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CITY OF DOVER – Time is running out for Tiny Hooves Wildlife Sanctuary to meet its year-end goal of raising $ 50,000 to support its ongoing efforts and investment projects.
As of Dec. 21, the nonprofit that currently cares for 163 rescued farm animals, had raised just $ 11,379.
“We’re having a little more trouble this year than we did with our year-end fundraiser,” said Beca Thompson, Founder and President. She added that many organizations that depend on donations are facing shortages during the pandemic.
Animals at the sanctuary – founded in Somers in 2015 to help save animals seized from a neglect case in Walworth County – include goats, pigs, sheep, cows, miniature mules, donkeys, horses and a host of feathered creatures.
Originally located on three acres off the KR highway in Somers, Tiny Hooves moved to 1117 N. Britton Road in Dover, northwest of Union Grove, after Foxconn announced plans to build across the street. The move was made possible with the help of a private foundation that purchased a 33-acre farm and turned it over to the organization.
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In 2021, among other efforts, Tiny Hooves provided more than $ 50,000 in veterinary care, improved pastures and built new shelters for miniature donkeys and dwarf goats, purchased a round bale feeder for the sanctuary’s five cows, and planted a new organic garden.
Funds raised during this campaign will support additional capital projects and will be used to help care for 52 new animals rescued in 2021.
“We took in seven goats and two dogs in September from a neglect case in Ohio,” Thompson said, adding that some of the animals in that case had perished. “It was a really sad situation. The woman caring for them developed dementia and the family intervened a bit too late.
Donations can be made to support a specific animal, whose biographies can be viewed on the organization’s website tinyhooves.org.
For example, by visiting the website, sponsors can choose between a one-month sponsorship for $ 15, or a one-time annual sponsorship of $ 180 to support Jude, the lone turkey of the sanctuary.
Jude, who has severe arthritis, has lived in Tiny Hooves since 2016. This is a slate-born breed with gray, blue and white colors and markings.
“We are delighted that he never has to worry about his life as he is forever safe with us,” said Thompson. “Jude makes us smile every day with his inquiring voice and silly personality, and his enthusiasm for treats and meeting new people. His favorite snacks are blueberries, sunflower seeds, chopped kale and pop- occasional corn.
Sadness on Carl
Thompson said she wished they could have helped care for Carl the turkey who made his home in Kenosha Forest Park. However, the sanctuary is not allowed to accommodate wild animals.
“I wish we could have helped so much,” said Thompson. “I would have taken it in the blink of an eye, but we can’t mix wild animals with pets.”
Tiny Hooves was able to help with a similar case in Union Grove last July. There, residents found a peacock – which is not considered a wild animal – roaming their neighborhood.
“It’s interesting,” said Thompson. “He is our first and only peacock. You don’t see much of it around here. They are completely flying birds, so if anyone wants to leave a farm, they just have to go.
Residents fed the peacock, now named Azul, for several months before a couple could lure it into their garage and contact Tiny Hooves. Azul, who did not have an identification plate, had an open wound on his chest and needed immediate treatment.
“We took him urgently to our avian vet, who was able to clean and sew him up, and we were sent home with fingers crossed to heal,” she recalls. “Well, it took several months to fully heal, and lots and lots of bandage changes and angry peacock sounds, but he’s now healed and slowly learning to trust us.” “
Thompson said that “Azul’s absolute favorite thing in this world is a bowl of fresh blackberries.”
The increase in the number of birds has created a need for new aviaries.
“We are creating new aviaries for all of our ducks and geese as well as our chickens that will be fully protected from predators,” said Thompson. “I hope for the waterfowl we will have an inground pool, which is really exciting for us. “
Other projects planned for 2022 include the fencing of a shelter for seven goats, indoor henhouses in case of inclement weather and the installation of permanent fans in the barn stalls.
Thompson said they also plan to launch species-specific tours to increase educational opportunities during the summer months.
For a full list of ways to help, visit https://www.tinyhooves.org/howtohelp.
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