SC Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary is a no-kill, no-breed sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and neglected exotic animals. Located in Georgetown, SC, SC-CARES operates a wildlife rehabilitation center, develops educational outreach programs and provides a compassionate environment where animals are treated with love and respect, receive proper care and given a good quality of life.

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8/27/2012

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8/11/2012

Wolf Pack Gets A New Den
7/1/2012

Wolves Howling
6/18/2012

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10/13/2009

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10/11/2009

Happy Folks Find Home For Tortoise
6/8/2009

Building SC-CARES
2006

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Gone But Not Forgotten

One of the hardest parts of caring for so many animals is dealing with loss. It never gets any easier to say goodbye. But thanks to the many generous people that help support this sanctuary, we always know that we have provided the best life possible for each animal, whether for many years or just a short period of time. Still, we miss our friends when they are gone. These are the special animals that we remember every day. They have enriched our lives in a meaningful and everlasting way.


Allie

Common: Budgerigar Parakeet
Native to: Australia
Diet: seeds,nuts,fruits & vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Died: January 1, 2015
Personality: Allie seems to be a follower- Blue is definitely the leader of the two. As we get ready to have them all out together- we will cross our fingers that the 4 parakeets will all get along. Three of them are males so there is no guarantee..
Background: Allie & Blue came to us from a family that realized they required more time than they thought- they felt these two would be happier here.
Comment: Just as we had hoped all of the parakeets are living together...they made the decision themselves...on one of their days out as we were putting everyone to bed we saw that all four of the parakeets had gone to bed in the same house...there apparently was a little toe biting but currently they are all getting along...

Blue

Common: Budgerigar Parakeet
Native to: Australia
Diet: seeds,nuts,fruits & vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Died: April 24, 2014
Personality: Blue is a gorgeous boy- he has been making friends with the two remaining parakeets that live with us in the small bird room. We are almost ready to let them all out together- hopefully they will live in peace & be happy together.
Background: Blue & Allie came to us from a family who had not had them long, but soon realized they required more time than they originally thought. They felt they would be happier here where they could come out of the cage & play more.
Comment: Just as we had hoped all of the parakeets are living together...they made the decision themselves...on one of their days out as we were putting everyone to bed we saw that all four of the parakeets had gone to bed in the same house...there apparently was a little toe biting but currently they are all getting along...Blue had some respiratory issues & was on meds- had an appt. at the vet upcoming but sadly didnt make it...

Pa Ingle

Common: Budgerigar Parakeet
Native to: Australia
Diet: Seeds, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: June 7, 2014
Background: Breeder rescue.
Comment: Pa Ingle is the one on the left.

Amelia

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch, seeds, bugs
Sex: Female
Age: 0
Died: June 24, 2010
Personality: Amelia is known as the ninja chicken...when placed in the deer compound with the other chickens- she wasted no time showing them that being a third of their size made no difference to her...she is a little girl, but seems to hold her own...
Background: OK- this is a good one...Pete,a volunteer who works at Walmart received a call in the middle of the night that a chicken had walked through the front doors of Walmart...Pete & Stephanie(another volunteer) sped to the rescue- the other employees had gotten her into a cardboard box- our volunteers placed her in a cat kennel & brought her out to the sanctuary the following day....
Comment: I have to say this...maybe Amelia heard the ads that Walmart had "everything" & she was just looking for a home & a family....thanks to our great volunteers- she now has both!!!

Aurora

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: April 26, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.

Cho

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: June 21, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.
Comment: Cho left us on Thur-6/21/18- not knowing how old these chickens were when we got them it is impossible to know their age...so sorry Cho- see you at the bridge!

Ginny

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: April 7, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.

Holly

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: April 2, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.

Leslie

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: September 7, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.

Peepers

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: poultry mix
Sex: Male
Age: 0
Died: August 30, 2014
Personality: Peepers is still a baby...were hoping as he grows hell be able to adjust to using his deformed leg...
Background: Peepers was hatched as a classroom project- when he hatched his leg was just not right- rather than putting him down the teacher thought it worth a try to see if he can develop and get around with the bum leg...were hoping!Peepers came to SC CARES on 4/23/2014 at 2 weeks old..

Precious(aka Wobbles

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: February 23, 2018
Background: An entire flock of 13 hens, 1 rooster, 1 male & 1 female turkey were abandoned in Andrews- the renter moved out and left these sweet birds with no food, no water for quite some time. The landlord of the property called and we took them in nearly all of them were emaciated and all very skittish to humans but who could blame them? We are working with them all to get them up to good weights, wormed and hopefully healthy.

Rhonda

Common: Chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix & insects
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: August 14, 2018
Personality: Rhonda is a very active girl! She and her friends, Marvella & Wilma are always at the back of the hut asking for treats!! If you do not give them a treat and there is food out- they will help themselves!! They are absolutely full of personality!!
Background: A local woman that has chickens for egg laying was downsizing and since she felt these three girls were not laying like younger hens, she was leery to give them to anyone else for that purpose- thankfully she called us and we were able to help! These poor creatures are SO much more than what they can produce for humans!!! We will be glad when humans realize this!!We LOVE our chickens!!
Comment: These wonderful girls are always ready for a hug!!

Sprout

Common: Chickens
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch,cracked corn, insects
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Died: April 30, 2018
Background: Brewster and Stitch, our two roosters, were doing what roosters do--fighting over the solitary hen. We were advised to increase the number of females so we acquired five hens. Things were a little calmer for a while but the two boys are back to fighting again. Another coop was built to house each rooster with his choice of hens (or is it the hens that choose the rooster?). Come see the show as volunteers try to put eight chickens to bed for the night!
Comment: Sprout is the Dominique chicken on the right.

