Mission Accomplished: 3 Barnyard Residents go to their Forever Home!

“The Barnyard Sanctuary’s mission is to find a new home for displaced farm pets that have become homeless due to the financial, social, economical or physical well being of their current caregivers.”

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That is exactly what happened this past Tuesday. And who was the adopter?…Me! I fell in love with Dominic the first time I saw him. If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know that my husband I have been his sponsor since he has been at The Barnyard, with hopes of adopting him someday. Unfortunately we just don’t have enough room for a mini-donkey, his girlfriend and his girlfriends mom. Dominic is a package deal. While at The Barnyard he bonded with mini-horse Natane’ who was born at The Barnyard and will never be separated from her mother, Starbright. Well, as fate would have it my husband found a notice in our local deli for “rough board available”. I called and it was meant to be, it is perfect for them. A big beautiful barn, 2 fenced paddocks in a quiet setting just 5 minutes from our house.

When Tamala pulled up with the trailer I couldn’t help but cry. Tears of happiness for a dream come true! Dominic and his ladies are so happy to have their own place with lots of green grass to eat and fields to run in. We are thrilled to have them as part of our family. We now have 15 animal babies….4 goats, 3 rabbits, 2 min-horses, 2 cats, 2 ducks, 1 mini-donkey and 1 dog.

I will continue to volunteer at The Barnyard and we will sponsor another animal. I am just so happy to be a part of such an amazing organization that has changed my life in so many ways-all good!

Our total number of family members that have come from The Barnyard is now at 10…to be continued.

To be a sponsor of a Barnyard resident please visit our website.

A Barnyard Birthday with Vegan Cake!

We like to celebrate birthdays at the Barnyard, they are a big deal, especially for the animals that have come to us from very bad situations. This coming Friday, March 24 is Dominic’s 17th birthday, the mini-dinkey that my husband and I sponsor. So of course I had to make him a birthday cake!

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Dominic actually came from a loving home, he had been a companion animal for a horse for his first 15 years until the horse passed. He happen to come to the Barnyard because he had been attacked by bear, his head had lots of scratches and his back right thigh had to get 16 stitches. He was found in a neighbors empty swimming pool. Well, the bear kept coming back so his owners felt it best that he live out his days safely at the Barnyard with lots of friends. This is where I came in. He came on a Friday, I saw him that Saturday and fell in love….

Now back to cake, this is a great recipe; easy and delicious! And I guarantee you, vegan or not everyone will love it! Thank you Minimalist Baker for the recipe.

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Ingredients for the Cake:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp white or apple cider vinegar

1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled (or more almond milk)

2/3 cup melted coconut oil

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 cups + 2Tbs unbleached all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/3 cups organic cane sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients for the Icing:

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

3 Tbs vegan butter

4 Tbs almond milk or soy milk

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans or one large rectangular pan with vegan butter. Dust with cocoa powder, shake out excess and set aside.
  2. Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a large mixing bowl, set aside for a few minutes to activate. Add coconut oil, coffee, vanilla extract and applesauce and beat until foamy.
  3. Put flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a sifter and sift into wet ingredients. Mix the ingredients and then add sugar continuing to mix well until not large lumps remain. It should be creamy and pourable.
  4. Divide batter evenly between the 2 cake pans or pour into one rectangular pan.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the icing add powdered sugar, vegan butter, almond milk and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl, stir until moistened. (I like to stir the ingredients a bit first so that the powdered sugar doesn’t fly out everywhere)
  7. Using an electric mixer, start at low speed and gradually increase speed until icing becomes smooth.
  8. It should be thick but spreadable. You may need to add more almond milk if too thick or more powdered sugar if too thin.
  9. Ice the cake as usual, add candles, sing, cut and ENJOY!

*Icing recipe courtesy of Loving it Vegan

It’s a Barnyard Baby Boom!

It’s been a busy year for babies here at the Barnyard and we couldn’t be more thrilled. All 3 mom’s were rescued from the slaughter pipeline. Apple the Appaloosa, had been a broodmare, she had never been able to keep her babies but she doesn’t ever have to worry about that again. She and her sweet baby will be together forever.

