Unsolved Turkey Mystery

Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we always think they will. Someone called us about taking in a turkey that all believed to be a domestic fellow since he was so incredibly friendly. He followed someone all the way home and then stayed at their house for a couple of weeks. He was loving and affectionate as turkeys are. We agreed to take him in our sanctuary.
However, when he got here, we realized that something was not adding up. He sure looked like a wild turkey … but his behavior was indicating otherwise. A quick call to our Director of our Nature Sanctuary, Matt Perry, and he confirmed this is a wild turkey. However, someone either hand raised him or something as he is very imprinted on people. Someone also cut off his spurs and shortened his beard. At first it was thought he was a young turkey but indeed after calling our good friends at Woodhaven Wildlife in Chadwicks, we confirmed he is a wild turkey and actually does have some age to him.

We will never know how he got to where he was and what his whole story is, but we are not licensed to house wildlife. We thank Judy Cusworth

Woodhaven Wildlife Center for giving him a safe place to land.
It’s important to remember that wild animals have very different needs. This guy obviously was looking for something different in his life! We wish him all the very best!

In Memory of Laney

In Memory of Laney – April 2, 2021

It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of our dear sweet Laney. For those of you who have been following her story, you know that she had been through a lot. Although she only graced this world for 14 weeks, she left a mark on a lot of hearts and on our organization as a whole. Laney represented everything about the SFC mission. Saying good-bye was so incredibly difficult. Her light shined bright and filled our world with her grace. The truth is that no amount of time would have felt like enough. But we also know that we gave her the very best that could be offered while she was here.

Laney was born without a rectum, a condition called Atresia Ani Type 3. She came to us when she was 7 weeks old and she weighed less than a pound. She was extremely tiny. The only hope she had for survival was a surgery where they would create a connection from colon to anus. But Laney also had other complications. We do not know if it was part of a birth defect or the result of an injury but when she came to us, she could not use her back legs properly. But it was clear from day one that Laney was full of life and not ready to leave this world quite yet. So, we set out to try and help her.

Surgery was done at Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Daniel Lopez. It was an extremely difficult surgery with an uncertain outcome. The only certainty was that an entire team of humans all gathered and focused their hearts and their skills on one little one pound kitten with a huge spirit. Surgery was a success. She not only survived, but she came home the day after and began to eat solid food for the first time in her life. She was not out of the woods by any means. Each day she crossed another hurdle. Two weeks into recovery, she even started to use her back legs and we saw great hope that she would also be able to walk again. We sat and watched her one evening, walk normally for several minutes. She played, chased toys, and she loved her meals served to her every few hours even through the middle of the night. More than anything, she fully understood how much she was loved.

Laney got to experience life in those few weeks in all of its blessings and exuberance. She was a calico and she had the calico spunk and attitude. Meaning when things didn’t go exactly her way, she was not shy to express herself.  In turn, she brought all of us great joy as we watched her heal and blossom. Her little body could barely contain the light within her. She would look us in the eyes intently and hold our gaze. It felt magical somehow.

In the past couple of days, suddenly things changed. While she had started to pass stool and things seemed to be progressing nicely, the reality was that she wasn’t passing enough. Sadly, more testing showed that her colon did not have the motility needed to move stool on through. Medication therapy was not successful. Her tiny little body wasn’t growing because she could not assimilate nutrients as she should have. We were losing her, and it became clear that there was nothing more we could do to fix this problem.

It is always our mission to listen to each animal for what they need and to understand when they’ve had enough. We had reached that sometimes fine but clear line of when we were doing something for her and when we’d be doing something to her just because we could. These are always very tough discussions here. But we listen to the animal and let them guide us. Laney was filled with love. She was overflowing with joy. She had also done all that she could in that body. No one ever wants to think it’s over when life barely began for her. But her journey in this body was finished. We put our heartbreak aside and we held her with love and gratitude in our hearts for all that she had brought to all of us. The team of people that rallied around her and loved her is huge. One big circle of cheerleaders who wanted nothing more than to see her grow up and even to face her opinionated side as we went along. But that was not her journey. The outcome didn’t look like we wanted it to look. But in the end, Laney’s courageous journey was a complete success. She found amazing love in this life. Short, but chocked full of total love focused completely on her day and night.

