Each special soul who comes to Wildwood Farm Sanctuary is here forever. Always safe from harm. Forever loved and treasured. And when they pass on, they remain a beloved part of this special place. Our memory garden sits near our entrance, next to our main pasture and the big barn. It is a reminder of the priceless friends who spent their final days or years with us and graced us with memories of their sweetness, bravery, and unique personalities.
Handsome boy Doc Martin, one of our beloved senior sheep, came to live at our sanctuary in early 2014 after being rescued from a cruelty case that involved several other animals. Already an elder when he arrived, Doc was a bit arthritic and shy, though he learned to trust his human friends over time. Here he had soft bedding, safe shelter, loving care, and arthritis treatment so he could enjoy his golden years in complete comfort.
Gentle bunny Milo began his life on a rabbit meat farm where he lived among many other rabbits, stacked in cages, one on top of the other, so urine and feces would fall from the higher cages onto the rabbits in the lower cages. After his rescue from those terrible conditions, Milo lived alongside our other rescued bunnies, spending his days in our safe rabbit play spaces, eating fresh grass, resting in the shade or stretching out in the sun, and enjoying the peaceful life he deserved.
Nancy was one of our very first rescued goats. Her story had many chapters, beginning on a farm near the Oregon coast where she suffered terrible abuse and neglect. She spent some time at another farm animal sanctuary and then was adopted to a private home before she finally found her forever home at Wildwood. After so much turmoil and suffering, Nancy’s final years offered only peace and comfort. When Nancy ultimately suffered age-related health issues, and the best medical treatment couldn’t restore her to health, she spent her final days at Wildwood under tender loving hospice care.
Beautiful, tiny Twinkle got his name because of the nearly magical qualities of this unforgettable little man. He came to us desperately sick and undernourished from a large animal cruelty case in which law enforcement removed dozens of sick and dying animals from a hobbyist farm. Twinkle quickly captured the hearts of all who met him while he bravely fought to get healthy. Ultimately his serious illnesses proved to be too much to overcome. We were devastated – so much so that we decided to wait for a special moment to scatter his ashes on the sanctuary. That moment came when we got word that Twinkle’s abuser was convicted on all counts and no other animals would suffer the way Twinkle had.