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Sponsor A Resident

Our Sponsor a Resident program is a way for compassionate supporters to provide a monthly or annual financial commitment to a particular resident.

Our sponsorship program allows you to be a part of the lifesaving work, and continued care for your chosen resident -an incredible gift.

This type of support allows Mockingbird Farm Sanctuary to continue the necessary work of rescue, rehabilitation, education and advocacy.

 

On this page, you’ll find photos of the entire herd who would all be thrilled to call you their sponsor! Each resident at Mockingbird has an incredible story of their own and a true found “farmily” at the sanctuary. Most have special needs, strict diets and dedicated routines. Their personalities shine through their photos though we hope you’ll get the chance to meet your sponsored animal in person one day!

 

Meet our herd by reading some of their stories, and click on any “sponsor me” button to learn more.

As a sponsor, you’ll receive a digital certificate and a photograph of your chosen Mockingbird herd member.

 

We also love to assist those who would like to sponsor an animal in the name of a friend or family member, or in memorial of those who have passed. This is a kind and compassionate gift that directly helps the animals.

Write us directly to set up a gift for a loved one.

 

We are currently home to 50 residents who all appreciate your continued love and support. We couldn’t do a single day of this beautiful work without you.

Our Sponsor a Resident program is one of the best ways to make a continued donation that makes a massive impact. It truly does.  Of course, please feel free to sponsor more than one resident if you feel moved to.

Just click on the "Sponsor Me" button under their bio to make your selection.  

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CICI

 Rescued from horrific conditions at 2 days old, Cici spent 26 days in the ICU at Cornell and YOU helped us save her life with your donations. She battled bilateral pneumonia, failure to thrive, she required a central line and tube feeding, fevers so high that resulted in losing most of the hair on her legs, a heart murmur, deadly and zoonotic infections that took months to overcome. She is a survivor and we are thrilled to highlight her life.

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Rem

We don’t know much about Rem’s early days, other than the fact that he was rescued from slaughter. He was raised by a family who seemed to love him. From neighbor’s accounts, Rem (jersey steer), Sophie (cow) and Sid (goat) were all left behind after the caretaker’s home was foreclosed. For a year, neighbors stepped in to help, but ultimately once we were made aware, we immediately rescued Sophie. A neighbor fell in love with Rem and Sid and found a way to keep them on his land, but several years later we had the chance to reunite Sophie with Rem and Sid the goat.

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Sophie

Sophie was once a 4H calf, shown at fairs by a little girl whose mother worked at the dairy farm. Once she was old enough to be bred, she had several babies taken away from her and her milk yield began to decline. Sophie was sent to auction to ultimately be sent slaughter for cheap beef. The young girl and her mother found out and went to the auction. They bid, and won Sophie. Despite all of the good intentions in the world, life can change in an instant. Sophie was left in a field for one year with no one to care for her. Jon and Jonell rescued her in the middle of a massive blizzard. Her rescue is one we will never forget!

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River

River was found running around the city streets of Rochester, NY. Ultimately the police had him cornered in someone’s backyard. He was so little he still had part of his umbilical cord attached, we guess he was no older than 3 days old. The SPCA called us to see if we had room for a calf and we absolutely said yes. Though- River was in face very sick. He had man zoonotic diseases, so we had to be very careful handling him, wearing PPE just to be near him. Ultimately, he healed up and has since been the most chill steer ever! He is 2.5 years old now.

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Honey

Honey was found on an ad on Craigslist. It listed that she was in foal to a Friesian. After a 3 hour long phone call with the darling woman who had recently had major neck surgery, Honey was in my hands before Mockingbird existed. I lived in Colorado on a horse ranch, where I was able to be there when Honey gave birth to Luca. It was one of the most magical times of my life. Honey is a great big Belgian mare, sweet as pie with almond colored eyes. She and Luca both move to New York, where they became the very first residents of Mockingbird Farm.

