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!

10/23/2021

Randall, April and Chauncey the turkeys enjoying peacefully grazing on a beautiful Fall day. ❤️🦃

10/15/2021

We were so excited to welcome back our sweet blind sheep Albert today, who is finally back from the vet hospital, where he has been since August! We rushed Albert to the vet seven weeks ago when he was having trouble urinating. Ultrasounds and X-rays showed he had bladder stones and scar tissue in his urethra, likely from a breeding injury suffered at his former home. Unfortunately he needed multiple surgeries and treatments to correct the problems, but thanks to the research and skills of the amazing Dr. Fecteau and the wonderful staff and consultants at New Bolton Center in PA, Albert is now peeing freely and happily surrounded by his friends and all of his human caretakers who have been so worried about him. It was great to hear his loud Baaaa! when he settled in to his old stall - as soon as his catheter site heals he will be out grazing in the pasture again. We missed you so much, Albert - Welcome Home!!❤️❤️❤️🐑😀

We have named the new little goat Frankie (because he has blue eyes like Frank Sinatra🙂). It was a little chilly this mo...
10/07/2021

We have named the new little goat Frankie (because he has blue eyes like Frank Sinatra🙂). It was a little chilly this morning so he had to wear a tiny goat coat!💕🐐

We have named the new little goat Frankie (because he has blue eyes like Frank Sinatra🙂). It was a little chilly this morning so he had to wear a tiny goat coat!💕🐐

10/05/2021

There is nothing cuter than the tiny voice of a baby goat!💕It even makes the turkeys gobble too!😂 (📹: Maureen McGowan )

We have a new baby goat!❤️This little boy is a Nigerian Dwarf, about 2 months old, who was purchased by a man who lived ...
10/04/2021

We have a new baby goat!❤️This little boy is a Nigerian Dwarf, about 2 months old, who was purchased by a man who lived in the city and had no place to keep him. He left him with his family who kept him in the basement for 3 days and had nothing to feed him other than rabbit pellets. Thankfully they knew they had to find him a better situation, and when they contacted us at Poplar we said we could give him a wonderful home. He is very tiny, only about 5 lbs., and is very shy. And he has incredible baby blue eyes! As soon as he arrived he happily dug into fresh hay, chopped forage, leaves and grass. We can’t wait for him to meet all of his new goat friends when he is done with his quarantine. He is so adorable, We love him already.❤️🐐

10/04/2021

Trevor made his own little mud hole- he found a low spot under where the barn gutter had a leak in it- and dug out a perfect piglet sized wallow. He’s so smart! ❤️

09/30/2021

Trevor the piglet enjoyed his first taste of freedom down at the chicken barn today- he had a great time running around and being silly!🙂❤️🐖

09/27/2021

Took our new little piglet (who we have named Trevor!) out for a little walk with the harness the shelter gave us for him. The goats were surprised and very curious about this strange new animal in their yard!😂

09/26/2021

A big welcome to our newest adorable resident! This little piglet was found running around in Oxen Hill MD and was picked up by PG county Animal Control. No local farms claimed him, so he will now have a wonderful life here with lots of piggy friends. He is a little nervous but is already rolling over for belly rubs - we love him so much already!🐖❤️

09/24/2021

Sometimes at Poplar Spring we get to witness miracles. Our sweet goat Phoebe was hospitalized in June when she was found down out in the pasture unable to stand, and wouldn’t eat or drink. All treatments were unsuccessful and her liver was failing, so Phoebe was sent home to be euthanized, because we wanted her to be surrounded by her friends at the end. But Phoebe told us, with everything in her, that she did not want to die. She began eating enthusiastically again, and tried so hard to stand that we knew we had to give her more time. We purchased several carts for her, and started doing physical therapy and biweekly acupuncture to try to get her wonky legs working again. Every day she got stronger and stronger, and never gave up. And yesterday, for the first time, she walked outside of the barn on her own, and stayed up for 8 hours!! She was able to lie down and stand up again on her own also. She is so determined to be a normal goat again, she is just amazing. We made a little video to show her progress over the last few months. She never gave up, so neither did we. We love her so much, she is truly a miracle goat!🐐❤️🦽

A huge thanks to Wilma Bakes Cakes for making and selling these adorable cupcakes to benefit the animals at Poplar Sprin...
09/15/2021

A huge thanks to Wilma Bakes Cakes for making and selling these adorable cupcakes to benefit the animals at Poplar Spring this month!! Check them out, their cakes, cookies and other goodies are all amazing!! Eat delicious cupcakes and help the animals too! 😀♥

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? In appreciation of these smart and social feathered friends, we created a new Be A Champion for Chickens cupcake -- and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary! ❤️🐔 🐥

