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WANTED: TGF’s 4-LEGGED HAPPY TRAILS FUND

With a flock of nearly 1000 birds under our wing, we hope TGF’s friends will remember the woolly, hairy and furry critters that count on us for their care.  Sponsorship for any one of these sanctuary residents is a gift with a real reward to share for the holidays and all year long. Each of these pasture retirees has special needs, and will spend the remainder of his/her days in safety at The Gabriel Foundation’s Elizabeth location. With nearly 36 acres of hilly, high plains pasture, there is plenty space for them to roam.

 

DONKEYS: Flora, Flossie and Jack

In TGF’s care since 2002, Jack is a Spotted Ass, while Flora and daughter Flossie have been a part of Jack’s herd since their home before TGF. We don’t know their actual ages, but our veterinarian guesses they’re between 18-20 years old. These donkeys were abandoned close to TGF’s previous location when they foundered and were in need of veterinary care. Generally easy keepers, these three require regular hoof trims, semi-annual veterinary care, pasture grass and grass hay. Some TLC goes a long way with them, and you’re in for a big donkey kiss if you visit them with a carrot, apple or molasses muffin in hand.

Flora Jack and Flossie 1

 

MARES: Outlaw, Lola, Mamie, Zelda, Yummy and Sadie

OUTLAW, the bay Thoroughbred mare,  arrived in 2008 with a broken pastern when her caregivers couldn’t afford veterinary care. By then it was too late to fix the break, but she was truly in need of help. Starving due to old age and teeth problems, regular dental care and extra nutrition helped her to put on weight. Supplemental feed, regular farrier and veterinary visits, and the safety of other mares have helped this gentle beauty to age in safety.Outlaw

LOLA,  the quarter horse sorrel mare arrived at TGF in 2009 from a City of Aurora, CO animal control intake. Lola and her little filly were seized due to extreme physical abuse. The filly had a home lined up, but no one wanted the broken down old brood mare whose face had been bashed in and had lost trust in most people. When asked to provide care for her, we agreed. Lola keeps her distance from most folks that directly approach her, while she is an established member of her herd.

Lola now

ZELDA and MAMIE, paint and palomino mares, came to TGF in April 2014, from the HSUS Emergency Field Services rescue and intake of an Arkansas puppy mill, horse and parrot hell whose birds were also seized and transferred to TGF. We don’t know their ages but know they were used to breed, and breed and breed. The younger horses, mainly Cremellos, were placed for adoption, but these two older gals needed a place for the remainder of their lives. The HSUS transported them to Elizabeth, and since they’ve been here, each has gained about 300# and barely resemble their before pictures.

Zelda nowMamie now

PAINT MARES: Yummy, 25 y.o. bay paint and Sadie, 10 y.o. black paint pony have become best friends since their arrival in 2009 and 2012. Each arrived with another buddy who has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. Both of these mares need to be kept in dry pasture due to founder, a serious foot and hoof disease that causes extreme lameness. They need a specially formulated diet that keeps their weight maintained because free pasture grass would be a death sentence to both. Both gals require special hoof care and shoes every 6 weeks to keep them sound. They are curious about every vehicle that enters our property and will eagerly venture over to a visitor to see if treats are available. Big licks and throaty neighs greet their fan club.

Yummy on arrival

 

LLAMAS and ALPACAS:

KIKI and PELIKE, the two brown male llamas in the large pasture, have been with TGF since 2002 when their herd was disbanded. These two were crias (babies) at a ranch near our former Basalt, CO location, and we watched them from birth to relinquishment. ESPRESSO, the nearly black male, came to us in Elizabeth when his owners, former volunteers, moved to Alaska. Fortunately, all these fellas get along. The fleece of these 3 is mediocre which is why they have little value to most folks in the fiber arts market. Our alpaca boys share the pasture with paint mares Yummy and Sadie because they are proven escape artists in the large pasture. Alpaca round ups are stressful on humans and animals, while we know these two enjoy the arriving and departing visitors. SILVINO’S SHADOW, born 2001 and LIBERTY’S STRIKER, born 2004  are these boys’ fancy names. Both were boarding then abandoned at a nearby alpaca breeding ranch due to their so-so fiber, TGF was asked to accept them for sanctuary in 2010.

