Sanctuary Visit: Here With Us Farm Sanctuary (2019)

Here With Us Farm Sanctuary by Chris Corrao

Here With Us Farm Sanctuary
Seven Valleys, York, PA

Here With Us Farm Sanctuary is a farm animal rescue located in Seven Valleys, PA. They were founded in July of 2018 in Lancaster but recently moved to their forever property in March of 2019! Their mission is to provide a safe and loving home to farm animals who have been abused and neglected, while also showing people that farm animals are just like us—individuals with personalities and feelings. They currently have more than 20 amazing animals at their sanctuary!

Meet the animal residents of Here With Us Farm Sanctuary below:

Ronnie
Male Calf

Ronnie was born on a dairy farm. Being a boy means he was of no use to the farm in terms of producing milk, so he was going to be sent to slaughter. Thankfully, the farmers had a change of heart and sent him to live peacefully at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Ronnie has the company of two other male calves, including Reggie, who came from the same farm, and Rufus! All three boys are happy and healthy.

Reggie
Male Calf

Reggie was born on the same dairy farm as Ronnie. Since he is a boy and cannot produce milk for the farm, he was going to be sent to slaughter. Thankfully, the farmers had a change of heart. Reggie is a shy young boy, but when he warms up you will be treated to his sweet personality and affection. When I met Reggie a recent vet visit had him extra timid, but I was surprised and thankful to find him approaching me and my camera after just a short time in the pasture with him!

Rufus Augustine
Male Calf

With his captivating and large eyes, light brown coat, and adorable knobby knees, Rufus bears the resemblance of a baby deer! Rufus has had an interesting life so far. He was born on a dairy farm (not the same one as Ronnie and Reggie) and taken from his mother. He was destined for slaughter since he could not provide milk for the farm. Believe it or not, a group of monks learned about Rufus and stepped in to negotiate for his life. Rufus was transported to and fostered by Indraloka Animal Sanctuary before he was able to move to Here With Us Farm Sanctuary to live out his life peacefully and happily.

Jack
Nigerian Dwarf Goat

This handsome 6-year-old Nigerian dwarf goat is Jack. Him and his buddy Sheldon are owner surrenders who were given a new home at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Here With Us was told that Jack and Sheldon were going to be shot if they did not find a new home. Jack seems to have suffered neglect by his last owner as he is still timid and learning to trust humans. He’s never received vaccinations and came to Here With Us with worms and mites which might be the cause of the missing hair on his face. Jack has one twisted horn which givens him a unique and distinguished look.

Sheldon
Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Meet Sheldon! He and Jack are owner surrenders who were rescued by Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Sheldon and Jack were going to be shot if they did not find a new home. Sheldon seems to have suffered neglect by his last owner as he is still timid and learning to trust humans. He’s never received vaccinations in his 6 years and came to Here With Us with worms and mites. He is quarantined with Jack while he gets healthy but will soon get to join the rest of the goats at the sanctuary in the large pasture!

Alice
Boer Goat

Alice has the best ears in the game! This proud mother goat was rescued from an extremely overcrowded farm. More than 100 goats where living in a small area with virtually no grass and very little human interaction. Her baby boy Eddie was rescued and lives with her at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Once she is completely healthy and ready, she will get to join the rest of the goats at Here With Us in the large pasture.

Eddie
Baby Boer Goat

Eddie is Alice’s sweet baby boy! He is a bit shy right now, which is no surprise given the difficult start to his life on an overcrowded farm without human interaction. Eddie is very curious and sure to melt many hearts of visitors of Here With Us Farm Sanctuary in the future. Look at that smile!

Indie and Emma
Goats

Indie and Emma were saved from the same overcrowded farm as Alice and Eddie. They are still timid as they learn to trust humans after their rough experience before coming to Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Indie and Emma are being fostered at Here With Us temporarily, but will eventually live at Huckleberry Trails Animal Sanctuary when they are ready!

Millie
American Lamancha Goat

Millie arrived at Here With Us as an owner surrender with her fellow Lamancha goat friend Cocoa. She came as a shy 6 year old who would not allow people to approach her. She hasn’t been at the sanctuary long, but she has already started to open up and accept some pets and scratches from humans. She lives in the big pasture with Cocoa, Patrick, and Darby. Lamancha goats have very small ears. Look how cute Millie’s are!

Cocoa
American Lamancha Goat

Cocoa arrived along with Millie as an owner surrender. Like Millie, she was very shy at first but has already started to open up thanks to the loving and compassionate care she receives at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. She clearly has a playful and curious personality. She is sure to become a big hit at the sanctuary! Cocoa’s ears are even smaller than Millie’s and are so cute!

Patrick
Boer Goat

Patrick, along with his friend Darby, is the first resident of Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Back when Patrick first arrived in July 2018, Here With Us was just starting in a small Lancaster County backyard. They have grown a lot since then, and so has Patrick. He is a handsome goat with a big beard and a lovable underbite!

Darby
Mixed Breed Goat

Darby is the second half to the goat duo that started Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. Both he and Patrick were saved from a neglectful farm. They were malnourished and walked on their knees due to hoof rot. Darby has recovered nicely and has become very friendly and happy. He always has a little smile on his face which is evident in these photos!

Ralph
Rooster

Ralph rules the roost at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary. He is stunningly handsome with deep black eyes and bright orange and iridescent feathers. Ralph was found as a stray and is believed to have survived a scuffle with a cat. He was saved by Animal Care & Control Team Philly (ACCT Philly) and transported to Here With Us. Ralph is also the sanctuary’s alarm clock and wakes everyone up at 5:40 a.m. sharp every morning!

Peanut, Tofu, Happy, & Peg
Cornish Cross Chickens

These pretty ladies all came from a massive SPCA rescue in Philadelphia. Over 1,000 baby chicks were saved from filthy living conditions where they lacked food and water. All of these chickens would have been taken to slaughter. Cornish Cross chickens are typically bred for meat consumption. They are bred to grow at an extremely fast rate so that they are are slaughter weight at just 8 weeks old. They are now about 8 months old and will live peacefully with the other wonderful animals at the sanctuary.

Ziggy Stardust, Tara Lucy, & Willow
Golden Comet Chickens

These Golden Comet chickens are all owner surrenders. Having suffered poor treatment in the past, they are at this point incredibly shy and keep their distance from humans, especially Tara Lucy and Willow. In time they are sure to warm up and welcome more direct interaction with people. The important thing is that they are now safe and part of a loving home.

Learn more about Here With Us Farm Sanctuary by visiting their website. Donations can be made online via their Patreon Page.

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