Spread your wings and Be A Champion for Chickens! Order now: https://bit.ly/WBC-Menu

09/10/2021

You know we had a good amount of rain from this week’s storms, when you see geese and ducks literally swimming in the pig yard!😂

09/09/2021

Remi the blind cow and Rigby the groundhog sharing breakfast together.❤️

09/07/2021

Little Yeti is fascinated watching his mentor Dudley play the “swing game”. Dudley teaches Yeti all of his games, good and bad.😂 Yeti just adores him.🐐❤️

*Update on Albert**He was found to be blocked with bladder stones, and needed emergency surgery to remove them! The surg...
08/31/2021

*Update on Albert**He was found to be blocked with bladder stones, and needed emergency surgery to remove them! The surgery went well but Albert will need to stay in the hospital for two weeks to recover. He is resting comfortably in his hospital stall and we are so grateful to the wonderful vets at New Bolton who are taking such great care of him! We miss our sweet boy and can’t wait until he comes home to be with us again!

*Update on Albert**He was found to be blocked with bladder stones, and needed emergency surgery to remove them! The surgery went well but Albert will need to stay in the hospital for two weeks to recover. He is resting comfortably in his hospital stall and we are so grateful to the wonderful vets at New Bolton who are taking such great care of him! We miss our sweet boy and can’t wait until he comes home to be with us again!

Please keep our sweet blind sheep Albert in your thoughts. He is not feeling well and having trouble peeing, so we are o...
08/27/2021

Please keep our sweet blind sheep Albert in your thoughts. He is not feeling well and having trouble peeing, so we are on our way to the hospital to have him checked out. We hope he can get well and be home soon!

Please keep our sweet blind sheep Albert in your thoughts. He is not feeling well and having trouble peeing, so we are on our way to the hospital to have him checked out. We hope he can get well and be home soon!

For several days this goose was trying to survive after being abandoned near an auto body shop in Silver Spring. She was...
08/22/2021

For several days this goose was trying to survive after being abandoned near an auto body shop in Silver Spring. She was in great danger of being hit by a car or killed by predators, and seemed very scared and confused. The shop employees kindly offered her water to drink, and thankfully yesterday she was rescued by a kind woman who saw the distressed goose and contacted us. She was determined to save her, although she didn’t have a crate or anyone to help her transport. She refused to leave the goose and called a family member, and a few hours later they arrived safely at Poplar Spring! We named her Edwina and introduced her to Franklin, who was also found abandoned in a neighborhood- he happily demonstrated to Edwina how to enjoy the pond and sanctuary life.💕We are so happy that there are good people in the world who see something wrong and do something about it, even if it is inconvenient or challenging. Edwina will now have a wonderful life where she will be safe and cared for.❤️

08/12/2021

Gerald the guinea, who was found abandoned in MD many years ago, was so excited to have a whole watermelon half all to himself!❤️

We have been in a terrible drought at the sanctuary, but we finally got some substantial rain last night! The ducks and ...
08/11/2021

We have been in a terrible drought at the sanctuary, but we finally got some substantial rain last night! The ducks and geese have some fresher water in their pond and all the piggies were so happy to have their large mud holes filled with nice cool water again - they were lining up to take a dip! 🙂🐖❤️📷: Edwin Ochoa

08/02/2021

It finally rained today and all the goats were staying nice and dry in their barn when 900 lb Ellie the pig suddenly appeared! Ellie was rescued 5 years ago as a tiny piglet when she jumped out of a truck and was found running on the Beltway at Tyson’s Corner. She has been happily living (and growing!) at Poplar Spring ever since. Today she somehow managed to open her pasture gate and took a stroll to visit the goat barn. The goats probably would have run out of the barn but they didn’t want to get wet, so they just moved aside and watched her from afar. Except for brave Phoebe who just rolled right up to her in her cart!😂

07/18/2021

Phoebe is amazing- she has only had her two wheel cart for two weeks and she is already going out in it to graze with the other goats! Every day her legs are getting stronger. She is so happy to be with all of her friends again.❤️🐐

07/16/2021

Happy Friday! Shirley the groundhog is enjoying a nice cool strawberry on a hot Summer day.❤️🙂

07/14/2021

We ordered a new 2 wheel cart for Phoebe, and she is walking so well in it! Her front legs can support her now, and she is able to maneuver the two wheeler much easier than the 4 wheeler. She is so happy to be part of the goat gang again, and even came out to meet the new goat Nini when she was introduced to the herd. Our goal is to get Phoebe walking on her own again, and with this new cart she is one step closer- Go Phoebe! ❤️🐐A big thanks to @k9carts for making these awesome custom carts for our girl!