Yes, our hearts are breaking. But we can look at her photo and see those eyes and our hearts still fill with the mighty bright light that filled her every cell. We do not regret one decision we made with her on this journey. We do wish it could have been longer. And we all hope our paths will cross again.

There are so many people who we thank for all they gave and did for Laney. From the entire medical team at Cornell University, to every one of her caretakers here at SFC. And with special mention to our Co-Founder, Bonnie who got up with Laney through the night every single night since Laney arrived to be sure that she was fed and cleaned and loved around the clock, and to our own staff veterinarian and Director of Animal Welfare, Dr. Christine who put her entire heart and soul into Laney’s care.

We hold you in our hearts forever Laney. And we are grateful for all you brought to us.

Meet Laney – A special kitten with special needs

Meet Laney, a very special little girl with very special needs.
Laney is 7 weeks old but is extremely small for her age. She just came in on Thursday. We are asking you to join us in sending heart energy and prayers to this amazing dynamo who has a big challenge ahead of her.
 
For those of you following us, you will remember Miss Dandy, the kitten born with Atresia Ani which is a condition where the colon does not connect to the rectum. In 30 years of sanctuary work and rescue, we had never once seen that before. So what are the chances of twice in just a few months? Yep, Laney has the very same condition. Only her case is even more complicated than Dandy and she is much younger and smaller.
 
The surgeon looked at her on Friday and he has signed on for the journey to see if we can help her. We are very grateful. Laney sure wants to try. She has some other challenges as well that you will see in this video. Right now, Laney is dragging her back legs and walking on her knees. This is due to a problem in her lower back. It is most likely caused from an injury to that area. That problem is less concerning to us as we feel there is a chance for rehabilitation and healing. But first, she needs to be able to defecate, so that is the priority.
 
We normally do not post these stories until we have a clear picture of the outcome. But this huge soul in a teeny tiny body has come to us with great purpose. She is a bright light. So, while we have no idea what the outcome will be, we know this: Laney is full of life and is asking for help. We will do all we can and all that she can handle.
 
Surgery should be scheduled for the upcoming week. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Miss Dandy is making a full and complete recovery. She is running around the big hall playing and filling everyone’s hearts with joy. She is growing so fast and catching up to where she should be. She is a miracle. And now, we hope for a second one as well.
 
What we do know, is that whatever the outcome, Laney is being showered with love and surrounded by hope and joy. She is also sharing all of that with us. This is her journey. We will support her all we can. And the choice will be hers each step of the way. We will let her lead us on this journey.
 

Miss Dandy Update

Dandy was born with a birth defect called Atresia Ani where her colon did not connect to her anus properly. She then developed megacolon as well. Major surgery was her only option to offer her any chance at life. Many of you donated for her care and we are so grateful!
Dandy now can poop normally and is totally continant! Not only that, but her megacolon is reversing as well. This little lady is a dynamo on a huge mission. We are looking forward to all that she has to offer.
Special thank you to Dr. Palamara at Upstate Veterinary Specialies in Latham, NY. He is Dandy’s hero!

Meet our new Director of Animal Welfare, Christine Schneider, DVM, cVMA

Spring Farm CARES is thrilled to announce and welcome our new Director of Animal Welfare, Christine Schneider, DVM, cVMA. We have known Dr. Christine for many years and know that her dedication, not only to the animals but also to our mission, will serve our organization well into the future.
Dr. Schneider’s focus on preventative care and use of modalities such as acupuncture and laser therapy will serve our animals well, especially with so many elderly and special needs animals.
Her deep connection with the animals and her caring heart shows in everything she does.
We are honored and excited to welcome her to the team!

The Amazing Miss Dandy – A Success Story

We’d like to share with you the story of little Dandelion, or Miss Dandy as she has come to be known. Our Serenity Fund is set up to help animals such as Miss Dandy who find themselves in dire circumstances with no where else to go. Your donations make all of this possible.

