Sunday, May 31, 2020

Celebration of 2020 Grads at Edwards

All these folks came around to celebrate 2020 Seniors. This has been an odd year for those who were scheduled to graduate. We thank all of them who came to help with the caring and feeding of the animals during these toughest times. 

(Left to Right )Anna, Madeline, Ryan, and Grace.
These wonderful young adults on their way to success in the big surreal world. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Surprises for the chickens.

On one of her rare day's off from her almost 24 hour a day job Siobhan, spent the morning in the chicken room cleaning.  She discovered we were in need of more chicken layena, and then also got two metal cans to store the food in to keep the mice out.  She was generous enough to also bring us two big mouse traps!!!!   Thank you!!

Visit from the Farrier Anthony

When he came to us, we noticed right away that Hercules' hooves needed some love and care. So, our wonderful Farrier, Anthony from C-Cross, came in to trim Hercules feet. Anthony had some assistance from Josh, one of our volunteers, who hopes to be a Farrier himself one day. Hercules' hooves are looking much better, thank you to our volunteer's who came to help today!

Saying Goodbye to a Dear Friend

This week we said goodbye to one of our dearest friends, Goldie, our beloved, 33 year old Golden Palomino Quarter Horse, who had been with the rescue for many years.
 The right words are never easy to find in these situations. Some of our volunteers are still in shock even though we all knew that at her advanced age, her days were numbered.
Goldie was a kind and gentle horse, and brought light into the lives of all who met her. She lived a long and healthy life, and we know in our hearts that she is in a better place. 

We will always remember Goldie for the wonderful spirit she was. The image of her grazing in the fields, working with our volunteers, her kindness towards younger kids, will never leave our memories. Animals and humans alike will miss her always.

Happy Trails Goldie, may you rest in peace. 

Animals grieve as do humans. Dealer was by her side to the end to comfort her and so that he would understand her leaving us.
Thank you Dr. White from Littleton Equine Hospital for being here for her.
Richard was one of her good friends and always had time to love on her.
                   Rain, sleet, or snow Volunteers like Siobhan came to give her plenty of TLC.
Volunteer Siobhan got Goldie a beautiful halter to takeher on walks.
Anna is a senior who came around often during these uncertain to care for and love Goldie

New Arrival Hercules is Welcomed by Goldie
Goldie was beloved by all the Volunteers at Edwards.  This is her birthday celebration.last year.  A special carrot cake was made especially for her. Thank you all for the TLC for this Gentle Golden Girl.

Our Hero, Hercules

Edwards Foundation for Rescued Animals is excited to introduce the newest member of the family, Hercules. He is a  big, beautiful, Palomino gelding cross draft horse. He hails all the way from The  Sombrero Ranch in Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains..  He was the lead horse and ridden by Ruth Miller. Our volunteers are doing a great job of making him feel welcome in his new forever home by  making sure he has enough water, food, love and everything else he may need. As Hercules adjusts to the lower altitude and his new home he basks in all the love, attention and making new friends.. Hercules is known as a "bomb proof," horse, because of his calm and friendly nature. Everyone who has met him, has fallen in love with him. He is NOT a rescued horse.  He is the private horse for Lynda.  His job is to help educate volunteers on the care and feeding of Equines.  His other job is to be a companion and best friend to Dealer who has been very distraught over the loss of his best friend for many years, Goldie.

Welcome to the family Hercules!

He makes Dealer look like a pony.
Ryann from Terolyn Horse Rescue has helped to make sure Hercules is settled in.

Anthony from C-Cross Farriers came to trim this big guys feet.  His feet are strong enough that he does not need shoes and will be fine barefoot.

Hercules is making friends here.  Volunteer Anthony gives him some special TLC.  It takes many hands because it is a big job to brush him.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time for the llama summer trim

Time for the llamas to get a hair cut and a trim!

Thank you Judy and Kurt fromRockwood LLamas for coming out and trimming up the llamas.

Some very concerned llamas on who will be first.

The first client of the morning, Kanga.

Gotta get your nails done!  Volunteer Richard is ready to help.
Judy does an annual nail trim and wellness check.
An easy way to shed a few pounds.

Who knew that cleaning up llamas would make for such a good show?  Roxanne and Josh are ready to collect the fiber.

Supervisors of the shearing crew.  Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up for our Annual Memorial day shearing.  The girls cheer on the team effort,  Annette, Kimberly, Anna, and Kira

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wonderful Wendy!

One of our amazing volunteers, Anna Schenecker, graduates with the class of 2020! Yesterday, her high school in Castle Rock, CO had a graduation parade for all the seniors, since their ceremony was postponed due to current circumstances.

Anna plans to attend the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship for the Fall 2020 - 2021 school year, and plans to major in Business Administration and Management.

Anna will receive graduation honors for her work in National Honor Society, FBLA, National Art Honor Society, and the DCHS International Baccalaureate Program.

Her nickname around the Edwards Foundation is Wendy of the Lost Boys because she helps to keep everything running smoothly and loves to bake treats for her friends at the Foundation!

Congratulations Anna!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Anna visits some goats.

Anna taking some time to visit with the Goats!

Monday, May 11, 2020

The gang taking Dealer for a ride

Josh, Evan, and Anna taking dealer out for a ride.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

If you didn't know... Goats are messy!

Ethan and Ross spending some time cleaning out the goat pin. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Share your photos with us!

Recently we have had a abundant amount of volunteers taking pictures, and we want them ALL! We want your funny, interesting and quirky photos of you working on the farm. To do this follow the steps below.

