Lentil was rescued from a very unfortunate situation. His humans "accidentally" hatched too many eggs, and didn't fully understand how to care for the babies. After many of Lentil's siblings perished, it prompted his humans to contact DCAS for help. The survivors were all brought to safety, and since then, Lentil has become one of the friendliest roosters you'll ever meet! He enjoys climbing on your shoulder to let you know that he loves you, and he shares a very special connection with our sanctuary founder.
Mortimer "Morty" and his sister Patricia were found laying on the sidewalk in Oxnard, CA while their humans were attempting to sell them as "meat!" Their rescuer convinced the family to release the two pigs to DCAS, and now Morty and Patsy are living their very own happily ever after! Morty doesn't just lay down for belly rubs. He yells out, chases after you and demands them! He giggles and grins often, bringing so much joy into the lives of many.
Renegade is the eldest member of our herd at DCAS, and possibly the oldest horse in Ventura County. He was adopted from the Agoura Shelter, along with his best friend, Dakota. The shelter staff informed our team the pair had special needs and serious health concerns, Dakota being blind from trauma, and Renegade, suffering from very painful laminitis and potentially ringbone. They both needed specialized medical care, and fast! Both horses came with a long list of behavioral challenges, making things even more difficult for their rescuers. Renegade was especially fearful of humans, and because he and Dakota were so bonded, they would panic and storm through fences if anyone attempted to separate them from one another! With time, love and LOTS of patience, our team was able to help these spirited survivors heal and grow into the amazing, friendly, immensely loving horses they are today! Renegade likes to receive treats from visitors, and his favorite thing in the whole world, is belly and back massages!
Miss Bevin Beauregard is the eldest of our flock at DCAS. Bevin was found roaming the street, marching around like a proud Southern Belle in a parade all her own! Well, this little beauty has found her place and purpose at DCAS, where she enjoys strutting her stuff, and works hard at keeping the younger gals from stirring up trouble in the coop!
Tonto was found roaming around on the highway, abandoned by his humans. He was brought to DCAS where he is spoiled with love and healthy treats each day! Some people think tortoises aren't friendly, but that's only because they haven't met Tonto yet! This handsome fella likes to follow you around, enjoys chin rubs, and doesn't mind the other animals one bit. In fact, he loves to sunbathe with the dogs, chase the rabbits around and soak in the piggy pool! This special gent is going to be with us for a long, long time, and we're looking forward to watching him grow to more than 100 pounds!
Wilbur "Little Willie" came to DCAS as a relinquished pet. Although his human mom loved him very much, she felt sanctuary life would be far healthier for him. He is now enjoying his days alongside his best friend, Rosie, swimming in their piggy pond, sunbathing in the barnyard, soaking up all the love from visitors and volunteers, and melting hearts left and right! Wilbur is such a smartie pants, he has already learned how to tuck himself in each night, and lets out the cutest little sigh before falling asleep with a smile.
Pistol and her son, Gunner, were found wandering around the highway in the Rose Valley area of Ojai, CA. Locals dubbed the emaciated pair, "The Rose Valley Wanderers," bringing to attention their incredible plight and fight for survival. The pair was emaciated and terrified of humans. DCAS was informed the dogs were likely abandoned by their human, who starved the dogs prior to releasing them into the Los Padres National Forest. Although numerous kind souls attempted to catch the two doggies in order to bring them to safety, the pair was simply too afraid and ran away each time. The clock was ticking, with each day adding a considerable amount of danger to their already horrific circumstances. The Founder of DCAS spotted the dogs, and gently earned their trust. With assistance from the community, the dogs received tons of love and the best possible veterinary care! Nearly a year later, you can hardly tell that Pistol & Gunner had a near-death experience. Their fur has grown back, their eyes are clear and bright, they have reached healthy weights and they're incredibly friendly with everyone they meet! They are a living testament to what love and kindness can do for animals in-need, and all of us at DCAS are honored to be their forever family!
Sunflower came to us from a farm in Piru, CA which could no longer afford to provide food and care for her. She arrived at DCAS as a relinquished pet, and has since become quite the little show off! She enjoys cuddling with her girl pals, strutting her stuff and posing for the cameras! She's sweet and sassy, and cute as a button!
