Archive for the ‘Our Animals’ Category

Joaquin the Piglet

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012 by Siobhan 5 Comments
Joaquin sleeping

Photo taken by Cicada Poole

We received an urgent email on Friday night, from a young couple who had rescued a piglet, not 2 weeks old, from a pasture near Pembroke. The little pig was left for dead, after his mother had accidentally stepped on him, leaving a large wound on his back.

After being out in the pasture for 2 days, they noticed he was alive, but unable to walk. They brought him home, but had no experience with a young pig, so they put a plea out, looking for help.

His injuries are very serious, and we’re not sure how he’s going to do. He has very little mobility in his hind end, and his left front foot is swollen and tender. Right now he only has one good leg.

He has been treated with pain medication / anti inflammatory, as well as antibiotics, until we can have our vet examine him tomorrow.

This little guy has been through so much in such a short period of time, so please send positive thoughts his way, and lets hope he can get strong and walk again.

Dark Wing

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by Siobhan 3 Comments

Dark Wing

Plucky has a friend…… Dark Wing! Dark Wing started out as a day old, in a factory barn, near Woodstock, with thousands of other male poults. Because of his unique feather colouring, he was constantly picked on by the others. The farmer pulled him out and moved him to a separate enclosure in their yard. With the weather turning colder, they wanted to find him a permanent home.

The call came in at 5pm on Monday evening, and he was here by 8pm that night. The only thing that saved Dark Wing is his unique feather colouring.

Dark Wing is not as social as Plucky, but we know with time, he will grow to trust us.


Posted on: September 9th, 2012 by Siobhan 2 Comments

Remus the Pig

Remus came to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary on September 8th 2012. The young man who purchased him didn’t realize he couldn’t keep a pig in Toronto and needed to find him a home ASAP.

He was bought Remus, a 12 week old pig, for $300, a week ago, and was told by the breeder that he was neutered, which he’s not. Remus will get neutered this week by our vet from Tavistock, before he goes to his forever home, with Floyd and Mr. Piggins.

Remus is the 6th pot bellied pig that Cedar Row has placed in 2012.


Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by Siobhan 2 Comments

Plucky the Turkey

We welcomed Plucky, a very lucky turkey, to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary in September 2012. Plucky came from an industrial turkey hatchery, where the unwanted males are gassed. The gassed males are sent to a Wildlife Sanctuary in bags, to be meals for birds of prey, A volunteer at the sanctuary heard a peeping from the bag, and rescued him. He spent the summer with his rescue family before being brought to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.

Plucky is an inquisitive, intelligent and social bird, and will be an ambassador for all turkeys. He will show humans that turkeys, like all animals should be treated with compassion, respect and understanding.

Life the Pig

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 by Siobhan No Comments

Life the Pig

This is a rescue that that came to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary in May 2011. He is one of 4 piglets that were found wandering the streets, in a city about 50 km southeast on Montreal. We are still working on a name for him and will soon introduce him to Jimmy, the other little pig, who came a month ago.


Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Siobhan 5 Comments


Pictured here is our rescue Jimmy, he came in on April 29th. His mom aborted her litter, so they put her on a cull truck where she gave birth to Jimmy. A young boy working for the factory farm was told to kill him, but for some reason didn’t want to, and brought him home. Jimmy ended up living with the young boys Grandmother before he came to Cedar Row.

Dorothy and Sadie

Posted on: March 11th, 2012 by Siobhan 2 Comments

Dorothy and Sadie

Dorothy and Sadie join the Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary’s family in March 2011.

Losing their mother just hours after being born, they were to be raised for meat. Thankfully a compassionate person was able to rescue them and bring them to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. Sadie had an upper respiratory infection, but recovered from it

Price Poppycock

Posted on: February 20th, 2012 by Siobhan 3 Comments

Prince Poppycock

Prince Poppycock hanging out at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, summer 2011. He was found with his brother wandering the streets of Windsor, Ontario. They were brought into the Windsor Humane Society before coming to Cedar Row

The Little Pig That Didn’t Go To Market

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by Siobhan 2,267 Comments

PigOn an especially sweaty summer day this past July, a baby pig tumbled off a transport truck on the 401. Bloodied and bruised from her fall, confused by the loud noises of the highway, she ran across two lanes of traffic and hid herself in the bushes on the shoulder of the road.

Thankfully, a good Samaritan named Rob saw the scared piglet and pulled over to bring her to safety. He rushed her to a local vet for emergency treatment. She had a severe case of road rash and had also ripped out one of her rear toenails. Although Rob and his family instantly fell in love with the sweet baby pig, they knew she needed a special home where she would get all the right piggy love and care she deserves.