07/13/2021

Nini, our newest goat who was rescued from under a bridge on the canal, where she had lived alone for possibly years, was pronounced parasite free and so we released her a little early from quarantine. She was so excited to be out of her stall and to get to meet the other animals. At first we just introduced her to the sheep, who weren’t quite sure what to make of her energetic behavior!😂

07/13/2021

Miranda, a very sweet turkey who was found in a residential area of Baltimore, was finally healthy enough to be released from quarantine this weekend! She was so happy to be able to eat grass and meet Chauncey, our resident male, who was very smitten with her. Chauncey was also found in Baltimore (there are several slaughterhouses in the city, we think they may be escapees) and he was very excited to add another turkey girl to his harem. Miranda seemed to fit right in to the turkey group (with Gerald the guinea chaperoning 😂) and later enjoyed taking her first dust bath. We love her already, and are so happy some kind residents found her and brought her to the sanctuary. Turkeys are typically slaughtered when they are only a few months old, but now Miranda will be able to have a long and wonderful life here.❤️🦃

After living for more than a year under the I-81 bridge at the C&O Canal in Williamsport, this sweet girl was finally re...
07/08/2021

After living for more than a year under the I-81 bridge at the C&O Canal in Williamsport, this sweet girl was finally rescued, and is now safely at Poplar Spring! A huge thanks to the “Goat Busters” Jeanine, Rick and Jerry, who have been tirelessly traveling to this remote and rocky cliff where the little goat (who they named NIni) has been somehow surviving since she assumedly escaped from a nearby butcher shop. When she first appeared on the Canal she was emaciated (as seen in the photo of her on the rocks). This wonderful family brought her weekly feed and water and finally after many months earned her trust enough that they could put a collar on her and lead her through an arduous path (they had to carry her through a tunnel and over steep and rocky slopes!) to get her to their vehicle, and then make the two hour drive to the sanctuary. These lovely people had also been instrumental in feeding and taming our newest resident Jake, another goat escapee who was living nearby on the same canal, who was rescued earlier this year. This was a difficult and dangerous rescue, but they persevered, and were finally successful! Now NIni will have a wonderful home with lots of goat friends, where she will have a warm barn to sleep in, all the hay and feed she needs, and where she will always be loved and cared for. 🐐❤️

07/02/2021

Every afternoon the cows walk around the entire 430 acre sanctuary because you know, the grass is always greener.😂And every morning they return home for their breakfast- sometimes they come on their own and sometimes we have to encourage them a little. They have a pretty nice life. 🙂❤️🐄

Jake and Chloe are the cutest couple!❤️Jake (left) was rescued from being abandoned on the C& O Canal where he survived ...
07/02/2021

Jake and Chloe are the cutest couple!❤️Jake (left) was rescued from being abandoned on the C& O Canal where he survived for over a year and Chloe (right) somehow escaped her captors and was found in Silver Spring with electric wire still wrapped around her neck. These two have recently bonded and seem to be truly in love, it’s so cute.💕🐐

Jake and Chloe are the cutest couple!❤️Jake (left) was rescued from being abandoned on the C& O Canal where he survived for over a year and Chloe (right) somehow escaped her captors and was found in Silver Spring with electric wire still wrapped around her neck. These two have recently bonded and seem to be truly in love, it’s so cute.💕🐐

06/30/2021

Two weeks ago our goat Phoebe came home from the hospital with her jugular catheter still in place so she could be euthanized here at the sanctuary with all her friends and the people who loved her surrounding her. We had taken her in a week prior as she had fallen down out in the field and was unable to walk or stand and was not eating. She was stabilized with IV fluids and medications but her liver was failing, her body was getting weaker, and she was rapidly going downhill. The vets said the kindest thing was to euthanize her, as they had done everything they could. But when I went to pick her up so we could say goodbye at home, Phoebe perked up immediately. We propped her up in the back seat with towels and pillows and she was hungrily biting at the towels so I picked some grass for her and she ate it enthusiastically. I stopped at Wawa and Phoebe happily munched on a garden salad, sliced apples and potato chips on the long three hour drive home. When we arrived at the sanctuary she started calling to her friends as soon as the truck rounded the curve by her barn and they all answered her. We set her up in a stall where she could see all of her friends and the next morning she was voraciously eating hay and trying to stand! Phoebe told us she did not want to die, and we listened to her. We removed her catheter, and continued to treat her with anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics. We began doing physical therapy and acupuncture, and pushing her around in our ambulance cart. Over the next few days she got stronger and stronger and her liver values improved dramatically. We measured her and ordered a custom cart that she could walk around in on her own, which arrived on Monday. She didn’t even wait for a second after being put in her new cart to take off, and she is so excited to be able to walk and run and graze in it. She is truly an amazing goat who is trying so hard- we know that soon she will be walking on her own again and we will do everything we can to get her there. We are so thankful that her liver now appears completely normal and she is so energetic and thriving. She is truly a miracle goat and we are so happy to have our sweet girl back.❤️🐐

