2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue
Protect and Improve the Quality of Life of Surrendered & Abandoned Animals
Popular Ranch Residents for Adoption or Sponsorship
We have all kinds of wonderful pets that want to be taken care of at the Ranch. Many animals are only available for sponsorships and some for adoptions. Please reach out to us for more information on who is available for adoption.
This is Sunny our Pony Stallion. She was an owner surrender at the Ranch and lives happily among a plethora of other horses, goats, pigs, ducks, cats, dogs and too many others to mention! Sunny is an herbivore and mainly eats forage, based on grass, hay and sweet feed although she has never turned down a carrot when we offer her one! You will often find her under a tree in the shade, or grazing in the horse area with the other horses. She is a Ranch favorite because of how sweet she is. Fun Facts about Ponies: - Ponies are stockier than horses with shorter legs, wider barrels (bodies), shorter, thicker necks and shorter heads with broad foreheads. Ponies bones are also heavier than horses! - Ponies, like people, can get sunburnt if they have pink skin exposed. This is often on their nose if they are white or have a white patch. -Ponies’ teeth take up more space in their head than their brain! The age of a pony can be best estimated by looking at their teeth. -Ponies and horses have an amazing memory. It’s said to be even better than an elephants! If you would like to come visit Sunny at the Ranch, reach out to us and ask about the many volunteer opportunities we have!
These big Blue & Gold Macaws are Elmo & Topaz, our bonded pair. These birds are truly magnificent and are one of the world's most colorful birds. Unlike the vast majority of animals, once macaws find a mate, they tend to stay together for the rest of their lives. They raise their babies together, groom one another and can be seen flying so close to one another it’s as if they are holding hands…we mean, wings! Elmo & Topaz like to eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, leaves, and other vegetation. They require a higher level of fat than many other bird species and consume more nuts as part of their diet in the wild. Average lifespan is around 60 years. These amazing creatures can be taught words and encouraged to practice until they can repeat them perfectly. Their beaks are very strong. Some macaws can even use their beaks to crack coconut shells, which if you have ever tried to do with a hammer, you will understand how impressive that is. - Not only are macaws’ tongues scaly and dry, but they actually have a bone in them. This bone is used for tapping into fruits, so while it’s a little strange to us, it’s very useful to them. If you would like to visit Elmo & Topaz, reach out to us and come visit them at the Ranch!
This is Pepper the Indian Ringneck. He was surrendered to the Ranch by an owner who could no longer care for him but often still comes to visit! These birds are notorious talkers. In fact, they were once considered sacred in their native environment based on their remarkable ability to mimic human speech. Pepper likes to eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds. He also enjoys the nectar from flowers and the flowers themselves. Fun Facts about Indian Ringnecks: Life Expectancy is 25 to 30 years; some instances up to 50 years. (lucky for us!) The ringnecks can be jealous of other family members and pets & can develop a bond with only one human and refuse to interact with other people - A mature male will develop a black and pink ring around its neck around two years of age, where females will never develop a ring. Indian Ringnecks sleep pattern is that they go to roost just before sunset and wake at dawn. This means they live a 24-hour cycle of 12 hours sleeping, and 12 hours awake. Come visit the Ranch or Volunteer and get in the cage with Pepper! He will talk your head off and enjoy your company!
This is Nemu the sweetest bottle mini Zebu. He was donated to the Ranch recently and is as cute as can be. Miniature Zebu's are known for being intelligent, easy-to-handle, docile, social, and gentle creatures. They can harmoniously share a pasture with goats, dogs, ducks, chickens, sheep, which is great considering we have all of those (and more!) on the Ranch. This breed can be easily handled by children and are suited for small acreage farms. Zebus are herbivores. They are grazers rather than browsers, which means that they feed on grasses rather than browsing for leaves and shrubs. Fun Facts about Mini Zebu's: Miniature Zebus are thought to be the only naturally existing miniature cattle Zebus are well-adapted for survival in the hotter, drier climates. Like camels, the Zebu’s hump serves as a handy storage unit for nutrients that can be accessed when food is scarce. -Zebus have an acute sense of smell – they can smell something up to 6 miles away. If you come visit or volunteer at the Ranch, Nemu will come greet you at the gate!
