New Faces and New Emergencies

There are quite a few new faces around Peaceful Fields recently! Five new residents have arrived to call the sanctuary home. Some annual visitors have also made their appearance as well. Let’s dive right in to get you caught up!

Three pygmy goats recently came from the Richmond area to call PFS home. Paula, Walter & Warren were surrendered to us on January 31st and quickly began to make friends with the other small goats. This trio of siblings are about 10 months old. Paula likes to cuddle, Walter has the cutest voice and Warren likes to play. Sweet Pea watches over these young kids to make sure they don’t cause too much trouble. They all enjoy the nice, big yard and some of the activities include climbing a ramp, seesaw, standing on the playhouse or snuggling in an igloo. That brings us to 5 small goats and eleven goats total living at Peaceful Fields.

Our most recent rescues came on Valentine’s day eve. A VDOT employee contacted us concerned about some chickens living along interstate 81. That day was very cold with single digit temperatures and the promise of negative temps overnight with the wind chill. We weren’t necessarily planning to increase our winter rescued chicken flock but this emergency required urgent action to save lives! After a thorough search of the area we located the pair and managed to coax them into a carrier for transport. Upon returning, we got them into the infirmary so we could examine their health and begin quarantine. Luckily no injuries or external parasites were found. Once settled, we enjoyed a hot beverage to warm up. Many found it to be a touching story and so both WHAG as well as the Winchester Star newspaper (Saturday edition, 02/20) covered the tale of these two “love birds” and how they came to the sanctuary on a very cold Valentine’s Day eve.

On Tuesday, everyone’s favorite three legged goat, Toby had his neutering surgery. It’s important at the sanctuary to prevent breeding so that all residents can be rescues.  Dr. Fred performed quality work and made sure it went smoothly with no pain or trauma for little Toby. He was a bit groggy from the general anesthesia and pain medication after he awoke so he spent the night in the infirmary which also allowed us to keep an eye on him. It brought back memories of when he first came to us only a few days old in the early morning hours. How he’s grown and healed from then! (You can read his tale here on what he had to overcome) Now he’s back out in the barn and will join all the other small goats in a week when we are confident that breeding cannot take place. He previously spent several days with Walter and Warren so we know they’ll get along well, Toby was so happy to have playmates his size!

To prove there is always something going on, it doesn’t end there! Little Paula gave us a panic attack with a sudden case of severe pneumonia. Yesterday she started shivering and showed signs of low energy. After taking her temperature we discovered it was very high and she required an emergency ice bath to bring it down to avoid physical damage. It took some effort and made quite a mess however we were able to wrestle her into a tub of ice. Goats hate water and you can imagine how she felt about ice cold water! Through the ice bath, fan and medication we were able to get her temperature to drop out of the danger zone during the evening. We monitored her condition and checked her temperature every 15 minutes. Dr. Fred, her amazing vet came and with the use of antibiotics was able to finish the job and get her back to feeling good. Today she is out with her friends with a normal temp. and her usual self, whew!

You can see that sanctuary life is one crazy roller coaster ride! We here at Peaceful fields are happy to hold on and with blessing live it for stewardship and for creation. Thanks for riding along with us!

High Heat

First, we have to thank God we never lost power during this historic blizzard! Power can mean the difference between life and death in rural areas such as Peaceful Fields Sanctuary’s location. For outdoor animals, power means water to drink and a place to warm themselves. For people who lovingly care for animals it means investing in submersible water trough heaters and overhead heat lamps. It also means doubling and sometimes tripling the winter power bill. Water trough heaters require 1500 watts each, and we currently have three in use at PFS. These heaters automatically come on when the water temperature gets low enough to freeze.

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We also have two heated water buckets, one for Toby and one for Beauty. They each require 60 watts to operate and also come on automatically.

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In addition to the water heaters for the goats, Elvis and Brownie, we have constructed water heaters for the chickens. An inexpensive and reliable solution to chicken water freezing is a few dollars in lamp parts from the hardware store and a large cookie tin from Hobby Lobby (on clearance for $0.90!) We have four in operation and each has a 40 watt light bulb inside. These sit under their existing water containers.