Loretta

Common: Hen
Native to: everywhere
Diet: poultry mix
Sex: Female
Age: 5
Died: October 29, 2018
Personality: Loretta is definitely a self starter...she goes where she wants, when she wants..its not uncommon to find her at the back door of the hut in the morning, which is outside her area- she sleeps in the trees & upon awakening often misses her landing site!
Background: Conway & Loretta came to us from a lady who wanted to raise chickens- her neighbors were not impressed when Conway learned how to sing "good morning"

Stitch

Common: Plymouth Rock chicken
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch,cracked corn, insects
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Died: March 8, 2011
Personality: Stitch came to us as a tiny little chick from the vets office- see Lilo story. He is a man with a mission. He is charged with watching over Lilo along with Brewster. We have been told we need 8 hens per rooster but at this time our coop is not big enough for that many chickens. So Brewster being the dominant rooster sometimes takes over- leaving Stitch to boss around volunteers and guests. He wil chase and attempt to control your path but to date has not attacked to badly.
Comment: Stitch is beautiful. He and Brewster take turns crowing pretty much all day. They are all out during the day wondering around the sanctuary looking for bugs and teasing the wolves. They are definetly the three stooges- Brewster, Lilo and Stitch

Brewster

Common: Rooster
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: scratch,cracked corn, insects
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Died: February 18, 2012
Personality: Brewster is one of a kind. He will follow people around the sanctuary & crow with excitement. Every evening he likes to come in and visit in the hut. He absolutely loves people. He is such a great addition to the SC CARES family.
Background: We actually do not know how old Brewster is. He was found playing in traffic on a busy highway, luckily in front of a caring persons home. She picked him up & brought him to us.
Comment: Brewsters comb looked pale about a week ago & upon closer inspection- he had lost weight & was pretty lethargic...he had been in the hut with us for observation & to make sure he got a chance to eat- we tried to clean out his crop in case he was impacted but the stress of the procedure was too much for him..I wish we knew more, could do more...Brewster had been a close friend & my worst enemy- in other words- he was everything to me! I miss him terribly....

Red

Common: Rooster
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch & bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Died: March 15, 2014
Personality: Red is also a gorgeous boy.. like Tamarin they seemed to have voted Speckles to be their body guard..
Background: Speckles, Tamarin & Red came to SC CARES from Carolina Waterfowl in NC. Theyre not waterfowl but this wonderful group tries to help all of the creatures they can & these roosters were taken in along with a lot of others & needed a permanent home.

Reggie

Common: Rooster
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: scratch,cracked corn, insects
Sex: Male
Age: 2
Died: December 21, 2010
Personality: Reggie was the sweetest rooster I have ever met...not only was he beautiful on the outside but just as beautiful on the inside... we miss him terribly!!
Background: Reggie was rescued by a neighbor in Charleston, South Carolina who found him outside,without shelter, his feet tied together and tethered to the ground after her neighbors moved away and left him. She gave him shelter, food and water before calling us.
Comment: Reggie came to SC-Cares 06/09/09. His age is estimated.

Speckles

Common: Rooster
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch & bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Died: December 30, 2013
Personality: Speckles is a bit protective.... or just angry- Ive threatened to send him to Anger Management classes but... He, Tamarin & Red live together beside of Daisy & Jimmy- we tried to leave them in with the pigs but Speckles kept attacking the volunteers.. they seem to be happy together & all three crow every morning!!
Background: Speckles, Tamarin & Red came to SC CARES from Carolina Waterfowl in NC. Theyre not waterfowl but this wonderful group tries to help all of the creatures they can & these roosters were taken in along with a lot of others & needed a permanent home.

Tamarin

Common: Rooster
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch & bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 1
Died: July 4, 2010
Personality: Tamarin is a beautiful boy- named by one of our volunteers because his coloring is just like the Golden Tamarin primates. Hes much more laid back than Speckles- these boys are the three musketeers.
Background: Speckles, Tamarin & Red came to SC CARES from Carolina Waterfowl in NC. Theyre not waterfowl but this wonderful group tries to help all of the creatures they can & these roosters were taken in along with a lot of others & needed a permanent home.

Conway

Common: Silkie Bantam Rooster
Native to: Southeast Asia
Diet: poultry mix
Sex: Male
Age: 1
Died: March 20, 2015
Personality: Wow what a pretty boy Conway is!!! & he knows it! Hes very protective of Loretta & usually where you see one you will see the other..
Background: Conway & Loretta came to us from a lady who wanted to raise chickens- her neighbors were not impressed when Conway learned how to sing "good morning"

Dagwood

Common: Cockatiel
Native to: Australia
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: May 26, 2014
Background: Breeder rescue.
Comment: We had his age listed as when we took him in...2007- we really do not know how old Dagwood might have been- he was an adult when we got him...he was just out yesterday following his girl around-Lucy- he seemed fine but when I fed them this morning he must have just passed.

Danny

Common: Cockatiel
Native to: Australia
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Died: September 18, 2014
Personality: Danny is a sweet bird, whose previous human companion loved him deeply. He is doing great so far- Clariesse, a neighboring female cockatiel has taken a liking to him & visits the top of Dannys house to say hello.
Background: Dannys human companion, due to health reasons, felt he would be better off here at SC CARES. I am sure Danny misses her companionship but seems to be adjusting. We wish Dannys mom the very best & hope that everything works out for her.
Comment: It really disturbs me when this happens...Danny seemed fine- then Thurs-morning he was gone....
Foster Parents: Barbie Culbertson

Lucy

Common: Cockatiel
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Died: January 5, 2017
Background: Breeder rescue.
Comment: Lucy is on the right.

Nala

Common: Cockatiel
Native to: Australlia
Diet: seeds,nuts,fruits & veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 11
Died: August 3, 2014
Personality: Nala & Stitch seem very shy..although it might be a little intimidating in the small bird room with all of their new friends... we have opened their door but they have not ventured out yet...can not wait for them to have the opportunity to fly around the room... it is great to watch these birds take flight and at least spread their wings...
Background: Nala & Stitch came to us from a family who could no longer care for them...
Comment: Nala is on the right.Sadly we lost Nala last night- at 11 years old- this just doesnt seem right- she started having seizures yesterday- I held her hoping that I could at least be with her when she passed but she left us last night- I have no idea what caused the seizures she had been fine just the day before- these birds give you no warning anything is wrong with them- I wish they could talk to me....sweet angel- always let me give her kisses- is flying free (Nala is the sweet girl on the right in this picture)

Reebok

Common: Cockatiel
Native to: Australia
Diet: seeds,nut,fruits,veggies
Sex: Male
Age: 13
Died: May 30, 2015
Personality: Reebok is a sweet boy...once adjusting to all of his new friends..human & bird..he seems to be happy. He has recently stepped up & hung out with me in the small bird room- although his neighbor -Mika- seems to get a bit jealous..he is making new friends and hopefully will be happy here...Reebok is an excellent whistler!
Background: Reebok came to us from a young woman in Charlotte who had been his companion since grade school...after graduation from college & having to move away from him- she felt he was not getting the attention he craved..he came from a loving environment and hopefully feels that he is loved here..
Comment: Its with much sadness that I have to tell you Reebok(cockatiel) had to be put down yesterday...several weeks ago he wasnt acting right & thankfully-Emily was willing to take him to the vet & home with her to give him the special attention (hand feeding,meds,oxygen). Apparently he had liver disease & Emily went above & beyond doing everything possible to help him- he wasnt able to turn the corner- hes waiting for us at the bridge whistling his tune.
Foster Parents: Kaity DAngelo

