!Belle lived on the streets of Mexico. Not knowing where her next meal would come from was most likely the only life she had ever known. Belle was rescued by our rescue partner Compassion Without Borders and brought to Muttopia, our shelter for rescued dogs co-created by CAPE and CWOB in 2016. Muttopia is a safe haven for dogs to receive the vet care and time they need to get back to health, both physically and psychologically.
Belle is a bit shy of humans so we decided to move her from Muttopia to CAPE's sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA where she could be in a foster home environment. She arrived here over the weekend and she’s already starting to play with toys and the other dogs. Last night she slept sprawled out on the bed she shared with two humans!
Belle is sweet, gentle, and darling. She weighs about ten pounds and we believe she is around 8 months old. She would do well in a calm house with another gentle dog.
CAPE is currently taking applications for Belle. If interested in adopting Belle, please go here!
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.
Izzy arrived at the shelter as a stray with mats, burs, missing hair, and irritated skin. Her vet exam determined that she was underweight, had cataracts, a sizeable under bite, and a significant heart murmur. In a nutshell, Izzy was in need of some major veterinary care.Once CAPE was contacted, we flew into high gear and placed Izzy in one of our amazing foster homes.
Izzy is approximately 12 years old. She met her four-legged foster family, including the resident cat, and did great. She had a much-needed bath and groom and she is already feeling so much better. Izzy also got a full vet workup, including bloodwork and urinalysis. The good news is she is quite healthy! Our biggest hurdle will be keeping an eye on Izzy’s heart murmur and managing her allergies. Already, her hair is starting to grow back and Izzy is adjusting to her new, pampered lifestyle. We will keep you posted on her progress.
If you would like to support animals like Izzy, please visit www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1.html
Often when visitors come to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, they are surprised to meet goats who had been destined for slaughter before being rescued and brought to the sanctuary. According to United Nations data, more than 450 million goats are slaughtered for food worldwide. USDA slaughter statistics indicate that nearly 1 million goats were slaughtered for their meat last year in the U.S. alone. However, since much of the slaughter of goats for meat is not included in federal slaughter figures, that figure most likely represents only 50 to 60 percent of actual goat slaughter within the U.S.
Goats are very playful, inquisitive and intelligent animals. They love climbing on rocks and often stand on their hind legs to reach tree branches, Goats communicate with each other by bleating. Mothers often call to their young kids to ensure they stay close-by. Mother and kid goats recognise each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth.
Female goats are called nannies or does. On goat meat farms they are often made to give birth to one or two offspring in the spring. Gertie, who was on a goat meat farm in Grass Valley, gave birth to triplets six years ago. Her pelvis broke during the birth due to complications of being continuously bred. One of her babies was born totally blind. She quickly formed a deep bond and became very protective of him.
The owner of the meat farm was so moved by the connection between Gertie and her son that she shut down the farm. Gertie and her son, who we named Stevie, both came to live at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. For years, Gertie wore a bell so Stevie could always find her in the pasture. She has always kept a close eye on him and over the years, as he gained independence and confidence. She is still always within 20 feet of him - such a loving and protective mother.
Now that Gertie is older and Stevie has grown into an adult, we often see Gertie lying comfortably under an oak tree keeping an eye on her beloved son. Stevie has made many friends at the sanctuary and he now navigates the pastures with ease. Want to learn more about Gertie & Stevie? Go here!
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