Dandelion arrived here just a few days old in June 2020.  She and her three littermates were found abandoned by a good samaritan after their mother never came home. Bonnie immediately took to bottle feeding them. Two of them were not doing well. One died a few days later and the other, much smaller than all the rest, kept fighting and survived. The two others were totally healthy and eventually went to a loving home together. But the smallest one, who never did well, ended up being our Miss Dandy. Bonnie knew from the very beginning that something was just not right with her. She struggled to pass stool and was just not thriving. Over the next several months, Dandelion went through many different tests to try to find a cause as to what was going on but it was difficult to determine at first what was happening. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Christine, did all sorts of tests and suspected a congenital defect may be the cause.  Dandelion had also developed Megacolon where her colon had become enlarged and unable to have the proper motility to pass stool along to the anus. Dr. Christine immediately put her on medication to soften her stool so that she could pass it. Due to COVID and the backlog of appointments everywhere, it took us several weeks to get her in for an appointment with a specialist. In the meantime, we tried to support Dandelion to be sure she was strong enough for surgery should she need it.

In January 2021, a trip to Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Latham, NY brought us more answers. Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Palamara, performed further diagnostics to ultimately discover and diagnose that Dandelion was born with a congenital defect called Atresia Ani – Type 1.  To sum it up, the connection between her colon and her anus never formed properly, leaving her with a very tiny tube connecting the two. It was impossible for her to pass formed stool. As a result of this abnormality, Dandelion also developed a secondary condition of Megacolon. Her situation was dire unless surgery could be performed to essentially open up the anus so that she could pass stool.

Dr. Palamara determined she would be a candidate for surgery but that he was not sure she’d be bowel continent when all was finished. She did not respond normally to nerve stimulation and there was concern that she may not have developed the normal sphincter control needed to regulate when she needed to use the litterbox.

Miss Dandy is quite the personality. She is a favorite of everyone who meets her. She never stops purring and wiggling and playing. She is a mighty soul in a teeny tiny little orange body. She has enough spunk for a cat 10 times her size. Clearly, she wanted to try to live, regardless of the challenges. She was enjoying life despite her difficulties. Our staff had enormous challenges to keep her clean as the medications were needed to induce diarrhea in order for her to pass stool.

We gave Dr. Palamara the go ahead for surgery. Yes, there would be unknowns to face ahead. But we knew that Dandy was making a go of it and we were on board to give her every ounce of help we could. And then we’d take it day by day and step by step.

We are excited to announce that Miss Dandelion had her surgery in mid-January and it was extremely successful. Just one day after she came home, we walked in to find her purring and greeting us enthusiastically from her crate, and found a perfectly normal looking poop in the litter box. She is now continuously producing normal stool and she has not once failed to use the litter box. Miss Dandy has a second chance at life. She has a couple of weeks more of healing before we will repeat the radiographs to see how her colon is doing. There is hope that the Megacolon may reverse itself with medications and the renewed ability for the stool to move through now unobstructed.

Miss Dandy, the princess, will have a place to live her life regardless of the ultimate outcome. But right now, she is thriving. She is finally putting on weight and growing. And the purrs…. Oh, the purrs never stop. This is a kitten so full of life that there was no doubt that we had to try to support her on her journey. She is clearly here with a mission and it’s a big one!

Thank you to our own Dr. Christine Schneider and to Dr. Joseph Palamara for his expertise and support and for his willingness to go into a surgery that was very risky and with an uncertain outcome. And thank you to all of you who donate. Your support makes a huge difference. Dandy would not have a chance without your help. But, in turn, I can assure you that she is touching the hearts and lives of so many others. She is here in all her glory. And we hope that her path will be a long one. But no matter how long we have with her in this life, we will know everyone did their very best to support her and she never lets us forget the depth of her gratitude each and every day.

Dandelion’s medical costs to date have already exceeded $5,000

And here is a video of Miss Dandy

Animal Message of the Day: Brandy

From Brandy:  “I am grateful for the caregivers of the world. I am grateful for all who come seek me out to pet a horse for the first time and decide to trust me.  I am grateful for the sad at heart who smile when they come in our barn. I am honored to be a part of a mission that is at the very heart and soul of the horse. Not everyone understands the depth of this yet. But we are stepping into something magnificent here. I know you humans are experiencing a great time of turmoil. Don’t think that it is tearing you apart. Because it is actually bringing you together. And as you come together, you will realize that your differences are so minor and irrelevant. You will learn to have different vision. You will see that love is love regardless of any other factors. You will learn that humanity is one species united. Just as animals understand this about one another and about humans, you will grow to understand this too. Your differences are small and your ties that bind you together are much greater than you realize. Our mission here is to remind you of that. I live for the lives that we touch. Because this is now the mission that feeds me and in gratitude, I will strive to feed the mission.  I am grateful for each one of you reading this and sharing this. These messages from my friends and I are very meaningful to us. We thank you for your participation. Please join with us as we move forward together.”