1- Download the Google photos app. Its a free app with unlimited storage.
2- Download your camera roll to the app! It takes a few minutes to download any amount of photos.
3- Once downloaded, select your barn photos and press new group
4- enter the following email:
5- press send!
6- We will get the photos within minutes.

We cannot wait to see your photos!

Disclaimer: By sending us your photos we have permission to post them.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Some of the People that Make it all Possible in these Uncertain Times.

During the 2020 Covid-19 outbreak the country was put on hold. The stay at home orders were put into place to keep everyone safe. Despite this being a law in Colorado, the Edwards Foundation remained open because it was an essential operation for the animals well-being and the guidelines of social distancing were followed. Some amazing volunteers decided to come in every week, some every morning, to help with the animals. We refer to them as the Quarantine Squad and I would like to introduce them to you!

Josh is a 17 year old from Parker. He came to the barn 4 years ago looking for something to keep him busy. He is known as the "boss" of the farm and is everyone's friend. Next summer he is moving to Oklahoma to go to farrier school. During the 8 weeks of quarantine he completed almost 200 hours of service. At the barn he spends his time making sure everything is in order and the animals are as happy as possible. His favorite animal is Bandit and Chicken Nugget the chicken. He also helps out at Terolyn Horse Rescue. Thank you Josh for your years of dedication and the smile you put on everyone's face!  

Evan is a 17 year old from Parker. He has been here for 1 year, and is a HUGE animal lover. During quarantine he did 52 hours of hard work. At the barn he spends his time making sure all animals are healthy and up to date with their medications. The barn has become a second home for him and his favorite memory is catching llamas via lasso. His favorite animals are Nathan and Chip. Thank you Evan for all your hard work!!!!!!

Tyler (pictured left) is a 17 year old from Parker. He has been going to the barn for a year with his brother Evan (pictured above). During the quarantine he has completed 52 hours of volunteer work, he also works up to 40 hours per week at an essential computer repair business. At the barn he makes sure all of the animals are brushed down, walked and loved on. His favorite animal is Loki and his favorite memory is halter training Loki. Thank you Tyler for all you do at the barn !!!

Richard is a 17 year old from Aurora. His dream is to be on the Disney Imaginary Team. He has been volunteering at the farm for 4 months. During quarantine he has volunteered 262 hours of his time! While at the barn he fixes things so everything is in working order. His favorite animals are Bandit and Kellie and his favorite memory is spending his days with the friends he meets at the farm. Thank you for keeping the barn in tip top shape!

Annette is from Parker. She is known as the "mom" of the Quarantine Squad. She has spent her life around animals and after retiring from the police force 6 months ago, she came to the farm and wanted to spend her days around animals. While at the barn she often brings her grandson Dominic who has inherited her love for animals. During the 8 weeks of quarantine she has completed 264 hours of volunteering not only coming in the morning but doing the night shift as well! At the barn she helps feed the animals, keeping the animals clean and collecting eggs. Her favorite memory is showing her grandchildren the animals and how to work hard while having fun! Her favorite animal is Nathan ! We can not thank you enough for all you do for us here at Edwards Animals!

Dominic is the coolest 12 year old you will EVER meet. During quarantine he came to the farm with his grandmother Annette and completed 182 hours of volunteering! While other kids wanted to sleep in during quarantine he was out doing barn chores. Dominic is known as the "goat whisper" because he has the patience to sit in a field waiting for the goats to come to him. This is a great talent to have when working at the farm. He spends his days at the farm collecting eggs, training goats and shadowing the older kids! His favorite memory is training not one but three goats to go across the seesaw! Nathan is his favorite animal. Thank you Dominic for bringing excitement to the barn. Everyone loves your jokes! 

Anna is an 18 year old girl from Castle Rock, CO. She has committed to the University of Kansas for the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 school year, WITH AN AMAZING SCHOLARSHIP in academics. She has been helping out at the Edwards Foundation for over 6 months, and during quarantine has completed over 80 hours of community service! Her nickname at the foundation is Wendy in charge of the Lost Boys. At the barn, Anna spends her time making breakfast for the volunteers and helping with the animals and doing odd jobs in any way possible. Anna's favorite animals are Wriggly and Honey and her favorite memories are of spending time with the guys and meeting all sorts of new people. Thank you Anna for your delicious treats and your dedicated service!

Emily is 18 years old from Aurora. She came to the barn wanting to do something meaningful during quarantine. She committed to Mansfield University for the Cross Country/Track Team! She trains diligently with running and weight training to keep herself in shape! At barn she spends time grooming the goats, riding Dealer and taking photos. Her favorite memory is forming friendships and her favorite animal is Bandit. During the 8 week stay at home order she volunteered 168 hours of her time here at Edwards Animals and 15 hours at Terolyn Horse Rescue! Thank you Emily for all you have done for us during quarantine! 

Ryan is 18 years old from Parker. He came to the barn like most volunteers needing hours for school. He soon became a regular volunteer, exceeding his hours needed. He completed 176 hours of service during the 8 weeks of quarantine! His future goal is to become a large animal equine vet. At the barn he spends his time giving medications, playing with the goats and making sure all animals are healthy. He will also help out with mechanical needs at the foundation. His favorite animals are Dealer, Wrigley and Loki. He can often be found taking a nap in the yard with Wriggley after a long day of barn chores! Thank you Ryan for your hard work and dedication here at the farm! 

We're going NuTs again!

Ryan Releasing a 3rd squirrel this week! 
Squirrel was so excited he didn't even say goodbye.
 Off to start a better new squirrel life!