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A Visit to Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch

I spent my Sunday in the best way possible…with good friends & rescued animals! My beautiful friend Amanda (in the red sweatshirt) organized a small group of us to tour Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch to meet, feed & love on the animals.

About the Ranch: 

Ferdinands’ Familia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) home-based organization dedicated to the rescue & permanent placement of injured, abandoned and homeless animals. We provide a safe & secure home for animals until a healthy family environment can be located. We strive to create awareness on animal welfare issues through educational seminars, community events, media-based public relations and K-12 school field trips.

I’d heard of Ferdinand’s Familia & knew that they were a small animal sanctuary, however, I didn’t know that they had so many rescued horses! What originally began as a rescue for wild dogs, the ranch soon became a home for horses when they found two beauties, now named "Rodeo" (pictured above giving the camera a big kiss) & his partner "Maggie May," abandoned in a Tijuana River Valley stable. Volunteers from Ferdinand’s Familia spent three weeks digging Rodeo & Maggie out of six months of horse manure. They are both now living happier & healthier lives at Ferdinand’s Familia. I have a long history with horses & have been riding since I was 5, so walking on to a horse ranch is a bit like coming home. And a ranch full of rescued horses really has my heart. Many of these horses have been relinquished or abandoned. Some have been abused & neglected. Some came with stories of a broken spirit that have been mended by trust & time on the ranch. The ranch is now home to at least 20 horses of all sizes & ages. 

Aside from the horses, there are goats, lambs, pigs, & llamas, even chickens, bunnies, kitties & dogs living joyfully on the ranch. "Babe" the mini pig pictured above is very special little guy & is known as the ranch ambassador. He came to Ferdinand’s Familia from a hoarding situation. Babe was under-socialized when he came into the rescue program & screamed at the top of his lungs anytime someone came near him. The ranch’s president, Janice, worked with Babe for a little over a month & by the time he moved to the ranch, Babe was allowing her to rub his ears, his nose & his belly. Now, he his is living the ultimate piggie life. He roams the ranch with a smile & wagging tail, lovingly greets visitors, welcomes pats & the head & belly rubs & loves to snack on apples & carrots. If you visit the ranch, you must stop by & say hello to Babe!

These are just a few snapshots & stories of animals living peacefully at Ferdinand’s Familia. Please visit their website to learn more about their animals & programs. If you live in San Diego, there are several opportunities to tour, volunteer, become a member or sponsor. Please contact them for more information. 

This is a truly wonderful place! As noted in their "charter statement"

Ferdinand’s Familia recognizes the importance of animal companionship with both young & old, reaching out to schools, retirement homes & recovery homes. We recognize the important work of other animal rescues & animal sanctuaries protecting & sustaining the life of our animal friends. We support spay & neuter programs for all animals where possible. We recognize that humans must share, protect & respect the Earth’s environment with the other creatures which inhabit the planet with us. We believe that it is best to sustain life & earth’s inhabitants in their natural forms. We promote vegetarianism, veganism & raw food living as a means to promote both animal & human well-being. We believe that all natural & domesticated animal species possess a basic right to exist.

We promise to open our doors to abandoned, homeless, injured & relinquished animals, making every effort to secure a healthy & happy home for life.

Heartwarming! If you are touched by these animals &/or live in San Diego county, please reach out to Ferdinand’s Familia to see how you can offer your service & support to the love, care & rehabilitation of these beautiful creatures! 


vegenista:

A Visit to Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch

I spent my Sunday in the best way possible…with good friends & rescued animals! My beautiful friend Amanda (in the red sweatshirt) organized a small group of us to tour Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue Ranch to meet, feed & love on the animals.

About the Ranch: 

Ferdinands’ Familia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) home-based organization dedicated to the rescue & permanent placement of injured, abandoned and homeless animals. We provide a safe & secure home for animals until a healthy family environment can be located. We strive to create awareness on animal welfare issues through educational seminars, community events, media-based public relations and K-12 school field trips.

I’d heard of Ferdinand’s Familia & knew that they were a small animal sanctuary, however, I didn’t know that they had so many rescued horses! What originally began as a rescue for wild dogs, the ranch soon became a home for horses when they found two beauties, now named "Rodeo" (pictured above giving the camera a big kiss) & his partner "Maggie May," abandoned in a Tijuana River Valley stable. Volunteers from Ferdinand’s Familia spent three weeks digging Rodeo & Maggie out of six months of horse manure. They are both now living happier & healthier lives at Ferdinand’s Familia. I have a long history with horses & have been riding since I was 5, so walking on to a horse ranch is a bit like coming home. And a ranch full of rescued horses really has my heart. Many of these horses have been relinquished or abandoned. Some have been abused & neglected. Some came with stories of a broken spirit that have been mended by trust & time on the ranch. The ranch is now home to at least 20 horses of all sizes & ages. 

Aside from the horses, there are goats, lambs, pigs, & llamas, even chickens, bunnies, kitties & dogs living joyfully on the ranch. "Babe" the mini pig pictured above is very special little guy & is known as the ranch ambassador. He came to Ferdinand’s Familia from a hoarding situation. Babe was under-socialized when he came into the rescue program & screamed at the top of his lungs anytime someone came near him. The ranch’s president, Janice, worked with Babe for a little over a month & by the time he moved to the ranch, Babe was allowing her to rub his ears, his nose & his belly. Now, he his is living the ultimate piggie life. He roams the ranch with a smile & wagging tail, lovingly greets visitors, welcomes pats & the head & belly rubs & loves to snack on apples & carrots. If you visit the ranch, you must stop by & say hello to Babe!

These are just a few snapshots & stories of animals living peacefully at Ferdinand’s Familia. Please visit their website to learn more about their animals & programs. If you live in San Diego, there are several opportunities to tour, volunteer, become a member or sponsor. Please contact them for more information. 

This is a truly wonderful place! As noted in their "charter statement"

Ferdinand’s Familia recognizes the importance of animal companionship with both young & old, reaching out to schools, retirement homes & recovery homes. We recognize the important work of other animal rescues & animal sanctuaries protecting & sustaining the life of our animal friends. We support spay & neuter programs for all animals where possible. We recognize that humans must share, protect & respect the Earth’s environment with the other creatures which inhabit the planet with us. We believe that it is best to sustain life & earth’s inhabitants in their natural forms. We promote vegetarianism, veganism & raw food living as a means to promote both animal & human well-being. We believe that all natural & domesticated animal species possess a basic right to exist.

We promise to open our doors to abandoned, homeless, injured & relinquished animals, making every effort to secure a healthy & happy home for life.

Heartwarming! If you are touched by these animals &/or live in San Diego county, please reach out to Ferdinand’s Familia to see how you can offer your service & support to the love, care & rehabilitation of these beautiful creatures! 


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