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Luca

Luca is the son of Honey. He is a gorgeous boy and he knows it! Luca is 9 years old, and acts like a teenager. He loves to do tricks, be hand walked for adventures, and get into trouble! He is so smart, we’ve had to Luca proof his stall door. He is a gorgeous representation of his mama Honey and Sire the late Hawk. Luca’s full name is Hawk’s Luca Rae. He loves snacks and grooming his mama!

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Peggy

Peggy was surrendered by her previous human. It was known that she was made to run as fast as she could go in a tiny stall. She was extremely afraid when she arrived. She would kick and bite and bolt! Especially towards men. She ran right through the front door a few times! Now Peg is the most loving and trusting pony. She struggles with seasonable laminitis which prevents her from seeing her friends due to needing deep bedding and stall rest. We are hoping that she stays sound after some major adjustments. Peg requires a very tailored diet, medication and supplements to keep laminitis at bay!

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Bourbon

Bourbon is a newer intake. His human volunteers each week to see him and help out with chores!! He came to us pretty overweight, and our last DVM mentioned that over time, we took almost 100 lbs off his little body. With ponies, it’s not if, it’s when they will get laminitis! SO we will do everything we can for Bourby-Boy to stay healthy!

Bourbon loves food. Any kind of food. He is also very much in love with Peggy. He will follow her every where she goes and back. It’s precious that Peg gets to have a companion her size. Wonderful timing Bourby!

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Gilbert

Gilbert and Anne were unfortunately part of a hoarding situation. The donkey’s gate hadn’t been open in years. Their hooves were so overgrown, they could only stand for 5-10 minutes before needing to lay down. They had unfortunately been fed a high sugar and high starch diet, which let to them becoming extremely overweight. Anne and Gil were once uncatchable and feral donkeys. Fortunately with time, space, veterinary care, farrier care and gentle touch, they are now the most affectionate animals at the sanctuary!

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Anne

Gilbert and Anne were unfortunately part of a hoarding situation. The donkey’s gate hadn’t been open in years. Their hooves were so overgrown, they could only stand for 5-10 minutes before needing to lay down. They had unfortunately been fed a high sugar and high starch diet, which let to them becoming extremely overweight. Anne and Gil were once uncatchable and feral donkeys. Fortunately with time, space, veterinary care, farrier care and gentle touch, they are now the most affectionate animals at the sanctuary!

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Daisy

We don’t have much of a history on Daisy!  She came to us due to her previous caretakers ailing health. She and her 3 goat friends traveled many hours to get to Mockingbird. Daisy is extremely suspicious of humans- even if you’ve got a delicious treat in your hand! We allow Daisy as much room, space, time and grace to come into herself while living in sanctuary. We always hope to rehabilitate and bring the animals peace wherever they need it. But, Daisy REALLY loves her but scratched!!

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Lucy

Lucy, named after Lucille Bridges is the most brave mother in the universe. Mockingbird assisted in a case that was set to send dozens of sheep, lambs and goats to ritualistic slaughter. Jon and Jonell drove down to New Jersey to help Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Ultimately 14 animals were saved from that unimaginable fate. Lucy and her baby Ruby were chosen to come home to Mockingbird. Ruby was only a few weeks old at the time and Lucy was nursing her from one teat while the other had collapsed. Lucy was extremely malnourished and full of parasites. Ruby had Orf, a zoonotic disease that can affect humans. Through a terrible blizzard, it took nearly 14 hours to get home. these two are now the most gentle and sweet sheep. Once you’ve gained their trust, you can pet them until they fall asleep. Lucy ultimately spent 2 weeks at Cornell for an invasive hoof rot surgery. Now they are both healthy and always hungry! They love animal crackers the most!

