Pigs. Bert and Ernie are presumed to be brothers because they were found together as piglets. They were our very first residents and came to Pegasus in December 2017 before the sanctuary had even officially opened. They had been found in a garage by the homeowner, who had no idea how or when they got there. Someone had just dumped them there on an extremely cold winter night. They were freezing cold, scared, and disoriented.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus, Bert and Ernie have become healthy, happy pigs with very big personalities. They have plenty of food, their own private mud wallow, and go on regular walks with our volunteers. They also receive many belly scratches!
Mini Horses. Olivia and Stella are mother and daughter. Before being rescued, Olivia's diet was not properly suited to her breed which led to obesity, a very serious issue for equine. Her obesity caused her to get laminitis a.k.a. founder - a painful disease that affects a horse's feet. Stella was never handled or trained. In fact, her main human interactions were with a grandchild of the owner who continually teased her so she would kick and buck. She didn’t know a gentle hand and thought people were bad.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus in 2019, both Olivia and Stella have seen big improvement. Olivia has lost weight and recovered from her laminitis, and Stella now knows that she is loved and safe, although she still takes a little longer to warm up to new volunteers.
Donkeys. Blanche and Lillian are mother and daughter. Before being rescued they were in a pasture with no hay, no water and a shelter that was wide open to the cold winter winds. They were shy and withdrawn, and there was evidence that their hooves had been extremely overgrown - a painful condition known as “slipper foot." Their condition was so poor upon rescue that they needed heavy winter coats to keep them warm.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus in 2019 the mother-daughter pair have become extremely extroverted and affectionate. They no longer need heavy coats to keep warm, and their hooves are taken care of regularly by our farrier.
Muscovy Duck. Delilah is the newest resident at Pegasus. She was found by a member of the community, seemingly stuck in a frozen pond, while children threw stones and other objects at her. The concerned citizen jumped in to rescue her and brought her home to recover. After a few months, the OSPCA were notified and the person caring for Delilah contacted Pegasus to take her in.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus in August 2020, Delilah is becoming much more comfortable in her new digs and is making friends with the volunteers. Upon arrival, she was quarantined inside the barn to monitor her health and teach her that Pegasus is a safe place for her to live. She is now free to roam the sanctuary and is starting to integrate with our other animals. She is still technically a wild duck and will not have her wings clipped so she has the freedom to leave whenever she chooses, but so far she has shown no sign of wanting to leave.
Chickens. Henny was our very first chicken. A family in Whitby saw her running around the neighbourhood with tethers around her legs. Thankfully, they were able to capture and bring her safely to Pegasus. Eggbert, Penny, and Angel were saved from going to the slaughterhouse by Robyn, one our volunteers who purchased them from the farm and brought them to join Henny at our Sanctuary.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus in 2019 they have flourished. They have distinct personalities and are very curious and friendly. They also have a sixth sense for knowing exactly when someone pulls the corn out and come running like the roadrunner cartoon.
Pekin Ducks. Pip and Squeak arrived at Pegasus together and are essentially boyfriend and girlfriend; you will never see one without the other. Before being rescued, they were part of a cultural ritual, adapted from an ancient Buddhist ritual involving the release of caged animals to generate positive karma through acts of kindness. Unfortunately, many people do not practice this ritual as it was initially intended and it has actually become animal cruelty in many cases, such as this one. These ducks were raised specifically for the ritual, but their wings were clipped so they could not fly away prior to the ritual date. This means that once released, these animals can not fly and have no way of searching for food, or evading predators. It is a death sentence. Thankfully, the government has made this practice illegal and Pip and Squeak were rescued from certain death.
We are happy to say that since arriving at Pegasus in 2018 Pip and Squeak have the run of the property, enjoying a pond, lots of pasture, and a safe place to sleep. They are now very happy ducks.
Russian Pavlovskaya Hen. Ruskie came to Pegasus on October 7th 2020. She had previously been living with other chickens who, for some unknown reason, pecked at her eyes until she became permanently blind.
We are happy to share that she is settling in very nicely. We were all worried she would be very scared of things because of her history and blindness, but she is fearless. She loves to be held, pet, and cuddled and she is completely comfortable when the other ducks and chickens get close. All of our volunteers are already in love with her.