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Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Visit http://animalsanctuary.org/sponsor/index.html for information on sponsoring a rescued farm animal!

Yesterday we received a call that a rooster was abandoned at a Welcome Center on I-95 in MD. Staff were notified by a mo...
10/03/2022

Yesterday we received a call that a rooster was abandoned at a Welcome Center on I-95 in MD. Staff were notified by a motorist that there was a bird in distress in the parking lot. When David, a kind man who works at the map section of the Center went out to investigate, he found this poor chicken out in the pouring rain, completely drenched and turning in circles with her head hanging all the way to the ground. She was very obviously sick with what may just be a vitamin deficiency but instead of taking her to a vet, some horrible person purposely chose to dump her in the tractor trailer area on a congested off ramp of a major highway. Where she surely would have been run over and had no hope of surviving. Thankfully David worked hard trying to find a place for her and after many calls he reached out to Poplar Spring. We really dont take roosters but we couldn’t leave this poor bird in a box at the Welcome Center, and there was nobody else who was able to help. When we arrived we were happy to see she was NOT a rooster and was thankfully a Polish crested hen! Stella is now safe and warm and eating and drinking well. We are treating her with Vitamin E and Selenium which will hopefully help her to make a full recovery. She will have a wonderful home here with lots of chicken friends. A big thanks to David, who didn’t know and who was a little fearful of chickens, but still went above and beyond to find help for this sweet girl.❤️🐓

08/22/2022

Spencer and Griffin the alpacas are usually the best of friends. They don’t fight very often but when they do they sound like aliens.😂Thankfully they always get over it pretty quickly. 🥰

Five years ago our wonderful rooster Mason was rescued on the Appalachian trail- he still lives here happily today with ...
08/13/2022
Rooster Joins Woman on Hike Through Appalachian Trail [Video]

Five years ago our wonderful rooster Mason was rescued on the Appalachian trail- he still lives here happily today with his many girlfriend hens. ❤️Thanks to One Green Planet and the Dodo for sharing his story!

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/rooster-joins-woman-on-hike-through-appalachian-trail-video/

While hiking in the forest, there are quite a few animals you might expect to see - squirrels, deer, bears, birds, and so on. Well, what about a rooster?

08/10/2022

Franklin the goose found a soft cushy spot to hang out, but I’m not sure how Lester feels about it!😂(Thanks to .and.blossom for this cute video!)❤️

We were so honored and excited to meet governor Larry Hogan when he visited Poplar Spring yesterday- and he presented us...
08/06/2022

We were so honored and excited to meet governor Larry Hogan when he visited Poplar Spring yesterday- and he presented us with a beautiful Governor’s Citation!🙂

07/31/2022

Welcome home to our sweet sheep Lester, who has spent the last week in the hospital due to a bone infection in his leg. Lester came to us as a little lamb 3 years ago from a sheep farm that did not treat his leg when it was injured, and the bottom of his leg literally fell off! Amazingly it healed beautifully and he has been successfully wearing a prosthetic leg ever since, which we only take off at night. Last week we noticed that his leg was swollen and painful, and the wonderful vets at New Bolton took X-rays and discovered he had an infection that communicated with his bone at the tip of his stump. After several days of treatment at the vets we are now continuing his care at home with antibiotics and bandaging until it is completely healed. In the meantime he is learning to use Phoebe’s old cart to keep pressure off of the leg as it is mending. He is doing pretty well in it, he just needs to learn to navigate the wheels around obstacles a little better!😂❤️🐑

07/22/2022

It’s so cool to see all the wildlife who come every afternoon to share the leftover chicken feed!

