❤️ Sanctuary residents ❤️
Oliver is 30 years old. He had a really rough beginning! We do not know everything about his past, but when he was saved by a wonderful rescue located in Appomattox, he required surgery because he couldn't urinate properly and had to gain 200 pounds. He is now thriving wonderfully here and slowly learning to trust people!
Lizabeth is 25 years old. Believe it or not Jackaroo and Elizabeth are brother and sister! Just like Jackaroo, she's happiest when she's getting all the attention from humans, more so than she is playing with other donkeys! We are pretty sure she thinks she's a human too!
Jackaroo is 25 years old. We call him the treat stealer! He loves to greet people by searching the pockets of visitors to see if you brought him anything! He loves to give donkeys hugs and get his ears scratched while doing so...and for some reason he hates when he's not getting all the attention, he's the king of photo bombing people while they are taking selfies! It's hilarious!
Nora is 20 years old and she was left on a farm with over 150 animals. She had broken withers, severely overgrown hooves, and neglected to the point of starvation but a wonderful rescue in Texas worked hard to save her life. After lots and LOTS of grain to get her back to a healthy weight, we are happy to report that we have been able to cut back her feed to almost half and she is now maintaining her weight well. Thankfully she is happy and healthy now living her best life and will never have to worry again about where her next meal will come from!
Gus Gus is 15 years old. He is a very kind donkey and he loves both ear and butt scratches! He has this big bottom lip he lets just hang when he's content and it makes him look like he's just the happiest donkey on earth! His favorite toy is old discarded boots and can be seen throwing them in the air to see how high they will go!
Baby Hatter is 12 years old and has cancer. We are giving him a place to live his best life possible-for however short or long that may be! He can occasionally be seen having bursts of energy, kicking up his feet even, running as fast as he can across the field from time to time! He sure seems to be happy here at Finally Home Haven, getting as much love (and treats!) as his little heart desires!
Milo came from a rescue in Charlottesville. He belonged to a man who lived alone with no family and hoarded quite a lot of things. He passed away, but no one happened to care about what happened to his cat. So Milo, for years, wondered to and from his old owner's house on a search to find any kind of food or shelter, but was constantly being shooed off of people's bench's and away from their porches. One day a nice woman captured him and asked if we wanted him, he no longer has to worry about having a nice warm bed and children to snuggle him! The moment he came home with us, you could tell he was so grateful to no longer have to search for a home or be out in the cold. He loves to be wherever we are and often follows us on walks in the woods even when we are hiking with the donkeys, never letting us out of his sight!
Meet Wilma! Wilma is just a baby who escaped slaughter by jumping off a transport truck headed to a meat farm. Her start to life was a rough one as the others trying to escape weren’t so fortunate. She landed herself in the hands of kind samaritans, who immediately got her help as she struggled with potential blood in her lungs from her hard asphalt landing and lots of scrapes and bruises. It was a touch and go situation for a while as she struggled to heal…but in the amazing hands of Pigsburgh Squealers Rescue, their never ending faith and love, all of their wonderful fosters and volunteers, they worked wonders to save her. She is still healing from a swollen joint that they believe was from impact that day but is on the mend to a completely healthy lady! She wasn’t ready to leave this world that day and her fight to live and escape from the meat industry, captured our hearts and inspired us as her story is a part of everything we believe in…that all animals matter. Wilma was transferred to us rescue to rescue yesterday as she will live out her life with us as a sanctuary resident!
Johnny, June and Melody
While stocking up on supplies for the animals, we came across baby ducks that were basically being given away. There were 3 smaller than the others that no one wanted who were shivering, overstimulated, scared and hiding. They were “too old” (at over a week old!! ) to sell and anyone willing to take them and raise them as “meat birds” were encouraged to get them out of there before they would be “of no use” when the other shipment came in. We know we can’t save them all but we just couldn’t imagine walking out that door leaving these sweet little faces behind to have no purpose in life other than being raised simply to be sent to slaughter as soon as they were able. (Which usually happens as early as 7 weeks old!)
Click HERE to see the ducks at 5 weeks old!
