Sis, a 10 year old kitty has found her fur-ever home today, with Erin from Southern Wyoming!
Sis came to Kindness Ranch about two years ago, she lived most of her life in the research lab and was used in a dental study. When she arrived she was very overweight, had arthritis, borderline diabetic and was shy around people. Over the past two years, she has come along way, her health has greatly improved, she lost weight and shows no signs of health issues. She also grew to enjoy attention and loving, but on her terms of course!
We are thrilled that Sis was adopted, it was definitely her turn for a fur-ever home, especially with it being Adopt a Senior Pet Month!
Ricki, a 2 ½ year old beagle came to Kindness Ranch July 2013, having spent most of her life in a research lab in Colorado, she was used to test human drugs.
She was extremely skittish, hiding in the back of her kennel to avoid new human interaction. After a month, she began warming up and initiating play, becoming a little goofball.
In many cases, when dogs come to Kindness Ranch, they have never been outside, walked on grass, played with other dogs or toys, or went on a walk. Generally, their lives are spent in a sterile lab environment.
Apart of our animal rehab program, consists of gradually acclimating dogs to new situations, teaching them how to walk on a leash, and most of all just be a dog! Ricki was definitely a challenging case, she wanted no part of walking on a leash. We continued to be patient, working with her slowly, she finally decided it wasn’t so bad, although still leery.
After a couple months of being at Kindness Ranch, we decided it was best for her to venture outside of remote Wyoming, to gain more exposure to new things. She was fostered by foster mom Kendrick in Denver, then by Kate in N. Colorado. She was adopted twice, unfortunately relinquished both times due to her shyness.
The story is amazing after round two! You guessed it, third time WAS a charm! She went to foster mom Kate’s friend, Katie in N. Colorado area, she was interested in “fostering.” Katie had a beagle named Cherry that came from Kindness Ranch, and a dog named Katrina, rescued from Hurricane Katrina. So, as the story goes, her first night she slept under the bed, next night in a crate near the bed, the third night, she was snuggling in the bed! Everything clicked into place, Ricki immediately bonded with her foster mom, and from there it’s history in the making for our goofy little beagle. The foster quickly merged into adopting, she became “Rica.” After five days, the following email was received from Kate that brought grins from ear to ear, along with tears of joy to the staff: “Yesterday we went for a walk in a wilderness area with her three dogs and my setter mix, and they all ended out off-leash and having a blast! We got to the end and realized Rica's leash had fallen out of Katie's pocket, so we headed back on the trail to find it. Next thing we know, Rica is scooping something up and walking toward us. Hooray, she found it! She has such fun puppy-like playful qualities that are coming out of this shy 2.5 year old lab beagle!
Within three weeks, she went from being shy, afraid of people she didn’t know, leery of the leash and walks, leading to two failed adoptions, to sleeping in bed and walking off leash in less than a week. This is truly a success story, a perfect match and “Rica’s” FUR-EVER home.
Horay for Rica! We are so proud of you and how far you have come! Enjoy your walks and don't forget your leash! :)
In September, five one year old Hanford pigs came to Kindness Ranch and are running free for the first time. They were long awaited, it took several months before we could get them out of the lab. It was quite the adventure upon their arrival, as they had never all been together previously. The lab had six pigs in this PK Study, one was originally scheduled for a terminal study. Gratefully, that wasn't necessary and we were able to immediately pickup the remaining pig and bring her to Kindness Ranch.
All six pigs are successfully living together now, and are known as a "Lina Sisters." including Javlina, Rascalina, Rumballina, Vandelina, Babelina and Greedeelina.
Since their arrival Ranch Manager, David Sleeper has been socializing them. Hanford pigs are very smart and trainable. Javalina and Babelina will walk on a leash, on trails, play with dogs and even go for rides in the pickup.
Even though they are really enjoying their new life and exploring at Kindness Ranch, they are ready for adoption and finding their fur-ever homes. They are currently approx 90 lbs and when full grown expected to be approx 180 lbs.
They would love to live on your small farm, ranch or house in the country and have dogs or other animals to interact with.