Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Visit http://animalsanctuary.org/sponsor/index.html for information on sponsoring a rescued farm animal!
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This sweet boy is our newest resident! Vincent is a young mixed breed goat who was rescued when Montgomery County Animal...
02/07/2020

This sweet boy is our newest resident! Vincent is a young mixed breed goat who was rescued when Montgomery County Animal control was called to investigate possible animal neglect at a local farm. When they arrived they found many chickens and several goats with inadequate food, water or shelter. Vincent appeared to be in the worst shape - he was extremely emaciated and had missing hair around his neck where he presumably had been chained or tied for a long period of time. The owner thankfully gave up custody of Vincent immediately, to avoid prosecution. He has been at the shelter for a few months, gaining weight, getting neutered and regaining his health. He is now at Poplar Spring, and as soon as he has finished his quarantine period he will be able to happily run and play with the other rescued goats. Even after he has been starved and mistreated he loves people so much, and just wants to be hugged and petted. He is the friendliest, most loving little boy. We can’t wait until he can come out and begin to enjoy his wonderful new life, where he will always be safe and loved. ❤️🐐

Welcome to Fanny, a beautiful white peahen who was rescued in Long Island NY after she was abandoned when her caretaker ...
02/01/2020

Welcome to Fanny, a beautiful white peahen who was rescued in Long Island NY after she was abandoned when her caretaker moved away and left her in the snow with no food or water. Thankfully wonderful vegan cat trapper John Debacker and John Di Leonardo from PETA were able to catch her after multiple attempts (she can fly and was perching high in the trees) and transported her to Poplar. Big thanks to veterinarian Kim Danoff for facilitating this rescue! Fanny is now happily living with our chickens and turkeys, and Edward the peacock has a girlfriend for the first time in his life! He is thrilled, and immediately began displaying and strutting when he saw Fanny. She was pretty much ignoring his courtship attempts.🙂Fanny will now have a safe home where she will always be loved and cared for.❤️

This week has been a real roller coaster of highs and lows. One very high note- On Monday we welcomed these two little c...
01/25/2020

This week has been a real roller coaster of highs and lows. One very high note- On Monday we welcomed these two little cuties- who we have named Gwen and Percy! They are survivors from a terrible cruelty case in VA, where dead pigs were found all over the farm, and the pigs still alive were in horrifying conditions. All were emaciated and had to be treated for pneumonia, dehydration and parasites. The owner is being charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and the case is going to court in February. We are so grateful to Loudoun County Animal Services for stepping in and saving the lives of these sweet pigs. They are a little shy but they are slowly starting to trust us and take treats from our hands. We love them so much already and are so happy they will now get to live a wonderful life. (Thanks to Loudoun Co. Animal Services and Simone G de Lima for the cute photos!) ❤️🐖

Monday was a terribly sad day, as we lost our sweet steer Mikey. He had been improving dramatically, he was eating forag...
01/22/2020

Monday was a terribly sad day, as we lost our sweet steer Mikey. He had been improving dramatically, he was eating forage, hay and grain, walking around normally, and appeared to be on the road to recovery from his mystery illness. But then he went down suddenly and couldn’t get up and seemed to be in distress - we called the vet immediately but he passed away while she was examining him. We are so shocked and saddened to lose our wonderful big boy. We are awaiting the results of the necropsy, and we hope they can tell us what was wrong. The vets suspect he had somehow contracted a bacterial infection and even though he was on antibiotics, it may have gotten into his blood and gone septic. Mikey was only 6 1/2 years old, but had grown so large - he was over 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weighed almost 3,000 lbs.! He has been housed with the goats for over a year, where he didn’t have to walk as far with his arthritis, and he truly enjoyed being pampered and spoiled. He had all of his hay and feed brought to him many times a day and we held his water buckets up high so he didn’t have to bend his neck so far.
Mikey was named after Mike Stura, founder of Skylands Sanctuary in NJ, who rescued him from a petting zoo where he was about to be sent to slaughter when he was just a few months old. He was an adorable baby calf who grew into a feisty young steer who loved to chase volunteers and visitors around the farm. In his older years he truly mellowed and became a sweet old soul who loved being petted and brushed and hand fed apples by his many admirers. His cow friends greeted him whenever they passed by his pasture, and he loved to groom and lick all of his goat friends - he was never lonely. On the day before he died, even though he wasn’t feeling well, he spent a good part of the day gently grooming Billy Bob and Phoebe, two of his favorite goat friends. He was such an incredible loving guy. We miss you so much, Mikey, and we will never forget you.💔😢

