ⓥ Founder of Rancho Relaxo
[501c3 nonprofit animal sanctuary/rescue]
📬Mail: PO BOX 258 Woodstown NJ 08098
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Yesterday morning, I posted an image of a goat tied up in the back of a pickup truck - screaming for his friends, confused. This truck was parked outside of a livestock dealer. I was sent this particular image by an animal advocate who happened to be there. I then mentioned a little goat who was later found in a nearby parking lot by this same animal advocate. He either escaped a truck or was abandoned deliberately because of how skinny and filled with parasites he was. His original fate was that of the poor goat who was tied up in the bed of a pickup truck - hence the reason why I posted the picture in the first place. Running a farm sanctuary or rescue, in particular, is extremely difficult. I am not shading dog and cat rescues because they are obviously so necessary and we also rescue cats and dogs at times! But can you imagine rescuing a dog or cat and someone saying, “Yeah. But dogs are different. They are here for us to eat. Vegans are annoying. Why are you wasting your time? Please do not push your beliefs on me.” If you have ever rescued a dog or cat, please imagine this. This is what I deal with on a daily basis while saving some of the most innocent beings on the planet. You do not have to be vegan to love or understand what we do - as most of you know. The pushback I get from some people is astounding to me. It makes it so much harder for us to accomplish goals and to fundraise. But so does the negativity from some vegans. I was shamed for posting the picture of the goat tied up in the truck. Shamed. Let me tell you all something. I will never stop sharing images of animals suffering. Never. The only way to reach a state of positive change is through the door of truth. Why would change happen if people did not think it was needed? That being said, meet Applejack [AJ] - the goat who was abandoned in a parking lot. He is in ISO right now and our vet will be here this afternoon to do bloodwork and give him a complete physical. If you love what we do here, please become a patron for the animals by visiting Patreon.com/boochaces (link in @hispees bio) or make a one time donation through PayPal email@example.com or Venmo boochaces! Thank you all so much.
I know you all loved the video of Beavis “swimming” in the creek. We are going to take him on so many more adventures like this one. During our 3 mile hike, this was my view - the entire time. Beavis was born with so many congenital issues due to inbreeding but you would never know it from this picture. He truly lives in the moment. Everyone should strive to live the way Beavis does. The world would be a better place. ❤️
Meet #006. She is what is commonly referred to as a layer hen. She has been used her entire life to produce eggs for human consumption. Now, she is a senior and can no longer lay eggs - which means she is disposable to a production farm. We rescued her, along with 20 other senior babes, a couple of weeks ago. We worked side by side with Second Chance Chickens Microsanctuary. This beautiful girl is a Barred Plymouth Rock - which is a breed commonly used to produce eggs. A lot of times, hens like #006 are culled when they stop producing. The definition of culling is the action of sending an inferior or surplus farm animal to be slaughtered. It is a common practice. Yesterday, I spent about 45 minutes sitting in the grass, watching the chickens, ducks and turkeys. They are so fascinating. I ended up running inside and grabbing one of my good cameras to take some portraits of these feathered dinosaurs to share with all of you. Now I understand why @sfisherx’s favorite animal to photograph is the chicken. #006 needs a name and a sponsor. We also have three others in need of both - #039, #052, #045. Because these girls need names and sponsors, we are allowing their new sponsors to name them. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these girls, contact @ryanwithane today! We also have a handful of other animals in need of sponsors! Our sponsorship program is an extremely personal experience and it opens up windows in the form of visits to the sanctuary, new merch, giveaways and just knowing in your heart that you are literally providing food for a rescued animal directly. ❤️❤️❤️
“Have you ever heard a helicopter circling overhead? Even at a distance, the steady thunder of the blades incites a primal fear. It's a sound well known in war zones. Stand within yards of the landing zone, and you are overcome by the brute force of the machine as blasts of wind and overpowering noise fill the air. Now, imagine not knowing what a "helicopter" is. You live peacefully in the high desert – a prey animal with acute senses. Then all at once, inexplicably, a relentless creature in the sky stalks, chases and pursues you as you stumble through the landscape in terror.” - @freewildhorses 💔 I took this photo of Totsi and Halona tonight as the sun sunk below the horizon. I watched them nuzzle each other for a few minutes - wondering the whole time if they know. Can they compare roundup stories with each other? Do they realize that their histories are two puzzle pieces that fit together? Watching the mustangs communicate here at Rancho Relaxo is fascinating. They