At Ballyhoo Petting Zoo, we have currently rescued over 50 animals, with about 35 still living at the farm.
Rescues were not our original intentions for the farm, but became a huge part of our animal care program and we are excited to grow this area. Our animal rescues scale from no outstanding issues to serious medical case and ongoing treatment. One thing we have learned with rescues is to expect the unexpected.
We learn about animals though neighbors, visitors, and other rescues. We try and set up an initial meeting or contact, discuss the animals and their care, and if they would be a good fit for the farm. It is very important to learn anything and everything about the animal’s history so we can best accommodate them. However, some critical cases this is not possible and it is more important to get the animal to a safe environment, then evaluate.
Our first action is to quarantine and evaluate every animal that arrives as the farm. Even if we think we know all of the history, it is important to keep the rescues separate to prevent disease or other health concerns from spreading to our healthy animals. Typically, animals are quarantine for up to thirty days and they can get evaluated by our vet.
Sick or injured animals are evaluated by our vet and put on a care program. Healthy animals get a check up, updated on vaccines, and put on a formulated nutrition plan.
Once rescues receive a clean bill of health, we then begin working with their behavior. Many rescues have not been handled and can be skittish or aggressive. We slowly work with them to build up trust and address behavior problems. Most animals are food motivated, so this is a great way to establish a bond with them! We then work on name recognition, recall or crate training, and halter or harness training.
After the basic care and training has been established, we then evaluate if they will stay at the farm or if we will find them a permanent home. Approved homes on our waiting list are contacted and we match them up with the best rescue.
If you have an animal or know of an animal that would be a good fit for Ballyhoo Petting Zoo, please contact us directly so we can discuss the best option.
We are currently at full capacity for Pigs and Ducks.
Rescue Story Highlights
Breed: Julianna Pig
Birthday: April 4, 2019
Miss Truffles is our one-eared wonder pig. She was our first pig rescue at the farm, and has had quite the recovery story.
Truffles arrived pregnant with her baby, Wilma, after she was attacked by a stray dog. She sustained pretty significant injuries to her face, neck, and front leg. She lost her right ear and received 30 staples from her right eye down her shoulder to her elbow. Surprisingly, Truffles made a full recovery and had five happy, healthy piglets named Mushroom, Porky, Pumba, Freckle, and Wilber. Mushroom, Pumba, and Wilber still live at the farm. Porky and Freckle now live with our little helper, Gemma. They will remain together.
Miss Truffles is a laid back piggy and likes to rest in the sunshine now. This is most likely where she will be when you visit the farm!
Breed: Nigerian Dwarf
Birthday: March 22, 2016
Miss Sugar is our oldest female goat at the farm. She as sweet as her name suggests, and loves to lay in the sunshine all day. She is easy to spot in the heard because she’s one of the bigger Nigerian Dwarfs and has the unique characteristic of blue eyes.
Sugar came to live with us from a dairy farm. She is unable to get pregnant, so she was unable to provide the farm with milk. Her previous owners loved her very much and wanted her to go to a place where she could live out her life happily.
Miss Sugar is a great aunt to all of the babies in the heard and is frequently found snuggling with all of them in the barn. We love this sweet girl and she has a forever home with us!
Breed: Miniature Horse
Birthday: August 7, 2011
Little Trigger is our newest edition to the farm and this boy is full of spunk and spirit! He came to live with us in August and has quickly became a farm favorite.
Trigger was rescued with others from an animal neglect situation from his previous owners. They took the time to help Trigger with several health issues and get him to a stable condition. Although he was now healthy, Trigger has special diet considerations and ongoing medical care. His previous owners contacted us to find a permanent home for Trigger that could accommodate his unique needs, and we were happy to take him in!
Trigger now resides with our miniature donkeys, Bo and Zach. Even though he is smaller than them, he runs the show and loves all of the attention.
Breed: Mammoth Donkey
Birthday: August 4, 2003
Merle is the only mammoth donkey at the farm, and the only Jenny. This old girl is one of our new rescues. She came to live with us with her friend, Michelle, the goat.
Merle and Michelle’s previous owner passed away and a concerned neighbor found homes for all of the farm animals on the property. She was able to successfully find homes for all of the animals except Merle and Michelle. Thankfully we were able to take both of them in and they will live their lives out here.
We decided to leave Merle and Michelle together since they have been together their entire life. When you visit the farm, Merle will be with the horses and next to her lifetime friend.
Breed: Bearded Dragon
Birthday: September 10, 2019
Checkers is our older female Bearded Dragon and much more relaxed. She likes to spend her time in the cool sand or under her heat lamp in the house.
Checkers was also a rescue and suffers from MBD. Unfortunately, Checkers case is much more severe and she sometimes suffers from tremors. Tremors is a shaking behavior from lack of calcium during development. MBD is not curable, so we will keep a close eye on this girl and make her as happy as we can!
When you visit, Checkers will most likely be relaxing in the sun or under her heat lamp in her little house.
Breed: Katahdin Sheep
Birthday: December 29, 2020
Scotty is our ram at the farm and is a pure Katahdin. He has been quit the challenge as one of our bottle baby rescues and is a fan favorite at the farm.
Weighing just 8 pounds when he arrived, Ruth quickly towered over Scotty. Scotty stayed inside much longer than Ruth and had quite a hard time adjusting to life as a sheep. He was very depressed when he first moved outside, so we spoiled him with some extra bottles of water and let him move outside at his own pace.
After finally getting him moved outside full time, Scotty broke his shoulder and was quarantined back inside again. Even though he has made a full recovery (yes, we have had multiple X-rays to confirm) he still sometimes limps around the pen when people are visiting. As long as no one is watching, he has a clean bill of health!