Chickens

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Albie

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Alvin

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Cody

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Everest

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Frankie

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Jack

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Logan

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Martin

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Moon

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Nigel

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Noble

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Ren

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Rory

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Simon

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Sunny

Albie

Albie was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Albie was rescued with his pal, Jack. The two are now part of The Freedom Seven. Albie is easy going and a little hesitant about being picked up by humans.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

 

Alvin

Alvin and five other chickens were abandoned in a cardboard box on the side of the road at the end of our drive. Luckily we were checking our mailbox early and found them before anything terrible happened (like being found by a predator). We were not accepting residents at the time but made it work for the safety of these sweet birds. The group of hens and a rooster were adopted out as a flock. However, we kept Alvin and his companion Simon, as roosters are not as easily adopted. Alvin is the bigger of the two and loves to perch as high as possible. Alvin is a feathered footed Bantam rooster. He is a little over 2lbs but he has no idea! He is a mighty and brave little guy. He and his pal Simon have settled-in nicely and are starting to explore the Sanctuary a little more with supervision (for their safety).

Birthday: January 2019
Rescued: August 2019
Favorite Treat: Blueberries

Cody

Cody was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Cody came to PEAK with four other birds who were also rescued from the ritual. The moment they arrived and we sat them in their coop, they all started dust bathing, the first one in their lives. It was beautiful! They now enjoy Freedom! Cody and his pals are now members of The Freedom Seven Flock. Cody is laid back, confident, and loving.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued September 2019
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Everest

Everest was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Everest came to PEAK with four other birds who were also rescued from the ritual. The moment they arrived and we sat them in their coop, they all started dust bathing, the first one in their lives. It was beautiful! They now enjoy Freedom! Everest and his pals are now members of The Freedom Seven Flock. Everest is independent, he is usually the last one to arrive on the scene because he is doing his “own thing”. He is sweet and inquisitive but does not like to be picked up.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Frankie

Franklin Delano Roostervelt (Frankie) came to PEAK in June 2016. Frankie is a young Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster. He was purchased either through mail order (live young chicks are shipped in a box, sometimes dying along the way) or a local farm supply store, with the intent to keep egg laying hens. The purchaser listed him in a yard sale ad “for free” since he turned out to be male– useless for those exploiting hens for eggs. Luckily, an animal advocate stepped in and found him sanctuary at PEAK. Frankie and Nigel (the other resident rooster) took a few weeks to get to know one another, slowly. However, now they are family and roam the Sanctuary together, keeping it safe throughout the day. Frankie is very vocal. He will hop to take red grapes from our fingers. He loves to be around his caretakers, but does not like to be held or petted. He is usually the one to pick the dust bathing spot for himself and Nigel.

Birthday: February 2016
Rescued: June 2016
Favorite Treat: Red Grapes and Coconut Flakes

Jack

Jack was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Jack was rescued with his pal, Albie. The two are now a part of The Freedom Seven. Jack quickly became the leader of the flock.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Logan

Logan was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Logan came to PEAK with four other birds who were also rescued from the ritual. The moment they arrived and we sat them in their coop, they all started dust bathing, the first one in their lives. It was beautiful! They now enjoy Freedom! Logan and his pals are now members of The Freedom Seven Flock. Logan is inquisitive, one of the firsts on the scene, and affectionate.

Birthday: August2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Martin

Martin was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, in October 2019 at 6 weeks old! Prior, he was born on a factory farm. He is a Cornish X breed, that is has been manipulated to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, he’ll be kept on a strict diet, his weight will be monitored regularly, and he’ll get plenty of exercise! This helps give him the best chance at a longer, healthy life. Martin was rescued with two other babies, Sunny + Moon. The three are a little flock. Martin is the sweetest guy who loves to be snuggled against our necks and nap in our laps. He’s already faced a few issues but is growing strong!

Birthday: September 2019
Rescued: October 2019
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Moon

Moon was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, in October 20196 weeks old! Prior, she was born on a factory farm. She is a Cornish X breed, that is has been manipulated to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, she’ll be kept on a strict diet, her weight will be monitored regularly, and she’ll get plenty of exercise! This helps give her the best chance at a longer, healthy life. Moon was rescued with two other babies, Sunny + Martin. The three are a little flock. Moon is the smallest of the three, and our first female chicken (which was a surprise to us, because we weren’t planning on hens yet (chickens are often hard to sex)… but sometimes the universe knows our timing better than us). She loves to nap in the sun and run super fast. She is also an escape artist!

Birthday: September 2019
Rescued: October 2019
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Nigel

Nigel was rescued in January 2016, our best guess is that someone dumped him at the Sanctuary. We found him across the street with a large old wound on his back. Nigel was PEAK’s first chicken, and spent the winter indoors with us! He’s a Polish Breed mixed rooster. Since, we have rescued Frankie (another rooster), and the two are great companions. Nigel takes his mission as a rooster, “to protect and serve” very seriously. So, at times he can be a little “testy.” However, he will gladly take treats from human hands. Nigel is extremely intelligent and will not be outsmarted by humans! He can be a bit nervous, a trait of his breed, so we do our best to reduce his stress by giving him space and security.