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We also use an enclosed space heater in the chicken coop for ambient heat. It runs on 1500 watts of power and we manually tun it off when the outdoor air temperature goes above freezing. Heat Lamps are also in use and we have three operating when needed. Each one runs on 250 watts!

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So, as January has had nearly every night dropping below freezing, we have had an additional 7,030 watts of electricity used every day. That is like having roughly 14 refrigerators running in your home!! Can you imagine what our next power bill will look like?

In addition to the added power for warmth, the animals don’t have grass to graze on in the winter months so we spend twice as much on hay and pellet feed. Currently we spent about $30+ PER DAY on feed so the animals can get enough calories and stay warm on the inside!

If you can help in any way, even to share and spread the word, we here at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary would be most appreciative! We have to keep them warm and watered and we need your help! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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The Water trough heaters doing their job! Keeping water in it’s liquid state despite deep snow!

What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

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Beauty being filmed by a WHAG reporter.

Those words were spoken by Juliet in a tale by Shakespeare. What’s in a name? In the case of Beauty, it is compassion…

Back in November you’ll remember after the rescue of Beauty we issued a special challenge, anyone who made a $500 donation to help with her special medical needs would be able to suggest a name. We’d like to introduce you to the kind people who answered that call, the Williamsport Redmen NASCAR Club!

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Bobby Ayers Sr, Bobby Ayers Jr, Angie Kendall, Mike Kendall

This group was touched by her story and wanted to help. After a few conversations, they provided funding to cover medical treatment and mobility aides to improve Beauty’s quality of life. They share the source of her name “I think the perfect name would be Beauty since she is one of God’s beautiful creatures”. We at PFS couldn’t agree more!

Thank you to Williamsport Redmen NASCAR Club and everyone who has donated financially or with their time to help Beauty to be the happy and healthy gal she is. Through continued care, we are hopeful that she will gain further strength and mobility.

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“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

New Year kicks off at PFS

The new year has already started off well at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary!

Winter preparation continued with making some new chicken water heaters. Installing a light fixture into a re-purposed food tin creates enough heat safely to keep the chicken water containers ice free. Reusing existing items you have or can pick up second hand is always a smart idea. We also made some chicken sweaters for several of the chickens in need of a little extra warmth during the winter months in addition to the coop heater and heat lamps.

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Brownie & Elvis celebrated the new year with a pedicure! Dr. Fred and Scott the farrier came out to give Brownie and Elvis a hoof trim for healthy feet and so they both can walk safely free from discomfort. Overgrown hooves can cause pain, infection and an improper gait so as part of their care Brownie & Elvis have a pedicure quarterly. It also lends to be yet another opportunity (outside of the scheduled physicals) for Dr. Fred to give a physical checkup on the two boys.

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Scott working on Elvis’s feet with the assistance of Dr. Fred

 

As part of the new year, we’ve created a new campaign on our donation page to reflect the budget of planned expenses ($18,000) for this new fiscal year. You can follow our progress via the links or at gofundme.com/PFS2016.

We recently had our monthly public volunteer day at PFS. This is an amazing opportunity to share our mission with the public! It is also a way you can get involved to help and meet the residents as well as make new human friends. Cold, wind or snow there is always lots to do and we had 11 compassionate people working hard on various projects this January. Vegan hot chocolate helped fight off the chill! If you want to join an upcoming volunteer day, details are posted on Facebook, where you can also RSVP (or send us an email). Next volunteer day is February 6th! This special day happens on the first Saturday of each month so be sure to mark your calendars.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to lend a hand! Also a big thanks to our individual volunteers who have come out regularly to help out.

Currently PFS is working on the logistics of a multiple goat rescue so be sure to watch for more details over the next several days as we coordinate and plan to make it a reality.

On January 25th in Baltimore is the 2nd Art for the Animals Show at One World Cafe coordinated by Baltimore Vegan Drinks. One of the artists, Rachel Horner, has painted an amazing picture of Buster to benefit the sanctuary! Tickets are $25 and include a vegan buffet!