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Ruby

Ruby, named after Ruby Bridges was just a little baby when Mockingbird assisted in a case that was set to send dozens of sheep, lambs and goats to ritualistic slaughter. Jon and Jonell drove down to New Jersey to help Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Ultimately 14 animals were saved from that unimaginable fate. Lucy and her baby Ruby were chosen to come home to Mockingbird. Ruby was only a few weeks old at the time and Lucy was nursing her from one teat while the other had collapsed. Lucy was extremely malnourished and full of parasites. Ruby had Orf, a zoonotic disease that can affect humans. Through a terrible blizzard, it took nearly 14 hours to get home. these two are now the most gentle and sweet sheep. Once you’ve gained their trust, you can pet them until they fall asleep. Lucy ultimately spent 2 weeks at Cornell for an invasive hoof rot surgery. Now they are both healthy and always hungry! They love animal crackers the most!

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Sid

Sid is one of the oldest goats out there. But you’d never know it! Sid doesn’t live with the other 6 goats here at Mockingbird, he lives with the cows! Sid has always been with Rem since he was a young calf, therefore splitting them up was never an option. There has never been such a gentle soul on this earth. Sid seeks attention and love from anyone and everyone. He has a way about him that is wise, gentle and compassionate. Sid is definitely a favorite around the farm, though we don’t talk about favorites! We hope to have many more years with the angel of a goat!Sid is one of the oldest goats out there. But you’d never know it! Sid doesn’t live with the other 6 goats here at Mockingbird, he lives with the cows! Sid has always been with Rem since he was a young calf, therefore splitting them up was never an option. There has never been such a gentle soul on this earth. Sid seeks attention and love from anyone and everyone. He has a way about him that is wise, gentle and compassionate. Sid is definitely a favorite around the farm, though we don’t talk about favorites! We hope to have many more years with the angel of a goat!

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Finch

When we were called to evaluate the donkeys Anne and Gilbert, we had to walk through a sea of goats who were very clearly inbreeding, sick, unkempt, and feral. All of a sudden this tiny baby with protruding bones ran over and began suckling on my pant leg. The farm hand asked me to take him, because he was “tired of giving him his daily bottle”… A baby goat this age require much more than once a day. There was no question, we were taking him back to the sanctuary. Quickly, Jon and Joe made a quarantine pen for Finch because he had a pretty significant parasite load. Finch’s mother died during the birth, as did his siblings. Finch had to be pulled and it’s likely he didn’t get enough oxygen at birth. We have no idea what his cross is, but it doesn’t matter, he’s as cute as a button!

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Ferris

Ferris came from a local goat dairy farm. When a dairy goat gives birth to a male goat, there is no real use for them, so they end up going to slaughter- though some try and find them homes who will spare their lives. Ferris grew to be the biggest goat at Mockingbird and we call him and his brother Forrest “aliens” because they are Lamancha’s with gopher type ears. Ferris is extremely sweet and will put his cheek right next to yours for love and comfort. Ferris is such a good boy!

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Forrest

Forrest also came from a local goat dairy farm. When a dairy goat gives birth to a male goat, there is no real use for them, so they end up going to slaughter- though some try and find them homes who will spare their lives. Forrest is extremely vocal with a hilarious sound when he wants something or sees a caregiver coming over. Forrest enjoys heading out to the pasture to graze, where Ferris is a true homebody and would rather stay close to the barn and eat hay. Forrest is a sweetheart as well, and both of them spent their first few weeks living in our kitchen because it was so cold outside!

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Stevie

Stevie came with Daisy the llama, Dottie and Barnaby. We don’t have an age for her either, but we expect her to be relatively young. Stevie is incredibly tiny and such a darling. She is the only one out of the group who will let you sit next to her and pet her. She was named after Stevie Nicks and somehow she continues to navigate the tall grass, the tall snow and whatever obstacle that may come in her way.

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Barnaby

Barnaby was rescued with Daisy the llama, Dottie and Stevie goats. We don’t have an age for him either, but we expect him to be middle aged. When he arrived he was suffering from a deadly parasite called Barber Pole Worm. It has taken months of treatment to finally get him healthy. Barnaby is the most curious of the 3 goats he came with. He has become comfortable taking treats by hand and loves being scratched on his beautiful cheeks!