Olivia came to DCAS after she was found roaming around on the side of a busy road. We believe she may have either jumped or fallen off a commercial truck en route to a slaughter house. She was discovered by a very kind couple who saved her and quickly fell in lovewith this very lucky little girl. After doing some research, her rescuers decided to bring Olivia to sanctuary, where she is now happy as can be and running wild and free! She follows her caretakers EVERYWHERE and lives for belly rubs.
Lola the Guinea Pig
Lola and her sister Lily came to DCAS as relinquished pets. Their family was no longer able to provide the attention the girls deserved, so they asked us for help. We agreed to provide a loving forever home for these adorable guinea girls, and we have loved every moment with them since! Lola is a very friendly and curious individual, and has no problem stealing treats from your pockets!
Honey, prior to being rescued, was used in cruel animal testing experiments at a Southern California laboratory. She has since found the perfect forever home at DCAS, where she is loved by everyone she meets. This sweet girl adores her best friend, Thumper, and spends 98% of her time snuggling with him! The other 2% is spent eating, running around, digging and pooping, and we are 100% okay with that!
Dakota, the blind mare, sees only shadows. That's because her former humans locked her in a shed, and as it rolled down a hill with her trapped inside, she sustained extensive trauma to both her body, and her spirit. Her "seeing eye horse," Renegade, has helped comfort her over the years and the two formed a bond unlike any other. Nearly a decade after she and her best friend were rescued, Dakota has finally developed enough confidence to begin venturing off and exploring on her own! This brave girl is a true survivor, and an inspiration to us all. She is a registered therapy horse, working with autistic children, adults with disabilities, and veterans with PTSD.
Gunner and his mom, Pistol, were found wandering around the highway in the Rose Valley area of Ojai, CA. Locals dubbed the emaciated pair, "The Rose Valley Wanderers," bringing to attention their incredible plight and fight for survival. The pair was emaciated and terrified of humans. DCAS was informed the dogs were likely abandoned by their human, who starved the dogs prior to releasing them into the Los Padres National Forest. Although numerous kind souls attempted to catch the two doggies in order to bring them to safety, the pair was simply too afraid and ran away each time. The clock was ticking, with each day adding a considerable amount of danger to their already horrific circumstances. The Founder of DCAS spotted the dogs, and gently earned their trust. With assistance from the community, the dogs received tons of love and the best possible veterinary care! Nearly a year later, you can hardly tell that Pistol & Gunner had a near-death experience. Their fur has grown back, their eyes are clear and bright, they have reached healthy weights and they're incredibly friendly with everyone they meet! They are a living testament to what love and kindness can do for animals in-need, and all of us at DCAS are honored to be their forever family!
The Cool Chicks
Cranberry, Chia, Acorn & Sunflower came to DCAS from another rescue sanctuary which could no longer keep them. When we heard about the situation, we immediately rushed in to help provide a wonderful forever home for these beautiful girls. Sunflower may be the smallest of the group, but don't let her diminutive size fool you! She is definitely the leader of this little chick-click! They all love to perch side-by-side and pose for photos!
Little Bear the Miniature Horse
Little Bear was rescued from an animal hoarding and neglect situation near Thousand Oaks, CA. With the assistance of local law enforcement officers, and excellent teamwork and support from the neighbors of the property in question, DCAS was able to rescue every last one of the animals, including 3 horses, and dozens of chickens, turkeys and rabbits. We found wonderful forever homes for all of the animals, however, we simply couldn't bare to part with Little Bear. He absolutely stole our hearts, and we're convinced this was his plan all along!
Bastian & Atreyu
Due to the value of their fur and meat, these gentle souls were destined to become a fashion accessory, or someone's dinner. Our team members knew these sweet souls deserved better, and brought the boys halfway across the country, sparing them from exploitation and/or slaughter. These happy brothers now spend their days cuddling, nibbling on grass and making people laugh with their beautiful, big goofy smiles (as you can see here)!
