$21,268 Raised on Giving Tuesday!

We cannot thank you enough! We set a goal of $12,000 with the help of two matching donors, Rebecca Rynkiewicz and Von Thun Farm. We reached our goal by 4pm, looked up what we made in 2019 ($15,097) and increased our goal to $15,098! So many donations came in during the evening and our grand total at midnight was $21,268!

Still interested in helping?  Please donate through the platform below:

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/last-chance-ranch/give-tuesday-2020

 

How did Giving Tuesday start?

Giving Tuesday, often referred to as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, began a few years ago in 2012 in New York City.  It was developed as a way to respond towards the consumerism that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It was devised to give back rather than spend money on useless items because they are at a good price. #GivingTuesday has really caught on and has raised millions of dollars in just one day.

In its inaugural year in 2012, it is recorded that Blackbaud (the main giving service used) raised over $10 million. That is not even counting other giving sites. Over the next few years different sites and foundations have become more and more involved in #GivingTuesday.  Facebook became involved in 2016, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation became involved in 2017.  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would match $2 million in donations, and Facebook waived its 5% fee for US based non-profits. How great is that?!

Keep in mind that Blackbaud and Facebook are not the only ways to give. World organizations such as Google, Microsoft, UNICEF and others participate in #GivingTuesday.  Local organizations participate as well.

NOW interested in participating in #Giving Tuesday?  Please help us with animals in need and donate through the platform below:

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/last-chance-ranch/give-tuesday-2020

 

Posted:  November 30, 2020, by Jill Roggio

Look At That Face (part 2)!

Considering a potbellied pig?  Here are some more pig points to sway you.

  • They love to be petted, especially on their bellies and many will happily cuddle with their owners.
  • They are very trainable.  They can learn to walk on a leash, sit and perform some tricks.  If you keep them inside, they can be trained to go in a litter box. Outside, they usually use the same bathroom spot.
  • Potbellied pig owners need to set rules and boundaries for an overall great relationship.  Consistently praise positive behaviors and redirect bad behaviors.  Patience and repetition (as with any pet) are the key to producing a well-mannered pig that has a great relationship with its family.
  • A potbellied pigs intelligence means it will be bored and potentially destructive when it doesn’t have enough social interaction and activities.   They also have an innate desire to root (use their snouts to search)!  They may knock over objects in your home or tear up your yard looking for food.  Hiding food in treat puzzles or outside where you don’t mind them rooting, will help satisfy this behavior.
  • Outside in the winter, they need adequate shelter and love to snuggle in blankets, rugs or straw.

Here are some of our potbellied stars with their new families!

Overall, potbellied pigs adore having a pig partner but they also enjoy other animals.  In fact, due to their social nature, keeping multiple pigs together is often better than having just one.

We leave you with one last thought…. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down at us.  Pigs treat us as equals.”

We love our pigs and hope you will too!

 

Posted:  November 27, 2020, by Jill Roggio

New Arrivals!

Covid has been affecting all of us in some way and sadly, some families have had to surrender their animals.  We recently had horses and barnyard animals arrive at LCR.

Duke – 12-year-old painted Draft Horse Gelding 

Holly 20 year-old Quarter Horse Mare

Peaches -10-year-old Haflinger Mare – Peaches had to spend some time at the New Bolton Veterinary Center since she was pregnant and lost her foal.

 

These three beautiful horses arrived from our rescue partner, Pennsylvania SPCA.  They are currently at their equine capacity due to several humane seizures and have seen an increase of horses this fall, most likely due to Covid 19 and the difficulties owners are having keeping their animals.  Luckily all of these horses are on the mend now and will be evaluated and placed available for adoption.  In addition, various barn animals have been surrendered during the past few weeks.

 

 

 

Three pot-belly pigs, two alpacas, one cow, two donkeys and a baby goat!   They came from five separate homes which were all impacted financially by Covid-19. We are also making arrangements to bring in a few more goats and sheep soon.

There are so many ways to save animals.  If you cannot adopt one, please go to our donate page where you can find ways to help.  Thank you!       http://www.lastchanceranch.org/donate/.

Posted:  November 19, 2020, by Jill Roggio

Look At That Face!

Adopting any animal is a life time commitment and a potbellied pig is no different.  Here are some important PIG POINTS when considering them as a pet!

  • They can grow to be 80-250 pounds and live 15-20 years!  They need adequate space to roam and root.  They love to walk around and explore, lay in the sun, root and dig holes looking for food.
  • Instead of always feeding them in a bowl, you can spread food around their pen and they can root for it.  There is special feed pellet for potbellied pigs and understanding their nutritional needs is extremely important because they can tend to become obese fairly quickly.   A low calorie -high fiber diet consisting of 1-2% of their body weight in dry feed is appropriate.  They also love a variety of non-starchy vegetables and fruit scraps.
  • They can be vocal!  If you are looking for a quiet pet, a pig isn’t it.
  • Potbellied pigs are fun, curious, have great temperaments and enjoy being with people.  They are very smart and curious and you need to plan to keep them entertained.