01/19/2020

Cows are amazing! Mikey is one of our adorable giant steers who has lived with the goats since his severe arthritis kept him from being able to keep up with the rest of the rescued cow herd. They walk many miles around the farm daily. Early Friday morning when the cows were coming in for breakfast, they suddenly stopped directly across from where Mikey was standing in the goat pasture and started loudly mooing, and seemed very distressed. Although a few of the cows will often stop to greet Mikey, this was unusual, with the entire group calling out and refusing to leave the area. We wondered if something was wrong, and when we went to check Mikey we found a huge pool of blood where he had been laying and blood on his tail and legs. He was lethargic and would not eat any food, and continued to have bloody diarrhea all day. The vet came to examine him and said the sudden onset of serious symptoms like this could be a toxin or infection. So far all bloodwork and parasite screens have been normal and negative. Mikey is slightly improved today but not quite right yet. We are treating him with antibiotics, anti inflammatories, and everything, since we don’t know the cause. He has started to eat again, and we are cautiously optimistic he will recover. But how incredible that the cows knew he was sick, and were so upset and trying to tell us! Every day we see how intelligent and loving they are. Please keep our sweet boy Mikey in your thoughts, we love him so much and just want him to be well again. 🙏

01/17/2020

Bringing the cows into their pasture this morning and Moses made a sudden u-turn, thinking that I had some treats! Sorry, Moses, that’s just a phone!🙂

It was so cool to see the full moon still in the sky after sunrise on Sunday morning!
01/13/2020

It was so cool to see the full moon still in the sky after sunrise on Sunday morning!

Evie didn’t need a sweater for the warm sunny weather today, but on Friday when it was chilly she loved modeling her new...
01/12/2020

Evie didn’t need a sweater for the warm sunny weather today, but on Friday when it was chilly she loved modeling her new sock monkey sweater! Thanks to Diane Strodel for this very cute addition to Evie’s wardrobe.🙂

01/11/2020

Nice to see Grayson and Remi, who grew up together, hanging out with each other again!❤️

01/10/2020

Stella, who escaped from a slaughterhouse, and Becky, who was rescued from a research lab, decided to go on a little adventure today! They took off running and barking and playing when we were putting them into the barn. They had such a great time we let them stay out for awhile. They excitedly ran around with the cows a little (well, they were actually chased by them🙂), then they explored a ravine and a spring. Afterwards they walked with us slowly back to the barn, ready for a nap. They are so much like dogs, I wish everyone could see how smart and full of personality pigs are. Before coming to Poplar Spring Becky was never out of a cage, and Stella was minutes away from being slaughtered. They are so happy and are living the best life now, one we wish all pigs could live. ❤️🐖

Every morning we put out tubs of hay for the special needs goats and sheep. Ursula, one of our beautiful Buff Orpingtons...
01/10/2020

Every morning we put out tubs of hay for the special needs goats and sheep. Ursula, one of our beautiful Buff Orpingtons, thinks it makes a great place to nest!❤️🐓

Malcolm is looking very regal in his new purple jacket, which he needs to wear because his hair hasn’t grown in yet from...
01/09/2020

Malcolm is looking very regal in his new purple jacket, which he needs to wear because his hair hasn’t grown in yet from where he was shaved for his bladder stone surgery. Looks like he needs to go even larger than the mini horse size we bought him, he is freakishly large for a goat, lol!

Sally, one of our 3 legged goats, and Logan and Cameron the rooster boys sunning together on the porch on this balmy Win...
01/06/2020

Sally, one of our 3 legged goats, and Logan and Cameron the rooster boys sunning together on the porch on this balmy Winter afternoon.❤️

01/04/2020

Our elderly pig Vivian was so excited to get a vegan carrot cake cupcake for lunch today!❤️#dodahskitchen #happypig

Delilah and her twins Ozzie and Hazel found a way to stay nice and dry after all the rain we had last night- Goats do no...
01/04/2020

Delilah and her twins Ozzie and Hazel found a way to stay nice and dry after all the rain we had last night- Goats do not like to get their feet wet!🙂

Happy New Year! 🎉From Badger and Bridget and all of us at Poplar Spring!🙂🐐❤️
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! 🎉From Badger and Bridget and all of us at Poplar Spring!🙂🐐❤️

12/30/2019

Vivian was enjoying the last of our donated pumpkins! And yes she does “eat like a pig”!🙂🐖🎃

12/29/2019

Grayson is 9 months old, and still nurses every day, even though he is now taller than Maple!