are unlike the domestic bred horses we have rescued. They move differently. They react differently. They bond differently. We now have 5 rescued wild mustangs under our care. We had 7 - but Ghostface found her forever family in her foster mom @summers.vonhesse and “Old Girl” wanted her freedom back, so we made that wish come true by sending her to @skydogsanctuary. As much as I adore our mustangs because they are my children, I still wish they were free. Our government forces these magnificent animals into holding pens to rot, be adopted or get sent to slaughter - all because money rules everything. Ranchers want more public lands to graze their cattle so they can sell their beef and make a ton of money - which pushes more and more horses and burros into captivity. Mining also comes into play and various other money making industries. Politics are a yucky game. Greed is wiping out the wild ones and it is devastating to witness. There are solutions and we have to fight for them. Follow @freewildhorses and @skydogsanctuary to learn even more about this issue. #keepthemwild #wildmustang #wildones #wildhorses #blmmustang #wildmustangs #horsesofinstagram
Making your way into work on a Monday morning and pausing before you open the door to walk in because you already regret your decision to show up be like.... ❤️ As most of you know, Beavis has numerous congenital issues due to inbreeding. He is a backyard breeder survivor. Each day, he gets faster and faster. He is such a speedy little warrior. I am so proud of him for how far he has come. It took him a while, but he no longer has to drink out of a hamster water bottle! He actually has a water dish now. He chokes on his food and water less and less these days and he has been able to maintain his sugar levels. As you can see, he gets around perfectly fine on his own as well. Now we will be looking into a cart for this little dude to use sporadically throughout the day to straighten him out a bit. This will potentially prevent arthritis in his back and legs. Go Beavis!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Ian says, “Happy Sunday, fam.” As most of you know, Ian was rescued from being butchered. We traded the farmer a dog house and some fencing for his life. It is wild.. the thought of animals being products, so when we have to measure an animal’s worth in a trade deal, I feel like we are living on a different planet. Naturally, my mind does not work that way - anymore. We have all been conditioned to think that animals are possessions and that simply is not true. They are individuals. When I talk about any of the animals here, I always say ... “my companion animal, Ian” or “I am Ian’s caretaker” - instead of “Ian is my pet” or “I am Ian’s owner.” It might sound so trivial and petty to so many, but terminology is imperative. It feels nice to give all of the animals we rescue back their respect a little bit at a time. ❤️ Before I go, I want to say thank you all so much for making my birthday absolutely amazing yesterday. We definitely raised the $10,000 needed to receive the $10,000 donation match from an extremely generous donor. I truly never cared about my birthday in the past. I have been forced out to celebrate by friends here and there and I will definitely randomly do an activity I love on my birthday by myself or with a small group of friends, but I never felt the need to party it up. Ever since founding Rancho Relaxo, I have enjoyed doing fundraisers for the animals on my birthday because it makes the day more exciting and notable. Thank you all - so so so so so much. This birthday fundraiser was especially huge because we still have about $75,000 left to pay toward the new build/property (stall mats, electric, etc.). Again, thank you. I have about $1,500 left toward my goal on Facebook but that runs for another 6 days. Check it out if you want: Facebook.com/RanchoRelaxoNJ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
It is my birthday!!! This is a day that I enjoy NOT celebrating - but ever since founding Rancho Relaxo, I use it as an excuse to try to raise money for the animals. So here I am. Hi. Hello. Hey. Today, we have a generous donor willing to match up to $10,000 in donations from all of you. We are at about $4,500! Although this is incredible, we have a chance to raise $20,000 for our mission if we can just manage to raise $5,500 more! This sounds impossible but I am going to stay hopeful. Haha. To those of you who have donated, thank you. To those of you who cannot afford to donate, thanks for being here and supporting us in other ways. Love love love! To make a tax deductible donation, PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org, Venmo boochaces or join Patreon (best) Patreon.com/boochaces (link in @hispees bio)! You can also mail a check but that donation will not be matched if you choose this route: Rancho Relaxo, PO BOX 258, Woodstown, NJ 08098! ❤️ Thank you all so much. P.S. I am here with Moody boy as he naps. Listen to his little response to me in the beginning. Haha. ❤️
