Speranza has the luxury of being able to keep unadoptable dogs, as well as our rescue farm animals, for the duration of their natural lives. We rely on several volunteers to help us safely provide these sanctuary dogs and farm animals with a positive quality of life. We currently have four dogs at Speranza that will never be adoptable, even with rehabilitation. These dogs will live out their lives at the Speranza farm where we know we can keep them safe and out of trouble. And our farm animals - pigs, goats, cows and cats - well, let’s just say they’re living the good life!
Hugo is one of the most recognizable dogs at Speranza. His gentle demeanor and love of everyone he meets makes him a huge hit with visitors and volunteers alike. So why is Hugo not adoptable?
Hugo has separation anxiety like nothing we have ever experienced before. He has been adopted three times to the most perfect families, but Hugo does not tolerate being left alone, even for 30 minutes. He can be extremely destructive and gets very depressed when left alone. Rumor has it his family of six years never figured out he is deaf, and they beat him because he wouldn't listen. Hugo has only experienced love, affection and stability since coming to Speranza and his previous life in a “home” was abusive. No wonder he wants to stay at the rescue!
Our sweet Lola is also deaf and she came to us from a high-kill shelter. Lola is an older gal who is pretty set in her ways. She can be moody; some days she doesn’t want anyone to touch her or come close to her. Fortunately the way our facility is set up, she can run out into a play yard without us touching her if that’s what she needs. Lola loves to go for walks and explore, but she absolutely cannot go in cars without a proper transport crate, as she takes possession of the car and won’t come out or let you in.
Oscar – Oscar has been at Speranza for about 3 years now. He was found as a stray and once he arrived here we soon realized that he had certain triggers. Soon after he came he inflicted a serious bite to Janine’s face – however, it was a ‘bite and release' and we understand what triggered him. Oscar can be walked by volunteers as we now understand his issues and he can safely be handled by all.
Tucker is one of the original Speranza Animal Rescue dogs. Tucker is sweet, but he is very reactive in certain situations – he has bitten in the past – but we understand his triggers and we respect them. He loves other dogs and lives with his pal, Boomer. He enjoys his walks and cuddle time with the volunteers that he trusts. Tucker will happily remain at Speranza as a ‘lifer.’
Pigs and Hogs
Speranza Animal Rescue is currently the home to eight pigs, one hog and a seven pot-bellies. The three smaller pigs, Pumba, Piggy Smalls and Elvis Pigsley, live together and the 5 others live together.
Hamlet is large and in charge! He is HUGE and still growing. He was the runt of his litter and his littermates were picking on him. They bit off part of his ear and he was brought to Speranza before it could go any farther. He is a pig raised among dogs, so he has some dog-like tendencies and provides never ending entertainment.
Hatfield was found as a stray in Philadelphia, PA and was taken to a local shelter before finding his way to the Speranza farm. He is an older pig.
Porkchop was found wandering as a stray in the woods Dillsburg, PA and was Janine’s first pig wrangling experience. The vet thinks Porkchop is an older pig.
Miss Piggy was an owner surrender. She absolutely loves belly rubs and is the reigning Queen, as the only female pig on the farm.
Notorious P.I.G. was literally running loose along Interstate 83 for a few days before we could catch him. Janine laid in the bushes and waited for him to run by and she grabbed his foot and then leashed him.
Pumba ended up in a local shelter and made his way to Speranza shortly thereafter. He is vocal and lives with Elvis Pigsley and Piggy Smalls.
ELVIS PIGSLEY AND PIGGY SMALLS
Elvis Pigsley and Piggy Smalls were seized in a neglect case and taken to a local shelter before being saved by Speranza
Jiminy Cricket and Gepetto were bred by a goat breeder. Three goats were born and sadly one died. The mother then abandoned Jiminy Cricket and Gepetto. Our awesome volunteers shared custody of the days-old baby goats (in their homes) and bottle fed them around the clock until they were old enough to move to the farm. These fun loving cuties love to run and play and even walk on leash sometimes!
Meatball came to Speranza very sick and the vet didn’t think he’d make it through the first few days. Janine bottle fed him back to health and he has been grazing the farm since.
Noodle and T-bone were both destined for slaughter from a local farm before Janine stepped in and brought them to Speranza.
Crabcake is the reigning Queen of the farm. She has been here for years and is always near by. Crabcake loves to find a cozy spot to curl up and nap or just watch all the activities from up in the barn rafters.
Leo came to Speranza when he was less than a year old with his brother Bambino, when a local farmer surrendered his goat. The trailer opened, out came a goat and two kittens. Because the farmer was losing his farm we agreed to keep the two cats. Bambino went home with one of our volunteers and Leo is the most social cat you’ve ever met. He loves stowing away in volunteer cars and taunting the dogs.
Herman first showed up at the farm years ago, but is rarely seen during the day. Herman roams the farm but tends to stick around Janine’s parents house. He absolutely loves back scratches.
Simon has belonged to Janine’s mom for more than 15 years and is the patriarch of the animals at the farm. He is a gentle old man who has Cushing's Disease and requires daily grooming, medication and regulated pasture time. He has had a great life and is very loved.
Alex is a retired race horse and has spunk to spare. He is stunning and often puts on an
athletic show in the pastures for all to watch.
EINSTEIN AND CHLOE
Einstein and Chloe have both been with the Guido family for years and are retired from their days of being shown in horse and pony shows.