On Friday we welcomed this sweet baby La Mancha cross goat, who we received from our wonderful vets at New Bolton. He ha...
07/17/2022

On Friday we welcomed this sweet baby La Mancha cross goat, who we received from our wonderful vets at New Bolton. He had been brought to the hospital 3 weeks earlier because he was blocked, and needed surgery for bladder stones. The owners sadly were surrendering him because they couldn’t pay the bill, so the vets contacted us and we happily agreed to give him a wonderful home. We have named him Finn, and he is just adorable and the friendliest little guy. Once he has healed from his neuter surgery and is safe to put with the female goats, he will be able to go out with everyone and run and play and graze in the fields with lots of rescued friends. We love him so much already!💕Thanks to Maureen McGowan for these cute photos!❤️🐐

Beautiful sunset tonight!💕
07/14/2022

Beautiful sunset tonight!💕

Isaac, Oliver and Dani think it’s a good day to just hang out in the mud.🙂❤️🐖
07/10/2022

Isaac, Oliver and Dani think it’s a good day to just hang out in the mud.🙂❤️🐖

Today’s tour had to be cancelled due to rain, but Clifford made good use of the umbrella at the registration area anyway...
07/09/2022

Today’s tour had to be cancelled due to rain, but Clifford made good use of the umbrella at the registration area anyway! He is a very smart cow!❤️🐄

Watching the fireworks tonight across the river with the geese. Surprisingly, they weren’t scared, they actually seemed ...
07/03/2022

Watching the fireworks tonight across the river with the geese. Surprisingly, they weren’t scared, they actually seemed fascinated.

06/26/2022

Moses is the sweetest cow! Rescued from a farm in PA where he was left to die out in a field because his mother had hid him from the veal truck, Moses has been at Poplar ever since he was a baby calf. He now weighs over 2,000 pounds but still acts like a big puppy! When we were picking up cow pies in his pasture he decided he really wanted to get in the truck and see if there were any treats in there!😂

06/22/2022

Monty prefers to hang out at the pond with the geese, rather than the other pigs. ❤️🐖

06/21/2022

Love watching our seventeen rescued cows strolling through the woods - they have many “cow paths” that they like to travel on to get from one field to another, pausing to munch on some tasty leaves on the way. It’s a wonderful life that we wish all cows could live.❤️🐄

06/20/2022

The banana was just a little too heavy for Iggy the baby groundhog! She didn’t let that stop her though!😂

06/20/2022

Momma raccoon comes early every morning for breakfast on the porch before she goes to bed for the day. She loves the walnuts we put out for the squirrels. Today for the first time she brought all her babies to join her, and is teaching them to eat walnuts too!🙂❤️🦝

06/19/2022

This sweet little baby turkey was found all alone on a farm in Jefferson MD on Friday. She appeared out of the woods and started following the couple who live on the farm, and even let them pet her. They were rightfully very concerned for her welfare, since a young bird all alone in the wild with no adult to protect them would have a slim chance for survival. Thankfully they called Poplar Spring and we happily agreed to take her. We are assuming she is a domestic turkey or a wild one that someone hand raised, since she appears to be imprinted on people. She is very friendly, we love her already! Sound up to hear her sweet little peeps!❤️🦃

06/10/2022

Welcome home to our sweet little triplet Charlie, who has been in the hospital for the last week! After a routine neuter surgery Charlie became very lethargic, stopped eating and spiked a high fever. His bloodwork and ultrasounds revealed he had problems with his kidneys, so he was put on IV fluids and tubed with rumen contents from a cow to jump start his digestion. Today he was finally well enough to come home, and we were all so relieved and happy to see him, especially his sister Gidget who was literally jumping for joy at his return. His mother Evangeline, who had cried constantly and searched for him for days after he left for the hospital, was initially unsure what to think when she saw her baby again. After a short time though, she called him over to nurse, and all was right with the world again.(Buster, the third triplet, was off grazing, but got together later to play with his brother.) They are a wonderful happy goat family, and hopefully they will never have to be separated again. 💕🐐

Our newest goose Cornelius is making himself right at home! He loves caretaker  and follows him everywhere. Cornelius wa...
06/05/2022

Our newest goose Cornelius is making himself right at home! He loves caretaker and follows him everywhere. Cornelius was found in a warehouse area in PA, abandoned with a bag of feed next to him.😢Thanks to for contacting us about this sweet goose and to for transporting him all the way to Poplar! He is fitting in well with the other domestic geese and sleeping in the big pond at night. He will have a great home here where he is always safe and loved.❤️