Stormy

Common: Umbrella Cockatoo
Native to: Australia
Diet: nugget food, seed, fruits & veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 70
Died: January 10, 2017
Personality: Stormy, the eldest bird here at SC CARES. She is a wonderful example of how long these parrots can live. Life span is 60-80 years for her breed of parrot. We certainly hope she will be with us for years to come.
Background: Stormy came to SC CARES in June of 2008. She lived with our fellow rescurer in NC. When a move forced the rescurer to place the remaining birds she had rescued Stormy began to pluck. She must have really bonded to one of her fellow roomates. Stormy had lived with Charlie years ago and now that they have been reunited they both seemed very happy. They spend their days out together preening eachother and hanging out. Stormy has already begun to let her feathers come back so we are excited about that.
Comment: Stormy is still a little nervous when strangers arrive but as long as she has Charlie to cuddle up to she seems satisfied. She and Charlie are so cute when they both climb in a box or bag to hide. We do not enourage breeding but for them to have a close relationship is a wonderful thing.

Buddy

Common: Green-cheeked Conure
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Died: December 21, 2015
Personality: Update-12/2014 I do not wish to talk badly about any of our creatures here but Buddy has the nickname of Buddy the Bully...he is responsible for several toe bites in the small bird room...Buddy has his own private days out of his house just to limit any fighting...He is a little bird with a BIG attitude!! We still love him though!
Background: Breeder rescue.

Norman

Common: Angus Steer
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Died: June 10, 2017
Personality: Norman is still shy but has adjusted well here. He bellows out when it is time for feeding...you can hear him mooing all around. He has allowed a few of us to pet and kiss him- as long as you feed him..so while he is eating is the best time to steal a kiss...what a playful boy he is- he will try to sneak up behind you & then turn to run so you can chase him...we do this back and forth gotcha game for a while- he really seems to enjoy the attention!!
Background: Norman has had a very rocky beginning- being born on a local farm- Norman, as an infant, was dragged across the field by a donkey. The donkey broke Normans leg at the femur. The leg was not set properly & too much time had passed by the time we got the call to take him in. After a visit to the vet & x-rays- it was determined that the break had calcified & all we could do is hope that he would use the leg for balance. So far so good- he will use it when he runs & to balance himself- keep good thoughts for him, we really need him to use that leg.

Izzie

Common: Dog
Native to: Worldwide
Diet: Dog Chow
Sex: Female
Age: 13
Died: May 1, 2008
Personality: Izzie short for Isabella is deaf, some brain damage & spinal damage but loves walkabouts & pettings. Shes a sweet ole girl & as long as she stays happy & doesnt appear to be in pain, well keep loving on her for as long as we can.
Background: Izzie was hit by a car and left for dead on the highway. Our son JJ took her to the vet & we took her into our home after that. We dont normally rescue dogs & cats but in this case we made an acception.
Comment: Izzie is a miracle- the xrays show at least 3 vertebrate have fused together but this ole girl isnt giving up. She does wobble & stumble but she gets around for her walkabouts.

Bon Bon

Common: white footed ferret
Native to: everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Female
Age: 4
Died: March 14, 2015
Personality: Bon Bon is a very active- high energy ferret...shes so soft & very loving..She and Doc give each other lots of playful bouts- they are so fun to watch & to play with...
Background: Bon Bon was abandoned in an apartment when her former human caretakers moved out...lucky for her some neighbors looked in the window and saw her locked in carrier- all alone with no one left in the place...how can people do these things? These creatures, due to our own making, depend on us to supply their needs...some people simply have no heart or sense..or maybe both...
Comment: Bon Bon- age is unknown- based her teeth & energy level we are assuming she is fairly young...

Hickory-Dickory-

Common: white footed ferret
Native to: everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Died: November 9, 2015
Personality: Doc is so playful..he is a lot of fun out running around the hut..be careful though-he will get in between your feet while you are moving around..he loves to chase & play bite at your ankles..he would be considered a true ankle biter...
Background: Doc was purchased at Pet Safari & after a few months his new family could no longer keep him..
Comment: Doc was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly a year ago- with no options but steroids, we were able to extend his life with some quality for longer than we expected but recently his health has declined and the meds werent working anymore so we did the only thing we could to alleviate his suffering... we will miss you sweet boy- what a wonderful ferret friend youve been!!!

Lillie

Common: White footed ferret
Native to: everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: March 15, 2012
Personality: Lillie is a sweet, wonderful ferret-Tripp just loves his new friend- they are so cute to see curled up in the hammock sleeping together. When they are out playing together in the hut it is so fun to watch as they pounce, run & hide together. We hope Lillie will be able to live a long life with Tripp.
Background: Lillie was found by a woman when she was mowing her yard- being albino thankfully made her easy to see, since she is really small (half the size of Tripp). Lillie had no hair whatsoever except on her head. After a vet visit it was determined that Lillie has an adrenal tumor- unfortunately lots of ferrets end up with this from being neutered & spayed too young. Surgery is too high risk to try & remove the tumor- she received her shots & a steroid shot & has since regrown her hair. We will do all that we can to keep her happy & healthy for as long as possible- keep her in your thoughts....
Comment: Lillies age was a guess since she was found in someones yard & we had no details...but the adrenal tumor had taken its toll. Lillie passed away but up until her last day she was still coming out to play (only a little while) & then curling up in her blanket to rest. We sure will miss her but we are glad we got to love her for a little while!

Tripp

Common: White Footed Ferret
Native to: everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Died: October 13, 2011
Personality: Tripp is playful, loving and fun. Since the passing of Sweet Pea the SC CARES family has missed having a ferret rummaging through EVERYTHING. Tripp will even climb into the frig while youre putting away veggies. He loves to be held and LOVES to play with Garfileld. They both do well with eachother.
Background: Tripp was rescued by a yound woman 2 years ago from a shelter. Her life required her to move and she left Tripp with her brother. He recently was aquiring a new roommate who did not want to live with a ferret. Boy is he missing out!!