Click HERE to see the ducks at 6 weeks old!
Click HERE to see the ducks now
Meet Lucy, Ethel and Ricky!
This young trio was rescued from somewhat of a hoarding situation where they had to get rid of them quickly or their lives would have been cut drastically short (they are only 6 months old!) We agreed to take these babies in to prevent them from being sent to slaughter before they even had a chance to live. ❤️
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❤️Animals who will be ready for adoption in the next couple months ❤️
Meet this beautiful mother and son duo Marley and Millie! These two sweet donkeys are a bonded pair and they are so incredibly cute together. Millie’s motherly instincts are so apparent as she is always checking and watching over her son Marley. Twenty years ago Millie (who is now 24) arrived to her owners and a couple of short months later delivered Marley, who was a complete surprise to all. Their owners and their kids loved them dearly and they all grew up alongside each other. However as life happens, the kids eventually went away to college and their owner started dealing with disabling ￼health issues of her own. She desperately tried to find someone to help with them but was unable and they started developing painful white line disease/thrush in all of their hooves and weight issues, which overtime can impact their health and make them lame. She knew it wasn’t fair to them and because they loved them so dearly, she knew she had to do what was best for them. Being able to make such a selfless choice like this, even though it is so very hard-is such a admirable and necessary quality to have when making decisions for the animals we love.
Click the arrow to see more pictures of her and how she used to live.
Bumble and Bee
Meet “Bumble & Bee”, an owner surrender of two bonded goats who are approximately 7 months old. They could no longer care for them and in the short period of time they had to rehome, the only couple interested wanted to use them for meat. The farm caretaker had helped raise them from babies and taken care of them on a daily basis…he couldn’t stand to see that horrible fate happen to these boys. They are in safe hands now, will be castrated and vetted before we will help them in their search to find a forever home.
Animals who are ready for adoption!
Meet Piglet and Wilbur! This father and son duo arrived over the weekend from a lady who loved them dearly and tried everything possible to make sure they stayed safe. She needed to move and reached out to several different sanctuaries but to no avail and the only other people who were interested in them, wanted to send them to slaughter. She couldn’t bare to have that become their fate since she had raised them since piglets and Wilbur had the habit of following her son around like a puppy dog. We told her that we would help ensure her beloved animals would stay safe.
❤️ Resting with the Angels ❤️
"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." ️
This cuddle bug has spent his entire life, a long 8 to 10 years- tethered to a chain, starved and abused. He was supposedly used for breeding at some point, and we are not exactly sure how but at one point his leg was very badly wounded causing extensive bone damage. Due to lack of care the bone tried to repair itself overtime, so he walks with a permanent limp. He is timid and scared of everything but loves people so much already. Looking into his sad eyes, you can tell he’s never felt a loving hand, so he soaks every second up that he can, lying in your lap, just wanting to be with you, never knowing what the next second will bring. He needs to put on a lot of weight and has a long road ahead of him, learning to heal not only physically but learning that not all humans are bad. He has such a special sweet, sweet soul we can tell already, that’s why he deserved a special name- Dillon, meaning “Ray of hope” because that’s truly what he is. ❤️
To learn more about Dillon's Story, Click Here!
Click the arrow to take a look at Miltons life and how happy he was.
A picture that was painted of a beautiful moment that happened right before he passed. He was consoling her and telling her that is was going to be ok. Painted by a wonderful artist JA Wilson ❤️
We’ve thought long and hard about the right words to say…meaningful words to honor Milton’s life and the lives he’s touched.
Rescue is hard. You save so very many, but you also experience loss along the way. You wish each and every one of them could live forever, but that’s just not how life works. Providing a sanctuary for seniors is even harder. You know from the beginning that their days are numbered and life is unexpected, so you never know how long you have with them. They often require much more care as they age, they develop cancers such as our dear Grumpy, arthritis and many more health issues. However, the need to provide them a place to live out their days being cared for, loved and doted on near their end of life is also what drives us to continue to do what we do. Letting them live out their golden years as comfortably and as painlessly as possible, until their aged souls know it’s time.