This message concludes our series for 2020. What a year it has been. Thank you all for letting the animals into your hearts and lives and we hope their messages have brought you a bit of light and peace and hope. Here’s to a bright and peaceful year ahead!

Animal Message of the Day: Santino

From Santino: “There is a certain gracefulness about being a cat that I am only recently discovering. I spent most of my life being rather aloof, but now things have changed. I love a good snuggle session with my human friends scratching me under the chin or behind my ears. And I love snuggling them. I am happiest when my heart is full. Never underestimate what your love does for someone else. They may not be able to even tell you, but your heart can change lives. Every heart needs to feel love and acceptance for who they are. Sometimes that ones that are acting out with behavior that is disagreeable are just lost themselves. Those are the ones that need the most love and kindness so that they can find their way. Hearts are hearts, no matter if animal or human. We all love. We all hurt. And we all long to be seen for who we are. You can be that gift to someone. It will not only change their life but it will change yours as well. I know this for sure.”

Animal Message of the Day: Libby

From Libby: “People have often thought I was shy when in fact I was timid. I didn’t see the point in trusting people as nothing was ever permanent. But it is clear to me now that this time is different. Our donkey family unit is intact and we have been invited to participate in something very different. We are finding humans who actually want to listen to what we have to say. And for that, I am starting to get a little braver and step forward a little quicker. I think I’m going to really like how life goes forward now. Where before I only could see hardship, I’m now seeing opportunities. Here is what I want you to know.  When things get hard, don’t give up. Good things can come out of nowhere and change your life. I am very grateful for those who stepped in and changed mine. I have so much to give. And I’m learning how to give it now. I hope you’ll come see me someday. There is so much to share.”

 

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Merlin

From Merlin: “There is so much of life to be grateful for every single day. I love to interact with humans. You are actually quite wonderful creatures. You learn quickly. You are good mimics. And you are sometimes easy to train. The only thing is that you get distracted so easily. What I love most about you humans though is your loving hearts and your smiles. Sometimes I do not think you understand how beautiful your hearts are. You often get sidetracked into thinking you need to hide your hearts or protect them in boxes so that you eventually forget how important your own heart is to you. When people are with me though, they tend to drop their guard down enough for me to truly see in their hearts. And I love what I see. What I find funny is that people think I am mimicking them, when in fact, I am often the one starting the conversation and getting you to mimic me. I like keeping you engaged long enough that you show me who you are. Let those lights shine. You are beautiful.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Bayberry

From Bayberry: “There is just so much to be joyful and grateful about in life! There is never ever a shortage of things. If you feel stuck, go outside and stand under the sun. If it’s raining, that’s ok too. Without rain, the grass doesn’t grow. Go stand out under the stars at night and look at the infinite possibilities out there in the universe. Watch a lady bug crawl up a fence post. Go outside and just run for the pure joy of it. Leap in the air. You see, I do those things and then people label me as a crazy horse. I’m just happy. Ok, maybe a little crazy too but that is even better! You humans are a little too silly with your labeling everything. It gets you into trouble. Just because someone is different you think that is odd. Just pay attention to being yourself and not worrying about what others are looking like. For me, that seems logical. You waste too much energy worrying about what everyone else is doing while you are not paying attention to what you should be doing. But I love you all anyway. So, come on, get out there and find just one thing to be joyful about. And then if you want to tell me what it is, I’d love to hear it!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Piper

From Piper: “There are so many wonderful things in life that inspire me. I may have no eyes but my world is far from dark. Colors light up my inner vision. I can sense height and depth and I can feel everything around me. I am lightening fast at maneuvering and zigging and zagging and most of the time not running into anything.  Sometimes we need to learn to see things in other ways. Your eyes can deceive you. And you often overlook your “knowing”. The key is learning to trust what you know and feel. Once you master that, you can have vision that sees through any obstacles. I’m inspired by colors. And I most love my friends. They truly inspire me to feel safe in my world.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Mary Beth

