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Animals Cared For

2018

Some of the animals we had to provide vet care to this year

Big Bird and Murray came to us from the Florida SPCA in 2015. Big Bird is 13 and Murray is 9 years old and they are being cared for in our geriatric division. They are both 1500 pounds or more and their weight has impacted their joints significantly. As a result they both have to take Bute (anti inflammatory) daily to help with their stiffness, discomfort and pain. Donations in the name of Big Bird and Murray are deeply appreciated as they will be on these meds indefinitely.

Lemuria, Cami and Roo have to get dewormers and vaccines twice a year to keep them healthy.

Prana was born 12/28/17. His mom is Splatter, his Dad is Frosty, and his Grandma is Bullseye. Prana is a healthy boy and just like all of the males that have been born here, they all have to be sterilized. Sterilization is done with a local anesthesia and is a simple procedure as long as it is performed while they are young.

Gizmo came to RGS on 10/2015 and is a former FFA project that was destined to be slaughtered had it not been for a compassionate young student named Alena Hidalgo that made saving Gizmo’s life her mission. (see video here) – Gizmo was raised to be slaughtered at 6 months of age, and he is now 3 years old. He weighs in around 650-700 pounds and the incredible weight bears down on his feet causing him pain and chronic discomfort. Gizmo has to take the Bute anti inflammatory daily to keep the inflammation down.

Lovely was such a special girl – She was 7 years old when she passed away and never knew the horrors of what it was like to be raised in a factory farm except that she never got to bond with her Mother. Lovely was raised here on the ranch from a chick before we were a sanctuary. Hens, like Lovely are genetically modified to produce eggs daily, whereas in the wild they would lay 12-30 per year. Because of this abnormality of their reproductive systems they are critically compromised as they get older and all sorts of problems occur that begin to weaken their overall immunity and the health of their internal organs. We did all we could to keep Lovely as comfortable as possible as she declined. She died at home on 4/6/18

*Geriatric – Older Bovine that need special attention, shelter, meds etc to make their life less stressful as they age.

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