Learn more about the animals of SAFE
His birth could not have been remarkable except that Nemoo is a male calf of the Jersey breed and therefore has no use in the dairy industry or in the meat industry. Jersier (Jersey) males don't have enough meat on them to make them worth living even for a short time.
He was to be killed immediately at birth. But Nemoo’s fate has not been that of millions of male calves whose lives are immediately taken from their first breath. His fate was written differently.
Bailey arrived on September 23, 2018. She is a dairy cow who could not produce milk, as in principle sterile. Like any sterile dairy cow, she had to be sent to slaughter.
Bailey is now part of the SAFE family. It was quite a surprise, because against all expectations, she is not sterile! She gave birth to our lovely Marty in May 2019. It’s a double miracle because Bailey survived the slaughterhouse. In addition, her baby will escape its exploitation fate, whether as a heifer in the dairy industry, or as a calf, at the slaughterhouse for its meat.
Calvin's mother fought to bring him into the world. She was very weak because of the milk fever which affects many cows which go on birth after birth. Calvin's mother fought for 3 days and was ultimately euthanized. A neighbor of the farm, witnessing his mother's fight, fell in love with Calvin. When he knew this one would be auctioned off, he called the SAFE.
His new mother at SAFE took full care of him and he never lacked attention or love. He also shares his days and affection with his adopted brother, Little Nemoo, with whom he has become very close.
Adam was born on August 26, 2020. His very lucky star must have been watching over him. As a calf on a dairy farm his hours were numbered. He should have been killed a few hours after his birth as are thousands of Jersey calves every day. But he was so puny that his farmer took pity on him and decided to give him away. Sitting in the backseat of the transport vehicle on his way to SAFE and receiving a lot of love, Adam didn’t know it but he had embarked on the journey towards his new life; towards freedom.
Adam is our sweet growing boy, brimming with curiosity for the world that surrounds him. He loves running after Russell, a little goat his own size (for now) and curling up with the rest of the goats for naps. He has a lot of fun with Bree our adoptive mommy Pitbull who takes care of all the new arrivals. But what he really enjoys most is spending time with "the big guys", these huge creatures who fascinate him and who have accepted him among them. He has a weakness for Nemoo, another Jersey male who must remind him of a loved one he must have known if only for a few very precious and too short moments, his mother.
Adam loves cuddles and chin scratches and those very special moments, when his stomach is full after his 3-litermilk bottle, when he rubs against his human looking for love and affection just as his mother would have given him. Adam is a unique and special boy. To the farming industry, however, Adam is just a waste product.
Matilda, Pumba and Oreo escaped on their way to the slaughterhouse and roamed the countryside for over a full month. After being seen in different locations, escaping death as they crossed different roads, avoiding being captured by different agencies, they were finally picked up after a long fight by Refuge RR.
It was then that fate knocked on SAFE's door and these three inseparable companions were welcomed as the first residents.
Matilda walks with attitude. And if you believe science, she has the same personality as people who walk with a pronounced sway: A bit of aggression with a flippant attitude like “in your face!”, Curious, sociable, intelligent and outgoing.
If anything happens, she's the first to investigate. What a fiery temperament! Even Pumba prefers to stay in his corner and try to ignore her. Once the storm has passed, Matilda returns to her curious nature, growling happily when scratched behind her ears.
Pumba is a nice little boy. He endures Matilda's peculiarities with a jaded demeanor except a few times when he has pushed her away with his snout, sending her into the air a little further.
He loves to eat of course. His second passion is sleeping, especially when he sleeps in the sun in a mud hole. You can even hear him quietly purring with satisfaction.
Oreo was the smallest and nicest of our three Musketeers. He had a special bond with Matilda who took care of him. When he passed away, she came to see him and gently touched him, trying to get him to his feet. She was angry for a week following his death.
Oreo died on June 9, 2017. He died of a heart condition called Endocarditis, which is inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. According to the veterinarian, this condition is due to the acute stress that Oreo felt in his youth and when he traveled the countryside.
When she arrived with us in October 2017, Miss Piggie was a cute little sow. It seems obvious that Miss Piggie was brought up in a house. Her always attentive demeanor towards humans and her desire for affection and friendly contact are signs that she has been a pet.
She was found wandering alone around a campsite. Abandoned and left alone, she would have died prematurely. She now lives comfortable and safe in her forever home at SAFE, in the company of Rosie.