Mahala

Common: Red Fox
Native to: North America, Europe, Asia, Australia
Diet: Small mammals
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Died: June 13, 2010
Personality: Mahala is pretty shy- our tours do not always get to see him. He has dug a den where he spends most of the day- sleeping. Around five or six in the evening, he will come out and start looking for us to bring him his dinner
Background: Mahala came to SC CARES from a private zoo outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Luigi

Common: Newby Mix Pigmy Goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: June 6, 2016
Personality: Luigi is a very friendly guy and will walk on a leash. We think he will be a great ambassador for the sanctuary.
Background: Luigi came from a loving home. Because he kept escaping from his fenced area to play in the road, the family felt he would be safer at SC-CARES. He is a larger goat and we thought he would be a good companion for Kumar, the llama, who has a less than delightful disposition. We were wrong—Kumar began nipping at Luigi so they are now separated.
Comment: Luigi has been laid to rest as of today- in the past 6 months he continued to loose weight, Dr.Bolten ran tests, even pulled some loose teeth hoping that would help him eat better- he was kept separate and given special treats & food for the past several months but finally he just kept loosing weight and no longer had the energy to get up...we will miss you Luigi but well see you again!!

Tonto

Common: Pigmy Goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Died: July 12, 2011
Personality: Tonto is still a little shy when it comes to humans but we are confident that will not last long.
Background: Since the loss of Moracco in November of 2008, Cairo had been terribly depressed. He was showing no interest in the things that used to fill his and Moracco’s days: greeting visitors, eating the landscape, playing on your car if you parked in the wrong place. Normally very active and friendly, he was lying in one spot for most of the day. Only in very rare cases, does SC-CARES solicit animals for the sanctuary but because goats are herd animals and should not be kept as solitary animals, we have been searching for a buddy for Cairo. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteer Alicia Norris, Tonto is now Cairo’s new playmate. Tonto was donated by a local farmer. He is one year old and full-grown; although at half the size of Cairo he looks like a baby. It took no time at all for the two goats to bond. For the first couple of days Cairo was allowed to roam free but Tonto was confined to the goat enclosure. Cairo would not wander far, but if he got out of Tonto’s sight, Tonto would bleat until Cairo came running. They both now wander the grounds during the day, never out of sight of each other.
Comment: We mistakenly gave Tonto wild cherry branches not knowing that its toxic to ruminant animals.

Eddie

Common: Pygmy goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & hay
Sex: Male
Age: 0
Died: January 29, 2014
Personality: Baby Eddie does not know that he is a goat, nor that he is crippled..ignorance IS bliss- as he goes about his day-playing, running and acting like a goat-EVERYONE loves Eddie- his sweet personality and general cuteness simply draws you in!
Background: Eddie was born on a local farm as a twin. His brother had the same birth defect- missing the last joint and hoof on both back legs- sadly his sibling had been killed-either by the herd or according to the farmer who raised these goats for meat- by a raptor. Either way Eddie was not safe- a neighbor knew of this situation & contacted us-then made arrangements for us to pick him up. So far he gets around great- but we will see if he is going to need prosthetic legs as he grows. Eddie has moved in with the 4 little pigs & they all seem to be adjusting well...
Comment: What is in a name? This one came to me as I tried to think of someone who faced challenges such as Eddie & overcame them- someone who against all odds & difficulty kept pushing onward...then I remembered a lady from our tours-her son fought in Afghanistan & sustained life threatening injury from an explosive- loosing both of his legs, his arm & all but 2 fingers on the other hand- he is currently undergoing surgeries and being fitted for prosthetic limbs- continues to smile,heal and live! An idol for us all- his name is Eddie!
Foster Parents: In honor of Captain Eddie Klein, Sally

Frack

Common: Pygmy goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 2
Died: May 20, 2011
Personality: Frack is the older of the two and the poor fellow had his horns grounded off. He still head butts Frick & doesnt seem to know the difference-thank goodness. His hair in this picture is standing on end- talk about a bad hair day...!!! Hes shy but oh so cute!
Background: Frick & Frack lived at a local campground- they had not neutered any of their goats & continued to have more goats??? There were too many so they called us to take two of their boys- who were neutered upon arrival!
Comment: Frack developed kidney stones & passed one that caused irreparable damage to his body- after the vet visit & a week of force feeding him meds & herbs- he was not making any improvements and suffering trying to go to the bathroom...the decision was made to take him in to alleviate his suffering...as his life ended-I was kissing him & telling him how loved he was & how sorry we were that we could not do more to help him...

Frick

Common: Pygmy goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: October 31, 2016
Personality: As of 6/10 Frick is 9 mos.old. Frick is for sure the baby...when you walk out of the back of the hut- he starts crying & whining for his dinner. He really sounds pitiful but hes well fed. He has beautiful hair but is too shy to be brushed.
Background: Frick & Frack lived at a local campground- they had not neutered any of their goats & continued to have more goats??? There were too many so they called us to take two of their boys- who were neutered upon arrival!

Moracco

Common: Pygmy goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 1
Died: November 7, 2008
Personality: Moracco is into everything, just loves to do goat things like check out all the bags, sit on the bench with you like a lap dog, and anything else he can get into. He is a lot of fun!
Comment: Moracco died 11/07/08. Moracco death came way too early. He apparently ate something containing a bacteria called "listera". His body even with medication was unable to fight it & within two days of showing symptons, he was gone. He will be missed terribly !!

Bugsby

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Died: August 8, 2016
Personality: Bugsby is a sweet boy, very large & very beautiful !
Background: Bugsby came to us through one of our volunteers.

Nibbet

Common: Guinea pig
Native to: South America
Diet: grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Died: April 28, 2015
Personality: Nibbet is definitely more outgoing than Fiddlesticks..He will stand up on hind legs & make his little squeaky sound to get your attention.. they both are so cute with the swirls in their hair... they have both now been neutered & in a month or so we will see if Coco would like to share her space with them...
Background: Nibbet & Fiddlesticks came to us from a divorce situation... when families become separated it is not just the kids & property that have to figured out...

Precious

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: pellets/grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 7
Died: January 31, 2018
Personality: Precious is very shy but very sweet. We hope that she will be happy here at SC CARES.
Background: Family circumstances changed drastically for her former family and they felt she would could better cared for here.
Comment: Precious arrived Feb.2016 and is currently 6 years old, making her an elder pig...hopefully she will adjust to life with us and give us some time to give her good loving!Precious suffered a stroke on 1/29 and was unable to move around on her own-due to her poor quality of life we were forced to make the decision to not let her suffer...