We have Guinea Pigs!!! Instead of creating more demand for guinea pigs by purchasing one from a pet store, please come visit the Ranch to adopt one—or better yet, two! We have so many who need new homes and you will have the satisfaction of saving a life. We have brown ones, white ones, black ones and spotted ones! You can take your pick! Guinea Pigs Should Always Be Adopted as a Pair In the same way you can't eat just one potato chip, you can't adopt just one guinea pig! It isn't healthy for them to be alone—they need a companion of their own species they can “talk,” play, and cuddle with. They are such smart creatures that are easy to develop a bond with. A guinea pig will recognize their owner as the caregiver who gives them food and love and are easy to care for. The cage needs to be spot-cleaned daily and completely cleaned weekly. Add some daily attention and they are good to go. Just remember, unless you want to end up with several little additional guinea pigs, you'll need to separate males from females or you will have as many as we do! Please reach out to us if you would like to give a pair of guinea pigs a home!
This is Lexis the Cat who is by far, the mellowist cat on the Ranch! You will often find him lying on the cat platform just waiting to be pet or fed a treat. He is one of the Ranch's first cats' who was surrendered and is not up for adoption since he is a mainstay at the Ranch. Our volunteers tend to migrate towards the cat enclosure and Lexis is one of the fav's. He loves his kitty food and will never turn down a treat that you offer! He loves to be brushed and his purring will let you know that! Fun Facts about Cats: House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers. Cats can jump 5 times their own height. There are over 100 different cat breeds in the world. Blue eyed cats are often prone to deafness. If you would like to Volunteer at the Ranch and come spend a few hours in the Cat Enclosure, please let us know! Lexis and all his friends will be glad you did!
This is Cosmo the Nigerian Brown Goat. She was recently surrendered to the Ranch 2 weeks before having her baby affectionately known as Tom Brady. Cosmo is one of the coolest characters at the Ranch, I mean, look at that face! Goats are browsers, eating tips of woody shrubs and trees. They often improve a pasture by removing blackberry, weedy undergrowth and ivy (even poison ivy and poison oak) that other livestock won't eat. Cosmo will always love eating her hay but also loves treats like bananas, lettuce & pumpkins. Fun Facts about Nigerian Brown Goats: They can be taught their name and to come when called Goats use the sneeze sound as an alarm. They use a sneeze to warn each other of danger, whether real or imagined. Goats dislike water and would rather leap over streams and puddles than step in them. They are one of the cleanliest animals and are much more selective feeders than cows, sheep, pigs, swine and even dogs. If you would like to volunteer at the Ranch to see Cosmo and our other cool characters at the Ranch, please reach out to us!
This is Jack the Kangaroo! He recently came to 2nd Chance Ranch because he was part of a petting zoo that went out of business along with a few other Ranch residents. He had lived inside for a while but got too big and now he playfully hops around the back area of the Ranch with many other animal friends. Jack likes to eat bananas, apples & sweet feed and you will often find him resting in the shade or foraging for snacks on the ground. Jack is one of the favorites at the Ranch and is a love to be around! Fun Facts about Kangaroos: Kangaroos can't move backwards. They can hop 25 feet in a single bound & can travel more than 30 miles per hour. They live in social groups called "mobs". Kangaroos do not sleep standing up. Kangaroos will find a nice, shady spot to lay down and take a snooze. Kangaroos and wallabies are herbivorous, eating mainly leaves and grass in the wild but Jack will never turn down a banana!
