. Fruit & veggies for the animals
The pigs, cows, horses appreciate vegetables or fruit. You’ll make a friend for life. Carrots, apples, kale, bananas, watermelon, corn or any produce for the animals except onions & citrus. For dogs and cats, dry food only. No cans please.
6. Smart phone or camera for lots of pictures to share.
Think about where to keep your phone, charger, battery pack while working. We always need cute pics of animals. We adore sharing volunteer stories on social media.
This is our first time using the SignUp.com app. If we or you fumble, use the contact info:
Originally, Peanut the Texas show pig was a high School FFA project. But this animal love story has a twist. Lindsey explains her attachment to her friend Peanut, how he got saved and how he is doing now.
LINDSEY & PEANUT
“When I first got Peanut, he was really scared of me, but I immediately fell in love with his adorable face. After a week we became best buds, he enjoyed running and belly rubs. He was very smart, but silly at the same time.”
“Once we got close to show, I started feeling very guilty about the whole situation and thought there was no going back. I was devastated. I talked to my friend about how I didn’t want Peanut to die. The next day Peanut wasn’t feeling very well and wouldn’t eat at all. This went on for a week which made me think he understood everything that was going on.”
Lindsey & Peanut cuddling in his pen.
“I did everything I could, but my teacher suggested that I either put him down or send him to the slaughterhouse so my family could keep the meat. My whole family, excluding my parents, wanted Peanut’s meat and were pushing me to sell him. They offered me a lot of money, but there was just no price on my best friend.”
“My boyfriend John helped me look for shelters and got denied at most. Finally, we found SARA Sanctuary and found Peanut’s forever home. Thank you guys for making this possible.”
SHOW PIG & WILD PIG GET FRIENDLY
Domesticated Peanut has a best buddy in Krampus, a tame feral pig who showed up at SARA’s gate on Christmas Day. Krampus was neutered and had to be isolated from our pig herd until he was no longer fertile. That takes weeks.
To keep Krampus company, we introduced Peanut for some socializing. The two became fast friends. Yes, a wild pig and a show pig have a bromance at SARA Sanctuary. How cute is that?
Just a couple of pigs guys enjoying each other’s company
Thanks for following our Pig Tale on Patreon. Your monthly commitment helps save pigs like Krampus and Peanut who are spending time together with other pigs at the sanctuary.
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Valentina & Douglas are the 2 adopted Rhode Island Red chickens who are becoming slightly famous. Follow them on YouTube with Shelbi & Madison figuring out how to share their homestead garden with hungry chickens. Madison does the introduction to the newest adventures.
Meet Douglas and Valentina! Our newest additions to the family!
“We got these sweet ladies at @sarasanctuaryorg. After seeing the amazing work Tracy is doing over at the sanctuary last year, we knew adopting our new friends was what we needed to do. If you’d like to volunteer, adopt, or become a Patreon member I highly encourage you to do so!
This week on the vlog though we got a little ambitious and made a mistake…click the video link to see what it was.”
The chicken coup is becoming a real ‘hen house’ with more compartments to give Valentina & Douglas more room to be apart or together, depending on their moods.
We appreciate our new Patreon followers and for those of you who keep supporting SARA animals monthly. We are playing catchup over the weekend with new stories and updates on previous stories like Valentina & Douglas.
MORE OF SHELBI & MADISON
VIDEO 1: SARA TOUR WITH VLOGGERS SHELBI & MADISON