Lambert was headed for slaughter as a "project" in a 4-H Program. Although these programs could be utilized as a wonderful way to teach children the importance of kindness toward animals, instead, they teach young people how to breed, raise and slaughter animals for profit. Lambert was almost one of the many individuals victimized by this cruel practice, but the teenage girl responsible for him realized that no animal deserves such a fate, and dropped out of the 4-H Program in order to save Lambert's life! She and her family brought Lambert to sanctuary, and we welcomed them with open arms. Lambert now helps visitors "make the connection," assisting our team in teaching visitors the importance of a compassion-based lifestyle.
Arthur and his turkey family came from a farm which needed to find a loving home for a group of sick birds. Arthur was so very sick when we found him, and we knew that if we didn't save him, he would have been PTS (put to sleep). We rescued and treated all of the birds with guidance from our avian specialist, Dr. Molnar, however, these turkeys will require specialized care for the rest of their lives.
Gwen came to the sanctuary from a Hollywood family which could no longer keep her. We welcomed her to sanctuary life with a “buffet” of beautiful veggies and gentle introductions to her new feathered friends and aviary mates. She’s such a happy girl and has beautifully adapted to sanctuary life! We are so thrilled to offer this gorgeous soul a wonderful forever home where her family can visit her for years to come.
Lakota and his brother Apache were abandoned, trapped in a backyard without shelter, food nor water. That was until a friend of DCAS discovered the little goats, and decided to save their lives! The tiny twosome is adored by visitors, but be careful, they just might steal your heart (as well as anything in your pockets)!
Winston was the subject of cruel animal testing experiments prior to being rescued from a Southern California laboratory. He has since found his forever home at DCAS, and is the smartest, sweetest, most affectionate piggy boy! He loves to nap in fluffy wood shavings, cuddle with humans, take baths in his piggy pond and nibble on organic fruits and veggies!
Garbanzo and his naked-necked siblings were rescued from a very unfortunate situation. His humans "accidentally" hatched too many eggs, and didn't fully understand how to care for the babies. After many of Garbanzo's siblings perished, it prompted his humans to contact DCAS for help. The survivors were all brought to safety, and since then, Garbanzo has become one of the friendliest roosters you'll ever meet! He enjoys flirting with visitors, chasing his brothers around and hunting for treats!
Thumper was abandoned at the front entrance of DCAS, and caught us all by surprise when we opened a large cardboard box, only to discover a tiny baby bunny inside! This sweet boy adores his best friend, Honey, and spends 98% of his time snuggling with her! The other 2% is spent eating, running around, digging and pooping, and we are 100% okay with that! Thumper as well as the DCAS team would like to ask everyone, please, don't abandon your pets! We are happy to provide information about how and where to safely and legally relinquish animals. Just send us a message if you require assistance! Thumper thanks you, and so do we!
Apache and his brother Lakota were abandoned, trapped in a backyard without shelter, food nor water. That was until a friend of DCAS discovered the little goats, and decided to save their lives! The tiny twosome is adored by visitors, but be careful, they just might steal your heart (as well as anything in your pockets)!
Tarly & Tully came to DCAS from another rescue sanctuary which could no longer keep them. These sweet boys are so playful, and love to splash around in their ducky pond! They especially enjoy making big messes for their human caretakers to clean up!
Salem magically appeared one day, hungry, wet and cold, searching for someone to love and care for him. This incredibly sweet boy was so affectionate, gentle and charming, we simply couldn't say no! Now he's the king of the jungle here at Dreamcatcher Sanctuary, and offers free cuddle sessions to everyone he meets!
The Swim Team
The Pekin Ducks arrived at the wildlife rehabilitation center when they were just a few days old. Because these ducks are a domestic breed, they can't be released into the wild. We worked closely with the wildlife center staff and volunteers to get them to sanctuary, where they will live for the rest of their lives, enjoying their little pond and nibbling on organic fruit and veggies all day long!
Poppie became an orphan when her first family had to close down their animal sanctuary. It was the saddest day of her life when she lost her home, and as a result, it took her some time to finally warm up to her new family here at DCAS. We welcomed little Poppie and her twin sister into the coop, and within a few weeks we began to see them perk up and come out of their shells! Poppie is a sight to be seen, with her stunning feather displays and dark, amber-colored eyes! Her favorite thing to do is leap from the highest points within the coop, and show off her plumage!
