Tiny Hooves Sanctuary Celebrates 9th Birthday with Public Party

Tiny Hooves Sanctuary in Wisconsin celebrates its 9th birthday with a public party, having grown from 11 to 178 rescued animal residents since its founding. The sanctuary relies on volunteers and fundraising efforts to provide a safe haven for animals rescued from the animal agriculture industry and other cases.

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Tiny Hooves Sanctuary Celebrates 9th Birthday with Public Party

Tiny Hooves Sanctuary Celebrates 9th Birthday with Public Party

Tiny Hooves Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary near Union Grove, Wisconsin, is celebrating its 9th birthday on May 18 with a public party. The sanctuary has grown from 11 to 178 rescued animal residents since its founding in 2015 by Beca Thompson, founder and president.

The sanctuary is home to a diverse range of animals, including cows, horses, mini horses, mini donkeys, farm pigs, potbelly pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, pea fowl, and pigeons. "We have cows, horses, mini horses, mini donkeys, a mini mule, farm pigs, potbelly pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, pea foul, and pigeons," said Thompson.

Many of the animals were rescued from the animal agriculture industry, neglect cases, animal controls, owner surrenders, and strays from the streets. Thompson's interest in helping farmed animals was sparked when she learned they have the least amount of rights. "I learned that the animals with the least amount of rights are farmed animals, and it kind of sparked my interest for the rest of my life," she said.

The sanctuary relies on volunteers and fundraising efforts, with over 55 volunteers coming to the farm each week to help with animal care, including feeding, watering, and providing clean living spaces. "Community involvement has increased every year allowing us to be able to grow," Thompson noted.

The public party on May 18 will feature animal visitation, food, drinks, games, and music. Public tours of the sanctuary will start in June, and special volunteer workdays will be held once a month. every, year, milestone, tiny, years "Every year is a milestone for us... We celebrate every goal that we reach, we celebrate just being here," said Thompson.

For Thompson, Tiny Hooves Sanctuary is a labor of love. "Tiny Hooves is literally every part of my body and soul... This milestone is huge to me in knowing that I've been able to get the organization to the point where it's sustainable without me, which is everything a founder wants," she said. "I think it reconnects their soul, I think it grounds people, I think it provides a safe space for those that aren't able to compute the rest of the world."

In the last year alone, Tiny Hooves Sanctuary took in 5 stray goats and sheep from the city of Milwaukee. The sanctuary is always looking for more volunteers to join their efforts as they continue providing a safe haven for rescued animals.

Key Takeaways

  • Tiny Hooves Sanctuary celebrates 9th birthday on May 18 with public party.
  • Sanctuary has 178 rescued animals, including cows, horses, pigs, and more.
  • Many animals were rescued from agriculture industry, neglect, and abandonment.
  • Sanctuary relies on 55+ weekly volunteers and fundraising efforts.
  • Public tours and volunteer workdays start in June to support the sanctuary.