Today was Lucky Jo Jr.’s first big day outside with Kyla Jo, her mom! As most of you know, Kyla Jo was ridden through an auction - spurs digging into her sides - while she was VERY obviously pregnant with Lucky. Luckily, we were able to stop her from shipping to slaughter after no one else wanted her at the auction. This video is so special. You see Affileo, a rescued ex racehorse, Skeet, a once slaughterbound American Quarter Horse, and Blim, a senior Saddlebred who was also on his way to slaughter on one side of the fence - excited about the two newcomers in the next field. Then, on the near side of the fence, you see baby Lucky Jo Jr. who has known nothing but love because she was born at Rancho Relaxo and Kyla Jo, who truly realizes she and her baby escaped an awful fate at the last possible moment. Awesome. So dang awesome. ❤️🙏
Tomorrow is my 35th birthday. I am a Virgo. This means I am hyper aware of every detail - which is a kinder phrase than saying I have obsessive compulsive disorder. People always compliment me on how clean and tidy Rancho Relaxo is. We actually had someone say, “I have been to so many farms and sanctuaries ... and this type of cleanliness is on a level that does not make sense!” I responded with, “Diagnosed OCD and thank you!” Our team members who help tend to the property and animals will back me up on this one. Everything must be in order or else.. ulcers. Some would consider this a negative attribute but I embrace the fact that I was born under this specific sun sign so I have an excuse for how neurotic I am. I am an earth sign and earthbound - quite literally because I am terrified to fly. The last time I did, I was banned from that specific airline for losing my mind. Let’s just leave it at that because that story would take a long time. You see, not only do I have diagnosed OCD but I also have debilitating anxiety - which came out in the form of blackouts and panic attacks. These episodes were frequent until Rancho Relaxo took over my entire life. I barely have free time. I rarely go hiking anymore (something I really need to start doing again). I have not been on a vacation in years. But Rancho Relaxo saved my life in a way that nothing else could have. Rancho Relaxo gave my overthinking, controlling, obsessive brain a real purpose. No gate goes unlocked. No animal goes unchecked for scrapes or signs of illness. No dropped nail goes unfound. No dust bunny wakes to see another sunrise. No dead lightbulb goes unchanged. Rancho Relaxo is everything to me. Not JUST because of what we do for the animals but also because it is a funnel for my energy that would have originally gone to hundreds of anxiety attacks. Weird. This demanding, high-stress, emotionally draining mission is what finally made me feel like I was sane and on the right path in my life. An extremely generous anonymous donor is matching up to $10,000 for my birthday! Please consider donating to the animals (a.k.a. my therapy) so we can reach this goal! PayPal email@example.com / Venmo boochaces
[LEFT: Chester being rescued in August of 2017 / RIGHT: Chester being cuddled while napping yesterday] 🖤 On August 28, 2017, I rescued a calf for the first time ever. He had been taken from his mother and sent to a slaughter auction after just a few days of being born. Within minutes of liberating him from the back of a horse and buggy cart in the parking lot, he was urinating in the backseat of our brand new truck. Brand. New. I did not bring a trailer because I never go to bear witness with the intention of rescuing any animals - but a lot of times, it just happens. Most people like to call this fate. Chester was a special boy right from the start. He was so strong and happy to be alive as a newborn. Now he lives with five other cows. He has a real family that he was originally denied at birth. He has become such a wise young man and is always so welcoming to newcomers - cows and humans alike. Chester is gentle, caring, playful, affectionate and smart - just like your dog, only 1,000 lbs. Running a farm sanctuary is not always blissful. To be honest, your days are filled with hard physical work and heartache. But rescues like Chester’s make it all worth it. Chester is one of the many reasons I have given up my entire life to spread awareness and help as many animals as possible. Chester is my motivation to keep going - always. 🖤
Beavis still has to stay in his playpen when we are not paying full attention to him. Sometimes, we hear weird noises from the other room and it just turns out to be Beavis trying to play with CJ. This little compilation is from earlier today. Ridiculous. Wait until the very end. I cannot handle it. Tomorrow, Beavis has another vet appointment to finish his booster shots (we are going to try to get them to do smaller dosages because of how sore he was last time) and from now on, we will always check his immunity before redoing his vaccines every year since he is so fragile. Vaccines are so important! But so is making sure you do not over vaccinate your companion animal(s). A titer test is a measurement of antibody to a specific virus (or other antigen). The antibody is in the liquid portion of blood. With parvo, distemper, and adenovirus titers, the presence of any measurable antibody shows protection in vaccinated dogs older than 16 weeks of age. The positive antibody test result is fairly straightforward; it shows you don’t have to revaccinate for these viruses. A negative antibody test result shows you need to vaccinate or revaccinate. You should ask your vet about doing this during your annual visit to avoid the risk of over vaccinating. ❤️