Animal Acres is a beautiful sanctuary who rescues abused animals from farms. I recently re-watched a “30 Days” television episode that featured the work that they do. For example, they rescue animals that are just dumped by the side of the road to die when they’re no longer useful on a farm (ie: sick), as these farms do not even care to make them better.

They are in need of help for an upcoming rescue — they need people in the San Diego area to help transport, load, and care for 150 animals including goats, cows, pigs, chickens that are in urgent need. The rescue will take place April 15-18 2010.

Here are the details from Animal Acres:

“Right now, these animals are languishing at an abusive hoarder facility for farmed animals. Though the owner called it the “Purple Cow Sanctuary” (PCS), the conditions we witnessed there are worse than many of the “backyard butcher” operations we have seen.

The animals are extremely thin, infested with parasites, and covered in sores and mange. There is no housing or protection for the animals to escape severe weather conditions – only dilapidated pens and awnings that are falling down. The “feed” barn is filled with old containers of oats, and mice-infested bags of pinto beans. The fenced pens are severely overcrowded, and the goats are being bred to produce milk for the owner. To view a short video and for further information on the case, please visit our website: www.animalacres.org

Please be a farmed animal rescuer by joining us this week to bring these animals to safety. You can help by:

1. Helping load animals at PCS in San Diego County (Valley Center) beginning on Thursday, April 15th and the last day of loading (hopefully!) on Sunday, April 18th. The loading will be difficult because of the terrain and we cannot do it without volunteers to hold portable gates and chutes to move the goats and pigs. We will need a large team of rescuers – especially on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16 to move the goats. You can either meet us at Animal Acres on rescue days at 8:30 a.m. to carpool (directions are on the VISIT section of our website), or meet us off Interstate 15 at 11:30 a.m.

* From Temecula; Drive about 18 miles south on I-15.
* Take the GOPHER CANYON RD/OLD CASTLE RD Exit, Go 0.2 mi. EAST
* FIRST STOPLIGHT there is a parking lot on the right on the corner of Gopher Canyon and Champagne Blvd. — park in here for rescue carpool (if parking lot is full, park just past on side of road.)

If you can help any of these days, please email: info@animalacres.org or call 661-269-5404. Rescue volunteers are encouraged to pack food and beverages as the rescue will take several hours each day.

2. Helping care for the new rescued animals, as well as the current animals at Animal Acres. We have two full time caregivers, and these caregivers are currently needed to provide quality care for the 176 animals currently residing at Animal Acres. We will be DOUBLING our animal population, and at a minimum, it will take two months to rehabilitate the rescued animals (since the animals have mange/parasites) and three to four additional months to place all of the animals into loving forever homes. Once the animals arrive, we will need volunteers every day of the week to help care for the PCS animals and the current animals at Animal Acres.

Animal Caregiver volunteers need to arrive between 10 – 11 a.m. and commit to a three hour animal care job. Volunteers are welcome to bring a vegan picnic lunch to enjoy with the birds in our courtyard!

Thank you for being a farmed animal rescuer, too.
By Lynn Bayless, Animal Caretaker”

For more information, to help, or to donate their contact info is: info@animalacres.org or 661-269-5404.

UPDATE:

Animal Acres was able to remove over 120 goats and 30 chickens from the Purple Cow “Sanctuary”.
To all of you who have recently sent a donation to our EMERGENCY RESCUE FUND, thank you, with ALL our hearts. We continue to need financial support and volunteers to help care for the animals now that they have arrived at Animal Acres. The difficult loading and transport of the animals is almost done – but the 24/7 care needed over the next two months to rehabilitate the animals has just begun. Please, click here to make a donation to this rescue effort, or volunteer any day of the week to help us care for the animals. Volunteers need to arrive between 10 – 11 am and commit to a three hour shelter job.
Saturday, April 17th
The rescue was completed TODAY! It was a one of the most challenging farmed animal rescues we have ever done – not only because of the large number of large animals, but the property location made it impossible for us to get our large animal transport trailer near the animals. As a result, dozens of volunteers had to make “human fences” to herd the animals uphill to the trailer. The rescue took four days to complete under the direction of our Shelter Manager, Frank Allen. Over 50 dedicated volunteers joined us for this effort, and the rescue would not have been possible without their hard work and commitment. The pitch in attitude of each and every person who worked together to save these animals was nothing short of inspiring – and we are also grateful to YOU, the Animal Acres members who are also playing a vital role in this massive rescue effort.

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Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.