Here are some of our potbellied stars with their new families!

 

Potbellied Pigs have also been referred to as Pot Belly Pig, Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Miniature Pet Pigs, Micro-mini Pigs and Tea Cup Pigs

Now you know some fun pig points.  Stay tuned for some more in part 2 of “Look at That Face!”

 

 

 

Posted:  November 11, 2020, by Jill Roggio

Barnyard birds Are A Blast!

Why do we like barnyard birds?  Eggs, eggs, and more eggs!  But barnyard birds also bring an element of fun to any farm, barnyard or back yard. They can be easy to care for and very entertaining.  They are very vocal, always enthusiastic to see you, and have the ability to put an instant smile on your face as they waddle up to you to greet you!

As with any pet or animal, there are major considerations to consider including cost, feeding needs, appropriate housing, health care, lifespan and even local ordinances, but here are a few fun facts about barnyard birds and pictures of our LCR friends!

Did you know?

Chickens:  They are unarguably the most well-known barnyard bird and entry to farm life.  They are easy to raise and love to scratch, eat bugs and take dust baths.  If you let them free range, they put themselves to bed each night and will go into their coop to roost when the sun goes down.

Ducks:  Have you ever watched a duck waddle and have them quack at you?  They are hysterical!  They love water and are easy to keep as long as you have a feed pan or swimming pool with water deep enough to dip their faces in and keep their nostrils clean.  Did you know you can herd ducks?  Simply walk behind them slowly with your arms spread wide and you can direct them right into their pen or house at night where they will be protected from predators.

 

Geese:   They are very social and have delightful personalities.  If raised the right way, they will become friends for life.  They are inexpensive to care for as their favorite food is grass.  Their feathers and down make great craft items too!

Guinea Hens: They do not have the most attractive faces but make excellent watchdogs sounding the alarm when visitors approach.  They are full time bug catchers and love those annoying ticks. They are colorful, curious and fun to watch.

Turkeys:  They are very friendly, social, quirky and clumsy as they may trip over items or walk into other animals.  They can usually be housed with chickens and other livestock and when free ranging, they don’t roam too far.  Just remember, they will fly!

Peafowl:  They are a colorful exotic species and can live 15-20 years.  Technically the male is called a peacock and the female is a peahen.  The real value of these ornamental birds lies in their beauty.  They love to roam but will not stray too far and like to roost high at night in trees.

Emus:  If you want some size in your barnyard flock, why not an emu?  They are the second largest bird in the world.  They are flightless but love to jump, run and climb fences.  Unlike chickens and other poultry, the male emu is the nurturer and will incubate and brood their young.  Emu eggs are sought for egg art as their eggs are blue-green and average close to one pound in weight.

Loud and Proud!  We love our barnyard birds.  There are so many different breeds of each barnyard bird to consider, so you may want to conduct lots of research if you want to raise barnyard birds for a specific reason.

 

More LCR “behind the scenes” coming soon!

Posted:  September 14, 2020, by Jill Roggio

Sheep on the run!

Animal shelters play a vital role in our communities and most of the work is done quietly and without fanfare.  Not only does LCR take in animals that need to be surrendered, but they also help reunite pets with their owners, even sheep!  Here is “Sellie’s” runaway rescue story!

The phone is ringing five minutes before close.  On the other end of the line is a police officer requesting “Three Farmers and a lasso.”  A sheep was on the run in Sellersville and the police needed assistance. Without hesitation, our LCR executive director and an intern hopped into a truck and headed out to help.  Luckily, the sheep was guided into a storage shed at the Sellersville Theater while they were on their way.  By the time the team got there, the female Jacob’s sheep dubbed “Sellie” was ready to hop on the trailer and head to the farm.  The team got her settled at LCR for the night and removed some twigs and debris from her wool.  In the morning, the concerned owner called LCR.  It turns out that “Sellie” was new to the farm and accidentally escaped.  She ended up traveling several miles through town until she was finally cornered!

Reunited!   Keep an eye out for more animal fun!

 

Posted:  September 1, 2020, by Jill Roggio

LCR’s Lifeline

LCR is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization which means its lifeline is fundraising.  The Covid-19 pandemic hit all animal rescues hard, including LCR, and most fundraising events had to be canceled.  In addition, our thrift store also had to shut down from March 16th to June 5th which caused at least a $45,000 decrease in funds used towards operating expenses.

Our LCR team needed to turn to online projects and the hope that supporters wouldn’t forget that all animals continue to need care. Fortunately, we received a $12,000 grant from the Evelyn Smith Foundation to assist during Covid and were able to hold virtual fundraising events that raised $30,000 for the animals.