Luna is deeply loved by everyone in our family. We cherish every moment with this special girl, as she always brings magic and smiles to Dreamcatcher Animal Sanctuary! She spends most of her days walking around the sanctuary grounds, and has dubbed herself the official visitor greeter, welcoming guests to DCAS with a smile! She rolls over requesting tummy rubs from everyone, and usually follows around the tour groups!
Pierre's family could no longer keep him, and so, they brought him to sanctuary. He's a happy little gent and gets along with everyone! He loves to nibble on fresh veggies and carries them up to his perch where he can eat while looking out at his kingdom. Such a regal creature he is!
The Miniature Horse
Indy was found knee-deep in fecal matter, trapped in a tiny stall without clean water nor adequate shelter, alone and terrified. Around her, were dozens of other horses, all living in similarly disturbing conditions. DCAS team members quickly realized they were dealing with a serious hoarding situation, and made arrangements to get Indy to safety. Indy is now safe and sound, happy and immensely loved at DCAS. She shares each day cuddling and playing with her best friend, Little Bear, and the adorable duo is absolutely inseparable!
Rosie came to DCAS from another rescue sanctuary which could no longer keep her. Rosie was kept indoors with cats and dogs, and had never been socialized with other pigs. When she was introduced to Wilbur, she tried to run him out of the sanctuary! But, with a little love and guidance, our team helped Rosie learn the importance of friendship. Now, Rosie and Wilbur are totally inseparable, and spend their days lounging in their piggy pond, napping in their little house and nibbling on all sorts of organic fruits and veggies! Rosie's favorite, as you can see, is definitely pumpkin!
Clementine sustained a life-threatening injury when she was just a kid, and was subsequently abandoned by her humans at a veterinary hospital in Southern California. That's where Piper Wood, the Founder of Hand In Paw, found the injured little goat, and decided to help her. Piper made sure that Clementine received the surgery, love and support she needed in order to survive! A few weeks later, after following Clementine's story on social media, DCAS founder, Lola DeVonne, reached out to Piper and offered Clementine a loving forever home at DCAS. Piper made the very difficult decision to transfer her darling little Clementine to sanctuary, so she could live the kind of life that every goat dreams of! Clementine is such a lucky goat. She has so many people who love her, and the list grows with each passing day!
Patricia "Patsy" and her brother, Mortimer were found laying on the sidewalk in Oxnard, CA while their humans were attempting to sell them as "meat!" Their rescuer convinced the family to release the two pigs to DCAS, and now Morty and Patsy are living their very own happily ever after! Patsy is a big sweet heart! She loves to take long baths, short walks, and thoroughly enjoys her beauty sleep!
Scout, a special-needs mare with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), came to DCAS from another rescue which could no longer keep her. Just a few weeks after being introduced to pasture life, Scout's health challenges decreased dramatically! For the rest of her life, she'll be running wild and free at DCAS, loved, protected and totally spoiled by our wonderful team!
Scirocco was discovered by our team thanks to a Craigslist ad. In the ad, he was advertised as, "Free to anyone who will take him," and upon further reading, we discovered he was scheduled to be put to sleep due to being impossible to break. He was referred to as "crazy, dangerous, and the diablo negro." Of course, we knew no one else would save him, and as such, our team jumped into action to protect this very misunderstood animal. Since his rescue, Scirocco has become the sweetest, gentlest, most affectionate horse at DCAS! He loves to be loved, and will come right up to you for hugs and kisses! Scirocco is living proof that untamed, unbroken horses can be incredible family members, and the very best friends.
Hattie came to DCAS from another rescue sanctuary which could no longer keep her. Don't let her wild hairstyle fool you, Hattie is one of the calmest, sweetest hens you'll ever encounter! She is quite a regal gal, and loves to perch on the highest beam in the coop, while watching all her loyal subjects below! She always looks as though she is deep in thought... planning her next move as Queen of the Coop!