Coal

Common: Friesian Horse
Native to: Netherlands
Diet: Hay, Oats
Sex: Male
Age: 27
Died: October 22, 2015
Personality: Coal is a very handsome boy. He prances with head held high, looking so proud. At first the girls were not sure about sharing their space with this guy but in no time at all they accepted him .
Background: Coal came to us from a very caring woman. After her husband passed away she moved and could no longer keep the ten horses she and her husband cared for. She was able to sell the other nine but because of his age, Coal was brought to SC-CARES.Ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle.
Comment: Obit:Our sweet, old man left us last night to find greener pastures...he looked like he had just laid down and drifted off. Coal was at least 30 yrs old according to our vet & has lived here with us at SC CARES since 2009. He seemed fine leading up to leaving us- Im thankful I stopped what I was doing on Monday & cut up an apple for him-he always loved getting special treats! Coal had lost almost all of his teeth and couldnt have hay so we tried to comfort him with apples! Im so heartbroken, every time one of these sweet creatures leaves us- I hope were done for a while now...Well miss you silly ole man!!!
Foster Parents: Betty & Mark Erwin

Baby

Common: Quarter Horse
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: horse chow, sweet feed, hay
Sex: Female
Age: 19
Died: September 29, 2011
Personality: Baby has adjusted well...she is such a sweet horse & loves her carrots. Baby is our oldest horse-vets guess is at least 20 years old...shes a fighter though- through EPM(a parasite that attacks the nervous system), string halt & currently 12/10-shes losing the sole of one foot- this girl is not giving in...since her arrival in 2008, Baby has stolen the hearts of many!!!
Background: Babys story is a sad one- she has been bred all of her life & each one of her colts have been taken from her every time to sell. I do not think this poor horse has ever felt safe & happy. She is approx.16 years old & has been a brood mare for so long that it caused medical problems for which surgery had to be done to hopefully correct.
Comment: **update-12/10- Baby is in the worst physical shape of all of our horses but continues to fight through whatever is ailing her at the moment- she knows that she is loved here & loves being here. Thanks to all who have cared for & about this girl- she making it !!9/30/11-Babys suffering has ended...her body had just gotten to a point of not being able to heal...what a wonderful spirit she shared with us- she will be missed terribly!! Saying goodbye is never easy- well never forget you & love you forever!!!

Charmer

Common: Quarter Horse
Native to: Worldwide
Diet: Hay, oats
Sex: Female
Age: 25
Died: June 20, 2018
Personality: Update 12/2014 Charmer is still amazing! Our first horse rescue here @ SC CARES- she will always hold a special place in our hearts!
Background: Charmer came to us December, 14 2007. She has navicular disease. Her surgery went well and she was allowed back in the pasture in March 2008.**Nov-2017** we just received an email with Charmers birth certificate- she was born on 4/19/1993 in South Dakota and her official name is "Dynamic Charmer"...I think we can all agree that she is!!!
Comment: Charmer...SC CARES very first horse resident in 2007 and what a great horse friend she was. Charmer had a navicular issue, negative degree hoofs and in the past year has fought abscess and recently was diagnosed with Crushing disease. Long story short, she fought hard for the past 4 mos but with a monster abscess that just wouldnt heal- today she was done! At 25 years old we sure loved having her with us for the 10 years she lived here! Charmer will be missed more than words can say...and by SO many people who loved her! I told her today to go the bridge look for Baby(her first friend SC-CARES) and Hank Winter(who came to SCC for Charmer and all the other creatures she would know from SCC and when each of our times come please be there to greet us and love us again! Wow our hearts hurt!!
Foster Parents: Tom & Karen Collins, Hank Winter

Lady

Common: Quarter Horse
Native to: Worldwide
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Died: July 18, 2012
Personality: Lady is the largest horse in the paddock, but still submissive to the lead horse (Charmer). She is a humble and wonderful girl.
Background: Lady came to us through a volunteer who does horse rescue as she can. This horse was kept in a grass field & too much grass can cause what is called "laminitis"- a hoof problem that can be cleared with a diet of only grains & hay. Now that Lady is here her hooves are healed and she is just a beautiful as ever.
Comment: Ladys passing was unexpected- apparently she had fluid around her heart- our biggest but most gentle horse will be missed terribly..

Loki

Common: Quarter horse
Native to: everywhere
Diet: hay/oats
Sex: Female
Age: 26
Died: January 26, 2018
Personality: Loki may have been a bit mischievous in her younger years but now at 25 seems very sweet & calm. We have her in a separate area from the herd due to her neurological issues from epm. The herd did come to greet her & Sassy seems to be intrigued(or jealous-we are not sure) by her.
Background: Loki came to us from a local family who are going through serious health issues. They do intend to come visit Loki as much as possible! We hope Loki will be happy here for as long as we have with her!
Comment: Loki at 27 had accumulated too many issues for her body to battle. It was with much consideration and after trying everything we possibly could to help her heal that we were forced to make "the" decision to give her peace. I wish we could have given you a few more years...We only had you for 1 & 1/2 years but in that time grew to love you SO much! We will see you at the bridge sweet girl!
Foster Parents: Billy & Norma Jacobs

Drako

Common: Bearded Dragon
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: March 22, 2011
Personality: He is a calm lizard & will close his eyes in relaxation when someone gently rubs his head. He looks so prehistoric. He is a really neat lizard.
Background: Drako came to us through a friend of ours who specialized in reptiles.
Comment: Drako did live a pretty long life...its never easy to see them go..he had been in declining health for the past several months & Dr.J thought it best in light of his suffering to end it peacefully..... you will be missed little dragon.....love to you!!

Godzilla

Common: Bearded Dragon
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Died: September 26, 2017
Personality: Godzilla has a sweet disposition and enjoys being petted. He gets very excited when breakfast is served.
Background: He came to us in June 2008 from a young woman leaving home for college. Because of this, she could no longer care for Godzilla.

Flash

Common: Green Iguana
Native to: South America
Diet: Vegetation, fruits
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Died: March 25, 2011
Personality: Flash likes to have her head rubbed, she will close her eyes and hold still. Neither she nor Godzuki are crazy about being held or carried.Flash & Godzuki live in their new enslosure- thanks to Hank Winter... they have lots more room!
Background: Flash and Godzuki came to us from a breeder because they were not producing fertile eggs.
Comment: Flash had become swollen- like she did when she was about to lay eggs...Dr.J was here on a visit & we discussed this- shed been swollen for a couple of weeks & had not laid eggs...being concerned- she went to the vets for bloodwork, xrays & sonogram...we were waiting for the results from these test when I checked in Friday morning on them & she was dead.... her age was a guess but it still puts her around 10 yrs...their life span can be in the teens...I hope she lived as happy a life as was possible in captivity.....