In mid-December 2017, SAFE was asked to take care of a pretty and young auburn colored sow named Rosie. She lived outside in a three-sided metal structure with nothing but a dirty and damp carpet on which to lie. She was destined to die either from exposure to weather conditions or by being sent to slaughter.
Now Rosie and Miss Piggie are the best friends in the world, and seeing them snuggle up against each other in the straw at night, you can't even imagine parting them.
Malcom is a sweet and sociable boy who gets along with all our other pigs. He enjoys belly rubs above all else and flops down to the floor whenever someone wants to please him and give him a massage. Malcom loves walking in the forest with his best buddy Simone. He also loves cuddling up to a big pig all comfy in a bed of hay. He is sadly growing at an incredibly rapid pace.
Alice, it was a little bit of a pig that arrived at the end of November 2018. She was barely 1.5 feet long. She was growing at an appalling speed. We literally saw her growing up in front of our eyes. Alice is an example of the so-called pork industry. She has been selected and modified, like all her siblings in the industry, to grow as quickly as possible, in size and height, and to be sold for meat between 3 and 5 months.
In safety at SAFE, Alice can play, run, be curious, and indulge in her favorite hobby, to browse freely. She is intelligent and learns very quickly.
Simone is an energetic and curious piglet. She enjoys bossing her best friend Malcolm around and cuddling up to Alice, her roommate. Simone oinks quite loudly and with great enthusiasm, especially when she smells her food bowl being prepared! She has beautiful light brown eyes which she is admired for time and again.
Our mini-ponies arrived at SAFE on 2017 October 12. They came from 2 different locations with different negligence stories. They were rescued by RR Refuge who brought them to SAFE to happily live the rest of their lives.
Bronco and Silver lived in a field with pigs. Father and son, they were pretty much left on their own with no care nor human touch. It could have been a happy story, wild horses do live pretty much on their own too, but they roam fields and forests and vast expanses, not a fenced in field. Then one day, the farmer who owned them decided he no longer wanted them and dumped them on the side of the road, pretty much like garbage. RR Refuge was called when they were found. They eventually located their owner who claimed he no longer wanted them. Interestingly enough when he found out it was a rescue shelter who was taking them, he decided to play a hard game and demanded money. It took a couple of weeks of hard negotiations, but he finally gave them up.
Shakira and Shitara lived in a barn and were pretty much left to themselves. They did not go out and were not looked after. They were found with what is commonly called elves hooves. This hoof condition is either due to poor husbandry or can be related to “founder” or “laminitis.” Laminitis isn’t just a result of a lack of hoof trimming, but rather a complex disease which can result in pain, destruction and death of inner hoof tissues. Laminitis is painful, crippling, complicated, expensive and difficult to treat.
Shakira and Shitara so far seem to have regain the ability to run and walk almost normally. Their back legs in particular still turn in and move all over the place, but it is normal due to the hooves condition they had to endure for many months or maybe years. It will take several months before they regain a normal gait. For now, they run, jump and kick in the air obviously enjoying the feeling of freedom.
Bronco is 15 years old with teeth and hooves in bad conditions. He is an affectionate pony who probably knew a friendly human touch in his youth until abandoned in a field. He enjoys being petted and brushed. He is very smart and will do everything to escape while going in and out of his stall to sneak away to the box where the grain is kept.
Just like his son, Silver, his mane and tail were full of burrs. He enjoyed being cared for and having his mane and tail cleaned. Bronco is now a very good-looking boy and is enjoying a quiet life in the company of his son and 2 pretty females.
Silver is a 5-year-old pony who may have been a mix of horse and pony. He is a beautiful looking boy who had never been touched and is just learning to trust, one human at a time. Even though he is skittish and weary of people he is very curious and loves to come close for a look, a whiff, a petting of the face and now the neck. His mane and tail were awful messes, but he let us untangle his mane. His tail is still to be worked on - slowly, one step at a time.
When a human he knows approaches, he looks up and willingly comes forward. Soon we hope Silver will let us brush him and enjoy a feel-good moment with a kind human.
Shakira is a good-looking blond-maned 15-year-old mama. She is shy but wanting to trust. She shudders and shakes if forced in a situation where she is cornered but is starting to relax enough to willingly extend her paw hoof .for examination.
She blows and nickers when she sees her human caretakers and approaches with interest to see what goodies may be offered. With time and patience we hope Shakira will feel completely at ease with humans approaching and touching her. For now, she is content to let her daughter Shitara take the lead.
Shitara, meaning Star or Dignity depending on the source, is a blue-eyed 5-year-old pony. She does not trust humans either and becomes nervous when in close quarters with one. She is also learning to relax.