Birthday: May 2015
Rescued: January 2016
Favorite Treat: Red Grapes + Coconut Flakes

Noble

Noble was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Noble came to PEAK with four other birds who were also rescued from the ritual. The moment they arrived and we sat them in their coop, they all started dust bathing, the first one in their lives. It was beautiful! They now enjoy Freedom! Noble and his pals are now members of The Freedom Seven Flock. Noble is quiet, calm, and curious.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Ren

Ren was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY in September 2017. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. By nine months old, he was already over 13 pounds. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Ren likes to go off exploring a little. He is also the most snuggly and is super content laying on our laps. Ren use to hang out with his pals, Leo and Fillmore (The Footloose Flock) all day. He would snuggle with them in a big pile at night to stay warm. Ren will have the longest, best life he can possibly have here at PEAK.

Birthday: August 2017
Rescued: September 2017
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Rory

Rory was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, September 2018. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Rory came to PEAK with four other birds who were also rescued from the ritual. The moment they arrived and we sat them in their coop, they all started dust bathing, the first one in their lives. It was beautiful! They now enjoy Freedom! Rory and his pals are now members of The Freedom Seven Flock. Rory is friendly and inquisitive.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Simon

Simon and five other chickens were abandoned in a cardboard box on the side of the road at the end of our drive. Luckily we were checking our mailbox early and found them before anything terrible happened (like being found by a predator). We were not accepting residents at the time but made it work for the safety of these sweet birds. The group of hens and a rooster were adopted out as a flock. However, we kept Simon and his companion Alvin, as roosters are not as easily adopted. Simon is the smaller of the two fellas, extremely curious, and still a little nervous with humans.  Simon is a feathered footed Bantam rooster. He only weighs a little more than a pound, but he has no idea! He is a mighty and brave little guy. He and his pal Alvin have settled-in nicely and are starting to explore the Sanctuary a little more with supervision (for their safety).

Birthday: January 2019
Rescued: August 2019
Favorite Treat: Blueberries

Sunny

Sunny was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY, in October 2019 at 6 weeks old! Prior, he was born on a factory farm. He is a Cornish X breed, that is has been manipulated to grow very large very fast. At PEAK, he’ll be kept on a strict diet, his weight will be monitored regularly, and he’ll get plenty of exercise! This helps give him the best chance at a longer, healthy life. Sunny was rescued with two other babies, Martin + Moon. The three are a little flock. Sunny is the leader of the three and is much taller! Sunny likes to perch up high and explore everything.

Birthday: September 2019
Rescued: October 2019
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

 

Cows

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Freeda

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Star

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Vegan

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Wilson

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Zeke

Freeda

Freeda was rescued with her half sister, Star, from a dairy farm in Vermont where they were chained to walls only a foot away. They were able to see their mothers, but unable to touch, be loved, or get nutrition from their mothers’ milk (colostrom has the antibodies needed to be healthy, just like humans). Freeda had bald spots all along her backside from licking herself excessively due to stress. Luckily they found Freedom at PEAK. We are so happy they have one another’s companionship! Freeda is a little older than Star, and as a result, she has taken on a big sister role by showing Star how to be courageous. The two of them love to run, and get just as excited as the pigs when it’s dinner time… for the pigs. Freeda is very affectionate, curious, and loves to give (a million) kisses. Freeda is a Lineback/Ayrshire cross.

Birthday: June 2019
Rescued: July 2019
Favorite Treat: Feed

Star

Star was rescued with her half sister, Freeda, from a dairy farm in Vermont where they were chained to walls only a foot away. They were able to see their mothers, but unable to touch, be loved, or get nutrition from their mothers’ milk (colostrom has the antibodies needed to be healthy, just like humans). Star was only 2 weeks old when she was rescued and still a little wobbly. Luckily they found Freedom at PEAK. We are so happy they have one another’s companionship! Star is a little more shy, but as she gets more comfortable more of her personality is coming out too. The two of them love to run, and get just as excited as the pigs when it’s dinner time… for the pigs. Star inhales her bottle at feeding time—not so shy now, are you!  Star is a Jersey breed.

Birthday: June 2019
Rescued: July 2019
Favorite Treat: Feed

Vegan

Vegan was rescued from a cattle farm in Iowa, December 2015. He’s a Black Angus mix. Vegan sustained a major injury to his back right leg which went untreated for a few months, but ended up saving his life and getting him off that farm! He was PEAK’s first cow resident. Since, he has been joined by Wilson and Zeke and finally has his own little herd. Vegan was shy when he first arrived and slowly warmed up to his human caretakers. He loves his ears rubbed and the top of his head scratched. Vegan is a bit reserved and can take a little time to warm up to humans. He’s curious, especially of cats and roosters!

