Help a neglected animal receive lifesaving care

by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
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Help a neglected animal receive lifesaving care
Help a neglected animal receive lifesaving care
Help a neglected animal receive lifesaving care

Meet our new arrival Donovan the Baby Goat.

At only nine months of age, Donovan has fought some tough battles in life so far.

Donovan was living the typical life of a goat in a Future Farmers of America (FFA) high school program until tragedy struck. Two 100+ pound dogs broke into the school farm at Pacheco High in Los Banos, California and mauled Donovan and his herd mates.

Donovan nearly died from the injuries and subsequent wound infections he sustained on his head, neck, and left ear in the attack. The raging trauma to his ear was so severe a veterinarian needed to amputate his ear completely.  The school, especially student Zackary who was originally raising Donovan for slaughter, rallied behind Donovan during his long recovery. One thing became very clear during this time - everyone at the school fell in love with this little lad.

Unlike the vast majority of FFA animals, Donovan would not be destined for slaughter. Zackary and his agriculture teacher organized a life-saving effort to divert Donovan from the auction yard.  A few weeks ago, Zackary emailed us with a request we couldn’t refuse. Our answer to Zackary’s request to provide sanctuary for Donovan was a resounding YES.

Donovan is now home at our sanctuary. As our new kid settles in at the sanctuary, you can make Donovan feel right at home. Our little lad is CL-positive (a drug-resistant bacteria he will carry inside of him for the rest of his life).

With your support, we can ensure Donovan is healthy and happy for his entire life at the sanctuary. On Wednesday, July 18th (starting at 6 am PST), your donation to Donovan will be matched for a limited time only. 

Your compassionate support saves lives - thank you for supporting Donovan.

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Flip and Flop were saved from an animal hoarder.
Flip and Flop were saved from an animal hoarder.

Over the last week, we found ourselves immersed in a situation straight out of a would-be episode of “Hoarders”.

See for yourself.

We received an urgent plea from a concerned family in Stanislaus County. An elderly disabled man in the family was hoarding animals in a tiny backyard shed. The “living” conditions were deplorable.

Through compassionate negotiations, we were able to save the lives of 38 animals over the last week: 30 rabbits, 4 turtles, 2 doves, and 2 chickens.

Rescuing the animals, like Flip and Flop the Bunnies, was the easy part. Caring for the survivors is the challenge before us now.

Every act of generosity has a positive impact.

As we start 2018, support the #SavedfromHoardingHell survivors with a compassionate contribution today.

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Jupiter rocking her chicken mullet.
Jupiter rocking her chicken mullet.

Please extend a warm fuzzy welcome to Baby Jupiter.

Jupiter entered this big world like so many baby chcks do. Baby J. was hatched at a commercial hatchery in Missouri. Shortly after hatching, this little one was tightly boxed up with hundreds of other silkie chicks for a multi-state journey into the unknown.

The cardboard surface of a chick transport box is patterned with evenly-spaced holes around the waist of the box to provide not-so-adequate air flow for these hopeful, bewildered newborns. It is an oddly unsafe-looking but all-too-common transport unit for millions of baby chicks around the country every day. A typical chick journey by the US Postal Service is two long days. Each chick shipment has a unique destination. A meat facility. A backyard bird outfit. A feedstore.

Jupiter's first day of life was filled with many different jarring moments. It's a chick rollercoaster really. Pulled from the hatcher, loaded on a complex network of machines connected by a speedy conveyor belt, and transferred in to a loading box for shipment.

You gotta wonder: was Jupiter hoping to find the warmth under her mother's wing at the end of this bumpy entrance to this world?

Now ready for postal transport, the chick rollercoaster continues outside of the hatchery and into this big scary world. Deafening noises of postal vehicles, pothole-induced shifts of the transport box repositions the orientation of precious shipment box on-truck, blinding white light followed by blinding darkness, and unpredictable swirls of hot and cold move in and out of the holes of the transport box. Too fast, too furious for such fragile lives.