More assertive than her mother, she often takes the lead and has no problem demanding treats by pushing or even biting her human caretaker’s sleeve.
Skye, Buzz et Storm
Early in December 2017, just in time for Christmas, the call came in. Three goats and a lamb, in a desperate and critical situation needed to be rehomed as soon as possible. Having room in the manger, so to speak, we welcomed our 4 latest residents.
These 4 came from a sanctuary in Quebec which was closing. The original story of the goats is not known, only that Storm, our little Pygmy goat was born in August 2017 and that Skye was her mother. Skye had given birth to 2 babies that August but she lacked maternal instinct and abandoned them. Even though Skye was milked and also taught to let her little ones suckle after many trials it was a hard beginning for the little ones. The babies were almost lifeless when they were found in the morning and needed to be resuscitated. Storm did make it after a long battle with pneumonia and other illnesses, but her brother did not make it.
Buzz is also Skye’s son from another litter. He is such a handsome boy, very shy but learning to trust each day a little more.
Jane came from a group of sheep which were rescued from an abusive farmer. She was taken away with 8 other family members. They were all sick and some had broken legs. Eventually 4 of her family members died. Jane was very sick for a long time. She was nursed back to health at the same time as Storm in the nursery which they shared. Through their ordeals, Storm and Jane became best friends and love each other’s company.
Jane is such an affectionate and loving sheep. She is bright and smart. She loves human companionship and was very quick to learn that she is safe with us at SAFE. Right from day one, she ran to hide behind our legs to get away for the less than friendly attention from Skye. She loves to be scratched and petted and leans her whole body against mine pecking and pulling at my hair. Jane is a treasure, a source of pure love.
Our extraordinary billy goat arrived at SAFE on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018.
Skinny and suffering from scabies, Philippe is of a most gentle character. He immediately formed a strong bond with Catherine, the founder. He followed her everywhere and responded to her calls from the first day. Philippe loves company, human or animal. During his first obligatory isolation period he was very lonely and appreciated the presence of Willow, our cat who loves to be in the barn. She calmed and reassured him. Philippe is probably 7 or 8 years old. When he first arrived he was skin and bones and was missing big patches of fur. But he quickly put on weight. With a bit of help from coconut butter and daily multiple brushings – which le just loooves - his fur grew back to a beautifully thick, white coat. Philippe has a sophisticated, debonair walk. You could almost imagine him with a top hat and a swinging cane. He is also very tall. When he gets up on his hind legs he easily measures 6 feet.
He is such a sweet boy! So affectionate and intelligent! It is hard to believe that his fate was to end up under the sacrificial knife of Eid al-Adha. We wish him a long life here at SAFE, free from any threat to his life.
Gilbert is a rooster who is full of personality and energy!! He loves to call out and cluck throughout the day, making sure we really are awake. He gets upset if his ladies wander around the barn for too long without returning to their enclosure to check in with him. Gilbert loves attention, watermelon, and stomping around the barn with his adorable feathery feet.
Sunny, Cher, Grace and Frankie are sweet gentle hens who enjoy coping the day away in cozy corners of our barn. They enjoy Gilbert, the rooster’s company but are also fond of exploring the barn on their own to see what they can discover. The 4 ladies come from different backgrounds but they have found friendship and love between each other here at SAFE. When one of them lays an egg, they all call out in celebration.
Delilah & Daphne
Delilah arrived at SAFE with her (adoptive) sister Daphne in early June 2020. They were released from an industrial hatchery where goslings are usually sold a few days after birth to become meat, foie gras pate or plucked for their down and feathers. But a good soul brought them to SAFE where they grew up pampered, loved and free to do whatever they want with their days. They are African domesticated geese who do not fly. Despite our best efforts and demonstrations of swimming in the pond, Delilah and Daphne have refused to stay there where they could have made the acquaintance of our resident gander Samson who prefers nature and refuses to come up to the barn. They follow humans happily enough to the water but run back behind them to the barn so as not to be left alone so far from home. And yes, home is the barn and their little wading pool where they snuggle up against each other and float peacefully until they fall asleep. They spend their day wandering around the sanctuary, crossing all the enclosures talking endlessly to each other like two very busy gossips.
But what they love most is running to the sanctuary entrance gate as soon as they hear someone coming throwing the newcomers in a panic at the sight of this team of well-meaning guards. They make a hellish noise, honking and tugging at the shoelaces of these poor innocent souls who have no other resource but to take refuge to find relief from their attention.