Ophelia is the one who is responsible for starting Painted Rock Animal Rescue Farm. We were living in a small rural town about 10 minutes from where our farm is now, and Ophelia lived with us. She was an inside / outside pig and all the kids in the neighbourhood loved her. One day we came home from work and found a by-law notice stuck to the front door of our house. The notice stated that we were in violation of the town's by-law, by having Ophelia live with us. We were given 14 days to get rid of her.
We decided immediately that we were going to go in-front of town council and ask them to reconsider; but in the event that the council said no we had to have an alternate plan. We decided to look for properties for sale in the country and that's when we found our farm. Just 14 days after being served the notice we had our house up for sale, and put an offer in on the farm. Twenty-five days later our house was sold and within a month of selling the house we had moved into the farm.
So when people ask us how Painted Rock Animal Farm & Sanctuary got started we tell them "Our Pig made us do it"-
Annabelle came from an animal hospital in Brampton Ontario. She had been mistreated and had terrible skin problems. She is an old girl and incredibly shy, she doesn't like to socialize at all and spends her days snuggled away in a sheltered spot away from all the other animals.
Annabelle loves her treats, her favourites are bananas, apples and yogurt. She does not hear or see very well but she can sniff out a blueberry in a huge pile of straw.
Bullet came to us from the SPCA. He loves to spend his days dragging his pillow around the house following the warmth of the sunlight. He behaves just like a dog, we have trained him to sit, beg and take his treats gently. When we tell him that it's bed time he heads off to his room and snuggles in for the night. First thing in the morning when he hears our feet hit the floor, you can hear his little hooves running into the kitchen and he parks himself by the coffee maker. He sits there in every ones way just so we know that it is time for his breakfast. If we don't fix his breakfast right away he will follow us around squealing at the top of his lungs until we do.
He's priceless and we love him to bits!
Scooter came to our farm after we received a call from a vet in Brampton. She found him in less than desirable living conditions and took him into her care. She fell in love with his sweet and gentle personality but unfortunately did not have the facilities to keep him. A Vet in Cheltenham which we previously dealt with referred her to us and Scooter was placed at our farm.
Scooter loved to bath in the sun during the warm seasons and burrow beneath a mound of straw during the cold seasons. He loved to root through the soil in the pasture and spent his days wondering around the pastures visiting all the animals; unless there were people around, then he'd be next to them looking for treats or a scratch on his belly.
In 2007 one morning we went out to do our chores and were devastated to find that Scooter had passed in the night. It came as a terrible shock as he had not shown any signs of illness and although we did not have a lot of history on him he was only believed to be around 8 years old.
Scooter was laid to rest here on our farm and we have very fond memories of his years here with us. He is sadly missed by many here.