When will this ridiculous rollercoaster ride end? Not yet.

After two days of travel, this cardboard box with Jupiter onboard arrived at its final destination. Yet another unknown place to Baby Jupiter called Stockton, California.

Shortly after arrival, Jupiter's box was opened. Piercing white light showered the little eyes of Jupiter and her  chickmates. A large hand would scoop up a few chicks at a time to be placed in another plastic container wearing a sign that reads "Silkie Chick - $x.xx". The final destination is a feedstore in an urban-rural dot on the map. So far from Missouri.

Jupiter was placed in the container with everyone. (Was Jupiter wondering at this point if this is where her mother would be waiting to reunite? So much hope, so much.)

Jupiter was a bit different from the other chicks though. Baby J. couldn't stand up without falling. The tiny neck connecting Jupiter's tiny head to her tiny body was twisted. There was no way Jupiter could navigate through the sea of chicks in the bin to find her first taste of food and water on earth. This rollercoaster ride never ends, does it?

Hours pass by, Jupiter's twisted neck tilts her head towards to the blank feedstore ceiling above. Large figures appear and disappear above the bin frequently.

Constant chirping for initial nutrition and motherly warmth gives way to exhaustive silence for Jupiter until a hand appears inches away from Jupiter's penny-size head. A single finger is extended towards Jupiter and then it slowly transforms into a human-skinned cup to scoop Jupiter up in.

We are now Jupiter's mom - not as wonderful as his birth mom would be somewhere in Missouri. But, we will move the heavens to be the best moms we can be for Jupiter now.

The first moments of Jupiter's life are not okay. But, we will make all of Jupiter's next moments just right.

Welcome home, Jupiter. The rollercoaster ride is over.

Support Jupiter and many other animals today by becoming a monthly supporter of the sanctuary!


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Ethel wants you to join our PIGs Club.
Ethel wants you to join our PIGs Club.

Our PIGs (Partners in Giving) Club Membership Drive is underway this month!

Join our exclusive group of compassionate members who donate to the sanctuary on a monthly basis through the PIGs Club. By July 31st, we hope to expand our club membership by 31 new donors.

Our special members sustain us in a way that pays our animal care expenses every month. Without this special club, we could not do our lifesaving work for animals.

The best thing about it is that it’s easy. You can sign up as a monthly supporter through GlobalGiving today!

Join the club and save a life.

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Luke's testicular tumor
Luke's testicular tumor
We recently received a rescue call that simply blew us away.

A local resident called us for "guidance" on how she should euthanize her aging rabbit at home by placing the rabbit under a bucket with glue. She had heard mice were "humanely" euthanized in this manner. Under a bucket, she said, a mouse would inhale the glue's toxic fumes and die slowly.

Listening to the caller's voicemail, our jaws dropped in horror. We quickly returned the call and instructed the caller that this practice of killing a rabbit (or any animal) is illegal and grossly inhumane.

After a lengthy discussion of why rabbits deserve veterinary care and support, we convinced the caller that we could offer guidance in a different way. We offered to take the rabbit into our care. Thankfully, the woman agreed to surrender the rabbit to us.

According to the caller, the rabbit has had a shockingly large mass on his testicle for at least six months. No vet care whatsoever. No pain control medication. Just prolonged suffering.

We are so relieved our new friend is safe with us now, receiving the compassionate care he deserves.

This sweet soul now has a name. Please give Luke Skywalker a warm welcome to the sanctuary.

Luke has a lot of catching up to do in the 'TLC Department'.
Make a contribution to support the care of Luke and other animals at our sanctuary. This week only, donations up to $50 will be matched by 50 percent.
Let's make Luke's new life an amazing one!
Luke getting examined before surgery.
Luke getting examined before surgery.
Luke recovering after tumor removal surgery.
Luke recovering after tumor removal surgery.
Luke loves his little bunny bed.
Luke loves his little bunny bed.


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Location: Stockton, CA - USA
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Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
Christine Morrissey
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Christine Morrissey
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