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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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❤️)

06/20/2021

Not sure what Edison is doing with his tongue- maybe he has peanut butter stuck on the roof of his mouth? Oh Edison!🤪😂

We are finally reopening and starting our Saturday group tours again! Register here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/popla...
06/12/2021

We are finally reopening and starting our Saturday group tours again! Register here -

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-group-tour-tickets-159191820019

Come and tour our beautiful 430 acre sanctuary and meet the friendly rescued animals- we are all very excited to welcome visitors again!🙂🐑🐓🐄🐖🦃🐐

We are finally reopening and starting our Saturday group tours again! Register here -

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-group-tour-tickets-159191820019

Come and tour our beautiful 430 acre sanctuary and meet the friendly rescued animals- we are all very excited to welcome visitors again!🙂🐑🐓🐄🐖🦃🐐

05/30/2021

Shirley the groundhog, who lives under our shed and is nursing tiny babies in her den(!) was enjoying bananas for breakfast this morning!🙂❤️

05/23/2021

The sheep, alpacas and Angora goats were all sheared on Friday, and they are all feeling much cooler and happier now! The interesting thing is that the sheep initially don’t recognize each other after they are first sheared and will head butt and chase each other for a few hours afterwards! Jasper and Alfie both thought the other was a new strange sheep in their pasture.😂🐑❤️

https://www.classy.org/event/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-virtual-run-for-the-animals/e324470Our virtual Run for the A...
05/15/2021

https://www.classy.org/event/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-virtual-run-for-the-animals/e324470

Our virtual Run for the Animals is only 1 day away! We are so close - We have 190 registrants and would love to get to at least 200. All registrants receive a beautiful commemorative Poplar Spring Run medal! Our fundraising goal is $40,000 and thanks to so many awesome supporters we have raised $35,600. so far!! Please help us to meet our goal for all the rescued animals. A huge thanks to everyone who has already donated or registered! 🏃‍♀️🏃💪
(Thanks to @markp.photo for the cute photo of baby Ozzie and Hazel!)

https://www.classy.org/event/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-virtual-run-for-the-animals/e324470

Our virtual Run for the Animals is only 1 day away! We are so close - We have 190 registrants and would love to get to at least 200. All registrants receive a beautiful commemorative Poplar Spring Run medal! Our fundraising goal is $40,000 and thanks to so many awesome supporters we have raised $35,600. so far!! Please help us to meet our goal for all the rescued animals. A huge thanks to everyone who has already donated or registered! 🏃‍♀️🏃💪
(Thanks to @markp.photo for the cute photo of baby Ozzie and Hazel!)

05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there - (whether your children have 2 legs or 4!) We hope everyone has a great day!!❤️🐄🦆🐓🐖🐐🐴🐑

05/02/2021

After over a month in quarantine, where he was treated for parasites and a respiratory infection, and was taken to the vet hospital to be neutered, Jake (the dark brown goat who was found abandoned on the C & O Canal) was finally healthy enough to meet all the other rescued goats! The introduction went very well - the rearing and head butting is normal goat play, and how they establish their dominance. (Notice how they are all happily wagging their tails!) A little later they were all grazing peacefully together in the pasture, and Jake was sleeping comfortably in the big barn with everyone last night. We are so glad he was rescued after somehow surviving on his own for over a year, and now he will have a wonderful home with lots of friends for the rest of his life.❤️🐐

Our sweet goat Heather is so happy to be home from the hospital! Heather is only five years old but for months she has b...
05/01/2021

Our sweet goat Heather is so happy to be home from the hospital! Heather is only five years old but for months she has been having so many health problems - she is anemic, not eating well, vomiting and has dramatically lost so much weight. She has had a blood transfusion and several stays in the hospital, where she has had many xrays, ultrasounds, and other tests to try to determine what is wrong with her. She is positive for CAE, a viral infection that may explain some of her symptoms, but sadly there is no treatment. We are doing everything we can to help Heather, and feel she will be much happier at home with her mother- these two are so bonded. Today she was enjoying the beautiful sunny day and snuggling with her mom. We are trying to raise funds to pay for her hospital bill and one way people can help is to register or donate to our Run for the Animals fundraiser ( link below) These vet bills have been very costly but we want to do everything we possibly can to help Heather feel better. Thanks so much for your support!❤️

https://www.classy.org/event/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuary-virtual-run-for-the-animals/e324470

04/30/2021

It’s gosling season again! A wild Canada goose couple arrived yesterday with 4 tiny goslings, and the domestic geese are beside themselves- they all want to be the designated nanny goose. Not sure who the couple will choose but Marvin, Charlie, Dalton and Tonky are all hopeful.😂

04/15/2021

Breakfast at the pond is very noisy, especially when Marvin and Dalton realize they are missing out. 🙂Even a wild groundhog has figured out when feeding time is!

This sweet little goat was abandoned and living in a remote area on the C & O Canal near Williamsport MD for many months...
04/02/2021

This sweet little goat was abandoned and living in a remote area on the C & O Canal near Williamsport MD for many months- locals say they have seen the goat for more than a year. Animal control was unable to help, but kind citizens would bring food to the little goat frequently, and check on him. Unfortunately, not everyone was so kind - one hiker admitted he sprayed him with pepper spray because he thought the goat would “attack” him, when he was just looking for food! Thankfully a hero named Jake, who lives in Chicago, but was doing a Pittsburgh to DC bike ride on the towpath, saw the little goat, fed him some of his snacks, and vowed to come back in a few days and rescue him. When Jake contacted us we immediately said we would give him a wonderful home if he could manage to catch him. Miraculously 3 days later, Jake went back to the area he had seen the goat and managed to get a collar and leash on him. The little goat was terrified and would not lead so Jake had to walk/carry him 2 miles to the nearest parking area, where he had left his borrowed SUV. He then drove over an hour to Poplar, where Jake the goat (named after his rescuer!) is now safe and warm in our barn, and enjoying lots of delicious hay. We will give him a thorough vet check, but other than being very thin ( and un-neutered! ) he seems amazingly healthy. After he heals from his neuter surgery he will be able to run and play with lots of rescued goat friends, and will always have shelter and all the hay and feed he needs. He is already slowly starting to trust us, and will take cookies from our hands. We love him so much already!❤️🐐(Thanks to Emily Benedict for the video and photo)

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15200 Mt. Nebo Rd.
Poolesville, MD
20837

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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