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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.

Consequences are environmental events that occur after a behavior. They are the result of an action and provide feedback to us. With that feedback, behaviors will either continue, increase or decrease. In other words, consequences provide us with learning experiences. For our purposes when working with animals we observe those consequences that immediately follow a behavior in order to know the function of a behavior and then we can work on a plan to change that behavior.

This week let's broaden that a bit to consider long-term consequences such as the shape of a bird's beak. Various beak shapes evolved through consequences according to each species diet. Feathers started out as scales and evolved to what we see today. Feathers are not only useful for locomotion but also for thermoregulation and protection.

This week I saw two interesting articles that involve consequences. One explaining why bird eggs have so many different shapes. What scientists found is that the shape of an egg depends on how much a bird species flies. Who knew!

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html?emc=eta1

The second article I ran into showed house finches gathering cigarette butts to put in their nests as a pest repellent. By adding these they were not bothered by parasites. More learning due to consequences! Although the long-term consequence may not be favorable.

tinyurl.com/ya52zlfo

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Consequences are environmental events that occur after a behavior. They are the result of an action and provide feedback to us. With that feedback, behaviors will either continue, increase or decrease. In other words, consequences provide us with learning experiences.  For our purposes when working with animals we observe those consequences that immediately follow a behavior in order to know the function of a behavior and then we can work on a plan to change that behavior. 

This week lets broaden that a bit to consider long-term consequences such as the shape of a birds beak. Various beak shapes evolved through consequences according to each species diet. Feathers started out as scales and evolved to what we see today. Feathers are not only useful for locomotion but also for thermoregulation and protection. 

This week I saw two interesting articles that involve consequences. One explaining why bird eggs have so many different shapes. What scientists found is that the shape of an egg depends on how much a bird species flies. Who knew! 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/science/bird-eggs-shapes-flight.html?emc=eta1

The second article I ran into showed house finches gathering cigarette butts to put in their nests as a pest repellent. By adding these they were not bothered by parasites. More learning due to consequences! Although the long-term consequence may not be favorable. 

https://tinyurl.com/ya52zlfo 

Enjoy!

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Wow, both very interesting information, and things I didn t know, so them for sharing. On the subject of beaks, I have experienced some long term consequences of a bad diet, previous to me (Of course 😉). I took in my male ekkie, Mylo when he was 4 years old. He turns 9 on his next gotcha day of Sept. 19th. I am still having to trim his beak every few months or so because on his first vet check, within the first couple days I had him, he had some "troubling liver numbers" so went back at the 6 month Mark and again at the 1 year and by the one year mark my vet was totally astonished. She said if she had not seen him herself that first time I brought him in she wouldn't have believed it was the same bird. Big boost for the way I care for my birds and how I was taught, but most importantly he has shown awesome liver #'s and everything else since his 6 month check. However, his beak and nails are still growing a bit fast. They have certainly slowed down over the years, I use to trim monthly and now can go anywhere from 4-6 months between trimming. So, that just goes to show #1 how damaging a bad diet can be, even only after a few years, #2 how long it truly takes to right itself within the body, as he has had good #' s for going on 4 years now but still showing a small bit of evidence of the trauma. Here's a recent picture of him preening while sitting in the window, keeping an eye on all possible dangers for the flock. Yes, he is the lookout and sounds quite the call if he sees anything he doesn't like 😘😚

Curious about what the pictured parrot is eating...

3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

We're so excited that nearly all of our cockatiels have been adopted! Tyler and Jackie recently adopted cockatiels Whitebird and Greybird. These two not-so-creatively-named cuties came to us about two years ago and finally found a family to love them. We wish everyone in the family all the best and many happy years together!

(Note: Whitebird and Greybird are shown here in their travel cage)
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Were so excited that nearly all of our cockatiels have been adopted!  Tyler and Jackie recently adopted cockatiels Whitebird and Greybird.  These two not-so-creatively-named cuties came to us about two years ago and finally found a family to love them.  We wish everyone in the family all the best and many happy years together!  

(Note: Whitebird and Greybird are shown here in their travel cage)

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That's great hope they will be getting a bigger cage.

So glad they have a new home! Well done! <3

Fantastic!!!!

Yay!!!

way to go TGF... 😍

I want one

wonderful news!

Yay!

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