Hank is 11 years old and has cancer. He was brought to the shelter where he became increasingly upset and agitated. The shelter was a very scary place for Hank - loud noises, unfamiliar smells, caring strangers going in and out of his kennel trying to figure out what to do to help him. Lots of people were advocating to save him, but the tumor on his side, infected ears, and unsettled behavior made adoption possibilities remote.
When the shelter contacted us, we flew into action. CAPE's Animal Medical Fund enables us to help animals like Hank who have very few options. The shelter veterinarians were able to remove the mass on his side and CAPE took over from there.
Hank went into a wonderful CAPE foster home last week and we are waiting, holding our breath, for the pathology report to inform us what kind of cancer he had. Please keep your fingers crossed that it's benign!
Hank went to the vet on Wednesday and we took care of the ear infections. As you can see, Hank is pretty comfy in his foster home - and now we wait. We will keep you posted about the pathology report and Hank will probably be available for adoption once we make sure he is all tuned up!
Thank you so much for giving to CAPE's Animal Medical Fund so we can continue saving lives - lives like Hank's! www.capeanimals.org/animal-medical-fund
When CAPE goes on a rescue mission or visits overcrowded shelters, we usually end up taking animals who have the poorest chance of finding homes - those who are suffering from severe medical issues that leave them with a slim chance of survival, let alone a happy ending. Medical issues are expensive and often shelters don't have the financial means or the space to provide these animals with the relief and time they so desperately need.
CAPE's Animal Medical Fund allows us to treat and care for some of the most difficult cases. To heal the injured. To end the suffering. It gives us the opportunity to provide animals with forevers when their days were being counted.
For Giving Tuesday this year, we are raising money to replenish our Animal Medical Fund so that our mission of helping animals with special needs can continue. Just like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is one of the biggest days of the year- except it's focused on your favorite non-profits.
We are so excited to report, thanks to many generous donors, every dollar you donate towards the Animal Medical Fund for Giving Tuesday will be doubled up to $21,000.
Our goal for 2020 is to raise a total of $50,000 for the Animal Medical Fund. For this Facebook #GivingTuesday campaign, we are hoping to raise $3,000. That $3,000 will be matched, getting us closer to our overall goal of raising $50,00 for our Animal Medical Fund.
Please help us reach our goal and donate TODAY. Every dollar helps save lives in need! Thank you so much for your support. We will continue to share stories in the next few days of the most current animals that are receiving excellent care thanks to the Animal Medical Fund. Stay tuned!
Ingrid Newkirk, Co-founder & President, PETA
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Foothills Event Center, Grass Valley, CA
CAPE is honored to host Ingrid Newkirk, the dynamic leader for more than 35 years of the world’s largest animal rights organization. Ingrid’s adult life has been dedicated to ending animal suffering. Ingrid has spoken internationally on animal rights issues from the steps of Canadian Parliament to New Delhi, India. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear Ms. Newkirk speak.
• All proceeds will benefit CAPE’s animal rescue programs.
Sadie is a one year old Maltese mix female who was brought to a shelter in Sacramento with a fractured pelvis. She needs about 4 weeks of rest for the pelvis to heal .
Sadie is very gentle, quiet, affectionate and adorable!
She needs to be spayed and other than the pelvic fracture, she appears very healthy. This little cutie will have a long line of adopters wanting her as she is snuggly and sweet!
Sadie is now in a CAPE foster home. She is rehabilitating in a cozy environment with a loving foster guardian. The socialization and love that she is receiving on a daily basis will help her restore health, build trust, and transition into adoption easily. Just a few more weeks of rest and Sadie is ready for her forever!
We want to thank our generous foster families and community of supporters! We also want to thank our incredible rescue partner CWOB, for always being so willing to help when CAPE rescue animals need a safe place to land.
Almost three weeks ago, Renegade arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. His new home is a corral that butts up against the equine pasture. Over the weeks, and over the top of his fencing, he has met all the donkeys as well as Remy, an ex racehorse who has been rehabilitated into a healthy, happy horse.