Kumar

Common: Llama
Native to: Peru
Diet: horse chow, sweet feed, hay
Sex: Male
Age: 12
Died: July 24, 2018
Personality: Kumar came to SC CARES March 2, 2008. He is adjusting pretty well & we are working with him. Our other new resident, Baby, is not quite sure about him, so Kumar has his very own pasture to romp & play in, with plenty of attention from volunteers & visitors.
Background: Kumar was hand raised by a woman and kept in the house. As well meaning as it was, this situation-according to llama experts in Texas, creates what is known as Berserk Llama Syndrome. We will continue to work with him, so he can become well balanced & have a happy fulfilling life here at SC CARES.
Foster Parents: Sara Devlin, Jack & Addison Gauthier, Larry & Margaret Miller

Danielle

Common: Opossum
Native to: North America
Diet: Most Anything
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: January 22, 2008
Comment: Died January 22, 2008

Pete

Common: Moustached Parakeet
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: November 2, 2011
Personality: Pete is a very timid bird- doesnt like to be handled but loves to chirp back at you in conversation. When hes not molting/pulling feathers, hes a beautiful bird- of course we love him anyway he chooses to be. He currently has a new love-Snuggles- much bigger than him, but he loves her to visit- he is so taken in by her beauty.
Background: Pete came to SC CARES from a local rescurer in Georgetown in 2006. She came upon him locked in a hot car & waited to ask the owners of the vehicle if they were trying to kill him? They did not care about him & said "if you want him- take him"

Chrissy

Common: Parakeet
Native to: Austrialia
Diet: Seeds, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: March 15, 2009
Background: Breeder rescue.

Gracie

Common: Parakeet
Native to: Austrialia
Diet: Seeds, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Died: January 1, 2010
Background: Gracie came to us in January 2002 from a pet shop that had more parakeets than they could sell.
Comment: Gracie is the one in the middle.

Janet

Common: Parakeet
Native to: Austrialia
Diet: Seeds, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 4
Died: May 22, 2011
Background: Breeder rescue.
Comment: Janet is the one on the right.

Rocky

Common: Mealy Amazon
Native to: South America
Diet: Fruits,nuts,seeds
Sex: Male
Age: 31
Died: July 13, 2016
Personality: Rocky is wonderful boy- he is generally quite calm. When he does talk- his voice is lots different from the other birds in the hut. He has made many friends-feathered & human.His closest neighbor, Molly, comes to visit at his house everyday. He is really a very shy bird and very easy going.. he is a sweetheart.
Background: Rocky came to us from a wonderful woman in NC who had been keeping the bird for a sick friend- for ten years. She talked with this friend on many occasions but the friend was still unable to take him back. This lady had dogs & Rocky was not fond of them so living together was difficult. The woman felt Rocky would be happier here & we sure enjoy his company. Rocky has currently taken to two of our volunteers- he will call to them when they come to visit & fairly quick to climb on their arm for some one on one attention. What a neat guy!
Comment: 7/13/16 I thought I had the day thought out...however things quickly changed..Pat came to get me around 8:15 & said that Rocky was laying in bottom of his cage- I scooped him up and could tell he wasnt long for this world. His breathing was labored and it appeared to me that he maybe had a heart issue of some sort. By 9:11am he had passed. Im grateful I could be with him, holding him & telling him I loved him and for him to go be free- to let his soul fly high, like he shouldve been able to do in this life if it werent for breeders-churning them out only to live in captivity. People PLEASE stop breeding these animals!! Rocky was fine just the night before when I put him to bed. He was 31 years old(as best as we were told) BUT his lifespan couldve been 60-80 yrs....I dont know what happened, not knowing exactly what life he mightve had with 2 previous humans, or if genetically something wasnt right?? I know were a sanctuary and people may think were just here to take care of them, which we do the very best possible for them, but they are truly our friends and now my heart is breaking for his absence....
Foster Parents: Monica McCrory

Kinshasa

Common: African Grey
Native to: Africa
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 7
Died: November 1, 2009
Personality: She has become attached to Skip and tracks him down anytime he is in the hut.
Background: Our very first baby purchase, just before we became aware of the plight of companion birds and exotic animals in general.
Comment: An unfortunate tragedy occurred last Nov.(2009)- Kinshasa was taken outside & we didnt realize her flight feathers had grown in- she became startled & flew to the trees- after searching for weeks- we were not successful in finding her... we miss her terribly & wish things had been different....our hearts ache & we will always love her!! Were sorry we let you down.....As of Feb.2012- I guess it is time to give up-

Lucky

Common: African Grey
Native to: Africa
Diet: nuggets,seeds,fruits/veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 6
Died: January 24, 2012
Personality: Lucky so far is not fond of too many people..younger people seem to do better with her- probably based on the teenager that rescued & cared for her...we hope as time goes by she will warm up to others- if not that will be fine too..she and a few of the other parrots seem to get along great & hang out in the day together...
Background: Luckys is a bizarre story- found in a backyard of a local family in Georgetown- the dog was barking crazily and the teenage daughter of the family wrapped her in a towel & cared for her for 3 mos. They searched for neighbors or anyone who may have had this bird- but with no success they called us to take her in...what was really strange is that as you might know- we lost our Kinshasa - African grey almost two years ago when she got spooked and flew away...we thought this might be her...could it be possible?? Skip had bonded so closely with Kinshasa & does not think that it is her- but time & personalities can change...I do not know if we will ever really know....
Comment: Lucky- age & sex is a guess...we have no idea how old he/she might be...

Alex

Common: Blue and gold macaw
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 14
Died: December 9, 2012
Personality: Alex will raise her right wing when you say Hi. She usually says Bye when you exit the hut. She is a little difficult to read, one minute she will hold still to have her head scratched and the next minute she will whip around and bite you. She knows only one bite mode and that is full strength. Most volunteers are intimidated by her and rightly so.
Background: Alex came to us through a veterinarian that had her (she has been DNA tested) in his office for years. A young college grad tried to keep her but he was intimidated and soon called us.
Comment: We lost Alex to some type of infection...Im so sorry I didnt get her to the vet sooner---I must remember these birds hide illness-so when I notice somethings not right- I must act immediately...no matter how insignificant the issue may seem...I love you Alex & I am sorry I couldnt do more....