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Dottie

Dottie was rescued along with Daisy the llama, Barnaby and Stevie goats! She is the most timid of the 3 goats, but this summer she started approaching us for treats! Dottie is a few years old from what we can tell, and loves to climb on everything! 

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Col. Mustard

Col. Mustard was rescued in 2017 from a store that was immediately closing. Jonell (our founder) was on site purchasing feed when the store asked if she could take two guinea pigs who were left behind after the store had attempted to sell everything on clearance. Col. Mustard and Professor Plum were taken in that day! Unfortunately Professor Plum passed away during surgery for a urinary blockage at 3 years old. Col. Mustard is extremely vocal and loving! He takes all of his treats by hand and strawberries are his favorite! 

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Gordy

Gordy is a 5 year old potbellied pig! He is the most social of the 3 pigs we have here at Mockingbird! He was surrendered by his loving human after they were no longer able to care for him due to his size. Gordy is "mule-toed" which means that he has a genetic condition that gives him a solid, non-cloven hoof. Unfortunately this predisposes him to future arthritis. He requires frequent hoof trims to keep him comfortable. Gordy comes running as soon as he sees people! He LOVES visitors! He has the softest ears in the world and would love to meet you- especially if you have an apple for him!

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Teddy

Teddy is a tiny little pot bellied pig, who came to us after his family could no longer keep him in their home. They loved him very much, but he truly wanted to be an outdoor pig rooting in the mud and exploring the great outdoors! Ted is extremely food motivated and lives for his meals and treats! If you walk by the apple trees i the fall, he EXPECTS you to bring him an apple- or two! Teddy is 5 years old and is loved by everyone who meets him!

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Neko

Neko was surrendered to our friends at Savannah Pig Rescue after he was found in horrible conditions. He was purchased at a livestock auction and was living in a rabbit cage unable to turn around or move. He was being fed dog food and was malnourished with an extreme case of mange. Neko has grown into a beautiful and sweet boy! He gets along with everyone and loves a good cuddle puddle!

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Hart

Hart showed up at the farmhouse one night and never left! It was Valentine's day and happened to be very a dark night. When we opened the door to let the cat in (who we assumed was our other cat Tootles) it wasn't tootles! Hart walked into the house like he had always lived here. Anyone who has met Hart knows what a special boy he is! He welcomes every single animal who comes to Mockingbird. He's the first to greet most visitors and you can usually hear him calling for love!

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Tootles

Tootles is a very special boy. He was rescued in 2013 when Jonell (the founder) discovered him and his sister in a cardboard box in Colorado. They were very young and needed immediate vet care. Tootles' sister Tink had a neurological disorder that left her having about 20 seizures per day. She lived with Jonell full time and was wrapped in a "purrito" each time she'd suffer a seizure. She lived so loved for 6 months until she could no longer recover. Tootles loved Tink very much and became like velcro to all of us. Tootles once patrolled a 40 acre ranch when we lived in Colorado. Now he lives his life here at Mockingbird, proud, vocal and so very wise. 

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Jim Dear

Jim Dear came to Mockingbird on an extremely windy day. His caretakers wanted him to have a better life where he could roam and have a friend. He is a neutered New Zealand rabbit around 2 years old. He loves his timothy biscuits and takes them right from your hand! His beloved Darling is a Flemish Giant gal who lives with him in Bunningham Palace. Jim Dear is incredibly sweet and loves affection! He becomes a total flat pancake when he gets a good pet!  

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Darling

Darling is a Flemish Giant rabbit. She is gigantic! She came to Mockingbird after her mother was was accidentally bred. Her caretaker knew that she'd have a wonderful home here at Mockingbird and we were so happy to bring the two rabbits together coincidentally on the same day! Darling is loving, affectionate and HUGE! She has been spayed, so there is no chance of breeding here at Mockingbird.