These horses are Skye & Lala . Skye (brown horse) came to the Ranch a few months ago as an owner surrender as she was severely underweight because her jaw was completely dislocated and she wasn't eating. Her owner was moving and didn't want to keep her or put the money into getting her help and was going to euthanize her so Signa stepped up to take her in. She has had successful jaw re-alignment and is flourishing and putting on weight. She will follow you around the ranch if you give her a carrot for a trea! Lala (white with brown spots) came in 2 months ago, as she was by herself for 15 yrs. A man came up to the Ranch and asked if he could surrender her and Signa agreed. Lala now has many friends at the Ranch and loves to have her nose rubbed but enjoys the company of all the other animals at the Ranch as well. The donations you make, all help feed the horses at the Ranch like these two beauties. They love their hay, and if you give them a carrot or apple as a treat, they will be your friend for life.
Fun Facts about horses like Skye & Lala: Horses sleep standing up and “lock” their legs to avoid collapsing while sleeping standing up. Horses cant breathe through their mouth, only their nose. Horses find safety in a herd and form strong social relationships with each other. Horses are highly intelligent animals. They can be taught many different tasks through positive reinforcement and clicker training, just as dogs can.
This is Henry the African Sulcata Tortoise. He came to the ranch about a year ago as an owner surrender. Henry started out as a small pet and grew to be a very large, unmanageable size for the pet owner who could no longer care for him. African Sulcata's are big and slow and are tough survivalists who are known for their unique personalities, with many owners saying they behave similar to dogs. They like to eat most lawn grasses, kale and orchard hay and pumpkin & watermelon rinds are always a good treat for them. Fun Facts about Afridan Sulcata Tortoise: A group of Tortoises is called a Creep. By moving slowly, the Sulcata conserves energy which enables them to go weeks without food. Tortoises have night vision and are able to see in the dark when they need to. Sulcata tortoise is a herbivore (plant-eater). Its diet is based on succulent plants and various types of grasses. You can come see Henry and his friends at the ranch and can feed them a variety of treats if you would like!
This beauty is Arya the goat. We call her a goat but she doesn’t think she is a goat , she thinks she is more royalty than animal and is by far the friendliest animal at the Ranch. Arya came to our Ranch by way of owner’s who were moving out of State and could not bring her along. (Lucky us!) Signa was called and knew she had the perfect spot for her! You will often find her wandering around the barn, wondering if you have any snacks to give her and nudging your hand or nibbling on your shorts to get attention. The main part of Arya’s diet is called roughage. Roughage is usually grass or hay that is high in fiber and has relatively low calories. Because hay is low in calories, goats are designed to eat a lot of it and Arya can attest to that! She also likes to eat fruit like watermelon, strawberries, grapes, bananas, and pears but she will never turn down Vegetables like carrots, lettuce, celery, squash, and pumpkins! Fun Facts about Goats: Goats like Arya are very sociable, lively, inquisitive and independent animals. They are intelligent and quick to learn good and bad habits, such as opening gate latches. Goats are generally pretty hardy animals, but the one thing they don't seem to like is rain. Goats can typically live about the same length of time as dogs. Unlike humans, goats have four stomachs to break down their food. Come see Arya at the Ranch!
This handsome guy, is MR. LAZER, the Turkey! Mr. Lazer came to the Ranch by way of owner surrender. All of Mr. Lazer’s friends were chosen from a Turkey Farm around Thanksgiving last year and Mr. Lazer was lucky enough to not get picked. Phew!!! The Farm owner found it in his heart to surrender him instead of the other obvious choice and Signa stepped right in! As an omnivore, he eats mostly grass, seeds, grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and insects. But turkeys also eat many surprising foods like fish, snails, and lizards. You will often find Mr. Lazer holding court in the Barn at the Ranch, letting us all know who the most handsome animal is at 2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue and none of us would disagree! Despite their imposing appearance and large size, they are docile, curious, and even playful birds that fare extremely well in captivity. Fun Facts about Domestic Turkeys: They create long-lasting social bonds with each other and with humans. Turkeys love to be stroked, petted and cuddled. They will remember your face and if they like you, they will come up to you to greet you. Why not come to the Ranch and meet Mr. Lazer! Bring along a handful of seeds or grains and he may just eat them out of your hand!