As our regular readers know, it all started on New Year’s day when our Riviera had her baby, a beautiful, long legged boy! We had been waiting and waiting and then it finally happened. Riviera was so protective we couldn’t see whether it was a boy or girl for several days. His name, picked out by our followers, is Wapi Uno. Wapi is American Indian for lucky and uno is one in Spanish, he sure is a Lucky One.

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Momma and her Lucky One!

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One week old.

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Two months old.

And then came Apple’s Blossom! On February 19th after being at the hospital for over 5 weeks our beautiful Apple had a baby girl. Apple’s pregnancy and delivery were making everyone anxious as she had an infection that could be dangerous to the foal and to her, but she beat it and mom and baby are doing just great!

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Apple and her Blossom.

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Getting some sun.

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Mom decided she needs a blanket of hay.

And then there were 3. Our jenny Chloe surprised all of us on February 22nd with a handsome baby boy! We had no idea she was pregnant but had noticed she was looking a bit plump. His name Sorpresa, meaning “unexpected gift” in Spanish is what he is, an unexpected gift. He is adorable and she is a wonderful mom.

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Sweet Sorpresa nursing.

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Taking a walk.

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Chill’n with Mom.

Moms and babies are all doing great and will have the pleasure of being able to spend the rest of their lives together as family without the fear of being separated. All the babies are in need of a sponsor, a monthly guardian who contributes money to help pay for their care, food and medical bills. If you are interested please visit our website. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)3. And if you are looking for a birthday gift for the animal lover in your life, a Sponsorship makes a great gift!

A Match Made in Donkey Heaven

 

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Murphy…calling all Jennies!

Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a donkey match! Well that is exactly what The Barnyard Sanctuary and Peaceful Acres in Pattersonville, NY did! Murphy, an almost 4 year old mini-donkey who lives on a farm in the Catskills, was looking for a companion. Murphy’s humans contacted several different people and places to find him a suitable companion but to no avail until his human contacted Tamala here at The Barnyard who suggested they call Peaceful Acres, a horse and donkey rescue in Saratoga, New York. Peaceful Acres had just rescued a jenny named Leiah #215 from the slaughter pipeline and  thought she would be the perfect match.

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The sad truth…she was a number.

So Murphy’s human took the long drive to meet Leiah and to share peppermints with her, it went so well they decided that Leiah was the one. On Thanksgiving day Leiah and Murphy would meet. The meeting did go well, but only after Leiah showed Murphy who was boss with a few donkey kicks. Soon they were having a snack together and enjoying each other’s company…a match made in donkey heaven!

So thankful to Peaceful Acres for rescuing Leiah and giving her a second chance at a beautiful life and of course, thankful to Tamala for putting Murphy’s humans in touch with Peaceful Acres.

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A match made in donkey heaven…snack time together!

You can read the full story at The Pitchfork, the blog written by Murphy’s humans. *Photos courtesy of The Pitchfork

 

Be a Guardian, A Barnyard Guardian!

Here at The Barnyard we are always looking for caring people to become guardians for our beautiful animals. A guardian is someone who sponsors an animal on a monthly basis; it can be a single person, a couple or a family. You can chose the animal you wish to sponsor and if you are close enough you can even schedule a visit. Each type of animal is a different monthly cost that goes towards their food and care.

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Being a Barnyard Guardian is the next best thing to having your own barnyard animal! The photo above is of me and Dominic, a mini donkey who my husband and I sponsor. We have always wanted a donkey but don’t have the room so this makes us feel good and helps to take care of him. Your name will be listed on our website as that animals guardian and you can follow us on Instagram to see all the barnyard creatures as well as the one you sponsor. Follow along with the blog as we highlight a different animal each month that is in need of a guardian. With the holidays coming it’s a great gift for the animal lover in your life.

To see the instructions and the  animals that are looking for sponsors check out our website and click on Barnyard Guardians. All donations are tax-deductible as the Barnyard Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 organization.