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Animal rescue farm in the Applegate could use hay donations

When it comes to Sanctuary One’s feed needs, the math is pretty basic: More rescued animals on its Applegate Valley farm equals more food required.

And right now the 55-acre nonprofit, which rescues and adopts out all kinds of furry and feathered denizens to loving homes, needs more feed. The organization, at 13195 Upper Applegate Road, rescued 80 animals in 2018, a roughly 14% increase over the 70 rescued the previous year. Since the beginning of 2019, 55 more have come to the farm.

Hay and alfalfa are the key items sought, though hay is the priority. Sanctuary One officials estimate they need 500 more bales to make it through the winter months, a cost of about $9,000, according to Executive Director Megan Flowers.

About 60 animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, fowl, horses, and pigs, reside on the farm, and about 40 of them require hay in their diet, Flowers said. (Corrected online: see below)

“We have had hay donated in the past,” she said. “A lot of times it’s by individuals. They have fields and they’ve done the hay cutting. They don’t need (it) because their little personal herd is not a very large one. But then they have this hay sitting in their barn, and we could very much put it to good use because of our goats and our alpacas and everyone else.”

Animals at Sanctuary One come to the farm in two main ways, either from another rescue facility or from law enforcement. During their initial stay, animals will be put into isolation barns, where Sanctuary One officials can check their health status, a precaution to make sure pathogens the animals could carry don’t spread.

“We can do things like check their blood, check their fecal, have our vet check them out, make sure everything’s OK,” Flowers said. “We’ll monitor them for a few weeks.”

The isolation period also helps Sanctuary One personnel get to know the animal. Adoption-ready animals are advertised on Petfinder and on the Sanctuary One website, sanctuaryone.org.

Almost all Sanctuary One animals are up for adoption, with a few permanent residents dubbed “ambassador animals.”

“Some of our animals have lived there two weeks, three weeks, and then they get adopted,” Flowers said. “Others are there for six years, and then they get adopted. We don’t have the pressure of having to get them adopted as soon as possible. We have the luxury of saying, ‘Well, if you don’t get adopted, this is your home.’ That’s fine, too.”

“But we do love adoptions,” Flowers added. “Because, A, it’s great when an animal can have their own family, and, B, it allows us to bring in more animals.”

For more information about making donations, call Sanctuary One at 541-899-8627 or email info@sanctuaryone.org.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

Correction: This story previously listed rabbits as being available for adoption. They currently are not.

file photo Melissa Hamre of Sanctuary One uses feed to load two pigs into a trailer to be relocated out of the terrible air conditions.
file photo{ } A nosey goat at Sanctuary One in the Applegate Valley.