Matching donation offered in support of farm animal rescue
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Matching donation offered in support of farm animal rescue

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An area animal sanctuary is in need of assistance and an anonymous benefactor has stepped up to help provide it.

Tiny Hooves Animal Sanctuary, located at 1117 N. Britton Road, says someone from Kenosha County has come forward to match donations up to $5,000 made through the end of the year in support of the farm animal rescue organization founded in Somers in 2015.

“Year-end giving is where most of our donations come from,” said founder Beca Thompson. “We rely heavily on them this time of year. This truly amazing gift gives us the opportunity to double those donations and really help our mission in 2020.”

The sanctuary, opened to help rescue animals seized as part of a neglect case in Walworth County, got its beginnings on three acres off Highway KR.

“We started with 11 animals — five goats and six miniature donkeys,” Thompson said.

When Thompson learned Foxconn would be built across the street from the sanctuary, she began looking for a new home.

The non-profit organization relocated to Union Grove last winter with the help of a private foundation that purchased a 33-acre farm on Britton Road and entrusted it to the organization.

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Growth in animal care

It is now home to 100 farm animals including fowl, goats, sheep, miniature donkeys and miniature horses, pigs and cows.

Increasing the size of the farm animal sanctuary also increased the cost of operating it.

“The expenses have more than doubled,” Thompson said, adding they were able to cut some cost by cutting and baling their own hay this year. “We have higher utilities and must pay for private garbage removal.”

Every animal has its own stall lined with pine shavings. One trailer of pine shavings runs $1,400 and in the winter months, that lasts only a few weeks.

If $10,000 is raised, Thompson said it could buy seven trailers of shavings or 555 bags of pig grain.

Specialized health care

Some animals come to Tiny Hooves as a result of welfare cases and, as a result, need specialized health care or have disabilities. One goat lost its front left leg and has a prosthesis.

“Many of our animal residents have unfortunate and ugly pasts, and we help them heal socially, emotionally, and physically,” Thompson said. “We focus on their protection, happiness and their retirement.”

Others, like Midge, a 1,200-pound black Angus steer with dwarfism that cannot give birth, come directly from a farm. Thompson said the owner of the farm could not bear to send Midge to slaughter, drove her nine hours to Tiny Hooves and provides monthly financial support.

Tiny Hooves is manned daily by 12 regular volunteers. A group of about 30 volunteers help with larger projects.

Thompson said goals for 2020 include completing outdoor aviaries so the fowl have indoor and outdoor access; installing fencing to create an opportunity for rotational grazing; and building a “giant goat playground.

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