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Miek

Miek came to Mockingbird when his loving family realized he was a rooster and they were not allowed to keep roosters due to zoning laws. Sadly, this happens way too often. When chicks are bought, there is always a chance that 25% of the flock might turn out to be roosters. The majority of calls we get throughout the year are for roosters, and typically from heartbroken families. Unfortunately sanctuaries are limited on how any roosters they can add to their flock due to rooster fighting. Miek is incredibly loving, beautiful, proud and fiercely protects his beloved Aspen and Samsonite. His previous family still comes to visit him. He is so very loved!

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Bovee

Bovee was our very FIRST chicken! She was found in the middle of nowhere being chased by dogs. Once we caught her, she was filthy, full of lice and parasites. Once she recovered, we noticed that she would randomly crow! Did you know that hens CAN crow? It's likely that Bovee was dumped by someone who assumed she was a rooster. A sad reality that happens to many roos. Before we rescued more chickens, Bovee lived with Ferris and Forrest the goats for several years and would walk along the farm with caretakers to her coop for the night. She was delighted when our flock grew! She is our oldest hen, at least 6 years old! She is our mascot and she is proudly displayed on our logo! 

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Chester

Chester was hatched in an elementary school "life cycle" project. Upon hatching, he was unable to walk. An incredibly compassionate teach at the school took him home and reached out to us for help. We advised how to care for him and they were able to treat him.

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Cheep

We were contacted by a local farm store after a shipment of chicks had arrived for "Chick Days". Cheep was shipped from a one of the largest hatcheries in the country,  unable to walk- therefore unable to be sold. We immediately scheduled her a visit with our avian vet, where she was given essential injections of vitamins and supplements. Her x-ray didn't display any significant abnormalities, so she lived in the farmhouse for physical therapy and became best friends with Peep, another rescued blind and cross beaked chick from "Chick Days". We are grateful that compassionate staff reaches out to us, but hundreds upon thousands of chicks are shipped at only 1-3 days old all over the country.

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Peep

We were contacted by a local farm store after a shipment of chicks had arrived for "Chick Days". Peep was shipped from a one of the largest hatcheries in the country with a severe cross beak and blind in one eye- therefore unable to be sold. Peep is unable top maintain significant body weight, so she is hand fed "torpedo burritos" made from a mash of layer feed, calcium, nutritional liquid and greens. Peep was rescued the same week Cheep was and they became best friends only one week apart. We are grateful that compassionate staff reaches out to us, but hundreds upon thousands of chicks are shipped at only 1-3 days old all over the country. There is currently no veterinary care when chicks are shipped sick, injured or disabled.

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Penelope

Penelope was surrendered by her family after being bullied by her flock. he was the only naked neck (or turken) in thei folks which targets her to be bullied. Their rooster had actually attacked her so badly, she had lacerations all the way down her neck, It took Penelope some time to warm up to humans, but it's obvious that she feels comfortable in her compassionate motley crew of a flock and we love her dearly!

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Fen

Fen was spotted roaming the streets of Buffalo, and after unsuccessfully locating her family, she was brought to Mockingbird by such a wonderful and compassionate family. They were in in fact the ones to name her Fen (we call her Fenny Henny) and she's the happiest little hen! She has found her forever home here and we couldn't be more honored to provide her with santuary.

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Samsonite

Samsonite was another case of a farm store unable to care for her needs, She suffered from "pasty butt" which can cause death within 24 hours. It's an incredibly easy fix to get a chick like this health, but the employee said that they had 300 chicks arriving early in the morning and didn't have time to save her.

She is our only barred rock hen and lives with Miek the rooster and her "sister" Aspen. She is a happy little hen we are thrilled to offer her sanctuary for life.

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Aspen

Aspen was surrendered on the same day that Samsonite was for the exact same reason. Pasty butt is a condition that blocks the chick from being able to produce droppings, clogging their vent, therefore killing them very quickly. This condition can be caused by stress or illness. We are happy to report that they are very happy and healthy hens!

