Our Permanent Residents
MoMo came to us from the Endangered Primate Foundation with Sourpatch and Lulu. She was surrendered by a pet owner who could no longer safely manage her aggression. She was kept in a parrot cage for about 4 years prior to going to EPF and had to rebuild muscles and relearn climbing and leaping skills before being introduced to other lemurs. She is now a healthy dominant female. Momo’s is quick to go to the other lemur feeding stations and is quite grabby at times.
Rudy came to us in 2021 when he was 14 years old. He was living in a very loving household with two other cats that died of old age when sadly his owner passed away. Rudy is a very sweet, easy-going cat that is declawed and we have decided that he will be allowed to live out the rest of his life here at our sanctuary so he can enjoy some stability in his life from now on.
Oreo was found at a car lot in a neighborhood with lots of stray and feral cats but he decided that he wanted to belong somewhere and was very friendly. So we decided to take him in, do a health check, neuter, vaccinate and microchip in order to put him up for adoption. Oreo has displayed some behavioral and health issues and is still in training. We think he was just 1 year old in 2020 and he plays all day every day with anything, including blinds and curtains which he subsequently destroys in the process. We are trying to rehabilitate Oreo and will evaluate him as a candidate for adoption in the near future but for now he is staying at the sanctuary.
Dorian & John
Dorian & John are two Sulcata tortoises that have a permanent home at our sanctuary. Sulcatas are the world's third largest tortoise and can weigh up to 200 lbs. John & Dorian are 20 years old and weigh approximately 120-150 lbs each. These gentle giants were surrendered to us by their owners that were moving and could no longer care for them.
Sour Patch is the only male in the group he is young and came to us from the Endangered Primate Foundation as another ex-pet. Once Sour Patch got all his space at our sanctuary he has become quite territorial and like to show off his ability to protect his enclosure from intruders. He is definitely ranked number 3 in this group as females in lemur world are always in charge!
Damien is a male cat that was trapped by us here at the sanctuary when we were attempting to capture another free-roaming cat at the sanctuary to make sure we do not contribute to the overpopulation of stray and feral cats. Instead of the cat we were trying to catch, we caught Damien instead. He was about 4 years old in 2020 when we rescued him. Damien has some behavioral issues and can be aggressive at times and viciously bites without any warning. Other than that he is a total sweetheart and good with the other cats in the main house at the sanctuary. Because he is unpredictable, we cannot adopt him out responsibly and therefore he is our official sanctuary cat and gets to live out the rest of his life here.
Kai was rescued from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center euthanasia list. Kai is a feral cat with a head tilt. He joined our rescue in August 2021 when he was 4 months old. He did not allow any handling and to date is still not ready to be touched. He does however sleep next to anyone and comes readily on your lap for a liquid treat. Although we are not ruling out he may one day be ready for adoption, for now he will be safe with us at the farm.
Tundra came to us from the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter where she was signed off and scheduled to be euthanized. Radiographs showed she has DJD of both tarsi, she basically walks on her ankles and wrists due to a congenital deformity. She gets around quite well, she is believed to be about 5 years old (2021). Her hearing is not great, and she was adopted out only to be returned within a few days. She is super loving and happy at our farm and totally came out of her shell and likes to just sit next to and up against anyone on the couch and then loves to sleep on anyone's head as well as long as she can stay close to a human, she is happy.