Lorrie's one year rescue anniversary is coming up next month, but her rescue feels like it was just yesterday. When we arrived at a livestock auction in the Central Valley, Lorrie was clearly in pain. She was holding her front leg up to her chest, unable to put weight on it, while moving through the crowded chutes as best she could. Mucus ran from her nose and she was underweight.
She hobbled over to the fence where we were standing. Workers inside the shoots were yelling, hitting animals on their heads and bodies with a rattle paddle that scares them to move forward. Lorrie bravely separated from the group while they were being moved to the next stall and looked straight into our eyes. It felt like she was pleading for help. So that’s exactly what we did.
Flash forward to today and Lorrie is thriving at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. A few days after her arrival to the sanctuary, blood work revealed that she is positive for a viral disease. We built her a new, large, comfy enclosure, where she spends her days grazing and lazing in the sunshine. She had the tag removed from her ear once she was settled and the pain from arthritis in her leg is treated with anti-inflammatories. She gets around with ease now and it has been wonderful to watch her gentle personality blossom.
Every day Lorrie loves greeting and giving nuzzles to the CAPE staff. She kisses the staff when we trim her hooves, and will immediately come for scratches the moment we sit down. She’s such a sweet goat who will now live out her life free from suffering.
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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.
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CAPE works with open-door shelters to help alleviate overcrowding by finding placement for animals with special needs or medical issues. Dogs with medical issues often have a difficult time getting adopted, so the medical wards at shelters can get full very quickly. During one of CAPE's visits to a local shelter, we met this tiny chihuahua in their medical ward. She was brought in as a stray with head trauma. She was very nervous but allowed us to check her body carefully for other injuries.
With time and TLC, we felt she would be able to make a full recovery. So, snuggled up in the lap of one of the CAPE staff, we took her to Muttopia, our safe space for dogs which we co-created in 2016 with Compassion Without Borders. The wonderful staff at Muttopia quickly placed her into a loving foster home where she could heal in comfort. After a few months, Elle Woods was adopted and now lives a life filled with comfort, playtime, and so much love.
The story of Billy the burro is a sad one. A lonely burro abandoned in the middle of nowhere, on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land between Battle Mountain and Elko. Alone and unable to find enough forage and water to survive, he grew thin. His hooves grew long. He stood by the road waiting for someone to come and save him.
The story of Billy is also a happy one ... a story of people from all different walks of life coming together to save a little burro who needed a friend.
Employees of a mining operation became increasingly concerned about Billy. They always saw him standing by the road. He would climb into your truck if you let him, they said. Billy was very hungry, not only for food but also for companionship. The employees called the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the remote land on which Billy was dumped. The BLM wild horse specialist, Shawna Richardson, reached out to The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) about finding a home for Billy.
Meanwhile, the miners became so concerned with Billy that they convinced a local ranch manager to bring him home, where he would be safe and fed until a permanent solution could be found.
Everyone wanted to find Billy a good home. AWHPC knew immediately where to turn - to its coalition partner, the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA. Already home to rescued burros, we knew the sanctuary would be a little slice of heaven for Billy the burro. An anonymous donor who founded The Platero Project, a program dedicated to promoting awareness about America's wild burros and keeping them wild and free on the range, stepped forward to fund the rescue.
Because Billy was not a wild burro, he was not protected under federal law. As a result, he was classified as "estray livestock," and his fate was in the hands of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, which agreed to allow us to purchase him directly in order to spare Billy the trauma of being run through the livestock auction.
That was one year ago. Billy is now adjusting beautifully to his life at the sanctuary. His weight is perfect, his coat is shiny - he looks so different than when he first arrived at the sanctuary as a very malnourished and depressed burro. He is extremely connected to his herd of five other burros. His best friend, Platero, and he are constantly playing and running around together in the burro pasture. CAPE Director, JP Novic said, "Billy has a distinctive bray that sounds more like a honking fog horn than a hee-haw. He brings a huge smile to everyone's face and we are so lucky to have him at the sanctuary."
After being dumped alone, in the wilds of Nevada, Billy was rescued thanks to great teamwork by the BLM, employees of the mining operation, the manager of the local ranch, the Nevada Department of Agriculture, AWHPC, the Center for Animal Protection and Education, and thanks to the generosity of the anonymous donor. It took a village to save this little burro, and he is now living out his life at a peaceful and serene sanctuary!
America's burros are protected by law, as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West," but they are facing a genetic crisis caused by small and geographically dispersed populations. This could lead to their extinction in the US. The Platero Project, funded by an anonymous donor and managed by AWHPC, is dedicated to elevating the status of burros and preserving and protecting these icons of the West by keeping them wild.
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