After a few phone calls, the darling baby pig arrived at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary just outside of Stratford. Now she has four other pig friends to hang out with (Pearl is her best friend at the moment), as well as goats, donkeys, cows, sheep and a bunch of chatty chickens. Instead of heading to the slaughterhouse after only 6 months, she now has a forever home for the next 10-15 years of her life. But in order to get settled into her new life at Cedar Row, this baby pig needs a proper name.

Members of the public are being asked to help name the wee one. Any ideas? She is quite the outgoing lady, very friendly and loves belly rubs. What should this little girl be called?

Charlie – Calf wins Lottery

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Siobhan 6 Comments

 Charlie the calf

It started out like a “normal” day, Feb. 8/11, got up at 6:00 am to do chores. Siobhan informed me that she had to help with the snack program and would need the van, I jokingly said that I would book a day off work.

The other option was to dig out the Jetta, which was still buried from stormageddon, the previous week.

As I passed the Jetta on the way to the barn, I figured I’d have to take the day off just to dig out the car.

After chores were finished I went inside and called in to work to book the day off. Siobhan went to the kid’s school to help dole out healthy snacks.

Siobhan finishes snack program comes home and plans to go to London, since she has the van.

Siobhan leaves for London, Pete indulges himself with a little sci-fi on Netflix, (Babylon AD). It’s around 1:00 pm, I’m expecting Siobhan back around 4:00 pm, approximately 1 hour later, Siobhan comes through the door, I’m thinking Oh Oh something is wrong, I hear her say “cow”, I’m thinking Chickpea has escaped, I hear “road”, Chickpea has escaped and is on the road, then I hear “in the back of the van”

Siobhan has found a calf wandering on the road and has it in the back of the van. Now I’m thinking, cow pies in the back of van.

We open up the van and there is a beautiful long leggedy reddy-brown and white calf, and no cow pies, or calf pies, in case Al reads this. We get him out of the van and into the barn. He still has his umbilical cord attached, it is dried up but still there. The punch hole in his ear is scabbed and seeping. He is probably one to two weeks old, and weighs maybe 40 kg. He looks like a red and white Holstein. He could grow to be 2000 lbs. He is probably what our vet called a bob calf. He might have escaped while in the process of being put on a truck for a one way trip. He is cold and hungry.

Siobhan is calling him Charlie, for now, maybe his name should be lucky or lotto, what are the odds that this calf’s path and Siobhan’s have crossed on this bitterly cold February day?

Siobhan’s heads out again to get milk replacer, the wind is blowing hard, and there are white outs on the road to St. Mary’s, with the wind chill it’s got to be -25 C. Charlie wouldn’t have lasted long in these conditions.

Siobhan returns with the milk replacer and we get one litre into him quick, he is still hungry and is head butting me, pretty aggressively, so we give him another litre, and a little bit of calf starter.

The next day Charlie is not doing well, he has the scours, and is not looking as strong as the day before.

Siobhan’s on it, she has electrolyte, ringer’s lactate, lined up for me to pick up at Tavistock Vets after work.

I didn’t know yet that I have to make the pickup in Tavistock. I head out after work, I stopped at Zehr’s to pick up some stuff, went to Sport Chek to pick up some snow pants for Patrick, ( which he just loves and wanted to wear to bed that night), and then I went to Feed All for dog food, and cat food. I went into Feed All and asked the lady if she had any Solid Gold dog food, and she said “Are you Peter” I said yes,
“You need to call home” I’m thinking Oh Oh. So I have to make one more stop in Tavistock, actually two, one at the vets and one at the drug store to pick up Pepto-Bismol

So Wednesday night poor old Charlie had the following;

–        30 cc’s of nasty pink Pepto-Bismol

–        500 ml of ringers sub q, administered with a 60 ml needle, that’s at least 8 injections, probably triple that, due to the needle popping out with Charlie moving around.

–        2 litres of electrolyte

–        1 needle of 5 ml Borgal

–        1 needle of 2 ml Cronyxin

–        maybe one litre of milk replacer

This was between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm, Siobhan went back out at 10:30 pm and got another ½ litre of milk replacer into him.

I got up at 5:30 am and Charlie pounded back 2 litres of electrolyte, he was looking better.

We are guardedly optimistic.

It’s one week later, Charlie is doing better. He still has nasty scours , but his appetite seems to be better.

We had the vet, Graham out Monday, and he used a feeding tube on Charlie to get some milk replacer in him.

Charlie and Chickpea, (our black and white female Holstein), have been friendly. Chickpea was scared of Charlie initially. It’s nice to see them together in the straw under the heat lamp. They are quite the odd couple, Charlie is tall and lean, Chickpea is short and round, but friends forever.