Meet our Permanent Animal Residents!
We aim to be a forever home for animals that may not be suitable for adoption. We also have several different animals who are permanent residents here to help socialize new animals of their species and help them on their way to adoption!
Our Horse Herd Regulars:
These three horses are owned by Wayward Ranch Animal Sanctuary staff members and call the sanctuary their permanent home! They help us to socialize new horses that come into our rescue and can help them gain confidence in riding in our indoor ring or out on the trails. This helps the other horses become more adoptable and helps us to better match them with their ideal adoptive home!
Buddy is a very special horse because he is also a big inspiration behind the work that we do as Wayward Ranch! Buddy has been owned by our Executive Director since she was 12 years old and he was 8 years old (pictured to the left after a competition in 2010).. They learned a lot from each other as they grew up together. Buddy is now a senior and only rides on the occasional trail ride, but loves life at the sanctuary! He is the enforcer of our horse herd and has a soft spot for the new horses who are fearful or have special needs, and will stand up for them if needed. His favorite things are baths, grazing, and eating apples!
Camo is also owned by our Executive Director and loves living at the sanctuary! She is our herd "mom," and she is always able to bond closely to young or immature animals who need guidance. She was born in 2010 so is still a young mare and she enjoys going out on regular trail rides around the sanctuary property. Her job is to lead the way for new horses to learn the trails and feel comfortable in the indoor ring.
Hubris (known around the farm as Huey) was the first horse we saved as a rescue. He was barely six months old and found himself in a kill pen. When we saw his photo online we knew we had to save him but weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into. When we met him he had never been touched by a person and he didn't understand how to be loved. It has taken a great deal of time and patience, but now Huey is the goofy, fun-loving baby he was always meant to be!
Tonto is the most recent and youngest addition to the Wayward Ranch family! He is a yearling Hackeny Pony Mule that we saved from a livestock auction. He is full of personality and also serves a very important purpose here at the ranch: protecting our smaller farm animals from coyotes! As he grows up we will be teaching him to ride and drive but for now he has some growing to do!
Help us sponsor Tonto's care for just $25/month and you will receive monthly updates on this feisty mule and his life at the ranch!
Our Pig Herd Regulars:
These boys were the first pigs we rescued and they have a very important job here at the sanctuary. They help us to socialize new pigs that come to the farm and can help them gain confidence in people by watching them interact with us. This helps the other pigs become more adoptable and helps us to better match them with their ideal adoptive home!
Help us sponsor Ed, Shinzi, and Bonzai's care for just $25/month and you will receive monthly updates on this crew and their life at the ranch!
Snow White is a very special piglet we have at the Ranch! She was born here in April 2019 as the runt of the litter. She was half the size of all of her siblings and struggled to survive her first few weeks. Our dedicated staff fed her around the clock and she pulled through! She was born with poorly formed legs as well, and we decided to keep her with us as a permanent resident, expecting that she may not live a very long life as a result. However, at nearly three months old now, it seems that her legs have corrected themselves and she now appears to be developing correctly! We are giving her a few more months to grow and mature, and are hopeful that she may someday be healthy enough to be placed for adoption!
Our Goat Herd Regulars:
These three goats (Joker, Batman and Robin) came to us at only 5 months old, and they have a very important job here at the farm. They help us to socialize new goats that come to the Ranch and can help them gain confidence in people by watching them interact with us. This helps the other goats become more adoptable and helps us to better match them with their ideal adoptive home!
Help us sponsor Batman, Joker, and Robin's care for just $25/month and you will receive monthly updates on this crew and their life at the ranch!
Our barn cat is a part of our team and helps keep our barn free of rodents! Tigue is a feral cat we rescued from the Staten Island ACC in December 2018 and he lives in our barn. He has no interest in people, so he will be allowed to live here safely and unbothered by humans the rest of his life.
Help us sponsor Tigue's care for just $5/month and you will receive monthly updates on him and his life at the ranch!
Our Dog Pack Regulars:
We founded originally to be a home to dogs deemed unsuitable for adoption by other rescue groups, to provide a better option than euthanasia or living the rest of their lives in a kennel run. We will be very picky about which dogs we accept into this program and will be only accepting 2-3 dogs for this program at a time to ensure we provide each with the time and effort they deserve in a loving foster home environment. Click on a photo of one of our these dogs below if you want to learn more about their story!