It’s such a beautiful warm day today, even Evie is smiling!🙂#toofies
12/28/2019

It’s such a beautiful warm day today, even Evie is smiling!🙂#toofies

Baby Angora goats Bridget and Badger are having the best time, joyfully running and playing in the fields and pastures f...
12/27/2019

Baby Angora goats Bridget and Badger are having the best time, joyfully running and playing in the fields and pastures for the first time in their lives. We hope everyone has a Friday as happy as they are!🙂❤️🐐
(Thanks to Yvonne Wilson for these cute photos)

Wishing a Compassionate Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, from all of us at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary! 🎄❄️☃...
12/25/2019

Wishing a Compassionate Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, from all of us at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary! 🎄❄️☃️🎉🐖🐑🐓🐂🐴🦃🐐💕

12/24/2019

Out little blind cow Remi is growing up- she doesn’t want to hang out with Grayson anymore, her new boyfriend is Wallace, who she loves to snuggle with.💕

12/23/2019

Malcolm, being the leader of the goat herd, had to reestablish his place in the herd when he returned from the hospital. This is a normal and usually mostly gentle way that goats maintain their dominance. ((Or not). They are not hurting each other at all, goats have very thick skulls to accommodate this behavior. Caleb (the long haired Pygmy goat) and Zachary (smaller white goat) had been vying to be number one while Malcolm was away. But he had no problem showing them he is still the boss! (Notice how Zachary observes from afar then just sort of pretends that he’s participating too! )😂

Bella and Dexter enjoying a beautiful sunny Winter day. Bella is a quarter horse mare who was rescued from a starvation ...
12/22/2019

Bella and Dexter enjoying a beautiful sunny Winter day. Bella is a quarter horse mare who was rescued from a starvation case in Montgomery county several years ago, where some of the horses on the property actually died. Dexter is a thoroughbred gelding who just appeared at the sanctuary one day when he was just a yearling, with a broken back, punctured eye and sores all over his body. They are both happy and healthy now, and are best friends. ❤️🐴

12/22/2019

Our newest goats Badger and Bridget finally finished their quarantine and were able to meet the other goats for the first time today! They were very excited to be able to run and play with everyone. They are 2 young Angoras, from a group of 67 goats rescued from a terrible neglect case in VIrginia. All the goats were emaciated with infected and overgrown hooves and matted wool. Now they will be able to have a great life with all the feed and hay they need to stay happy and healthy. Welcome to the rest of your wonderful lives, little ones!💕💕🐐

Malcolm is on his way home!🎉He has been in the hospital since Thanksgiving undergoing two surgeries for bladder stones, ...
12/20/2019

Malcolm is on his way home!🎉He has been in the hospital since Thanksgiving undergoing two surgeries for bladder stones, and he is finally healed and peeing normally. A huge thanks to the awesome vets and staff at New Bolton Center who saved his life and took such great care of him. We are so happy he will be back with us and all his goatie friends for Christmas!❤️

12/16/2019

Finally we had a sunny day yesterday! Thanks to @pablosgarden and @butlersorchard and all the many individuals who donated pumpkins this year, the rescued pigs are really enjoying their daily pumpkin treats!!❤️🎃🐖

12/15/2019

What a difference several months of love and care can make! Maple, who was rescued from being slaughtered because she was “too old” came to us severely emaciated and worn down from being impregnated and milked constantly her whole life. Only four days after she arrived she gave birth to her beloved baby Grayson, who she still nurses and cares for every day, but who is now becoming a bit more independent. She has filled out beautifully and is now the picture of health and happiness. For the first time in her life, she has huge pastures to graze and roam on and she is finally beginning to learn to relax and play. Today she was bouncing around like a young calf, chasing volunteer M-D, who had fed her a tasty horse treat, because she wanted MORE!😂It is so heartwarming to see her so full of energy and life now.💕

Butch, one of our elderly sheep (who only has a few teeth left!) waiting for his cookie treat!❤️🐑
12/15/2019

Butch, one of our elderly sheep (who only has a few teeth left!) waiting for his cookie treat!❤️🐑

12/11/2019

This is what we call the Turkey Tram, lol! When Ivan and his girlfriends Madison and Talullah caught a little cold they needed to spend the night in the infirmary where it was nice and warm. The girls were easy to carry, but Ivan, who weighs about 45 lbs. needed to be transported in a hay filled wheelbarrow for his comfort and safety. He seemed to enjoy the ride! Riley and Quinn followed along, it was like a turkey parade.🙂Ivan is feeling much better now, and back to strutting around with his girls, who are recovering well too.❤️

Update on our boy Malcolm- he had his second surgery this week to remove a large stone from his urethra- it was successf...
12/08/2019

Update on our boy Malcolm- he had his second surgery this week to remove a large stone from his urethra- it was successfully removed, and now he can heal and get well. If all goes well, he should be able to come home in about a week. We are so happy that he is doing well and will be home soon!🙂🐐❤️