Birthday: June 2015
Rescued: December 2015
Favorite Treat: Alfalfa

Wilson

Wilson came home to PEAK on Mother’s Day 2017. He’s had a horrendous start to life and struggled for nearly two years due to neglect, malnourishment, and parasites. He and his inseparable companion, Zeke, were rescued by the ASPCA with more than 1,000 other animals. After a long rehabilitation, he’s doing so well. He has grown SO much. He’s now part of a trio with Zeke and Vegan. Wilson is affectionate, sweet, and laid back. Although, he can get fairly excited for treats. Recently, with our move to Freedom, he is enjoying plenty of time in the woods and loves reaching for leaves off of tall trees.

Birthday: May 2015
Rescued: May 2017
Favorite Treat: Feed

Zeke

Zeke came home to PEAK on Mother’s Day 2017. He had a rough start to life but luckily was rescued young! He was taken from his mother too soon, and found a paternal figure in his inseparable companion, Wilson. The two are almost always physically touching. The duo was rescued by the ASPCA with more than 1,000 other animals. Zeke (with individual care) has recovered quickly at PEAK. Zeke is playful and very affectionate! He and Wilson are now part of a three cow herd with Vegan. Zeke loves to lick and rub his head against someone’s leg. He’s a pretty fun-loving guy. We’re grateful that he gets to grow up in a loving home with plenty of green pasture, a barn to get out of the elements, and surrounded by friends.

Birthday: September 2016
Rescued: May 2017
Favorite Treat: Feed

 

Goats

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Benny

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George

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Nemo

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Pan

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Twiggy

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William

Benny

Benny escaped slaughter and was roaming a 7,000 acre forest in Kentucky, alone for over a week. Benny was rescued in July 2015 and since has become a very strong and healthy boy. Benny is one of the most laid back and chill residents at PEAK! He loves a nice gentle head rub and face rub and is very loving. He also loves to climb and jump. Benny is best buds with Twiggy, another goat resident. He can be found sleeping very near the pigs at times too. Benny is the tallest goat at PEAK and loves to show off his agility skills by knocking down tree branches and jumping on the shelter roofs!

Birthday: January 2015
Rescued: July 2015
Favorite Treat: Watermelon + Raspberries

George

George is a young pygmy goat. He came to PEAK in 2016 when we received the call that he was abandoned and left tethered in someone’s front yard. George has experienced quite a bit of change and uncertainty in his young life. We’re happy he had the opportunity to become secure in a herd of other goat friends. He loves to spend time playing with all of his friends but has become extremely close with Twiggy. George has the most adorable bleat! He can be found on a sunny afternoon napping, totally relaxed. He’s very sweet with humans, but he likes to make sure it is on his terms. George is comfortable now and living his best life at PEAK.

Birthday: February 2010
Rescued: September 2016
Favorite Treat: Feed

Nemo

Nemo was found in filthy conditions laying on a barn floor, unable to stand on her own. It was a long road to recovery, but Nemo has an incredible will to live. She came home to PEAK in the summer of 2016, once she was able to walk again, and strong enough for the move. Nemo is affectionate and will give kisses and hugs. However, everything comes second to her love of food!! While Nemo hangs out with all the goats, she is quite a bit smaller than them, and often takes breaks from the group. She has gained so much strength and confidence since coming to PEAK. Since the move to Freedom, Nemo has become more mischievous and finds ways to get into whichever pasture she wants to be in at the time.

Birthday: April 2014
Rescued: May 2015
Favorite Treat: Alfalfa Cubes

Pan

Pan came to PEAK in May 2019. He was rescued by a woman named Katherine Hunt who saw him tied to a tire in an open field without shelter, water, or hay. His hooves were terribly overgrown. Thanks to Katherine his owners surrendered him so that he is able to live the life he deserves. Here at PEAK Pan is extremely social, playful, and very vocal! It took him a bit of time to get adjusted to living with the rest of our herd, but he is now happily a part of the family and he loves to spend the day playing and grazing with his friends. He loves to get scratches on his head and to jump playfully with his friends. No matter the weather, Pan can usually be found grazing happily in his large field!

Birthday: May 2016
Rescued: May 2019
Favorite Treat: Alfalfa Cubes + Strawberries

Twiggy

Twiggy was rescued from a cruelty situation in Salem, Indiana– where he was confined to a stall for well over a year! He came to live at PEAK in June 2014. It took some time for him to heal emotionally and physically; it’s been beautiful to witness. He can be a little persistent when it comes to food! Twiggy’s best goat buddy is Benny. They are never too far apart; they love to play and lay in the sun together. Twiggy is a curious goat and if he trusts you, will let you scratch his head. He’s also very smart! When it’s chilly he can be found snuggling with Lucy (pig) and Tulip (pig) in their straw bed, to keep warm.

Birthday: June 2010
Rescued: June 2014
Favorite Treat: Alfalfa

William

William is a pygmy goat mix. He was kept and treated like a “mascot” in an urban area, which is very stressful for a goat. We’ve worked with William on some behavioral issues and he’s improved greatly. Having a herd, space, and a life suitable for a goat has made all the difference. He still has a few “quirks” so he does have his own stall so that he can have his space and eat alone. William is playful, curious, and loves attention! When he wants to be noticed, he’ll usually head butt something that makes a lot of noise. His horns are magnificent and he knows it!

