Rosie is the wise, quiet leader of our three member goat herd. She and her siblings (one biological twin sister, Sissy, and an adopted brother, Timmy) were rescued from a neglectful and abusive ranch in Malibu. The moms of these three either died in childbirth or rejected their babies because they were so malnourished themselves. A wonderful woman named Wendy came to the rescue and nursed the babies back to health until they were strong enough to come to Singer Sanctuary! Rosie is kind, polite, curious, and more reserved than the other two, but she still knows how to have fun.
Likes: tree branches, sunbathing, + orange peel
Sissy is Rosie's twin sister, but half the size. This little miracle baby almost didn't make it. After being rescued from the ranch, Sissy was so weak that she couldn't even take a bottle and had to be tube fed until her rumen finally kicked in. Initial tube feedings resulted in scours and Sissy was eventually diagnosed as lactose intolerant. Her first few weeks alive included a lot of teeth grinding, abdominal distension, and lethargy, and while she's smaller than her siblings, she is strong and healthy now!
Likes: see-sawing with Timmy, eating (all food), cuddling, head-butting non-human animals, and playing with her siblings.
Timmy is a playful goofball. He's never too far away from Rosie and Sissy, but he does keep an eye out for new adventure. If someone puts a pile of straw in the yard, Timmy will barrel right through it!
Like his sisters, Timmy was extremely malnourished at birth. His nutritional deficiencies caused him to be born with ataxia or limb laxity (difficulty w/ coordination + walking), and he's had a few seizures. At about 9 weeks he developed wet belly (after eating grain - recommended by a vet - that was high in phosphorus), but his foster mom rushed him to the doctor and he's fully recovered now (and on a new diet)!
Likes: hopping, jumping, diving into piles of straw, making weird noises, + eating watermelon.
Itsy was found wandering the streets of Pasadena. The Pasadena Humane Society picked her up, but with no tags or microchip, had no one to contact. PHS eventually put her up for adoption and that's when we met her. It was love at first sight (for us)!
Itsy enjoys playing with Bean and all the other animals on the farm. She has a huge crush on Georgie (the pig).
Likes: sunbathing, toys, carrots, and playing with her siblings (especially Georgie).
Bean was born on the streets of Oakland, California. Her mother belonged to a homeless man who decided that he could not take care of the litter and relinquished the animals to a shelter. Mama and puppies were fostered by a local rescue group and that's when we met Bean! Our first canine rescue, she has been a part of the family since 2011.
Likes: running, fetching, wrestling, spinning in circles, tugging, and giving Itsy facials.
Puppy and Pony are rescues from North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles. We found Puppy first, on one of our regular visits. She wouldn't stop licking Mia through the bars of her cage (really, she chose us). We took her home, but quickly realized she'd be happier with a friend. Rabbits don't always get along with one another, so we put Puppy through a speed dating session. We introduced her to about five other rabbits, all of whom she appeared indifferent to, and then we put Pony in the pen. Another case of love at first sight! These two have been inseparable since.
Puppy likes: eating, licking, + playing
Pony likes: exploring boxes + hiding places
Cannoli was a victim of a 2018 hoarding case. He had been at the South LA shelter for 15 months when we rescued him to be a mate for our friend's bunny, HoneyBun. They get along great, but rabbit bonding can be tricky, so do your research before putting two or more rabbits together that don't know each other.
Handsome was thrown over the fence at the Gentle Barn and abandoned. He was very skinny, but GB took excellent care of him (of course), and after 30 days of quarantine, gave him to us. They would have loved to keep him, but they already have a rooster and at Singer Sanctuary, he can be king of his own castle :)
The Rockettes came to us via Direct Action Everywhere, the brave + hardworking animal rights group. They rescued the girls from a "free range" factory farm in Northern California. When my vet met them, she said, "these are the sickest birds I've ever seen."
Don't believe the "free range" and "cage free" labels you see in the grocery store. There's no such thing as an ethical egg.
Willy ended up at the South LA animal shelter after his previous owner decided he didn't want him anymore. When he arrived at the shelter, he had a urinary tract infection, but he's all better now!
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George was found tied to a tree in a park! Guess someone decided they didn't want this little guy anymore, so LA Animal Services picked him up. Good thing for us because Wilbur was demanding a brother. Now the two boys are inseparable and cuddled close to one another every night.
Lil Peep and Bob are rescues from the South LA Shelter. A Pekin and a Muscovy, we don't know if they came into the shelter together or bonded while there, but they are inseparable now!
Hedwig is a feral cat we adopted through Burbank's barn cat program.
Nora and Nancy were rescued from a lab where humans used them for various experiments.
Goose-Goose joined the family after Bob passed away. Bob had untreatable medical problems and a huge torn tendon that caused him to stop walking, swimming, and enjoying life. When we humanely put him down, we welcomed our vet's rescue, Goose-Goose to the farm to keep Peep company. Goose enjoys tossing hay in the air, chasing people, and hissing.
Somehow this little grandpa ended up at the South LA Animal Shelter! Deaf, mostly blind, and suffering from arthritis, Teddy had to be neutered and have several teeth pulled. Our vet guesses he's at least 12 or 13 years old, and we did not want him to spend his golden years behind bars, so we brought Teddy him home to the farm.
Mama tragically died after eating a poisoned rat. Because she spent the first year of her life as a stray, semi-feral cat (until we brought her home with us), Mama was an excellent hunter. Unbeknownst to us, one of our neighbors must have used rat poison because one day Mama staggered in, clearly very sick. We rushed her to the vet, but she died on the way there. The vet eventually confirmed that poison was indeed what killed her.
The months surrounding Mama's death, we also found a few wild animals dead in our neighborhood, such as owls and other birds. We don't know for sure if poison was the cause of their deaths, but it seems likely.
Please don't use rat poison! It poisons the whole food chain!