Renegade came to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in May of 2019 after his loving guardian passed away. He had been cared for by the wonderful Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter for 9 months before coming to CAPE. It took time for him to get comfortable in his new setting. He wouldn’t allow anyone to get close, shaking his head, huffing and stomping when anyone tried to touch him. He was underweight and obviously uncomfortable from arthritis and equine Cushing’s Disease.
Renegade stayed in an isolation pasture for the first few weeks as we worked to build trust and make him comfortable. With guidance from CAPE's vet, we started treatment through medication for his arthritis and Cushing’s Disease. He was also put on a special diet to help him gain and maintain weight. Slowly, he was introduced to the pasture with Remy, an ex-racehorse, and seven other rescued burros. Flash forward to today, Renegade is now one very happy boy and has settled into a great routine.
He spends most of the day right next to his best friend, Remy. He has built a very special rapport with the CAPE Animal Caretakers, who continue to work diligently to maintain Renegade’s weight and overall health. His medications are given every morning followed with kisses. What a difference these two years have made!
If you’d like to support our efforts to help animals, like Renegade, who are in need of special care, please visit: www.capeanimals.org/animal-medical-fund
Photograph by the amazing Therese Hukill-DeRock
Update: Due to her congenital hip problems and chronic pain, Rosie was in need of a femoral head ostectomy or FHO. This is a surgical procedure that aims to restore pain-free mobility to a diseased or damaged hip. Your support enabled CAPE to provide Rosie with the care she needed. Thank you!
Rosie did great with the surgery. She is taking short walks and will increase distances over the next six weeks. She is a sweet, social, fun and loving young dog who is very much looking forward to being able to run and play with her doggie pal Rufus. Rosie's foster family adores her so much that they decided to adopt her. This wonderful family is committed to helping Rosie have a happy, healthy, pain free life.
To support animals like Rosie, please go to www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1.html
Mando is eleven weeks old and we couldn’t be more proud of him. This little guy is a survivor!
Due to his severe cleft palate and underbite, Mando is at high risk for aspiration pneumonia. In addition to treating him with a low dose antibiotic right now, we have been administering several nebulizer treatments per day. We also do coupage, a massage therapy technique, that helps break up any fluid in the lungs. This has helped Mando stay healthy and strong. He actually seems to really enjoy the nebulizer and coupage treatments.
Our trusted vet has been working with us closely to ensure Mando is getting everything he needs. He is getting closer to being fully weaned off formula now that he has learned how to drink/eat from a bowl. Even though he’s meeting and often overreaching his daily calorie intake goal for his age, he has remained exactly the same weight for the past three weeks. This may mean that Mando has other health complications or that he will remain small. We will continue to monitor him very closely and offer Mando all the care he needs.
He has become more independent around the pasture, hanging out with the big goats throughout the day (with our supervision). He is a highly adaptable little guy and has been such a joy for us to care for. Thank you to our CAPE community for your support.
If you would like to sponsor Mando, please visit www.capeanimals.org/sheep
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