As in the past, we held our 21st Annual Open House on September 19!   The event was a little different due to social distancing and Covid 19’s state required guidelines, but was extremely important to support LCR’s efforts.  Food was served up all day by Big Poppa’s BBQ and we hosted a family fun scavenger hunt for groups of up to 6 people. The hour-long scavenger hunt took groups on an educational tour of LCR where they got up close and personal with many of the current animals, while on a quest to find unique items and complete tasks.

We raised $7000 through our raffle basket, 50/50  raffle and scavenger hunt.  All raffle  baskets were donated by volunteers!

Any donations can help!  In additional to financial support, here are some other opportunities:

  • Supplies
  • Sponsorship
  • Fundraisers
  • Amazon Smile.

Please visit our donate page to learn how you can help:  http://www.lastchanceranch.org/donate/

LCR plays an important role in our community and the staff works diligently to shelter animals in need and find new homes for them.  They also help reunite pets with their owners – our next blog will feature a “sheep on the run”!

 

Posted:  September 27, 2020, by Jill Roggio

 

Good News!

If you are a pet owner, you already know that animals manage to bring unconditional LOVE and JOY into our lives. From fish, to dogs to chickens to goats to horses; any kind of pet can create a bond and help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.  Recently, Covid 19 has changed our daily routine, forced us to isolate and has put an emotional strain on all of us.  It comes as no surprise that pet adoptions have increased during this pandemic!

Here are a few of the benefits we found of having a pet:

  • You are never lonely – they are always waiting for you to come home and are happy to listen to you talk about your day
  • They lower your stress levels and help you relax – simply stroking your pet can make your worries melt away
  • They keep you fit – most pets need exercise and they can be the best personal trainer you will ever have
  • They can help you make friends – everyone likes to meet and talk about your pet

Looking after a pet can be a big responsibility, but when you consider the benefits, companionship and emotional support they give to us, the hard work is well worth it.  Apparently, many people have realized this fact, as 514 animals were adopted at LCR during Covid!

Here is the adoption breakdown:

Dogs- 288
Cats- 50
Barnyard Birds- 78
Horses- 37
Goats- 6
Pigs- 14
Sheep- 5
Alpaca- 1
Guinea Pigs- 15
Hamsters- 10
Rats- 5
Rabbits-3
Ferrets- 2

Here are a few pets that have found homes during Covid!

Phoebe (pictured) and Dean, both white miniature horses found their new home together on April 16th. Dean came to LCR in 2017 and Phoebe came to LCR in 2019. Both were very skittish, possibly abused prior to their arrival at LCR and did not have an easy time trusting new people. They met in a foster home together and hit it off! Luckily, an adopter came along that wanted to keep them together.

 

Karen is a two year old Cairn Terrier mix that came to us through Animal Aid USA. We believe previous trauma left her unable to eliminate on her own. This special needs pooch was able to find an incredible adopter in June!

 

 

Four lucky geese were caught by LCR in a garage at the beginning of COVID. This gaggle of geese were wandering a neighborhood and causing mischief! Two LCR staff members were able to round them into a garage and safely apprehend everyone! All of the geese have since found forever homes!

 

Raising money to care for animals in need is a never-ending challenge.  Next Up:  Find out about fundraising at LCR this year!

 

Posted:  August 28, 2020,  by Jill Roggio

Welcome to the Last Chance Ranch (LCR) blog!

We are excited to introduce you to a sort of “behind the scenes look” into LCR!

Throughout LCR’s journey of saving equines, farm animals and domestic companion animals, the team has learned a lot and are looking forward to sharing this knowledge with you!  Upcoming blogs will provide our readers with animal care tips, LCR success stories, and the joys and challenges of rescuing.

Animals come to LCR for a variety of reasons.  At times, owners need to surrender their animals because they can no longer care for them due to financial, behavioral or other unanticipated reasons.  Some animals come from cruelty situations like hoarding cases, puppy mills and dog fighting rings.  We bring in the majority of our animals from high intake shelters. These animals are at risk, due to the volume of animals being surrendered or found stray by those shelters. We primarily work with ACCT Philly, Pennsylvania SPCA and Animal Aid USA.

Some of our current stars:

Pax, a spotted draft horse that is spending a little time off at LCR while Baltimore Police Department determines the future of their mounted patrol unit. Pax came to LCR as an owner surrender in 2017.  He has served with the BPD since that time.

Peaches, a potbelly pig who came to LCR in the beginning of COVID from the Pennsylvania SPCA. She gave birth to 10 beautiful babies in May. All have been adopted!

Covid 19 has brought everyone more time at home and with it an increase in animal adoptions.

 

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn how many animals have been adopted out!

 

 

Posted:  August 23, 2020, by Jill Roggio

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