From Mary Beth: “I am grateful for a gentle touch or a soft scratch behind my ears. I love to hear people speak softly to me and let me lean in to them. I love my donkey friend Mabel who watches over me and shares all of the things she knows in life. She has been super kind to me and I think she is wonderful, even when I get jealous and kick at her to get her to move so I can have more attention. She doesn’t mind though. I appreciate when people see me for who I am and don’t get lost in what I look like and that I am not normal looking like the other donkeys. I love that I get to be a donkey in the midst of a place that loves who donkeys are and understands what we have to offer. I love to be appreciated. I love all who love me and I strive to love the ones who cannot see past their own curtains to see the light in others. I truly am grateful for each day. When my heart beats, it beats with the same intensity of the sun and the moon and the stars. No matter how long I have in this lifetime, I will cherish each day and every moment.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Eloise

From Eloise: “Have you ever noticed all the wonderful things to smell in life? The smell of apples in the air on a fall day. The smell of clover in the summer. And then there is the smell of watermelon which is like the best ever. And grapes. And fresh mud to wallow in. There is so very much to appreciate in life. I am grateful for all of it. Giving thanks is a gift I think. To be thankful is like telling the sun each day how glad you are that it is there in the sky. Don’t forget the everyday things you take for granted. Be thankful for it all. Every little morsel!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Belle

From Belle: “Sometimes we find ourselves in places in life we never expected to be. I once was a part of a herd of four horses. We lived together for 20 years and were a solid unit. Over the past 5 years, one by one my friends have passed into spirit and I am now the last one. There was a time that I’d have not known how to survive by myself. But I am old and my body has its own frailties now. Yet, I understand now why I needed to stay. I spent my life being steadfast on doing things my way and only on my terms. The humans listened to me when I said I needed space to just be, and they let me be. It was the greatest gift they could have offered to me and I will forever be grateful for this life I have lived as a horse where I could be free of being harnessed into someone that I was not. I had no interest in being dominated by a human. Partnership was not something I was seeking. I only wanted freedom. I came in to this life with a hunger to be free. And I was allowed to find that here. Many have thought I had a wasted life and that the people around me should have done things differently. But those people do not understand the free spirit that I am. I didn’t want human companionship because that meant that I’d have to live the way they thought fit for me. Instead, I taught them about the freedom of the horse. Being alone now, and with physical issues that I need help with, I now need to look to humans for help. And this has been a valuable lesson for me. I have learned to allow others to care for me and entrust to them my dignity and freedom. It will be a gift I take with me on my journey beyond this lifetime. In turn, I gave a gift to them to trust what they hear from the animals. I lived my life exactly the way I wanted to. They couldn’t or shouldn’t have done anything different. For those who have judged the people who truly heard me hurts my heart. I will forever owe my human caretakers of the last 30 years a debt of gratitude. They provided for me the exact life I came to have.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: O’Malley

From O’Malley: “There are things in life that can only be savored and sometimes it is hard to explain that. Simplicity is a gift in life that we don’t always see well. Like how the warmth of a hand feels on your back. How a gentle nudge by a fellow cat can mean everything on a dark day.  Or the smell of catnip when our humans open the container. Ahhhh, yes. Now there is something to savor. Life doesn’t have to be as complicated as you make it. Remember to savor the simple things. And then you can think of me, O’Malley, when you do so and see how wonderful that feels.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Felix

From Felix: “Once upon a time, my friend Leo and I were among the first donkeys to live here on this farm. We had the honor to be with the very first donkey on the farm, Amber Donkey. Amber was a very old wise woman. The humans say she lived to be 50 years old. We called her the grandmother donkey and she called us the two wise guys. But she liked us really. She taught us how to bray loudly and we carry on that tradition to this day. She inspired our songs. Now the farm has many donkeys. While we haven’t actually met the others as we are on a separate part of the farm from them, we all call out to one another. We now have a donkey choir! Amber would be so proud. I am grateful to carry on her legacy. Legacies are important. When our friends are no longer physically here on the farm, we can keep their messages and love alive within our own hearts. Leo and I are Amber’s legacy. I am grateful and honored to be able to say that we were her wise guys. Let’s all hold those we love and who are no longer with us in our hearts and let them know their legacies are alive.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Yeti