This bathing beauty is Goldy the KuneKune pig! (pronounced Kooni Kooni) That is Maori for “fat and round,” which describes their typically short and round-bodied appearance. They are the only truly grazing pig, being able to survive on grasses alone. Male pigs are called “boars” while females are referred to as “sows”. Goldy pretty much will eat anything you throw in her pen or in front of her as she likes to eat and grunts happily as she waddles away! We feed her fruits, vegetables, grains, leftovers, anything the volunteers bring for scrap foods they would have otherwise thrown into a landfill! Fun facts about KuneKune Pigs: Most KuneKune pigs are raised as companion animals. Generally speaking, they are easygoing (as you can see in this picture), easy to care for, and very affectionate. The have lovely temperaments and they love having a fuss made of them and will lie for hours while you rub their tummies. Come take a look at Goldy at 2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue and bring a few leftovers to throw in her pen! She will be more than happy to take it off your hands!
These precious brothers are Larry & Lenny the Lemurs. They came to the Ranch by way of Exotic pet trading and rather than separate them, Signa took them both in and made them the official “Ambassadors” for 2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue. Lemurs are primates found only on the African island of Madagascar and some tiny neighboring islands. Seasonal fruits (especially figs & bananas) are favorite foods of these playful boys and you will often find them munching on Grapes or berries. These opportunistic foragers also munch on leaves, flowers, bark, sap, and sometimes invertebrates. Fun Facts about ring tailed Lemurs: A ring-tailed lemur mob will gather in open areas of the forest to sunbathe. Each ring-tailed lemur has exactly 13 alternating black and white bands on its tail. When ring-tailed troops travel throughout their home range, they keep their tails raised in the air, like flags, to keep group members together. Lemurs have a female-dominant society. Lemurs like to hug trees to keep cool on sweltering days.
This is CODY the Coatimundi! Cody is a South American Coatimudi (popular in Costa Rica and Central America) and came to the Ranch by way of owner surrender. Well, actually, the owner wanted to sell Cody on the exotic pet market and being the dedicated animal lover that she is, Signa purchased him with her own money so he could live his life with other animals instead of in a caged situation somewhere unknown. He squeeks when you hold him and is super loveable and because he is neutered, he is not aggressive like most Coatimundi! He eats a mix of dog & cat food and many different fruits & vegetables and is the Ranch’s resident “mommas boy” because he loves Signa so much. Cody likes to get bubble baths with Dawn dish soap and when he does, he takes the sponge and scrubs his butt & tail with it! He loves to be held and often you will find him sticking his nose in Signas mouth if she isn’t fast enough to close it when talking! FUN Facts about Coatimundi: Coatis feed by using their long noses, poking them under rocks and into crevices. They also use their long claws to dig holes or tear apart rotting logs. Coatis are often seen in large groups (called "bands") of 15 to 20 individuals. When surprised, the entire group will leap into the trees while emitting clicks and "woofs." These animals are diurnal, sleeping in treetop leaves and branches during the night. They spend most of day in search of food, grooming, and resting. The species is very social, living in bands of up to 30 (although 12 is more typical), which are usually related females and their young, Adult males are typically solitary. Coatis walk with their ringed tails held high. When climbing, their tail is used for balance. Come see Cody at the Ranch with your friends! You may even be able to see him wiping down his back side and tail with bubbles from his bath!
This is OSCAR the African Crested Porcupine! Oscar came to 2nd Chance Ranch & Rescue from a petting zoo that had recently dissolved in Lakeland, Florida. He has been bottle raised and is only 7 months old. He is very friendly and likes to eat carrots, veggies, monkey biscuits and apples! Fun Facts about African Crested Porcupines: The sharp, sturdy quills give it highly effective protection from their predators however, they do not shoot their quills like most people think! Oscar would have to back into you forcefully to release the quills and is very different from North American porcupines. They also are able to swim but rarely climb and they retreat into their dens during storms and cold spells but do not hibernate. Oscar is not adoptable but you can come see him at the Ranch and if you would like to bring a few apples for him to nibble on, he (and we) will thank you !