Renegade is a mustang who once ran wild on public land with his herd. He was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management at two years old, and was eventually adopted by a man who cared for him for 25 years. Sadly, his person passed away in 2019. His dying wish was for Renegade to be in a stable, loving home.
After being cared for by the staff at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter for 9 months, Renegade came to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary to live out his life. We were warned that Renegade could be agitated and upset at times, and was potentially dangerous. When he arrived at the sanctuary he was reluctant to be handled and didn’t want to be touched. We took great care to move cautiously around him, and work with him slowly and gently.
Since his arrival at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary,Renegade has blossomed. Every morning before his breakfast, he nuzzles up to the CAPE Animal Caretakers, and requests back scratches and kisses. He shows trust and affection now, something that took months to gain. He spends his days grazing the pasture with Remy, his new best friend, and a herd of burros, also rescued from the BLM.
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