Meet the Animals of Grace
The Grace Foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of abused and neglected horses, livestock and other animals. Grace then provides critical care and rehabilitation for these animals. Once they have been rehabilitated, most of these animals are adopted. However many live out their lives at the at The Grace Ranch and assist in learning and therapeutic programs for youth and adults.
Meet some of these familiar faces at The Grace Ranch
Milkshake: The Grace Foundation's Famous Cow
Milkshake did not begin her life as a star. From the age of 2 weeks old, all Milkshake knew was the 10x10 pen that was her prison. Milkshake never knew her mother, no did she have any friends. Therefore, when she was rescued nearly three years later, her first bonding experience was with her caretaker, Beth DeCaprio. Milkshake imprinted on Beth and today, if allowed, Milkshake will follow Beth anywhere on the ranch. This unusual attachment to Beth has led Milkshake to become a youtube star and eventual to her making a national television debut on Animal Planet's show Bad Dog.Click here to watch the youtube video of Milkshake
Click here to watch a clip of Milkshake's Animal Planet debut
Buster is an Anatolian Shepherd mix who was recused from Sacramento. He was originally adopted out to a working couple living in apartment. However, he was returned to the shelter after jumping out of a second story window due to sever separation anxiety. He was rescued from euthanasia by Beth DeCaprio, the Executive Director of Grace, and now lives a happy life where he is never alone. Buster is a ranch favorite and most days he can be found running around The Grace Ranch playing with the other dogs and greeting visitors. When Buster is not at the ranch, he is at home with Beth and her other 5 dogs. Buster is a sweet boy who just looking for a little attention so if you come by the ranch, be sure to give Buster a little love when you see him!
Amerikka is a miniature horse, approx. 3 years old. He was found abandon in Wilton, CA in a field. Sac. County Animal Control was called and they picked him up. It was clear from when they 1st saw him, that he had a major problem - his back was deformed; an injury that had happened either during birth or at some point in his very short life. Amerikka would have been euthanized, had Grace not stepped-up to take him. Dr. Mike confirmed that his back wasn't causing him any pain and he quickly became a treasured part of The Grace Foundation Family. Dr. Mike was initially referring to him as “Merrik,” after John Merrick and the movie The Elephant Man. Amerikka did require a surgery shortly after he arrived at the ranch and through a story that Channel 10 ran, the $ was raised to help him. News anchor Cristina Mendonsa came up w/his final name, which incorporates Dr. Mike's and the band America's song: "Horse with no Name!" Team Amerikka is now a traveling group consisting of several permanent residences of Grace. Amerikka is a true role model for many of us that noticeably have challenges, yet are never deterred from moving forward and conquering! He has never let his disability be an issue and proudly rules pasture 1! In his mind, he is not just a regular mini horse, but the biggest, strongest, fastest and most handsome horse at the ranch! We should all be inspired by Amerikka's zest for life!
Wilbur is an 800 pound pig who was found at large in Wilton, Ca. Wilbur was never claimed so The Grace Foundation rescued him and gave him a forever home. Today Wilbur can be found relaxing in the mud at Grace where he is a ranch favorite. He is a very sweet and mellow pig and is used as one of the animal teachers in our Veterinary Camps.
Bowie has become a very popular rooster around the ranch. The kids love his crazy hair-do and his friendly nature. He certainly does add some flair.