05/31/2022

Marna (back) and Meadow (front) are two beautiful young hens who were recently found abandoned in a residential neighborhood in Laurel MD. They were rescued and brought to Poplar Spring by a kind woman who originally thought they were quail, as they have such interesting patterns on their feathers. They are still very young and peeping, and are very bonded to each other. They now spend their days happily scratching and pecking in the fields and woods, and sleep snuggled together safely in the barn at night. We are so happy to give them a wonderful place to live where they will always be loved and cared for. ❤️🐓

05/30/2022

Apparently I wasn’t being fast enough with the treats! Walked into the feed room at the goat barn to find our resident groundhog had somehow let herself in, climbed onto the cabinet, and was helping herself to bread and animal crackers!😂

It was hard to get a photo of our newest lamb, Leonora, without her BFF Aurora in the frame! Leonora is a sweet 4 month ...
05/29/2022

It was hard to get a photo of our newest lamb, Leonora, without her BFF Aurora in the frame! Leonora is a sweet 4 month old spotted Katahdin sheep who was rescued from a teaching program where she was destined to be sold for slaughter at the end of the school year. Thankfully she was saved from that fate by a kind student, and will now be able to live a wonderful life with her best friend Aurora ( who is the same age) by her side. They bonded immediately when they met a few weeks ago, and now spend their days running and playing in the tall grass, and sleeping side by side in the soft straw in the barn. It is so wonderful to see these two youngsters- who were both bred at their respective farms to be killed at only a few months, now living a safe and happy life, where they can always be together. ❤️🐏

As the winner of the race approached the finish line a spectator commented, "That guy is in a league of his own".
05/24/2022

As the winner of the race approached the finish line a spectator commented, "That guy is in a league of his own".

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Sweet little Bruce is an Emden goose who was shipped through the US Postal Service with three other baby geese. Sadly th...
05/22/2022

Sweet little Bruce is an Emden goose who was shipped through the US Postal Service with three other baby geese. Sadly the three other goslings died during the shipment ( a common occurrence when chicks, ducklings and other birds are sent in the mail like inanimate objects!). Bruce was the only survivor. His fate was very uncertain when the person who ordered the goslings said they didn’t want “ just one”. Thankfully the post office contacted a local rescuer who took Bruce in and did a great job caring for him. But she did not have any other geese or a pond, so with the help of the awesome .and.blossom Bruce came to live at Poplar Spring, where he is quickly learning to be a real goose. Franklin, one of our very friendly resident geese, has been showing him around the sanctuary, and the other geese seem to be very accepting of him. He is still peeping as he is only a few months old, and he is very adorable with his yellow fuzzy head. We are so glad Bruce will now be able to swim in a large pond, graze in large pastures, and have a wonderful life with Franklin and lots of other goose friends.💕 Thanks to Maura Lawrence for the cute photo!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help with or participate in our Run for the Animals last Sunday! It was our ...
05/21/2022

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help with or participate in our Run for the Animals last Sunday! It was our first in person event in 2 1/2 years and it was so wonderful to see everyone again! We really appreciate everyone who participated Virtually too! The event was a huge success and over $44,000. was raised for the rescued animals!!!  Congratulations to top team Vegan Powered, winner of the coveted Pigasus trophy, and Team Blisters, Sisters, Brothers and Others, winner of the Poplar Tree Award. We are so incredibly grateful to the many individuals and teams who worked very hard to raise critical funds for the sanctuary, which will help us to continue rescuing and providing the animals with all the feed and vet care they need to stay happy and healthy. Special thanks to top team Poplar’s Peeps, who raised $13,375. and top individual Maureen McGowan, who raised $4,236. for the rescued animals!! Thanks also to our event sponsors, including top sponsors Rich Peppin, Roots Market, RnJ Sports, Smith, Thomas and Smith, and to Lisa Berigan of BIG 100.3 for being our awesome MC and for all her radio promotion of our event, to Courage Karate for the Great Warm up, and to the Run Committee - Howard Edelstein, Naomi Yount, Katie Vann, Robin Walker (who also donated so many delicious cupcakes and a gift certificate for Wilma Bakes Cakes!), Sonia Bakhshi, and Donna Zeigfinger for all their hard work. We are so appreciative of everyone for all of your amazing support - a good time was had by all -THANK YOU!!❤️❤️(more photos will be added to the Facebook event page soon- 📸: Maureen McGowan )