Birthday: November 2013
Rescued: May 2014
Favorite Treat: Alfalfa

 

Pigs

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Andy

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Annie

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Brandi

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Erica

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Hank

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Isaac

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Lucy

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Petals

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Pip

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Potter

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Sue

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Tulip

Andy

Andy and his sister Annie were PEAK’s very first residents! They arrived in October 2013, as tiny piglets. They escaped a backyard butcher in Minnesota. It took them both some time to warm up to us and feel safe, as you can imagine. Now the two are part of a bigger family with Isaac, Brandi, and Erica.

Andy is kind of the “little brother” of the herd. Andy is pretty laid back, a bit reserved, and usually takes his time through his day. He enjoys a little affection; it took awhile, but he’ll enjoy a belly rub when he is laying down. He and his sister Annie are extremely close. The two still love to play, usually Annie is the initiator. They are almost always together and sleep close at night, It is beautiful to witness.

Birthday: August 2013
Rescued: October 2013
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Annie

Annie escaped a backyard butcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her brother, Andy. These two were very brave piglets who wanted to live! They came to PEAK in October of 2013 and were our first residents. Annie and Andy are very bonded, are almost always together, and show one another affection. Annie is definitely the leader, is very social, and investigates any happenings at the farm. She is usually out and about regardless of the weather, she’s very active! Her eyes are one of her most compelling features, they are a soft brown that will melt your heart. Annie also likes to play; sometimes she will do a little half turn, and play with humans. As far as her herd (family) goes, Annie is in the middle, and definitely doesn’t back down from the other pigs. She is sweet and strong.

Birthday: August 2013
Rescued: October 2013
Favorite Treat: Watermelon + Pineapple

Brandi

Brandi and her siblings (Erica and Isaac) were rescued from a severe neglect case in New York, as young pigs. The trio came to live at PEAK in November 2013 and quickly became a family with Andy and Annie. Brandi, second pig in charge under Isaac, is the most reserved of the three siblings. While she is the most quiet of all the pigs, her grunt is the deepest, and she makes very high pitched squeals when she isn’t happy! She can be a little stubborn. Brandi, when not spending time alone–which she commonly does–can be found snuggling with Erica. She loves human interaction and will do a big flop for a belly rub! Brandi is a Gloucestershire Old Spots pig– an English breed known for their docility and intelligence.

Birthday: January 2013
Rescued: November 2013
Favorite Treat: Watermelon + Apples

Erica

Erica was rescued from a severe neglect case in New York with her siblings Brandi and Isaac. The trio came to live at PEAK in November of 2013. Erica, also known as Big Mama, is the protector of the herd. She can usually be found snuggling with her sibling Brandi or her close pal Annie. However, she enjoys some alone time too. Erica really loves human affection and is extremely smart. She will flop for a belly rub anywhere, anytime. Erica and her siblings are Gloucestershire Old Spots, an English breed known for their docility and intelligence.

Birthday: January 2013
Rescued: November 2013
Favorite Treat: Watermelon + Apples

Hank

Hank escaped his fate, most likely he jumped off a transport truck, and was roaming the streets. Luckily, the shelter who found him contacted PEAK, so Hank could live out the rest of his life with all the love he deserves. Hank suffered frostbite on both ears but lost about half of his right one. Hank is such a love bug! He loves, loves, loves to cuddle. He is also quite the rooter! Hank loves to do circles when he is excited and has slipped a few times from all his excitement. Hank forced his way into the hearts of Sue and Lucy. He can often be caught napping with both of them. He is so happy to have his own pig-pals!

Birthday: December 2017
Rescued: February 2018
Favorite Treat: Blueberries

Isaac

Isaac and his siblings, Erica + Brandi, were rescued from a severe neglect case in New York, as young pigs. The trio came to live at PEAK in November 2013 and quickly became a family with Andy + Annie. Last year, Isaac started to have back leg/hip issues and we have been treating them since. He spent some time separated from the herd to help him heal but he is back with his family now. He is still the boss, though he is ever so gentle. Isaac gets really, really excited at meal time! Isaac is gentle, silly, and extremely laid back– his deep brown eyes will melt your heart. He loves affection and is very vocal when you talk with him. Isaac is a Gloucestershire Old Spots pig–an English breed known for their docility and intelligence.

Birthday: January 2013
Rescued: November 2013
Favorite Treat: Watermelon + Apples

Lucy

We welcomed Lucy in July 2014. She was 8 weeks old and 40 pounds. She was picked up off a highway in Illinois by a caring family, after surviving a jump off a transport truck! Lucy is quite fond of humans and seeks affection. She was timid with the big pig herd, so initially she was pals with Twiggy (the goat). Then her bestie, Tulip, was rescued in December of the same year. It was so good for both of them! Lucy has a big personality and is friendly and inquisitive! It is clear how much she enjoys her life. She loves to run, and she is fast! When Sue was rescued, Lucy took Sue on as an apprentice and showed her how to live her best life too. Sometimes you can find Lucy just sitting, looking around, and taking in all of life. Mostly, she is hanging with her gal-pals Tulip and Sue.