2020 Poplar Spring calendars, with beautiful photos of the rescued animals by Deb Durant, are now available online - tod...
12/02/2019
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Please keep our handsome boy Malcolm in your thoughts- he had to be rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and underwe...
12/02/2019

Please keep our handsome boy Malcolm in your thoughts- he had to be rushed to the hospital on Thursday night and underwent emergency surgery because he was blocked with bladder stones. He had seemed fine in the morning but we found him in the late afternoon out by himself in the pasture, arching and crying in pain. We immediately hooked up the horse trailer and drove him the 3 hour drive to the vet hospital in Pennsylvania. We are so grateful to the amazing vets and staff at New Bolton Veterinary Center for coming in on Thanksgiving night and surgically removing stones from his bladder and putting in a catheter so he was no longer in distress. Malcolm will need a second surgery today to remove a large stone from his urethra, and we hope everything will go well and he can come home in a few weeks after his bladder heals. We love you, Malcolm, and can’t wait until you are well and safely home again!💕🐐(Thanks to Mark Peters for this great photo!)

A huge thanks to Jonah Goldman and PLNT Burger for presenting their very generous donation of $1,000., that was raised f...
11/27/2019

A huge thanks to Jonah Goldman and PLNT Burger for presenting their very generous donation of $1,000., that was raised for Poplar Spring at their Fundraiser a few weeks ago! We were so excited to receive this amazing gift, which will be such a HUGE help for the animals!! It was great to see Jonah and his parents, Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas at our Thanksgiving WITH the Turkeys event on Saturday! This wonderful family has been supporting Poplar since our very first year. When Jonah was just 10, he shoveled snow and mowed lawns to raise money for the rescued animals. Now he and his family have created this amazing restaurant, where people can enjoy delicious burgers, fries and shakes and see how incredibly good plant based food can be! PLNT Burger is located inside the Whole Foods in Silver Spring, MD- check them out if you are in the area!💕

“Being close to animals makes you a happier, more compassionate human.”
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Happy Thanksgiving!
@poplarspringsanctuary hosted an amazing thanksgiving with the turkeys and we were reminded just how friendly and fantastic these beautiful creatures are.
📸 photos by @itssarapearl 🙏🤩
#lettheturkeysfly
#eatthechange #vegan #animals #animalsabove
@ Silver Spring, Maryland

Our newest residents are two baby Angora goats, seized along with 65 others from a terrible neglect case in Louisa Count...
11/26/2019

Our newest residents are two baby Angora goats, seized along with 65 others from a terrible neglect case in Louisa County, VA. An anonymous tip led authorities to find dozens of goats in terrible condition- emaciated, with severely overgrown and rotted hooves, horribly matted wool covered in feces and flies and many with leg deformities, forced to walk on their knees in the mud. Their “shelter” was a tarp which had fallen down so they were constantly exposed to the elements. One of the goats died at the vet hospital and one had to be euthanized. These sweet little ones were two of the survivors and have been at the Shelter for over two months while they recovered. Bridget and Badger will now have a wonderful life where they can run and play in the grass and sunshine with the other rescued goats, and they will always be loved and cared for. A huge thanks to the Louisa County Sheriff’s office Animal Control division for stepping in and rescuing these neglected goats, caring for them for so long, and finding good homes for them all. Thanks to Karen Blass for these cute photos! ❤️You can see more about this rescue here:

https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/67-goats-malnourished-and-suffering-seized-from-louisa-county-property/

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15200 Mt. Nebo Rd.
Poolesville, MD
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I just want to raise awareness of the page "Furdogs" based in Maryland. It's a group of people who post videos of themselves seeking their dogs on wild animals and ripping them to pieces. This page needs to he taken down immediately. https://www.facebook.com/officialfurdog/?ti=as
Lester and I commiserating...
My veterinarian posted this link, and I wanted to pass it along to you!
Anyone from DC going to Thanksgiving with the Turkeys? I have a ride back but don't yet have a way to get up there!
Hi...I love the Thanksgiving For The Turkeys event but that time of year the weather can be challenging. Ever thought of having it around the Canadian Thanksgiving which is actually tomorrow? eh :)
Here's a 3D 180 VR video I took of the open house event last weekend at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylvQngotOrs&t=6s
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Please help this lady remove these pigs to a safe place, if you can! I am worried that they are going to get taken away by the wrong kind of people 😔 She is on facebook and I can connect you to her
Why won’t it let me post more than one photo at a time?
A beautiful place that should be visited by anyone who wants to spend time with nature and wonderful human and nonhuman residents.