Jade

Common: Military Macaw
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Female
Age: 17
Died: September 4, 2018
Personality: She is becoming more social and has developed a special bond with Celeste, we may have to reclassify one of the two a “he”.
Background: We call Jade a rescue but we actually paid for with her cage when she was being sold. This family never socialized with Jade & their fear made her fearful of people handling her. These animals pick up on human feelings & it does have an effect on them

Bubba

Common: Quaker Parrot
Native to: South America
Diet: seeds,nuts,fruits & veggies
Sex: Male
Age: 15
Died: February 7, 2015
Personality: Bubba is a pitiful boy...he has been passed around so much & is so intimidated by other people & birds-- his age is a complete guess but in his life he has been in at least 3 other homes...
Background: We originally took in Bubba to foster for someone who hit hard times but things have not worked out for the person to take the birds back..Bubba, Sweetheart & Scratch have become permanent in our SC CARES family..

Kiwi

Common: Quaker Parrot
Native to: South America
Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 12
Died: May 19, 2009
Personality: Kiwi is one of our most popular avian residents. He is very outgoing and is a favorite of all of our guests, volunteers, and school programs.
Comment: Its hard to believe Kiwi is gone... He will be missed terribly & loved for forever !!

Penelope

Common: Peafowl
Native to: India
Diet: omnivore
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: January 19, 2013
Personality: Penelope is wonderful...she will talk with us-calling back & forth. What a beautiful creature!
Background: Penelope had taken up residence at a house in the country club in Murrells Inlet. She was there alone & living at one particular house. The humans that moved in worried she was not getting all that she needed nor was she safe. Skip & I were able to catch her & she now hangs out with the chickens @ SC CARES as of March 2012.

Arnold

Common: Pot-bellied pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains, veggies, fruits
Sex: Male
Age: 16
Died: March 15, 2014
Personality: Arnold is a wonderful pig. He is so lovable that some of our volunteers think he acts more like a puppy than a pig. He has just started coming out with us and following us around. He is just the cutest little guy.
Background: Arnold lived on a farm with donkeys and emus who were not very crazy about him. They would bite him and chase him around. The owner of the farm moved to a retirement home and his son asked us to take Arnold. He came to SC CARES in Nov 2008 and is about 50 lbs underweight. We are feeding him and already seeing improvement in those wrinkles.
Comment: Arnold is such a sweet little boy and he has already captured many hearts.
Foster Parents: Al Gauthier

Malala

Common: Rat
Native to: everywhere
Diet: pellets,fruits & veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: October 13, 2017
Personality: Malala is still adjusting to us as of 5/23/16- hopefully shell be happy and eventually allow us to love on her!
Background: Ive seen the results of all sorts of abuse but this one is right at the top...the poor girl was tied to ?? as bait to catch?? with some type of fishing line or wire. What a fighter- she gnawed as best she could to get away but not before injury had occurred- the line cut through her skin and ended up wrapped around her neck, front right leg and through her mouth...she must have been like this for quite a while because the lacerations had already begun to heal- who knows how long she stayed tied and struggled to get free. i realize that rats are prey animals but no creature deserves to be tortured. Weve decided to name her Malala since like her namesake shes a fighter and didnt give up! Hopefully whatever time she has left will be happy here at SC CARES.
Comment: We lost Malala last night-10/13/17 -shed been with us for almost 1 & 1/2 years- after such an awful beginning to her life we can only hope that she felt loved & cared for & realized that not ALL humans are bad...we will see you at the bridge Malala!!

Freckles

Common: Rooster
Native to: everywhere
Diet: scratch mix
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Died: April 8, 2018
Personality: Freckles is one the sweetest roosters you could ever meet. Hes never once tried to hurt us & boy he sure could with the spurs that he has. We try to keep them trimmed but wow they are massive! Freckles lives in the deer compound with a few hens and is very sweet to them as well. What a gorgeous boy he is!
Comment: Freckles was slowing way down months ago- I noticed a couple of weeks ago he was not feeling himself. Freckles was alive on Sunday morning but by afternoon he had passed. To my knowledge 10 years is pretty old for roosters. I hope the time he lived here he was happy...

Jesse

Common: Chinchilla
Native to: South America
Diet: Plants, fruits, seeds
Sex: Male
Age: 17
Died: June 6, 2016
Personality: Jesse is a bit shy when it comes to pettings. He likes to come out & run around the nocturnal room. When we have the opportunity, we give him a rub behind his ears- he is unbelievably soft.
Background: Jesse was rescued by a group in North Carolina then adopted out to family for several years. The daughter, who was his main caretaker, left for college & could not take him. The remaining family wanted to find another home for him so we took him permanently in July 2007.One of the BIGGEST errors we as humans make is not preparing for caring for these animals. Animals do not like being shifted to new homes, they get used to their surroundings & the humans they connect with. It is tough for them to adjust to so many new places. Jesse is here at SC CARES for the duration of his life & we hope to make it a happy one. Sorry to be preachy.
Comment: Jesses health had been declining for over a year now so we started giving him critical care oxbow-which he LOVED! As of the past few days Jesse could hardly move around, Dr.J checked him last Friday and with his age there was really not much more we could do for him-with a life span of 15-20 years were grateful we had the time we got with him....Jesse has been laid to rest- run free little buddy-well see you again!
Foster Parents: Barbie Culbertson

Russell

Common: Siberian Chipmunk (Dilute White)
Native to: Siberia, Mongolia, China, Japan and Korea
Diet: nuts, seeds, vegetables
Sex: Male
Age: 2
Died: September 16, 2008
Personality: Russell is very active and curious. He is always on the go, wanting to meet everyone who comes near. Out of his cage, he is a handful, making it difficult to handle him for long without him getting away. He is a beautiful creature and a wonderful addition to our family.
Background: Russell came to us in May 2008 from a fellow rehabilitator who took him to educational programs. He was very friendly for the first year but then turned mean. She then decided to send Russell to us. Her facility had no on-site visitors and because we do, he would get attention from us as well as our visitors. Russell them became sweet as pie. Rather than start taking him to programs again, she stuck with her plan and sent him to SC CARES.
Comment: Russell died 9/16/08