Birthday: May 2014
Rescued: July 2014
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Petals

Petals ran for her life from a small farm operation apparently. She ripped the ear tag out of her ear doing so too.  We’re grateful that Animal Control was able to capture her and insisted on a safe forever home for her. We took Petals to Purdue Large Animal Hospital for her spay surgery immediately. During her overnight stay, she figured out how to let herself out of her stall and was roaming the hospital, a skill of hers apparently. Petals hasn’t quite made a close friend yet. Although she does mingle during the day with all the other pigs, she still enjoys sleeping in her own stall. She is the queen of completely burrowing in the straw. With time, she’ll have a close pal. Petals is a Hereford pig, her markings are like the Hereford cow. Petals is sweet, friendly, and smart!

Birthday: March 2018
Rescued: September 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Pip

Pip was rescued along with his companion Potter and 40 other piglets from a factory farm in North Carolina. Pip was set to be killed with the other piglets via the gas chamber because they were considered too small to go to a “fattening” farm. This is standard practice on farms. Runts and sick animals are discarded like trash at 2-3 months old versus going being fattened up and killed at 6 months old. The piglets were surrendered, their rescuer, Erika was told they must have them out before morning when their “replacements” would arrive. We are so thankful that Pip and Potter made it out of there and now have the life they deserve! Pip is definitely a small fella. Pip is the “talker” and very busy! Though small he gives Potter a fight. The two of them are so close and love to play, root, and investigate everything.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: November 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Potter

Potter was rescued along with his companion Pip and 40 other piglets from a factory farm in North Carolina. Potter was set to be killed with the other piglets via the gas chamber because they were considered too small to go to a “fattening” farm. This is standard practice on farms. Runts and sick animals are discarded like trash at 2-3 months old versus going being fattened up and killed at 6 months old. The piglets were surrendered, their rescuer, Erika was told they must have them out before morning when their “replacements” would arrive. We are so thankful that Pip and Potter made it out of there and now have the life they deserve! Potter is taller than Pip. Potter is a total lovebug but also the leader. He loves a belly rub. He usually initiates play too. The two of them are so close and love to play, root, and investigate everything.

Birthday: August 2018
Rescued: November 2018
Favorite Treat: Pumpkin

Sue

Sue was surrendered to PEAK in February 2017. She is a Berkshire and Landrace mix. Sue comes sprinting when you call her name and is so curious of other beings. Sue was born on a small pig farm in Kentucky. Fortunately, since she was bottle fed, the farmers saw Sue’s personality and ultimately, spared her life. Since Sue was raised by humans and not in a herd of pigs, she is learning how to be a pig again. When Sue forced Lucy to be her bestie, Lucy insisted on teaching Sue how to live life at the Sanctuary. It took a little more time, but she has friended Tulip as well. Sue enjoys affection and belly rubs.

Birthday: July 2016
Rescued: February 2017
Favorite Treat: Feed

Tulip

Tulip (Tu-Tu) was born on a factory farm in NW Illinois. Tulip is a traditional farm pig and a Meishan mix– a breed from China. Due to her slow growth, Tulip, along with 97 other piglets, were slated to be killed at just a few weeks old. Fortunately, a caring group of people stepped in and saved the piglets.

Tulip came to PEAK in December 2014. When she arrived she was very depressed and scared. After a short time, she was introduced to another pig, Lucy, who since has been her very best friend. The two have such a close bond. Now, their herd has grown to include Sue and Hank. Tulip is one of the most gentle and peaceful beings we have ever met. She lives for a good belly rub!

Birthday: February 2014
Rescued: December 2014
Favorite Treat: Apples

 

Turkeys

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Lily

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Taffy

Lily

Lily was found on the side of the road, lying in the snow, after escaping the transport truck hauling her to slaughter. Lily came to PEAK on February 1st, 2019. She is a white broad breasted turkey. This breed has been genetically manipulated to grow very large by just 14 weeks old. At PEAK, Lily will be kept on a restricted diet, enjoy lots of produce, grazing, and exercise to keep her as healthy and happy as possible. Lily has a big personality! She is so curious about everything in her environment. She really enjoys sunbathing. She likes to keep an eye on us while we do our work and enjoy music with us. She also loves to explore PEAK with the roosters and dust bathe with her turkey-friend, Taffy.

Birthday: October 2018
Rescued: February 2019
Favorite Treat: Carrots + Broccoli

Taffy

When we contacted Farm Sanctuary to ask some questions about turkeys in March 2019, they told us about Taffy. Taffy had been there for about 6 weeks after a woman contacted them and said Taffy was dropped on her front porch. We’re not sure that was true based on her age the photos provided; however, FS thought Taffy might enjoy a smaller Sanctuary. We agreed it would be best for Taffy to come to PEAK because we were already hoping to find a companion for Lily who could speak her same language. It took Taffy a bit of time to get used to the flock; mostly Cornish mixed chickens and Lily our broad-breasted white turkey. Taffy is very vocal and inquisitive and dust bathes almost every day! She enjoys scratch but mostly the cracked corn and millet out of it. She was born with curly toes (all of them and on both feet)– this can usually be corrected at birth if attempted. This doesn’t slow her down at all and she perches just fine. She enjoys sitting near humans and being petted too.

