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 a 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, and have learned how to sit for treats!
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, also known as 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.
Since arriving at Pegasus in 2019, both Olivia and Stella have seen huge 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 They were shy and withdrawn, and there was evidence that their hooves had been extremely overgrown - a painful condition known as “slipper foot."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.
Delilah, a Muscovy duck, 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 has become very comfortable here, and roams the sanctuary, happily integrating 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 she has shown no sign of wanting to leave. She has claimed the pond's floating raft as hers, and has been known to have sleepovers on it on warm summer nights!
Donald & Daisy
Pickles, a large and strong Muscovy duck, was found in High Park with his ladyfriend Emmerson, and dropped off at Pegasus in the summer of 2021. Sadly, we lost Emmie in January of 2023, and we monitored Pickles for weeks afterwards to make sure he was okay without her. Although he sometimes ogles Daisy and gets Donald all wound up, Pickles is a trooper, and is his usual self, greeting everyone with his characteristic breathy hello and wagging tail.
A concerned citizen found these two charming Pekin ducks after they had been abandoned in a park. A fiercely bonded pair, they came to the sanctuary as fuzzy young ducklings, and were doted on by all the adoring volunteers! Now very comfortable being handled, they have access to the pond, or their own private swimming pool, and they spend their days swimming, browsing through the grass for interesting snacks between meals, dozing in the sun, and playing with Pickles and Delilah. Where Daisy goes, Donald is never far behind!
Pegasus & Icarus
These two cuties came to us from a dairy farm when they were just a few weeks old. Not yet ready for solid food, they were bottle fed by our volunteers for the first few weeks they were at the sanctuary -- it was a lot of work, but so satisfying to watch them grow! Pegasus, on the left, is a female who was born with a condition that prevents her from being able to reproduce, and therefore to give milk, but otherwise she's perfectly healthy. Luckily, the farmer also agreed to surrender Icarus, a male calf, so that Pegasus wouldn't be the only cow at their new home. Both them are very affectionate and playful, and are loving life at the sanctuary, where they are doted on by Jack, Rita, and all of the volunteers.
Russian Pavlovskaya Hen. Ruskie came to Pegasus in 2020. She had previously been living with other chickens who, for some unknown reason, pecked at her eyes until she became permanently blind.
RIP: We are sad to report that in November 2020 our beautiful Ruskie passed away due to medical complications.