54 posts tagged live compassionately
A Visit to Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch
I spent my Sunday in the best way possible…with good friends & rescued animals! My beautiful friend Amanda (in the red sweatshirt) organized a small group of us to tour Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch to meet, feed & love on the animals.
About the Ranch:
Ferdinands’ Familia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) home-based organization dedicated to the rescue & permanent placement of injured, abandoned and homeless animals. We provide a safe & secure home for animals until a healthy family environment can be located. We strive to create awareness on animal welfare issues through educational seminars, community events, media-based public relations and K-12 school field trips.
I’d heard of Ferdinand’s Familia & knew that they were a small animal sanctuary, however, I didn’t know that they had so many rescued horses! What originally began as a rescue for wild dogs, the ranch soon became a home for horses when they found two beauties, now named "Rodeo" (pictured above giving the camera a big kiss) & his partner "Maggie May," abandoned in a Tijuana River Valley stable. Volunteers from Ferdinand’s Familia spent three weeks digging Rodeo & Maggie out of six months of horse manure. They are both now living happier & healthier lives at Ferdinand’s Familia. I have a long history with horses & have been riding since I was 5, so walking on to a horse ranch is a bit like coming home. And a ranch full of rescued horses really has my heart. Many of these horses have been relinquished or abandoned. Some have been abused & neglected. Some came with stories of a broken spirit that have been mended by trust & time on the ranch. The ranch is now home to at least 20 horses of all sizes & ages.
Aside from the horses, there are goats, lambs, pigs, & llamas, even chickens, bunnies, kitties & dogs living joyfully on the ranch. "Babe" the mini pig pictured above is very special little guy & is known as the ranch ambassador. He came to Ferdinand’s Familia from a hoarding situation. Babe was under-socialized when he came into the rescue program & screamed at the top of his lungs anytime someone came near him. The ranch’s president, Janice, worked with Babe for a little over a month & by the time he moved to the ranch, Babe was allowing her to rub his ears, his nose & his belly. Now, he his is living the ultimate piggie life. He roams the ranch with a smile & wagging tail, lovingly greets visitors, welcomes pats & the head & belly rubs & loves to snack on apples & carrots. If you visit the ranch, you must stop by & say hello to Babe!
These are just a few snapshots & stories of animals living peacefully at Ferdinand’s Familia. Please visit their website to learn more about their animals & programs. If you live in San Diego, there are several opportunities to tour, volunteer, become a member or sponsor. Please contact them for more information.
This is a truly wonderful place! As noted in their "charter statement":
Ferdinand’s Familia recognizes the importance of animal companionship with both young & old, reaching out to schools, retirement homes & recovery homes. We recognize the important work of other animal rescues & animal sanctuaries protecting & sustaining the life of our animal friends. We support spay & neuter programs for all animals where possible. We recognize that humans must share, protect & respect the Earth’s environment with the other creatures which inhabit the planet with us. We believe that it is best to sustain life & earth’s inhabitants in their natural forms. We promote vegetarianism, veganism & raw food living as a means to promote both animal & human well-being. We believe that all natural & domesticated animal species possess a basic right to exist.
We promise to open our doors to abandoned, homeless, injured & relinquished animals, making every effort to secure a healthy & happy home for life.
Heartwarming! If you are touched by these animals &/or live in San Diego county, please reach out to Ferdinand’s Familia to see how you can offer your service & support to the love, care & rehabilitation of these beautiful creatures!
"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"
Hey San Diego Friends! "COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is premiering this Tuesday July 15th at the Hillcrest Cinema & a few tickets are still available. Please join us in viewing this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, & investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it! This film is expected to be as eye-opening as "Blackfish" & as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth."
Tickets can be purchased here & be sure to stick around after the film for in-depth Q & A with the filmmakers.
If you are not in SD, click here for screenings in your area.
Hope to see you!
Rabbits Revisited with Amy Sedaris
Just a gentle reminder to those thinking of buying rabbit for Easter - Think again & PLEASE DON’T DO IT!
Remember: A Rabbit is NOT a Child’s Toy!!
Every year thousands of tiny baby rabbits are purchased for Easter gifts. Baby bunnies are promoted as basket stuffers for Easter morning, as cute, soft, gentle pets for kids to play with. Unfortunately, many people don’t take time to find out about responsible rabbit guardianship before they buy a “cute little bunny”, & the result is an overwhelming number of abandoned rabbits, overcrowded shelters, & rescues without resources to manage a huge influx of rabbits. Worse yet, some bunnies are simply dumped in the streets, left in parks or in other people’s yards & many of these poor rabbits come to the shelters with severe injuries. These rabbits have no way to care for themselves outdoors. They are not wild animals. This year, please do not add to this critical problem of rabbit dumping & Easter purchasing.