Birthday: April 2018
Rescued: April 2019
Favorite Treat: Cracked Corn

 

In Memoriam

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Beaky

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Bean

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Bodhi

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Clover

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Fillmore

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Greta

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Jelly

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Leo

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Luke

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Mr. Jones

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Roxie

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Sally

Beaky

Beaky was rescued from a religious ritual called Kapparot that takes place on the streets of Brooklyn every year. Kapparot is a customary Jewish atonement ritual practiced by some Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur. This is a practice in which a live chicken is waved over a person’s head and the chicken is then slaughtered in accordance with halachic rules.  Watch video footage.

Beaky was born on a factory farm destined to be slaughtered for meat but was purchased to be a victim of this ritual. Luckily, a chicken rescue group was able to save him along with many other chickens. Beaky along with four other flock mates made the long journey by van from New York to Salem, Indiana.

Beaky was just a chick when he arrived, though already quite large, he was still peeping as he was only about 8 weeks old. Chickens bred for meat like Beaky has been genetically modified to grow extremely large, extremely fast, therefore, suffer a slew of ailments of which usually affects their mobility. Chicken facts the industry doesn’t want you to know.

Birthday: August 2017
Rescued: September 2017
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Bean

Bean and Clover were two of four very sick piglets surrendered by a closing factory farm in Indiana to a cattle farmer and then to us (Kanda Sanctuary took in two and we took in two). They were so sick, both with pneumonia, but we knew they wanted to live, so we fought for them.

Bean actually got to experience some sanctuary life (and discover his love of strawberries) before the pneumonia took a turn and he had to go back to Purdue for oxygen. Eventually oxygen wasn’t even helping, and we knew he needed to be free of the pain.

We’re so grateful they had the chance to experience love, whether here with us and/or with the team at Purdue. A lot of people were rooting for them.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new issues for farmed animals all over the place. From mass culling to selling to anyone who will take them to the few lucky ones who are allowed to be rescued, but during a time when sanctuaries are learning to adapt to online experiences—not to mention, the restricted schedules and smaller teams working in vet care.

Birthday: April 2020
Rescued: May 2020
RIP: May 2020
Favorite Treat: Strawberries

Bodhi

Bodhi means “enlightenment” or “awakening”. We welcomed Bodhi on January 29, 2017. He was abandoned, like most roosters, in the woods in winter. He lost his comb, waddle, a toe, and toenail due to severe frostbite. He also showed “flashback” type symptoms. Bodhi has put all this behind him. He enjoys human companionship and seeks affection. We found he really enjoys listening to meditative music! Bodhi is inquisitive, loves bright colors, looking in the mirror, and being gently stroked along his body. When Bodhi spots us around the Sanctuary he comes running to greet us. While he enjoys being with humans, he doesn’t play very nicely with other roosters. He does okay with Nigel and Frankie through a fence, but not face-to-face. He really wants to be the “boss,” which is typical rooster behavior.

Birthday: August 2016
Rescued: January 2017
Favorite Treat: Corn

Clover

Clover and Bean were two of four very sick piglets surrendered by a closing factory farm in Indiana to a cattle farmer and then to us (Kanda Sanctuary took in two and we took in two). They were so sick, both with pneumonia, but we knew they wanted to live, so we fought for them.

On top of the pneumonia, Clover was fighting off a severe infection in her back leg that virtually left no bone and an infection in her front leg in the growth plate. She was showing signs of improvement in her pneumonia, which would have allowed for more procedures to deal with her leg infections. The pneumonia never gave her that chance.

During her time with humans who actually cared for her, she discovered her love of apples. We’re so grateful both Clover and Bean had the chance to experience love, whether here with us and/or with the team at Purdue. A lot of people were rooting for them.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new issues for farmed animals all over the place. From mass culling to selling to anyone who will take them to the few lucky ones who are allowed to be rescued, but during a time when sanctuaries are learning to adapt to online experiences—not to mention, the restricted schedules and smaller teams working in vet care.

Birthday: April 2020
Rescued: May 2020
RIP: May 2020
Favorite Treat: Apples

Fillmore

Fillmore was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY in September 2017. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. By nine months old, he was already over 13 pounds. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Fillmore is sweet and affectionate. He spends most of his days in the main barn with his flock, Ren and Leo (The Footloose Flock). The three love to scratch around in the pig and cow beds, We’re grateful that Fillmore will spend his days with lots of love, the freedom to explore, and with so many friends.