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Mike

Mike (and Molly) are a bonded park of Pekin ducks. Mike is a jumbo Pekin, which unfortunaly predisposes him to joint issues and weight gain if not managed. Mike and Molly were rescued by the organization "All They Want to Live" on Stated Island after being spotted on a busy road. They had both been attacked by a predator, leaving Mike with a wound on his side. He has had many health struggles including septic joints resulting in struggling to walk (though he LOVES his pool) and mort recently underwent a phallus amputation, a very common occurrence in ducks. His surgery cost $608 and we would do anything to keep this bonded pair together for as long as possible!

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Molly

Molly is the devoted partner to Mike the jumbo Pekin that she was rescued with on Staten Island after being dumped. Molly had suffered an extreme injury, where her vertebrae was exposed! After living in the farmhouse with Mike for 6 weeks and undergoing intensive antibiotics, would care, pain meds (and lets be honest- a whole lot of snuggled) she recovered beautifully. She lost her ability to quack and strangely enough an x-ray showed a nickle in her body! It's likely that they were starving while abandoned and well, ducks like shiny things! Molly no longer struggles with health issues and accompanies Mike to all of his vert appointments!

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TukTuk

Tuk Tuk is a young hairless guinea pig, commonly called a “Skinny pig”. Tuk Tuk was surrendered by a family who wasn’t able to keep up with his care. At the time, we never imagined that he’d get along with Col. Mustard our large senior guinea pig. But Tuk Tuk proved us all wrong. They instantly became pals, and they currently live together in the piggy palace. The sweetest part of this story is that we lost Col. Mustard’s companion Prof. Plum several years ago, and we knew no one could replace him. But both Tuk Tuk and Mustard have now found companionship in one another.

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June

June is a one eyed Berkshire rat who was surrendered to us along with her companion Johnny (who is also blind in one eye) because they were unable to be sold at a farm store in their condition. They came to Mockingbird where their eye infections were treated. Johnny was neutered and they both live together in Rat Manor. Juney LOVES dried papaya!

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Johnny

Johnny is a one eyed hooded Dumbo rat who was surrendered to us along with his companion June (who is also blind in one eye) because they were unable to be sold at a farm store in their condition. They came to Mockingbird where their eye infections were treated. Johnny was neutered and they both live together in Rat Manor. Johnny loves his hammock and storing treasures in it.

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Snow White

Snow and White have been with us about 7 months old now, we really don’t know how old they are. They were found barely breathing in a feeder tank within a farm store. These two mama’s were much older than the others, having had several litters of pups. Both were suffering from severe respiratory illness, sneezing constantly and having labored breathing. They were surrendered to Mockingbird Farm Sanctuary on the spot.

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Snow (Rest in power)

* Update, we love Snow this month after a courageous battle with a deformed spine, blindness bow legs, and old age.

Snow and White have been with us about 7 months old now, we really don’t know how old they are. They were found barely breathing in a feeder tank within a farm store. These two mama’s were much older than the others, having had several litters of pups. Both were suffering from severe respiratory illness, sneezing constantly and having labored breathing. They were surrendered to Mockingbird Farm Sanctuary on the spot. We are so honored to have given her a life free of breeding, fear and most of all comfort in her final days.

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Shannon and Boyson

Shannon and Boyson are a deeply bonded Khaki Campbell pair. We received a call about a duckling who wasn’t able to stand up. We took that duckling in, as well as Boyson who it turns out had quite a limp as he was growing and developed angel wing. We caught it fast and we were able to correct his flight feathers with a ground breaking new treatment thanks to our avian vet. The baby who couldn’t stand sadly passed away within 30 minutes of coming to the farm. Boyson was alone for about a week. He slept with toy rubber duckies, or he even sometimes slept in bed with a human! We then decided to take another in for Boyson’s mental health. Shannon was given to Mockingbird. Immediately they bonded and it was delightful watching and discovering that they were in fact a male and female pair.

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