All mothers love their babies. Rescued from a terrible hoarding case where she was left starving, anemic and very pregna...
05/08/2022

All mothers love their babies. Rescued from a terrible hoarding case where she was left starving, anemic and very pregnant, Evangeline is one of the lucky ones. She is so happy to have been rescued and to have given birth to her triplets in a sanctuary, where they are all now healthy, safe and loved. It is wonderful to watch them frolic and play together, and to see how bonded they are. Whenever Momma calls, the kids come running! Thankfully this sweet little family will now be able to live a wonderful life at Poplar, and they will always stay together. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!❤️❤️❤️❤️Photo #2 by .photo

Our blind sheep Albert had his heavy wool coat sheared for the Summer - and then we suddenly experienced very cool and r...
05/07/2022

Our blind sheep Albert had his heavy wool coat sheared for the Summer - and then we suddenly experienced very cool and rainy weather! Poor Albert was shivering, so we gave him a nice waterproof jacket to wear. Now he is able to happily graze in comfort, even on this yucky day! 🙂☔️⛈🐏

05/02/2022

Chompers the groundhog loves bananas.❤️

05/02/2022

Buster the baby goat was hanging out in the woods with the chickens on this beautiful Spring day. It’s the perfect weather for scratching and pecking (and nibbling on leaves if you are a goat!).The chickens love free ranging, but they are never out without a human “chicken-sitter” watching over them to protect them from the numerous predators (hawks, eagles, foxes, coyotes) that we have here. We are always looking for more volunteer chicken-sitters so the birds can have more time to enjoy their beautiful fields and forest- just send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in hanging out with some really cool animals!🙂❤️🐓

05/01/2022

Happy goats getting some grazing time after the rain finally stopped!🙂❤️🐐

04/25/2022

You never know who will show up for our Monday morning staff meetings!😂❤️

Sally says, ‘Smile, it’s Friday!’😃🐐
04/22/2022

Sally says, ‘Smile, it’s Friday!’😃🐐

04/13/2022

It was really warm today, and Randall was hogging the fan, his snood just blowing in the wind!😂🦃❤️

04/12/2022

Dexter is happy that Spring is finally here! 📷:

The view from our house- Gidget and Charlie💕
04/11/2022

The view from our house- Gidget and Charlie💕

04/09/2022

Little baby Aurora is part of the sheep herd now.💕Everyone was grazing peacefully together on a beautiful sunny day.❤️🐑

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15200 Mt. Nebo Rd.
Poolesville, MD
20837

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(301) 428-8128

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'Moses at sunrise❤️🐂

Moses is five years old this year, born on a dairy farm in PA. When he was one day old his mother hid him from the veal truck under a pile of hay. When the farmer found him, he was very angry, and threw him out in the field and left him to die.

Thankfully the kind people at discovered him and convinced the farmer to let him go to a sanctuary. When he was a few months old they brought him to Poplar where he has happily lived ever since. He is now about 2,000 lbs and is a gentle giant.💕'⁠

📷: Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

In honor of World Plant Milk Day🌱🥛 here's a stack of our signature Cowvin cookies. These oatmeal cookies filled with vanilla buttercream are named after one very special cow, rescued by Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. All cows should live as safe and fulfilling lives as Cowvin's, and today we're remembering our mission to create great food without using animals.

Order our Cowvin Cookies here: https://bit.ly/3CoHjzK
God mandag ❤️ Vi ønsker dere alle en strålende ny uke! 🥰

Foto: Mark Peters .photo på Instagram / fra dyrefristedet Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
Our next field trip will be to 🥁🥁🥁

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary🐷

On Saturday, August 6 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM

We love this place because it is hands on, educates visitors about animal and wildlife issues, and the farm animals roam free on the 400 acres of land!

Please check out their website for more information: https://www.animalsanctuary.org

This field trip is limited to only 10 spots because of where we are going. This field trip will be on a first come, first serve basis—so sign up quickly. Please sign up for this field trip using the link below:

https://forms.gle/trEy8bho3cx1R2Hv6

If you have not signed your kid up for previous field trips, please complete the initial registration using the link below:

https://forms.gle/uRegkg8nxguPoYuF6

*LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED ON THIS TRIP BECAUSE OF THE TIME, HOWEVER SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED*

Thank you all for your support!