Birthday: August 2017
Rescued: September 2017
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Greta

Greta was our 11th rescue – we are so honored that she spent her later years here with all the care she deserved! She came from a neglect case in Cincinnati, OH and due to the circumstances; there is not a lot of information. She was rescued by Speak Up for Horses out of Falmouth, KY with several horses, and they contacted us about providing Sanctuary for her. Greta’s previous caretaker has very progressed Alzheimer’s, and the animals had been neglected for some time. Fortunately, a neighbor finally reported the neglect of the animals, as their body conditions had greatly diminished. We held off on providing Greta with her name, as we had hoped to find out the name she had most of her life, but it isn’t possible with her previous caretaker’s condition.

The caring neighbor did report that Greta had lived there for about 13yrs – which is pretty old for a goat. At some point, she was with other goats, but of late, she was a sole goat. She had definitely had babies and could have possible been used for her milk – but we aren’t sure.

Greta’s hooves were grossly overgrown, causing pain when she walked, in addition to her arthritis – her bones pop when she walked too. Due to their condition, it was a slow process of small trims to her hooves for many weeks. She was a very large girl but underweight and bony. We started her on a senior feed, daily medication for her arthritis, and probiotics. We  got a full blood panel and nutritional profile as well, that helped us address specific nutritional needs.

She is settled in nicely and started to become very vocal, especially when she heard the lid to the alfalfa cube can! She loved fresh vegetation we gathered and brought to her from the sanctuary grounds.

Greta passed with our Vet’s assistance on Monday November 23, 2015. While decisions like this are extremely difficult, they are a necessary part of our work. Greta passed with Mark and Michelle cradling her head and body, comforting her, and reminding her of how much she is loved. While Greta was only with us for seven months, she left a huge impression on our hearts. Greta embodied peace, serenity, and grace.

It was a true privilege to care for her, especially in her senior years, when she needed TLC the most. We will miss her curious and smiling face greeting us every time we entered the barn — making sure we didn’t have a treat to share. While our hearts are aching, we find some solace in knowing Greta knew we loved her, that she had comfort and honor in her last months, and through her passing. While she was nearly fourteen (very old for a goat)when she passed, she still had a very strong will. And she certainly loved her treats! We gave her medications in a banana, and she always looked for more.

Greta being the strong-willed girl that she was still moved about her stall slowly. When the weather turned really cold, she didn’t move much during the nights. On the 23rd when we made our rounds for normal feeding, we found Greta still lying down and extremely bloated (death for a goat if not treated). We immediately got her up, treated her with anti-bloat medication, moved her around a bit, rubbed her stomach, until the gas started releasing. While, the bloat was released, she was still very uncomfortable, partly because she had been up on her legs way too long without much rest. Most of that afternoon she moved back and forth between her straw piles in her stall, changing up her positioning in an attempt to get comfortable. She wasn’t interested in food except her beloved bananas. Then around dinner time, we noticed that she started bloating again, which was devastating news, her rumen just wasn’t able to get going with her lack of movement. We treated her with anti-bloat medicine again and called the Vet.

We knew the kindest thing to do was to euthanize her, so that she didn’t die a horrible death by bloat. We had a few hours before the Vet would arrive …. So we sat with her rubbing between her horns, hugging her, and just being present with her. Mark and Michelle were both were both holding her and telling her she was loved as she passed.

Be free, Sweet Greta, you will be missed and forever in our hearts!

Birthday: 2002
Rescued: 2015
Favorite Treat: Bananas

Jelly

Jelly was Mark and Michelle’s first adopted dog! Jelly was in the city’s animal shelter for several months with her pups. The shelter said Jelly and her last pup, Bean, had Parvo (which wasn’t the case), so they wouldn’t be able to be adopted. A month or so later Michelle found Jelly’s photo on the internet again under another rescue’s page. She called immediately to say they would be there to get her within the hour. They then found out that Jelly was going to be euthanized due to dog aggression and the rescue organization had saved her life. Jelly has made such strides since being in a loving, patient home.

On July 13, 2017 we helped Jelly make her transition after complications post an intestinal surgery. We were in and out of the vet’s office over the week with blockage symptoms. Once it was found that she had a mass in her intestines, we opted to have it removed, and the surgery went well. Jelly was and will always be a true guardian of the Sanctuary.

If you’ve visited PEAK you probably gave her a belly rub, as she insisted by leaning into you, consequently you left covered in her fur. When we adopted Jelly, she was fearful and insecure, as a result, had aggression towards other dogs. She also had a strong instinct to go after (read want to kill them) the cats. The people who came to know her through PEAK find this hard to believe. But even at that time, she was the most loyal and loving companion to humans. We don’t know all that she experienced before we adopted her but that she was picked up as a “stray” with her puppies. She was in the shelter for a few months. Jelly would have been quite alright being the only dog in our house but really embraced being a big sister, friend, and role model to two puppies, Roxie and Kita.

We imagine with every adoption and rescue she was saying “not again”. When we moved to the country, Jelly really came into her own, she was meant to be a farm dog! Jelly was easy going. As long as she was with her people, she was up for anything, a walk, a nap, whatever. We grew so much together. She really was the best dog. She was patient with us humans. We’ve been told that when someone leaves your life, it’s because you are turning a corner – starting new chapter – we don’t know what that means for us, but we do know that we are better off having known the love of the faithful, unconditional, patient, easy going, loving Jelly.