Thank you to all of our caring supporters for starting off 2016 in such amazing fashion!

 

PFS, second year reflection

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What a year 2015 has been! Together with your help, we’ve rescued six goats and close to two dozen chickens this past year, providing them with a forever home free from exploitation. We have tabled at Richmond Vegfest, DC Vegfest and the National Animal Rights Conference to share the mission of the sanctuary. We’ve implemented monthly public volunteer days, giving another way the public can be involved and get to know the residents. Our first catered private event, a bachelorette party took place this year at the sanctuary. We added a Twitter and Instagram account to our online presence. Thank you for supporting Peaceful Fields Sanctuary throughout the year! Your gifts have provided hay, straw, feed, medical care, a wheelchair for Beauty, amputation surgery for Toby, surgery for Silver and much more. We are blessed by the many supporters who have volunteered, donated items or provided rescue transport. Sixty percent of our 2015 operating budget came from you, compassionate supporters! We are grateful to WHAG and The Winchester Star among others who shared the stories of several residents so people can connect and empathize with their journey. It sure has been exciting, full of growth this year and we hope everyone enjoyed coming along for the ride.  2016 will bring more so join with us on the journey to see what is in store! If you are considering year end giving, we are humbled to be on your list. From all the residents at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary, we hope you are blessed in 2016!

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January Public Volunteer Day

Due to the holiday, we’ve adjusted our January monthly public volunteer day to the 9th. Come out from 12PM to 4PM!

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Beauty looks forward to seeing you!

Winter is here and there is so much to do to maintain a warm and comfortable environment for the animals! Please come out and help us keep them happy and cozy as winter sets in. As ususal, pants and closed toe shoes are mandatory. Please be prepared for being outside in the country, with long sleeves and appropriate clothing for the weather. Work gloves and hot beverages will be provided and we ask that any snacks you bring (some volunteers enjoy bringing food for themselves or a potluck ) be vegan out of respect for the animals. You also can bring fresh produce for the animals if you like. Please contact us for the address and any questions. We look forward to seeing you! RSVP via email or Facebook.

Sponsorships Make Great Gifts!

The Holiday Season is upon us! If you have any animal lovers on your holiday shopping list, why not sponsor a rescued animal in their honor? We would be happy to sent them a color photo of the sponsored animal and tell a little about them; how they were rescued and what kind of life they have now. We have several sponsorship packages available and one to fit any budget!

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Chicken sponsorships are $50, Goat sponsorships are $120, Brownie the donkey needs a $300 sponsor and Elvis the horse needs a $310 sponsor. These funds will go directly to feed and medical care. Winter is fast approaching so the cost of care practically doubles. Once you’ve made your donation, please email us to let us know the name and address of the gift sponsorship recipient along with which animal you’d like to sponsor on their behalf. Also let us know which holiday (if any) you are giving a gift to celebrate so we can personalize the card containing the photo.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary!

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Volunteer day November 7th

Our next monthly public volunteer day is approaching so be sure to mark your calendar for November 7th! Lend a hand with animal care and winter preparations from 9AM to 1PM. Dress for the weather and being outside. (Jeans, boots, etc.) Meet all of the residents at the sanctuary, learn of our mission and make new friends all while helping out. We’ll have water and a hot beverage on hand. Not required but many like to bring vegan food for a potluck as well as fresh produce for the aninals. Grapes, apples, carrots, melon, pears, greens, etc. Please contact us to RSVP and for directions.

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Little lady gets her wheels

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First wheelchair preview

Thank you everyone for donating! So far we’ve raised enough to cover her initial medical exam! We’re excited to say we just received her wheelchair and have began to assemble. Please keep sharing and donating to this fundraising campaign as not only do we need to cover the $260 for the wheelchair but $175 for the temporary storage structure, on going medical and therapy appointments and a permanent wheelchair accessible house for her. We have a ways to go but this sweet gal knows there are many caring people out there, Thank you! Here she is getting a sneak preview of the wheelchair.

Donate here-
https://www.gofundme.com/bj5wfmj4