Although when he first laid eyes on Renegade, Remy was anything but happy. He became upset, charging around the pasture, herding the donkeys away from Renegade's corral. But as the days have passed, we have seen the two horses begin to form what we imagine will be a lifelong friendship.
In recent days, Remy has been hanging out next to Renegade. Over the fence of the corral, they have touched noses, sniffing and learning about each other in the way that horses do.
Renegade's demeanor has also changed. At first, he was cranky and standoffish to the CAPE staff and volunteers. The recently diagnosed Cushing's Disease made him feel lousy which put him in a bad mood. But with medication and his new diet, Renegade has slowly transformed into a much happier guy. His coat is finally shedding (a sign that the disease is calming down) and he is beginning to enjoy being brushed and petted. As his personality is softening so is his coat.
Within the next few weeks, the CAPE staff will make the decision when to open Renegade's gate allowing him to fully integrate with his new found friends. That will be an exciting day, and we will be sure to post all the details on this blog.
Thank you for your support that allows CAPE to rescue and provide a loving home for animals like Renegade, who have special needs.
Remy and Renegade sharing a moment in the sunshine.
While he was at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Renegade attracted a whole herd of advocates! Kathy was one of them. She helped to spread the word through the county and beyond, telling everyone about Renegade in the hopes of finding him a forever home.
Kathy has been a friend and supporter of CAPE"s for many years. She reached out to CAPE staff and told us about Renegade. She described how his guardian had passed away but not before making a final wish that someone take care of his horse, She told us about Renegade's personality - how he loved the company of other animals and people. CAPE staff also learned that Renegade suffered from Cushing's Disease and would need specific medical care for the rest of his life.
This past weekend, Kathy and her husband Ian came to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary to visit Renegade and to see where he will spend the res of his days. Enjoy the video that shows how happy they both were to be reunited.
When he found out he was dying, the man's only wish was for someone to give his beloved horse a safe home. The man passed away before his wish could come true. His horse, Renegade, a once wild mustang rounded up in Nevada by the Bureau of Land Management, was now 27 years old and sick with Cushing's Disease.
With his guardian and familiar pasture gone forever, Renegade ended up at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. They kindly cared for him for nine months. During this time, shelter staff, volunteers and members of the Santa Cruz community actively searched the entire country looking for a sanctuary where Renegade could find peace in his final years.
While at the shelter, the staff quickly learned that Renegade loved company. Although he could not see his fellow barnyard companions as their enclosures blocked their view, Renegade bonded with goats and pigs. His behavior would change for the worse whenever his friends were adopted, leaving him behind.
When the staff at CAPE learned of Renegade, we knew we could grant the wish of his guardian and provide Renegade with a new pasture he could call home. Arrangements were made and on an overcast morning, Renegade was transported from Santa Cruz to Grass Valley.
He weathered the journey and was soon walking down to his new pasture where the rescued donkeys and CAPE's ex-racehorse Remy were grazing. Remy realizing something was new, kicked up his hooves and tossed his head. He was making sure the newcomer knew who was in charge.
Renegade was introduced to a temporary corral where he would be made comfortable for the coming days until the time was right to integrate him with the equine herd.
Because he has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease, Renegade will need monthly veterinary visits, blood draws and medication to stave off the symptoms.
You can be a part of Renegade's rescue and path to a healthy future. Please sponsor Renegade with a monthly donation. Your support will pay for blood draws, medications, special diet feed and veterinary care.
CAPE will devote this blog to Renegade's progress over the next few months. We thank you for your support and hope you will check back for more updates on how he responds to meeting the other equines; receives visitors who advocated for him; has his first veterinary check up, and more!
Thank you to Carol Hansen Dix and Therese Hukill-DeRock for the photos!
Special thanks to Staci Sanders for creating and sharing the video below!
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer