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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Happy Birthday to our handsome boy, Justin, who turns two years old today! Justin’s mom Maisie was rescued from a dairy ...
03/28/2020

Happy Birthday to our handsome boy, Justin, who turns two years old today! Justin’s mom Maisie was rescued from a dairy farm that was closing down, and she surprised us by giving birth a few months after she arrived. She was a wonderful mother right from the start and has been inseparable from her “baby” for the last two years. Justin has grown into such a big healthy boy, even though he was very sick when he was born, and had to be hospitalized for over a week. Maisie, who had all of her previous babies taken from her at the dairy farm, was so worried we would take Justin too. You can see the concern on her face in the third photo taken the day he was born (thanks to Maureen McGowan for capturing this tender moment) and she has been so incredibly happy to be with Justin every day. Thankfully, they will be able to spend their entire lives together, happy and free, the way it should be for all cows.❤️🐂

Melvin the goose found a good vantage point on top of Reo the pig, to make sure no predators come to bother his girlfrie...
03/28/2020

Melvin the goose found a good vantage point on top of Reo the pig, to make sure no predators come to bother his girlfriend while she is nesting in the pig barn!

03/27/2020

Lester loves having his chest scratched. He enjoys it so much he wants to return the favor, and tries to groom us too! Mutual grooming.💕🐑

03/25/2020

It looks at first like Remi the blind cow is leading her best buddy Grayson, who is behind her. But he is actually nudging her and guiding her to join the rest of the cow herd. We have seen many instances like this where cows help each other. ❤️🐂

03/25/2020

Our sweet 3 legged goats Sally and Evie were enjoying a beautiful sunny Spring day at the Sanctuary today. Sally was tasting the daffodils, while Evie scratches her butt on a tree. 🤣 Love these two special girls!💕🐐

03/23/2020

Priscilla came out of her hole under the barn yesterday, to sample some chicken food. We’ve only seen her a few times over the last two weeks, we think that means she is getting ready to have her babies! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. During these scary and uncertain times, we all need a little Priscilla. ❤️

03/22/2020

Remi and Grayson are friends again! Remi (black and white) is totally blind - she and Grayson are both one year old and grew up together. Remi would follow Grayson around and they were very bonded. For the last few months they have both gone their separate ways, hanging out with other cows, and mostly ignoring each other. But recently we have noticed them spending more time together- today they were playing and nuzzling each other, it was very sweet. Maybe they have discovered that old friends make the best friends.💕🐂

03/18/2020

Hamilton is a wild pigeon who survived a hawk attack when he was just a baby in his nest. He was rehabilitated by City Wildlife and was released back into the wild after he had healed from his wounds. He had imprinted on humans though, and kept landing on people’s heads who were walking around in D.C.! After being returned to the wildlife rescue a few times, it was decided he would be better off living at a sanctuary. We always warn new visitors that they may have a tame pigeon land on them, so they don’t freak out. 😂He has been happily living at Poplar Spring since last Fall, flying freely around the farm during the day, and sleeping safely in his own private stall (with Tina the hen) at night. He is one of the sweetest, friendliest, and most intelligent birds we’ve ever met, and we love him so much. He really enjoys his “bath time” in the sink when he sees us washing bowls at the chicken barn!🙂(Thanks to Pam Price for this cute video)

03/15/2020

Gerald the guinea is a funny guy-any time any birds are fighting he has to be right in the middle of it! Madison and Willow are turkey sisters who sometimes get into an argument. Gerald will always come running the minute he hears them trash talking, and sometimes he tries to break it up. Or participate.😂

03/14/2020

Dudley in the Daffodils.💕🐐

03/13/2020

Paulina and Lucía are two beautiful Polish crested hens, who were being kept illegally in a backyard in MD. They were previously mostly confined in a cage where they cried loudly and caused neighbors to notify animal control. At Poplar Spring they happily roam and scratch and peck under the trees, while Fanny the peahen, who is fascinated by them, watches closely. (Video by Edwin Ochoa)

03/12/2020

TBT to Spring 2018 when Melody and Delilah first arrived with their babies Ozzie, Hazel and Flora, who were only a few days old. With everything going on in the world, it’s nice to take a short break to watch happy baby goats in coats!❤️🐐

03/11/2020

Happy Birthday to Grayson, who turns one year old today! Grayson’s mom Maple was a former dairy cow who had all of her previous babies taken from her and killed for veal. She was 9 months pregnant when she was rescued, and gave birth to baby Grayson just 4 days after she arrived at Poplar Spring! She was so afraid we would steal baby Grayson and even tried to hide him from us. Maple has been so happy to be able to stay with her baby, they are never far apart, and she is always grooming him and showing him how much she loves him, it is so sweet. At one year, Grayson still nurses from his mommy every day. He will naturally wean slowly over the next year or so, but they will always be a family, and will be able to stay together happily for the rest of their lives.❤️

