Former Research Cats Move Into New Kitty Paradise

It is finally moving day, after months of building and completing Kitty Paradise just in time for the Holidays! 

What a lucky day for our 17 resident kitties at Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary!  The long anticipated wait is over. The kitties have been anxiously awaiting and hearing for months about Kitty Paradise with their new toys, cat trees, climbing gym, shelves, ramps and extra space they will have all thanks to all of our amazing donors that helped make this happen! 

The morning began, business as usual with cleaning and feeding (so the kitties thought anyway!) Little did they know, it was moving day!  Animal Companion Manager, Stephanie Bilbro and Animal Caretaker Mary Miles, quietly began to bring out kennels and of course some of our more curious kitties jumped right inside to explore them. Bianca decided that she wanted to go last, she is generally very shy and leery of new things and people. With positive encouragement and extra sweet talking and patience, Bianca decided to join her friends and head to Kitty Paradise. 

 
The day went amazingly smooth and the cats seemed to agree! All 17 cats were brought inside their new home and gradually released inside. Of course you know Willie and Chester, they had to be the first to explore every inch and make sure it had their stamp of approval! Dr M., Blacky, Bronte, Boots, George, Skip, Smoke, Stripe, Toby, Tiger were all not far behind. It didn't take them long to start jumping on their new ladders and shelves and exploring all their new toys! Bianca was a little unsure about her new surroundings so Dottie, Corie, Zoe and Baloo are keeping her company in the isolation room for a day or so to help them adapt slowly into their new environment. Don't worry, they have a window that looks into the main room, so they can keep track of all their friends. In the next couple days, they will be slowly introduced into the main area. Within a few days, after everyone has settled down into their new home, they will be introduced to the outside playground with all new surroundings to observe! 

 
Our staff did a amazing job getting Kitty Paradise ready for today, after the building construction wrapped up, our Ranch Manager Craig Boyd began 
 
building the fencing, bringing logs and rocks in to jump and play on and completed some finish work, meanwhile animal caretakers Sara Sansburn, Mary Miles, Krisitne Keller, Animal Companion Manger Stephanie Bilbro and Executive Director Tamra Brennan began interior cleaning, stocking and moving things in!  We could not have completed this project if it wasn't for the tremendous response we had with our fundraising campaign. Your contributions both large and small helped make this happen!  We would also like to thank our friend Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy for his consultation, guidance and support before the big move! Your input is greatly appreciated!  Our staff and all the kitties at Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary send you a HUGE THANK YOU! 
 

GreaterGood.org Creates Piggy Play Land Fundraiser

Help Us Build Piggy Playland! 

crazy pig Help build an enclosure and provide enrichment for pigs in need.

Kindness Ranch, located in Wyoming, took in 6 Hanford pigs in September 2013. All six are now living together and have been given the nickname "Lina Sisters". These pigs had been used as former research animals in pharmacokinetics research. They are now able to run free for the first time in their lives. The hanford pigs were a breed created for laboratory use in 1958.

Your donation will help improve and update the pigs' enclosure and provide an enrichment program. These pigs are young and love to play, but they are in need of a larger space filled with toys and structures to keep them busy. These pigs are currently 90 lbs and when full grown are expected to be 180 lbs. The enclosure is essential to both their health and well-being.

You can help. Just a $10.00 Donation will help Kindness Ranch build a better enclosure and provide enrichment for the pigs.

To Donate, please visit the GreaterGood.org fundraiser page, click here to donate now!

Horses, Pigs and Sheep Oh My!

stampede Fourteen Horses now call their forever home, Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary. 

Casper, Misty, Trinity and Cheyenne were all brought to us when they were a few months old, after being born at a Premarin Research Laboratory in Canada. These four foals were the lucky few that were able to survive, unfortunately most don't. 

Stormy and Shima both came to us unknowingly pregnant and gave birth to two amazing draft and paint crosses named Milagro and Second Chance. These four are never apart from each other, their bond is forever. 

Eight retired Thoroughbred racing horses were taken to a research facility on the east coast where they were used in nutrition studies. They arrived at Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary in 2008. Mary Kay and Hailey are best friends and spend most days grazing together. 

Today, eight years later Casper is now the head of the herd, and he makes sure everyone knows it! The lead mare alternates in between Trinity and Misty and there is a ongoing saga of who finally will secure that position. Casper is always a visitor favorite and thrives on the attention! He is also the mischievous one in the herd, always looking to get into something. 

Misty and Cheyenne are best friends and are often seen hanging out and grazing together. Both of them are very affectionate and enjoy the attention. 

All of these precious horses have been given a second chance and are now roaming free on our 1000 acre sanctuary, thanks to incredible supporters like yourself! 

They receive extraordinary daily and vet care, plenty of food and of course as much attention as they want. Our expenses average $1,000.00 per month for their routine vaccines, worming, farrier work, hay & alfalfa and other medical attention as needed. Our horses are permanent residents of Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary, this is their forever homesWill you help us to provide extraordinary care for these former research horses and their offspring?

YES! I would like to sponsor a year of extraordinary are for a former research horse with the following:

Hay and Alfalfa: $300.00 
Farrier Work: $250.00
Vaccines (includes routine vaccinations and quarterly worming meds) $100.00
Vet Care: $150.00

Yes, I would like to make a general donation to help the former research animals! 

To learn more about each of our horses our website at www.kindnessranch.org or click onmeet our horses

There are several ways you can help Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary! Make a donation, become a monthly donor, and don't forget to tell your friends and family! Have a gift you need? Consider making a donation gift, perfect for that special someone that is a animal lover!

Mollie's Foster Turns to Adoption!

darrin and molly Great adoption news at the ranch today! One of our great volunteers and foster parents, Darrin, decided to adopt Molly, the Coonhound mix he has been fostering since February! She is Darrin's second Kindness Ranch dog, as he has already adopted a Beagle from us in the past. Molly and her two canine siblings go everywhere with Darrin, and they even hang out with him in his RV on vacations. Molly had been having trouble finding the right home, but the third time's a charm and we know she has finally found exactly where she was always meant to be!

Appointments are REQUIRED in advance to visit Kindness Ranch. Please make appointments with minimum of 48 hours notice to ensure we will be able to accommodate your visit. Thank you!