06/29/2021

Our elderly goat Hannah, who also has a heart condition, was having a really hard time with this extreme heat and humidity we are having today. So we made her a makeshift stall in our air conditioned gift shop complete with an extra fan and a big bed of hay- she is so much happier now! Especially when she gets to share watermelon with her caretaker Joddie!❤️🐐🍉🥵

This is a very belated THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to make Poplar Spring’s annual Run for the Animals last month...
06/26/2021

This is a very belated THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to make Poplar Spring’s annual Run for the Animals last month a HUGE success! Even though we had to make the event virtual again this year, so many people registered and fundraised, and found a way to creatively Run or Walk. It was a huge success and over $47,000. was raised for the rescued animals!!!  We are so incredibly grateful to the many individuals and teams who worked very hard to raise critical funds for the sanctuary, which will help us to continue rescuing and providing the animals with all the feed and vet care they need to stay happy and healthy. Special thanks to top team Poplar’s Peeps, who raised $13,869. and top individual Maureen McGowan, who raised $4,448. for the rescued animals!! Thanks also to our event sponsors - Rich Peppin, Roots Market, Smith, Thomas and Smith, and to Lisa Berigan of BIG 100.3 for all the radio promotion of our event, to Courage Karate for the Great Warm up video, and to the Run Committee - Howard Edelstein, Naomi Yount, Katie Vann, Robin Walker, Sonia Bakhshi, and Donna Zeigfinger for all their hard work. Custom commemorative medals are being shipped out next week to all participants. We are so appreciative of everyone for all of your amazing support - THANK YOU!!❤️❤️(Photo of the awesome Poplar staff and volunteers of Poplar’s Peeps - by Maureen McGowan❤️)

This is a very belated THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to make Poplar Spring’s annual Run for the Animals last month a HUGE success! Even though we had to make the event virtual again this year, so many people registered and fundraised, and found a way to creatively Run or Walk. It was a huge success and over $47,000. was raised for the rescued animals!!!  We are so incredibly grateful to the many individuals and teams who worked very hard to raise critical funds for the sanctuary, which will help us to continue rescuing and providing the animals with all the feed and vet care they need to stay happy and healthy. Special thanks to top team Poplar’s Peeps, who raised $13,869. and top individual Maureen McGowan, who raised $4,448. for the rescued animals!! Thanks also to our event sponsors - Rich Peppin, Roots Market, Smith, Thomas and Smith, and to Lisa Berigan of BIG 100.3 for all the radio promotion of our event, to Courage Karate for the Great Warm up video, and to the Run Committee - Howard Edelstein, Naomi Yount, Katie Vann, Robin Walker, Sonia Bakhshi, and Donna Zeigfinger for all their hard work. Custom commemorative medals are being shipped out next week to all participants. We are so appreciative of everyone for all of your amazing support - THANK YOU!!❤️❤️(Photo of the awesome Poplar staff and volunteers of Poplar’s Peeps - by Maureen McGowan❤️)

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We enjoyed our tour last Saturday - such a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary you have created! Can you please tell me the name of the goat in the first picture?
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Run for the animals today.
Hello any update on the Geese families or on Priscilla? I think it one point you were wondering if Priscilla might be starting a family... Thank you
Can someone connected connected with Popular Spring help? FREE HORSES!!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died due to COVID-19 and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs. and 3 yrs. old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes.(732) 618 8243 Fairhill, Md. Please copy and paste this on your status I would hate to see all these horses put down. PLEASE someone help they are FREE and papered!!!!!!!! A friend of mine posted this. ~ Carol Niswonger
5k done for the animals! Few sprinkles and lots of fun
Did the virtual Run for the Animals at dawn in Wheaton Regional Park. 3.1 miles, 35:05.
Music Planet Radio is honored to bring awareness to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary! Looking forward to the Virtual Run (or Walk) for the Animals on May 17 at 1pm. Cerphe and I will be there (virtually) with bells on! https://musicplanetradio.com/poplar-spring-virtual-run-or-walk-for-the-animals/
Did you hear about how folks are "scheduling" a zoom/Webex with llamas, etc. for a donation. I would love to do this for an upcoming virtual graduation ceremony! Is this something you might consider doing?
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