Rabbits can make wonderful pets, but for the right household. If you think you are fit for “bunny love” do your research! The above video has some great tips & information. Still want a bunny? Contact your local shelters after Easter, there are likely to be many sweet fluffy friends who’ve been abandoned or relinquished, & who are in need of a loving home.
Please continue to spread the word! Thank you & Happy Easter!
Rabbits & Easter Don’t Mix!
Easter is upon us & that means that many sweet little bunnies will be adopted as cute & cuddly pets for children. Unfortunately, the magic soon wears off as the child either loses interest in their new furry friend, or parents realize how much more maintenance & care they require. All too often, the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.
On a recent episode of the Our Hen House Podcast, Jasmin & Mariann featured Tracy Martin, of Rabbitron, a sanctuary in Washington state that is gearing up for its annual Easter campaign, which brings massive public awareness to the plight of bunnies. The work that she is doing for rabbit rescue & her inspiring campaign to spread awareness compelled me to write this post to continue to spread the message forward.
Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits & small children don’t mix. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, & cuddle, but rabbits are not passive & cuddly, as many believe. In fact, they feel frightened insecure when held & restrained. The natural exuberance of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for a sensitive rabbit. Rabbits are not a “low-maintenance” pet & require unique care & commitment. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be house trained, spayed/neutered & the house must be meticulously bunny-proofed. They adapt best to life indoors, as members of the family. House rabbits can live 8 to 10 years - it’s quite a commitment.
Rabbits are not for everyone, but they can make great pets for a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household & who will be dedicated to giving a rabbit the unique care & attention she deserves.
If you know someone that is considering adopting an “Easter Bunny” for their small child, please kindly share this information. Toy bunnies are much more suitable for a child’s Easter basket!
Watch: Vegan Cutie, Senna, Speaks About Animal Activism at Tedx Encinitas
Last month I had the amazing opportunity to attend TEDxEncinitas. What an amazing day! I am so happy to be able to relieve it all over again, now that the talks are finally uploaded to YouTube. One talk in particular that I’ve been waiting on pins & needles to share was from this darling 8 year old vegan activist, Senna. In this talk, Senna shares how she learned that California Sea Lions were in crisis & what prompted her to create a fundraiser for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, raising over $900! I love how she also weaves in factory farming, veganism & gives a shout out to Jenny Brown & The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
I adore this child! This little activist is gonna change the word! Keep up with Senna at her blog vegankids.net.
Our Hen House TV!
Hey y’all! First, I hope you all know about & support Our Hen House! If you’re unfamiliar, then it’s time to get with it! Our Hen House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "change the world for animals" using video, audio, interviews, reviews, & the written word. The OHH website provides up to the minute daily updates on what you need to create change. With their weekly podcast, Jasmin & Mariann interview inspiring activists, chefs, entrepreneurs, & all around changemakers. In addition, it’s full of sassy chit-chat, insightful commentary, a bit of gossip, & plenty of profanity (just a warning if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing!) as they review new hot products, companies, & media. They are entertaining, informative & all around awesome advocates for the animals.
"Our Hen House’s TV show ventures into the under-explored world of animals rights with a sense of humor, a passionate heart, & more than a few opinions on the state of animal rights. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, a part-time vegetarian, a fiery social justice activist, or simply love your dog, Our Hen House’s TV show will embolden you to think in new directions, to question assumptions, & to sample some fabulous food along the way. The show is an extension of the popular podcast under the same name.
Not in Brooklyn? Not to worry, you can watch online as well. They’ve just put up episode 4, so if you haven’t been watching, curl up with a cup of fair-trade tea, grab your furry friend & catch up! If you love it, make sure to show your support by making a tax-deductible donation. They offer some pretty amazing thank you gifts if you need more incentive, but I know that helping to give a voice to the animals is enough for most of you!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I don’t mean to get all bah humbug up in here, but valentine schmalentine.
Sure, I’d rnjoy a box of heart shaped vegan chocolates as much as the next girl, why do we need to dedicate just ONE day to love? Shouldn’t we be sharing & expressing love everyday? I certainly don’t think “love” should be defined by a dinner reservation, overpriced roses, & a tacky piece of jewelry. I think true “love” is so much more…
Being compassionate in our thoughts, words, & actions & treating each other - & that includes all beings everywhere - EVERYDAY with love, care, kindness & is what matters most.
”Extend the circle of compassion today & every day.” ~Marla Rose