We will miss you so very much Jelly. We will miss your bossy bark when you wanted something. We will miss you laying into the door when you were ready to come in. We will miss you snuggling in the bed. We will miss you heart lifting smile every time you greeted us. Run Free My Sweet, Sweet Girl.

Birthday: January 2007
Rescued: July 2008
RIP: July 2017
Favorite Treat: Carrots

Leo

Leo was rescued from a religious ritual in Brooklyn, NY in September 2017. He is a Cornish mix breed, and was brought into the world to be used for “meat.” This breed is bred to grow very large very fast. By nine months old, he was already over 13 pounds. At PEAK, we will keep him on a strict diet and allow him plenty of room for exercise to try to counter his genetics as much as possible. Leo is the MOST curious and likes to be front and center of the flock. Leo will climb on our laps and relax too. He is the best at searching out food around the sanctuary. Leo hangs out with his pals Ren and Fillmore (The Footloose Flock) all day. He snuggles with them in a big pile at night to stay warm. Leo will have the longest, best life he can possibly have here at PEAK.

Birthday: August 2017
Rescued: September 2017
Favorite Treat: Watermelon

Luke

Before arriving at PEAK, Luke had spent a year with five other goats in a stall that was nailed shut. They seldom received adequate food, water, or general care. We are so grateful and honored, he was able to spend the last month of his life here, knowing kindness and joy, eating all that he wanted (he especially LOVED his treats of alfalfa and sunflower seeds!) romping freely in the fields, and hanging out with his bud Twiggy in peace.
Luke was a very sweet boy and gentle boy. He loved to nuzzle and have his neck scratched. He was Twiggy’s protector and companion and the two were never more than a few feet apart. Just in the last two weeks he and Twiggy started playing/butting every night before bed.

This week Luke went in for a routine castration at the advice of the vet. In most cases it prolongs their life, and in Luke’s situation the vet had hoped it would help with the issues he was having with his back legs; severe stiffening and neuropathy – resulting from his severe malnutrition.

Luke was doing very well the evening after the surgery but we rushed him to the vet the next morning, as he was in obvious pain. The vet spent a couple of hours with him, but in the end he passed quietly at the office.

Neither of the vets that cared for Luke were able to say what really took him in the end. He was old beyond his years due to the malnutrition, neglect, and cruelty he endured. We are so grateful they experienced freedom, sunshine, love, and a full belly in his final months. 

We will dearly miss our old friend……… And know that Twiggy is missing him too. RIP July 2014.

Birthday:
Rescued: 2014
Favorite Treat: Hay

Mr. Jones

We’re heartbroken to have lost Mr. Jones (Indiana Jones, Jonsey) on July 21st, 2017. He passed in the night at the hospital while being treated for a breathing condition. Mr. Jones was rushed to the Avian Clinic on the morning of the 19th because he was gasping for air. He has been asthmatic for a couple months– his illness wasn’t responsive to any of the prescribed antibiotics, antifungal medications, or steroids. He stayed about the same and was feeling okay if we kept him in low humidity and stress-free conditions. Mr. Jones came to us in October 2017. He was picked up off the streets by animal control, as roosters are often dumped/discarded. He has always been such a “talker”! He loved to hang out near us but wasn’t interested in being held or petted, which we honor here. For a period, he enjoyed leading the Footloose Flock as they were much younger. He had such a sweet demeanor. When he got excited or was trying to get away from someone/a loud noise, he had an adorable little hop.We’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to know him. Mr. Jones’ body was cremated and the ashes will be spread under a tree in the front area, where Beaky is also buried.

Birthday: October 2016
Rescued: October 2017
RIP:
Favorite Treat: Grapes

Roxie

Mark and Michelle adopted Roxie on January 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM! They had debated adopting a puppy and a companion for Jelly for some time. Roxie and her siblings has been dropped off on the porch of a volunteer at a dog rescue organization. When Mark and Michelle went to meet the puppies, only two were left for adoption, Roxie and her brother. Roxie lived life to the fullest and was best friends with Jelly. RIP July 24, 2013

Birthday: November 2010
Rescued: January 2011
RIP: July 2013
Favorite Treat: Peanut Butter Bone

Sally

Sally came to live with Mark and Michelle in September 2013, just a couple months after their beloved dog, Roxie, passed. They weren’t ready to adopt another dog. However, a friend recommended they adopt Sally. Her person was moving to a place where they could not have dogs and he wasn’t having luck finding her a home, since she was well over 16 years old. The decision was left up to Jelly, since she had just lost her best friend too. The first night with the Pruitts, Sally climbed into the bed, near Jelly, and everyone slept just like it had always been that way. So, Sally stayed. Sally lived to be almost 20 years old. The Sanctuary life and  being surrounded by love was so good for her!

Birthday: pre-1997
Rescued: September 2013
RIP:
Favorite Treat: Fried Tofu

 

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