Born: March 31, 1999
Rescued: November 9, 2006
Tamahome means “devil” or “evil” in Japanese, and with his past, his name fits him. Tamahome had a very difficult few years of his life– he was given minimal training at two, sold and returned twice (he broke one owner’s hip). His third owner tried to have him trained correctly, but both of the trainers she hired abused him. He was eventually sold to a few more owners, and was even stolen from one of his owners! Hanaeleh’s owner rescued Tamahome from a neglectful situation, for the purpose of adopting him out, but fell in love with him instead. Tamahome is a very special guy who is very smart, and he is like a big black lab if you treat him right! He is a permanent resident of Hanaeleh due to the fact that he is so sensitive and still suffers from previous trauma.
Rescued June 29, 2009
Adopted August 15, 2009
Rio came to Hanaeleh because his owner could no longer pay his board at the stable. After a few months, he was in danger of being sent to auction, and possibly sold to slaughter. Rio is an Arabian/Paint cross who has had extensive training in trailering, packing, trail riding, etc. He knows all of Parelli’s 7 games, and is just an overall sweet horse! Rio was quickly adopted by Hanaeleh’s treasurer, Lori B., partly because she has an affinity towards paints, and mostly because Rio is just such a wonderful and personable horse! Rio’s steady personality helps to reassure new volunteers who are tentative around horses.
Sapphire is a thoroughbred who was rescued by one of our supporters because she realized that Sapphire was a very special horse. Sapphire was being used for training, but the saddle was ill-fitting, and was creating sores on her back. We got her a short time after she recovered from her owner hitting her with his truck (he apparently thought she would move). Sapphire is a very sweet, sensitive horse who loves to be pampered and treated like the princess she is. She is rideable and sound, and we did have her adopted out twice, but neither place was a good fit. Sapphire just seems to like it at Hanaeleh, so we decided to make her a permanent resident. We love having her around, so that seems to be the best-case scenario for everyone involved!
Rescued: August 2012
Ulysses is a 13-year-old Appendix gelding who was abandoned and left to starve to death in a riverbed in Riverside county. Hanaeleh rescued him from the Riverside Animal Shelter in July, 2012 because he was scheduled to be euthanized. Ulysses was very abused, and came to us with scars across his face, back and legs. He has neurological issues so he will not be adopted out, but will stay at Hanaeleh, where he can live out the rest of his life in safety. If you are able to help sponsor Ulysses, please contact: [email protected].
Rescued: February, 2016
Bear is an 18 year-old Thoroughbred racehorse. He is a great grand-nephew of Secretariat, and was bred by Ogden Phipps Mills. His registered name is My Secret Brush, but we call him Bear.
Bear came to Hanaeleh because he was going to be sent to slaughter. We were contacted by a group called Auction Horses Rescue who try to purchase horses who are going to be auctioned off and sent to slaughter. Bear had 24 hours before he was put on the truck to the slaughterhouse, so we said we would save him from that awful fate.
Bear is very sweet, but his past traumas have caught up with him. He appears to be slightly neurological and can never be ridden. We have been working with our vet to find a program to keep him healthy and happy, and it seems to be working- Bear enjoys his turnouts in the arena and long grooming sessions with the volunteers. Bear is now sanctuaried at Hanaeleh and will live out his life here in safety. If you are able to help sponsor Bear, please contact: [email protected].
Oscar is one of Hanaeleh’s barn cats who decided to adopt us! When we moved to our current facility, Oscar decided that our current barn cat, Amy, was pretty cute, and that we served great cat food. While he originally spent part of his time with us and another house, Oscar has since made Hanaeleh his full-time home.
Amy was rescued by Elizabeth when she was eight weeks old. While Elizabeth tried befriend Amy and kept her inside, Amy wanted no part of a domestic life. Instead, she is very happy keeping the barn rodent-free.
Rex was captured by the Stray Cat Alliance, which picks up feral cats who are destined to be destroyed by the Humane Society. Rex was not the most personable cat when he came to live with us, but after a few months, he decided that humans are pretty great, and became good buddies with Oscar. He is terrible at catching rodents, but he is such a sweetie it doesn’t matter!
Phillip is one of three babydoll sheep at Hanaeleh. He is the most independent of the sheep, often wandering off without his brothers. He is also the most personable of the three, and can usually be found begging food from the volunteers. Phillip and his brothers are kept for weed abatement at Hanaeleh as well as just looking adorable!
Magellan is largest of our sheep, and also gets into the most trouble. We will often find him tipping over trash cans, grain bins, putting carrots off of the table, or getting into the hay shed. He can usually be found hanging out with Ferdinand, so we can say, “There goes Ferdinand, Magellan.”
Ferdinand is a year younger than his brothers, and is our resident “black sheep.” He is the most timid of the three, although he is starting to come around, and enjoys getting his neck scratched. Ferdinand loves getting treats, and if he is having an especially shy day, a carrot or horse treat will bring him to your side!
Ursula came to Hanaeleh in 2010 with her sister, Endora (who unfortunately has since passed). Ursula is a very sweet chicken, and gets along well with Clara. Although she is brown, she lays white eggs! Ursula enjoys running around the barn, taking dirt baths, and scattering all of the hay in the hay barn.
Clara is Hanaeleh’s newest chicken. She was born in spring, 2015, and enjoys running around the barn with Ursula. She is very, very sweet and enjoys giving “chicken hugs” and being held. She lays small brown eggs, and helps Ursula keep the insect population under control!
Darren was a classroom project. He also has a deformed foot because the class did not properly turn the eggs during incubation, although that doesn’t seem to bother him at all! We did not know when we took him that he was a rooster, but within a few months it was pretty apparent, especially when he started crowing! Hanaeleh is vehemently opposed to animals as “projects” in the classroom, because we believe that it teaches our youth that animals can be disposed of when the project is over, or when we no longer have any use for them. Instead, we believe that when an individual accepts the responsibility of an animal, that responsibility should be for the lifetime of the animal.
Darren does not live with the hens, but he lives with the sheep, and hangs out with them even when we let him out of the pen. He will also come home with the sheep when called! Darren can be kind of a jerk at times, so we will usually not let him run around free unless he is with volunteers he knows. Overall, however, he is a good rooster with a very strong set of lungs!