As always you can email us at [email protected]
Announcement: We're Launching Our Benefit Bakery! As a mission-driven business, we're committed to giving back to our community and to the greater good. That's why we've partnered with other businesses as well as foundations and nonprofits to help support various causes including Tommy Raskin Memorial Fund for People and Animals, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, VINE Sanctuary and more!

With your help, we can do even more good! Every time you make a purchase, you're helping us give back -- and now you can support our Benefit Bakery directly through our Pay It Forward Fund!

Thank you for helping us Bake the World A Better Place ❤️
Made a quick trip up to PA today to pick up a handsome goose, Cornelius, from Here With Us Farm Sanctuary and transport him to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in MD. Cornelius and I had a lovely conversation as we drove through the countryside. And it was wonderful to see him announce his arrival to the other resident geese. He took to the water just great; looks like he will fit right in.

I also had the pleasure of an impromptu visit with some very special friends there. Shirley, the groundhog, was such a doll. I also got to meet Evangeline, who lived with Winter and Tinsel back in Shermans Dale. 🖤 Franklin, the goose, and I started out as friends but he quickly decided I am not his favorite. 😆 Thank you, Terry, for the wonderful conversation and for being such an inspiration.
Thank you to everyone who came out today for the Run for the Animals in Wheaton Regional Park, where much needed funds were raised for Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. And a special treat afterwards was a book signing by my friend Howard Edelstein for his children’s book, ‘Come Visit the Animal Sanctuary’ with proceeds benefitting the sanctuary. Even though the in-person race is over, you can still participate in the virtual race anytime this week and support Poplar Spring. Details at www.animalsanctuary.org
Wonderful time at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Run this morning!
Join/support Team VSDC for Poplar Spring’s Run for the Animals 2022 on Sunday, May 15th.

You can fuel up at DC Veg Restaurant Week and before running (or walking) for the precious animals of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary on Sunday.

Details below.
My friend Bob created a song and video about animals. I thought people here might appreciate it. By the way, Bob will be running at the 5K next month!
ANOTHER place to donate to in honor for BETTY WHITE tomorrow ❤️🐾💙🐾💜🐾
How is your day? ☺️

I hope you're doing alright!

What makes or helps you feel better?

For me it’s volunteering or donating if I don’t have time to volunteer.

felt the same way! Donating just $10 a month to a favorite charity for animals can feed a furry friend for a week or more and only skips less than a meal for a human animal.

Have you researched any ways to donate to honor them and Betty Whites life long legacy?

Here’s one of mine. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
You can volunteer here and donate! BONUS! They also have a great in person Thanksgiving day celebration when permittable.

~Orion

Another Xmas parade for your delight! 🎄🎅🎁

📸 from these wonderful places:⁠⁠
Road To Refuge Animal Sanctuary
Arthur's Acres Animal Sanctuary and on IG
Wildwood Farm Sanctuary & Preserve
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
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Zwig's last for the holiday season highlights a charity for those who have a soft spot for animals.

🐖🌳 Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400-acre home to over 200 neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals or wildlife that receive care, rehabilitation, and protection "surrounded by ponds, streams, and open fields of preserved natural habitat." The Sanctuary is completely funded by public donations and funds support daily feed, shelter, veterinary care, property maintenance, staffing, and new construction, such as barns and fences.

Watch the Sanctuary's video to see their heartwarming work in action: http://tiny.cc/psasvid. Help amplify their voices by learning more on their website and supporting with a donation. (animalsanctuary.org)

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Justin with his mom Maisie at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.
Congratulations to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary for another successful Run for the Animals (the 18th one)!
Cheers to those who joined this year's Fish Feel team. We had the most members of any team, and raised $3,115 ~ more than any team except Poplar's Peeps!
Thanks to team members Beth Edelstein, Howard Edelstein, Jim Fremont, Mary Finelli, Michael Gurwitz, Hal Katzman, Amie LaPorte, Diane Block Levant, Marc Levant and Maria Schmit, and special thanks to Preston Huey and an anonymous donor for their very generous donations for the 250+ rescued animals at Poplar!
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