By Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
Macy was the subject of a common 4-H project that requires each participant to raise a farm animal. These animals often receive poor care, and, in the case of pigs, they are subjected to ear notching, an industry procedure in which pieces of the ear are cut out, without anesthesia, for identification purposes. To complete the project, the young caregiver must auction the animal for slaughter at a local fair. Luckily for Macy, the young woman responsible for her refused to take the pig to her death and decided instead to find her a loving home. Now safe at our Southern California Shelter, Macy has her own projects to pursue: lounging in the shade, splashing in water tubs and snuggling with her friends in the pig barn.
Maria was among dozens of animals seized from a scene of horror by Los Angeles County humane officers in 2009. Raised by a backyard butcher, the sheep, goats, and pigs could hear the screams of animals slaughtered nearby and were fed the meat scraps that could not be sold. By the time they were rescued, these neglected creatures were emaciated and ailing. When officers contacted our Southern California Shelter, we rushed the animals to refuge and embarked on several weeks of rehabilitation. With medical attention and lots of care, Maria and her friends recovered. Now healthy and happy, Maria is thoroughly enjoying her new life.
Dandypants was brought to our Southern California Shelter after he was found running loose in Los Angeles County. He likely escaped from a local “live market,” a facility where live animals are selected by customers to be slaughtered on site. Live markets perpetuate a host of animal cruelties, from miserable living conditions to brutal slaughter procedures. Now safe from such perils, Dandypants struts happily about the sanctuary grounds, enjoying the company of the other rescued chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese who call our Southern California Shelter home. Like them, this little guy with a big personality will never again be treated with anything but love.