From Yeti: “I love my physical body. I love to feel the strength of my legs when I run in a big circle. I love to leap. I love to play. Nothing feels better than to feel appreciated. I think it is a good thing to let the ones you appreciate know how much you appreciate them. Start right now. Hop, hop, hop into this. No sense waiting. Go for it. People waste too much energy worrying what not to say then to just say what is aching to be said. I see it all the time. You think you are superior with language but you don’t even know how to use it. It’s like have a super-fast body and only walking at a slow pace. Get out there and use what you have been given and spread joy and appreciation. That’s what I do. I just can’t reach as far as you can. But that doesn’t stop me from reaching!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Charlie

From Charlie: “Yep, Charlie here. I do this every year and I begged to be included again. Never let an opportunity pass you by. Sometimes you hold back because you are afraid you might fail. But you fail yourself when you don’t step through the doors that open for you. I know this is true. I am very grateful to be a cute but sometimes naughty pony in a world that needs to be brightened by each and every one of us. Let’s make each other smile. Come on! You can do it! If you could watch me gallop around my pasture on a sunny day, you’d know what pure joy looks like and feels like. Let me see your joy. What makes you happy and appreciative? Please…. Let’s take a moment to share. I’m waiting for your answers. Don’t leave a little pony waiting. I might get a little cantankerous.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Lorinda

From Lorinda: “I was born with legs that are not normal but I am not hindered one bit in my life. People need to look past what is not normal about me or else they miss who I really am. I am very happy in my life and I am so happy to be here. I was living outside trying to fend for myself for a while in my life. No one wanted a cat with stubby front legs. But living outside wasn’t a great life for me. Someone helped me get here and I now have a life that is much easier and more fulfilling. I’m not struggling to survive but I’m thriving on being alive. I think that being grateful for what you have is a big part of surviving the hard times. Even when things seem impossible, there is something you can find to be grateful for and when you do that, you will create even more around you that will nourish you during the hardest of times. I’d like to send you strength and hope during this hard time for you. I will purr that into being and send it out to all who’d like to gather some hope from me.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Carley

From Carley: “I have been told that I am the smallest of the equine family on the farm. I think that is wonderful. I also have the loudest voice and I think that is important. I love proclaiming to the world that we are here. Being a donkey is a privilege and I am so lucky to have this life to be who I am. My life didn’t start out to well, but I was very young when I came here at only a couple of years old. So I have now known more kindness and good than I’ve known of the negative things. I can now use that to help others, including my other donkey friends who came from a place of darkness but were there for way longer than I was. Many of them lost hope and have had trouble getting it back again. And that is why I need to have the loudest voice. Because I need to proclaim the trust and kindness and safety in the world to speak over the despair and lack of hope. Those of us with joy must talk loudly so that those who aren’t as fortunate can hear us through their own fears and doubts.  That is what I do. That is who I am. Now, I’d like to know about you. Who are you? I can’t wait to meet you!”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Animal Message of the Day: Snowball

From Snowball: “I absolutely love feeling the sun on my body. I love walking on grass and smelling all of the various kinds of grasses and vegetation. I love savoring them as well. Every day there is something to be grateful for and something that makes you happy to be alive. On difficult days, I just have to look a little harder or not set my sights too big. But there is always beauty around in every moment.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.

Mini-Donkey Mini-Parade

Just a short video of one of our daily turnouts for some of our mini-donkeys. They look like they have a little parade.

Animal Message of the Day: Shawnee

From Shawnee: “I have been touched by the wisdom of many elders before me. I have been so fortunate to learn so much. I think it’s important to store the wisdom of those who have lived before us and to then add our own findings in life to theirs. We can’t start out to do things our way without looking and building on foundations that are there for us to build on. It’s important to look at life through the eyes of others to improve your own vision of where you are in life. Besides that, I love and appreciate carrots and apples and grazing out on grass on a nice sunny day. Life has so much to offer. Don’t overlook it.”

Each day through December 31, as has been our annual tradition now for many years, we will share with you a message from one of the animals of Spring Farm CARES. We hope this will provide you with a bit of inspiration for your day.