Animal Sanctuary Highlights of Year 2010

As we close the year 2010 and SDA's 21st year in saving the lives of homeless animals, we are taking this opportunity to share with you a summary of 2010 and will later publish our goals for 2011.

Since SDA has been taking in helpless creatures for 21 years and giving them lifetime care, many of them have passed away in 2010 as well as in the past few years from natural causes. It is heartbreaking to say good-bye but we do so with the comforting knowledge that they have had a good life at our sanctuary being safe, clean, well fed and cared for in a comfortable environment.

ROBIN HOOD:  Some of the highlights of 2010 came with the arrival of new animal sanctuary residents like Robin Hood, a big orange tiger cat that had been shot with a bow & arrow by a cruel person and after months of recovery it was determined that Robin Hood was a feral cat and not adoptable.

Robin Hood is contented to hang out with his cat-mates in one of SDA's catteries where he lies in the sun and doesn't have to be bothered with people. Below is a photo of Robin Hood when he was recovering from his wounds where the arrow punctured his shoulder:  

EASTER: One of our favorites at the sanctuary is Easter, a little goat, whose mother came to SDA as a stray from Sarasota County Animal Services.

Little did we know the mom was pregnant and surprised us with giving birth to a kid at Easter 2010.

Unfortunately, mommy goat had an infection and Easter would not nurse from her mother and we had to feed her NINE bottles of milk replacer per day!

It was a big chore for 8 weeks but Easter thrived and is growing up to be the best goat ever. This is a recent photo of a sanctuary favorite, Easter:

WEE WEE: "Wee Wee" is a little pot bellied pig that a realtor found in the yard of a vacant house where the owners had left 2 months prior.

Wee Wee's mother's dead body was in the yard and we assume Wee Wee had been able to eat the weeds and grass in the overgrown yard in order to survive.

She is now living a life of pig luxury with other pot-bellied pig friends sleeping in straw and feasting on lots of fruits and vegetables that Joyce brings every Sunday for the animals.

This is Wee Wee in her new home with friends: 

There are so many stories of numerous animals: feral cats on death row with no alternative place except our feral cat colony; cats being confiscated in cruelty cases and from hoarders that end up with behavior issues; chickens; ducks; geese; sheep and rabbits that are thrown on the roadside that have no safe haven except the SDA sanctuary; or the 17 resident dogs that no one wants.

We are proud to give these helpless creatures a home for life and we do call them "lifers" because nobody is willing to adopt them for various and sundry reasons and the SDA sanctuary is their home for life. Here is Pollyana, one of the favorites at the sanctuary that was so shy that all the potential adopters turned her down but her 10 siblings all got homes!  

TATUM RIDGE ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN CLASS:

In the spirit of the holiday season of giving, Mrs. Michele Ozkan's kindergarten class at Tatum Ridge Elementary worked really hard along with their helpful parents by making and selling craft items, bake sales, etc. to raise money to donate to SDA.

In an amazing surprise the class presented SDA a check for $1,100.00 to help our sanctuary animals. These busy little workers are being led by a truly dedicated teacher, Mrs. Ozkan, whose humane leadership is remarkable. Our photo with the students, Mrs. Ozkan, and Principal Dr. Katz (photo by Cheryl Beller): 

2010 FINANCIAL CRISIS: SDA's financial crisis was public knowledge in the summer of 2010 and with the help of local TV, radio, and newspapers, compassionate and generous citizens responded with their contributions that enabled us to keep our doors open. We will eternally be grateful for ALL who assisted and hope and trust that support will continue. Please visit SDA's website frequently www.sdasarasota.com