A beautiful warm and sunny Monday! Vivian was a little too hot so she decided to take a nap in the pond!❤️🐖(Photo by Kar...
03/09/2020

A beautiful warm and sunny Monday! Vivian was a little too hot so she decided to take a nap in the pond!❤️🐖(Photo by Karen Blass)

03/06/2020

Sometimes the alpacas will suddenly start feeling spunky, and begin running around and herding the goats (or sheep!) for no reason. Recently Griffin went a little crazy all by himself, while his alpaca friend Spencer just grazed calmly nearby. The goats weren’t sure what the heck was happening!😂

03/04/2020

Four month old piglets Percy and Gwen, rescued from a cruelty case in VA, met the big piggies for the first time yesterday! They were so excited to meet everyone and explore their new home.🐖❤️(Video by Edwin Ochoa)

03/03/2020

Priscilla the tame groundhog was gathering straw and leaves to make a nest-which means in a few weeks we will see babies!! Groundhogs typically give birth to 4 young and they emerge from the den with mom when they are a few weeks old- we can’t wait! (Thanks to Charlene Gomes for the video)

03/03/2020

Our tame groundhog Priscilla is back!! She came out of her hole near the chicken barn this morning, and was happily munching on carrots, blueberries and animal crackers. But most exciting, after she had a snack she spent a lot of time gathering leaves and straw to make a nest- which means in a few weeks she will have babies!!! We can’t wait to see if they will be tame too!❤️❤️(Thanks to Charlene Gomes for the cute video!)

03/02/2020

Part 2 - Gracie decided to do some head and ear grooming on Dudley- he loved it!😂

03/02/2020

Gracie the hen suddenly decided to fly up on Dudley’s back and hitch a ride! Dudley at first looked a little confused, but he didn’t seem to mind too much. 🐓❤️🐐

02/24/2020

It was so warm this weekend that it even roused some of the groundhogs from their hibernation! We were so happy to see Wanda, one of the tame groundhogs who lives at the Pig Barn. She looked a little disoriented and sleepy but she came over and climbed volunteer Meredith’s leg for a banana, one of her favorite treats!🙂❤️

A Huge thanks to the @safeway Foundation for awarding Poplar Spring a very generous grant through their ‘We Care’ Progra...
02/20/2020

A Huge thanks to the @safeway Foundation for awarding Poplar Spring a very generous grant through their ‘We Care’ Program. This wonderful program is funded by Safeway employees who give through their workplace payroll deductions - 25 other organizations that help animals and people also received a grant this week. Special thanks to long time Poplar supporter and Safeway manager Janice Hill, who recommended us for this incredible gift. It is such a big help for all the rescued animals!❤️❤️

02/19/2020

Percy and Gwen enjoyed a last romp before their spay and neuter surgeries on Monday. All went well, and they are now healing and recovering nicely. Soon they will be able to meet the big pigs - we can’t wait to introduce them next week. Love when baby pigs zoom so hard they fall over!😂🐖

Beautiful sunset at the sanctuary tonight!
02/17/2020

Beautiful sunset at the sanctuary tonight!

Our sweet 3 legged goat Sally loves her new dog bed, and doesn’t mind sharing with Logan and Cameron the roosters!❤️
02/17/2020

Our sweet 3 legged goat Sally loves her new dog bed, and doesn’t mind sharing with Logan and Cameron the roosters!❤️

02/15/2020

Edward the peacock is doing everything he can to get Fanny the peahen’s attention. And she is beginning to like him! We kept her in the barn for several weeks after her arrival, so she would know where her new home is, and this week we let her outside for the first time. Thankfully she did not try to run or fly away at all, and seems very calm and relaxed. She was hanging out with Edward, who just can’t get enough of her, he is so excited to finally have a real girlfriend of his own kind. ( He previously would display to chickens, turkeys, squirrels, even rocks, lol!) Edward’s tail feather display is truly amazing , and Fanny seems like she is definitely impressed.🙂❤️

02/14/2020

Vincent, our most recently rescued goat, has finally finished with his quarantine and was able to come out of his stall for the first time today! He was so happy to get to run and play outside, and he enjoyed meeting and head butting with Dudley, and the other special needs goats. Soon we will introduce him to the big goat group. He has gained a lot of weight since he came in, but he still has a way to go. Thankfully he will never be starved or chained up again, and will now have a wonderful life with lots of goatie friends.🐐❤️

02/10/2020

Percy and Gwen, our 4 month old piglets who were rescued from a cruelty case in VA, were finally well enough to come outside and play for a little while today- and they had a great time! They have been in quarantine since their arrival last month, and have been on antibiotics for pneumonia, which is very common, and thankfully very treatable in young pigs. They have been eating well and gaining weight and are finally starting to run and play like healthy babies should. It was great to see them beginning to explore their new world for the first time. After they are spayed and neutered they will join the big pig group. We can’t wait to see them grow to be big happy pigs.❤️🐖

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!

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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.