Our Therapy Animals

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Our Therapy Animals

Carmen



carmenCarmen is a teenage miniature donkey, who once lived on a breeding ranch in Bend, Oregon, but was culled from the herd because she could not carry a foal to term. Fortunately for her a previous volunteer from Forget Me Not Farm was visiting the ranch and heard her story. Carmen’s owners were planning on taking her to the auction yard, but our volunteer convinced them she deserved to live a comfortable life in California. Carmen is our Farm Ambassador – always observing the other animal’s antics, always staying on the sidelines, and never causing any problems. In fact, you might not notice her if it weren’t for the way she quietly sidles up to you and gently puts her head under your hand for an easy pet. The children learn a lot by watching how she gets what she wants without being demanding.

Frida and Evita

llama1llama2Frida and Evita are two llamas that were left behind when their guardians sold their home and the new owners were unable to keep them. While llamas are very social with one another, it takes a great deal of time and patience for them to develop a relationship with humans. Commonly, the llamas will walk away if a person approaches them. They seem to prefer initiating the contact and spend time “checking out” a visitor before they get too close. The lesson for children who want to develop a relationship with the Llamas is learning to respect their boundaries.

Ronnie, Maverick, and Tickles

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Tickles is our newest goat addition to the farm, she is a Saanen Dairy breed. Tickles came to the farm in the winter of 2015, brought to us by a kind family that rescued her. She was bottle fed by the children that visit the farm, and is a feisty and social counterpart to our senior goats.

Bios of Ronnie and Maverick coming soon!

Starburst

Bio of Starburst, the mini horse, coming soon!

Reno

85Reno is the only full size horse at the Forget Me Not Farm, and he certainly stands out from the crowd. With his striking paint markings, and his one blue and one brown eye, he’s a favorite of all our visitors. Reno came to the farm from a local cattle ranch where he suffered a fracture deep in his hoof and has severe arthritis in both front feet leaving him in constant pain and reluctant to walk. He has a new lease on life at the farm, receiving specially crafted orthopedic shoes as well as cutting edge pain management for his chronic and lifelong condition. He now spends his days nuzzling the children, looking in pockets for treats and enjoying the company of his pasture mates.

Buddy

Bio of Buddy, the Arab horse, coming soon!

O''Malley, Prince, Peanut & Ace

alpaca2alpaca1O’Malley, Prince, Peanut, and Ace make up our unique crew of alpacas. These lucky guys were rescued from the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana. A ranch owner who specialized in llama and alpaca rescue was overwhelmed with llamas after participating in a very large (over 500) llama rescue. Initially we wanted to help by taking one alpaca but after seeing how much work was involved in caring for the rescued llamas we agreed to bring four to California.

Three of our four Alpacas are Suris. A breed characterized by their unique dreadlocked fiber. O’Malley, our one Huacaya Alpaca participated in some parades in Montana and is our social ambassador for this shy herd.

Jerry, Sandy, and Teddy Roosevelt

sheepJerry and Sandy are two resident sheep on the farm. This duo, like so many farm animals, came to Forget Me Not Farm because they needed a permanent home. Bred and raised for butchering, these two had the good fortune to find us.

Sandy is an American Black Belly mix born in 2010 with a crippled rear leg. He was also rejected by his mother – probably because of his abnormality. He was welcomed to our farm family and quickly received veterinary care for his leg. For weeks he wore a cast on his rear leg but that did not stop him from running and playing. The children at the farm bottle fed him for months and when the cast was removed he was able to walk and run on all fours.

sheep2Jerry a Hampshire mix is the newest member of this trio. Born in early 2016 as a market lamb his prospect for a long life was improbable. He was destined to be sold and butchered at the county fair. As luck would have it, Jerry injured one of his legs, and after a course of antibiotics he was not eligible to be sold for meat. His owners had grown attached to Jerry and wanted him to find a lifelong home. Because these two sheep were bottle fed and hand raised they are very comfortable around humans. Raised to be butchered their reprieve shows the children that anything is possible.

Teddy Roosevelt, the dorper lamb, is our third resident sheep on the farm. His bio is coming soon!

Luna and Walker

donkeyLuna is the farm’s full sized donkey. she was abandoned at a local big box store parking lot in an urban area. At the time of her rescue, she was pregnant and had a foal by her side. With the help of a “village” of volunteers, Luna’s young foal was adopted and a local rescue group provided veterinary care for the underfed mother-to-be. When her baby Little Rock was born, she was unable to stand on her own and had to have all four legs splinted until she had the strength to hold herself up. With the love and determination of many volunteers, both mother and daughter survived and thrived. Although Little Rock found her home at another farm, their compelling story helps to engage the children who visit Luna at the farm and gives them hope for the future.

Walker is our resident Mammoth donkey. Her bio is coming soon!

Wilbur and Van Gogh

pig4Wilbur and Van Gogh, two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, couldn’t have more different life stories prior to coming to our farm. Wilbur was a very well cared for pig on a small farm nearby; he was the apple of his owner’s eye. However with a growing family and housing constraints forcing the family to move into the city, they needed to secure a safe and special home for their companion pig. We fit the bill; we like Wilbur and Wilbur likes us and the children LOVE Wilbur.

pig2Van Gogh on the other hand was a rescue pig taken from the property of a dog hoarder. His ears had been chewed off by the dogs. We don’t know all of the details but Van Gogh can still hear and he is very social considering his past trauma. Van Gogh reminds us about resilience and hope for a better future.

A favorite with the children is when they grunt and groan and roll in the mud, these two over-sized and poorly bred pigs provide a good lesson in responsible breeding.

Our Ducks

Our farm is home to three very quacky ducks. Their bios are coming soon!

Our Hens

chicken3Our flock of 30 hens is a mixture of breeds. Some of the chickens were rescued from factory farms where their conditions were deplorable. Others were rescued from the streets and still others from people who could no longer care for them. The children at the Farm love to care for the hens, gather their eggs, and feed them greens from the garden. The hens lay eggs in a variety of colors and the children learn that no matter what color the eggs are on the outside, they are all the same on the inside. A favorite morning snack for the pre-schoolers visiting the Farm is hard-boiled or scrambled eggs. The teens favor deviled eggs.

Mushu

Mushu is our therapy pug who thoroughly enjoys receiving love from each of our farm visitors.

Resident Cats

Our ferral cat colony helps us to maintain the farm grounds.

In Memorium

Each of the animals that we meet on the farm hold a special place in our hearts and when they pass away, their memory lives on. We wanted to dedicate this section to those animals who are gone, but will never be forgotten.

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