Shadow and Striker

It costs TGF about $3500 year to care for each one of these animals. We need your help to provide for their sanctuary. With twenty years of dedicated animal and parrot welfare under our belts, your gift makes the difference in care from good to great. We’ve committed to each of our residents for the remainder of their lives. We invite you to please help us honor them with your year end gift.

To make your end of year gift, please visit http://thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/.

Please specify which animal you wish to support, otherwise your gift will be a part of TGF’s  4-Legged Happy Trails Fund. From all of the critters at TGF, happy trails ya’ll.

Taking a walk through our large Umbrella Cockatoo flight, you never know what will happen. Angel and Quinlan seem happy to be on their perch. Casper and Tico on the other hand, need to investigate the new person in their flight. It's never a dull moment when you are with eight male Cockatoos happily playing and explore their outdoor enclosure. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thor Bird saying hi to all his cockatoo buddies at the Gabriel Foundation!

I bet you all have a blast with all these wonderful birds.....

This is my Parker, he's shocked at the lovely enclosure and asking me why he doesn't have one!!!

"We're gonna hop around the flight tonight" (sung to the tune of Rock Around the Clock) 🐦

They love being outside. I know mine do.

Nothing I enjoy more than hanging out in a 'too flight!!!

Too-Cute! How do you get them all back in?

My favorite sounds ❤

Made me smile!

OMG... too precious <3

Three questions: the dimensions of this aviary, reasonable population limit, and mesh grade. I'm guessing 1600 sq ft for 30-40 cockatoos, 16 ga woven... The one we have now is only good for a small group of medium sized parrots (25'x20'x12' tall, 16 gauge welded mesh with 1" apertures).

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Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldn't get shy Niki out of her mind. She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance. Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new "mom"! She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods "yes" when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers. Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary. She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Niki, an 18 year old African Grey that came to TGF in 2010 after her owner became seriously ill and could no longer care for their birds. It took almost six years for a special person to come along. When our adopter, Cynthia, was looking to add her first bird to her home she met several birds here at TGF but she just couldnt get shy Niki out of her mind.  She just knew she needed to give this special girl a chance.  Almost a year later, Niki has blossomed in her new home. It has taken time and patience but Cynthia was definitely the right person to take on this challenge. She absolutely loves her new mom!  She has also adjusted well to her new kids. Cynthia told us that she nods yes when asked if she is a pretty girl or a good girl. She is a big fan of nature shows and taking showers.  Niki also enjoys barking like several different breeds of dogs and also has an expanding English vocabulary.  She remains cautious but continues to get braver and braver exploring her new home. We love to hear about these amazing transformations!

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Thank you. She is truly amazing and I couldn't be more grateful for her. She chose me and that is where it began. When I brought her home and she got into her cage she immediately showed happiness. Noises and playing. With in 24 hours she started talking. She will talk quietly when she wants me to come to her because I can't hear her lol. There has been so much she has accomplished I can put it all into words. It nonstop. For the first time this morning she came to the door of her cage to show interest in coming to me with out prompting. She told me she needed more water, she didn't but I added a tiny bit more to her dish and she danced after trying to peel the label off the bottle. She is in a really good mood today lol.

Thank you ! You will make a great Mommy. Grey's are fun !

Omg love stories like these!!! Niki is such a beauty!!!

Awwww....what a cutie

Yeaaaaaaaaa, successful adoption, sweet parrot.

Wonderful!

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wonderful news!

Great job Niki and human!

I absolutely love African Greys and Miss my girl so much, I wish I knew where she is

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It's citrus season! In CO we're celebrating mandarins, tangelos, Cara Cara's, Red River grapefruit, Meyers's lemons, blood oranges, key limes, Valencia, navel oranges, Cuties, Halos and every new tasty, juicy treat that comes to market. Bodhi is making it very easy to teach your flock how to enjoy a perfect snack. Now go grab one and share it with your buddies. ... See MoreSee Less

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My macaw gets a whole halo occasionally and the others get wedges.... funny how some like them and some don't. My monk likes blackberries but not raspberries!

Can he come home with me? He's a sweetie! Btw, loved seeing you all on the dr. Jeff show.

Bodhi looks just like me! I want some citrus too!

African greys are fantastic!

And share with your friends!

Hi sweet Bodhi! Rascal loves clementines also!!

He is gorgeous. I love African Greys!

Good to know!

Bodhi rocks!

What a sweetie.

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