Based in California’s Napa Valley, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR) provides permanent and transitional shelter to rescued companion and farmed animals as well as adoption and rescue services. It is also active in animal advocacy efforts in areas such as animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation.
It was founded in 2014 by David and Monica Stevens and has since made an incredible impact on animal welfare in the region. Below are six of its adoption success stories:
1. Annie the Dog
A deaf pit bull mix, Annie was surrendered to JARR by her owners due to her acute anxiety issues. Despite the fact that several veterinarians opined that JARR should euthanize the dog, it refused to give up on her and instead found her a perfect home at Hot Mess Pooches Rescue and Sanctuary in Texas.
This rescue organization specializes in working with deaf dogs with acute issues. For Annie’s part, she suffers injuries when confined to a kennel and cannot be left on her own without medication. Hot Mess Pooches Rescue and Sanctuary is working to remedy these issues and find Annie a permanent home.
Hot Mess is run by Certified Canine Training and Behavioral Specialist Natalie Freshour. She has nearly 15 years of animal rescue experience and trained at Triple Crown Academy, which is revered for its dog training and behavior programs. She founded Hot Mess to help dogs with vision and/or hearing impairment get the training they might not otherwise receive.
2. Moya the Cat
JARR fostered Moya, a full-figured feline at Ella’s CatHouse & Catnip Bar, which it opened in January 2017 provide safe, cage-free sanctuary for rescued cats while they await adoption. The facility has the capacity to house as many as 15 cats at any one time and appointments to meet the cats are available.
Moya had been patiently waiting for her forever home when she was spotted by Cheryl and her daughter, Ebril. They adopted Moya after she made herself comfortable in their laps and have continued to provide her with the care and affection she requires.
She has even lost weight and allowed her new owners to properly groom around her tummy, which she previously didn’t allow. She also has a Facebook page titled Moya the Cinderella Ella’s Cat.
3. Lucy the Pig
Little piglet Lucy was only one week old when she was abandoned by her mother and her ranchers. Fortunately, she was rescued by a kind-hearted woman and soon after brought to JARR, which found her a temporary home at Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue.
In early 2017, she was brought to the Animal Place, a sanctuary in Grass Valley, and introduced to a lonely pig named Bert who was seeking companionship. While introducing pigs can be quite difficult, Lucy and Bert hit it off and are now enjoying treats and mud baths at Animal Place. Her rescue story was featured in the Napa Valley Register as well as publications like World Animal News and People.com.
4. Riley the Miniature Donkey
In addition to pigs, JARR rescues farm animals such as goats and donkeys. Another of its farm animal success stories is Riley, a miniature donkey who became ill and required complicated and expensive surgery to remove a gallbladder stone. Riley’s owners, Rick and Sherry, were told by their local veterinarian that their best option was to euthanize the miniature donkey.
However, one of their neighbors recommended JARR’s Community Animal Assistance Program. The organization helped pay for Riley’s lifesaving surgery at UC Davis, where vets successfully removed a stone the size of a peach pit from his gallbladder.
In addition to helping fund emergency surgeries and other medical concerns, JARR’s Community Animal Assistance Program provides financial and marketing support to help with spay and neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, behavioral training, and temporary fostering when necessary.
5. Ernestine the Miniature Donkey
Ernestine is another miniature donkey that continues to enjoy a healthy life thanks in part to JARR. She had a rare uterine infection that was discovered in its late stages and required immediate attention to save her life. Ernestine’s owner, Nancy, was unable to pay for her expensive medical bills, which included a full hysterectomy, but JARR, as well as doctors at UC Davis, stepped up to help cover a portion of the bills.
Following the complicated surgery, Ernestine still didn’t appear to be getting back to her old self. Rather, she was becoming weaker and wasn’t eating. As a last resort, Nancy brought Ernestine’s best friend, a dog named Flynn, to the ICU at UC Davis to cheer up the miniature donkey. Surprisingly, it worked. The next day, Ernestine was eating again and beginning to regain her strength.
6. Crimson the Dog (and Puppies!)
In January 2016, JARR was alerted about a female dog and her puppies living in poor conditions. When staff members showed up at the home of the dog, they noticed piles of garbage outside and a cement yard covered with feces in addition to feces on the floor in the home. Moreover, the six puppies were separated from their mother, Crimson.
The dogs were rushed to the vet, bathed, and placed in a quiet room. Some of the puppies had bone infections and were given antibiotics. One was lost during the first few days, Crimson and the remaining five puppies (Scarlett, Gordo, Brick, Ruby, and Soldier) were all adopted by caring families.