Sweet Pea

Common: White footed Ferret
Native to: World Wide
Diet: Fruit, seeds, insects
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: November 15, 2008
Personality: Sweet pea is one of the calmest, sweetest ferrets ever. He is so much fun to watch when he runs around the hut trying to find something to misplace or something to get into.
Background: Sweet Pea came from a horrible home. These people did not care about him or love him. They stuck his cage in the basement near a drafty broken door. Never cleaning his cage, it was rusted out on the bottom from urine. He came to SC CARES with sparse hair, looking like a naked mole rat. We got him to the vet, she did all she could for him. His hair has come back beautifully but he lives with an inoperable adrenal tumor. We hope he will continue to live happily and feel good for as long as possible.
Comment: After a year and a half, living with a tumor, Sweet Pea lost his battle with it. He was out playing the day before & did not suffer long. Since Nov.15,2008 we have missed soo much

Bob

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Plants, fruits, seeds
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Died: June 28, 2010
Personality: Bob,Sherri, Will & Grace are all doing well now. Playing & eating & running in their wheels.
Background: Bob came to us through another rescue group in NC. Bob is one of 4 gliders that used to be bred in a glider mill in California. Animal control raided this breeder, shut them down & were going to kill all of the gliders. Our rescue friend purchased an airline ticket, flew to California & brought 4 gliders back with her.
Comment: Bob is the second from the left.

Dale

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australlia
Diet: Fruits,nuts,seeds,bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: April 26, 2016
Personality: Both of these brothers are very sweet.
Background: Chip & Dale are brothers- they came to SC CARES in the fall of 2008. Their previous family was moving and could not take them along. They felt they would be happier here.
Foster Parents: Upper Elementary Class Montessori Day School, Joey Schroeder

Grace

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Female
Age: 17
Died: September 11, 2016
Background: Grace came to us through another rescue group in North Carolina and is one of 4 gliders that used to be bred in a glider mill in California. Animal control raided this breeder, shut them down & were going to kill all of the gliders. Our rescue friend purchased an airline ticket, flew to California & brought 4 gliders back with her.
Comment: Grace is the one glider left from this family as of 12/2014- we are so grateful to have had all this time with her and amazed at her age! She currently resides with Squirt and the two of them sleep together every night in the pouch.

Jack

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Died: August 1, 2010
Background: Jack and Diane came from a family that did not want them because "They Stink".
Comment: Jack is the one on the right.

Sherry

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Female
Age: 11
Died: May 31, 2009
Background: Sherry came to us through another rescue group in North Carolina and is one of 4 gliders that used to be bred in a glider mill in California. Animal control raided this breeder, shut them down & were going to kill all of the gliders. Our rescue friend purchased an airline ticket, flew to California & brought 4 gliders back with her. Sherri, one of the breeding females, had no vet care at the breeding mill & ended up having her back left leg amputated.
Comment: Sherry is on the far right.
Foster Parents: Rachel Wesolowski

Will

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Died: July 1, 2010
Background: Will came to us through another rescue group in North Carolina and is one of 4 gliders that used to be bred in a glider mill in California. Animal control raided this breeder, shut them down & were going to kill all of the gliders. Our rescue friend purchased an airline ticket, flew to California & brought 4 gliders back with h
Comment: Will is the second from the right.

Coco

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: Grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 5
Died: August 9, 2011
Personality: Coco is the more outgoing. She is also the most talkative. Coco and Patches are very sweet. They like to be held and loved on. Come spend time with them, they are really calm creatures.
Background: Coco and Patches came to us from a family who needed to downsize.
Comment: Coco was an amazing creature...she survived a stroke over a year ago..meet two new boys-Nibbett & Fiddlesticks & tolerated them- was loved and handled by lots of people who cared for her..yesterday she passed onto her next life..I was thankful to be able to hold her, tell her how much she was loved & what a wonderful spirit she had here on this earth...what a sweet creature- she will be missed !!

Fiddlesticks

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Died: April 24, 2013
Personality: Fiddlesticks is the shy boy of these two..once you have him in your arms, he is quite content being cuddled & loved on... hopefully Coco will accept the boys & they can all live together...
Background: Fiddlesticks & Nibbet came to us from a divorce situation... when families become separated it is not just the kids & property that have to figured out...
Comment: Fiddlesticks looked as if he had died in his sleep- his little feet up under his chin, his eyes closed..I hope his life here was good enough!!

Patches

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: Grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 5
Died: November 24, 2010
Personality: Patches and Coco are very sweet. They like to be held and loved on. Come spend time with them, they are really calm creatures.
Background: Patches and Coco came to us from a family who needed to downsize.
Comment: Patches apparently passed in her sleep..no signs of any problems prior. She was between 5-6 years old which according to our information, is their lifespan. Patches will be missed terribly, especially by Coco- come spend time with Coco.

Shadow

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: South America
Diet: Grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Died: August 24, 2009
Background: Shadow came to us in August 2008 from a family overwhelmed with dog rescues. Because of this, they lacked the time to give Shadow needed attention.
Comment: Shadow passed away during the night- Shadow will be missed terribly. Lifespan for guinea pigs is 4-6 years- according to our information Shadow would have been 4-

Hamsters

Common: Chinese Dwarf Hamsters
Native to: Northern China and Mongolia
Diet: Pellet Food and Hamster Mix
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Died: June 4, 2011
Background: Eleven hamsters came to us through one of our volunteers. She discovered five not well cared for hamsters in the home of an acquaintance. Her children had them out of their enclosures for some exercise and before long five became twelve. The volunteer kept one and brought us eleven. They are now housed in five separate enclosures, each labeled by gender.
Comment: We lost the last of the 11 hamsters yesterday..this little girl seemed happy right to the end...she had a stroke but recovered to play, eat & drink...then yesterday had curled up in her corner & left this world... I joked about her being 400 yrs.old..in hamster days...she did survive much longer than her siblings...rest in peace our cute little friend...

Bambi

Common: Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Native to: North America
Diet: Grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 7
Died: August 28, 2009
Personality: Bambi changed after we lost Thumper, her roommate, to cancer. Bambi is now full of personality & loves to be out running around the hut. When she is not out running around, she still runs in her exercise wheel. Bambi has quickly become of the favorites of several volunteers & why not- she does enjoy being held & loved on.
Background: Bambi came to us via a pet store in NC. When federal laws prohibited sale of prairie dogs as pets, she & her roommate, Thumper, were no longer needed by the breeder that had them. We were fortunate to have Thumper for several years before cancer took his life. Bambi misses him but loves the extra attention she gets now that she is friendly.
Comment: With MUCH sadness Bambi was put to rest- the humans that remain are still suffering from this loss. Bambi is not suffering any longer though. At. 8 years old (lifespan 5-10 yrs) she brought ALOT of joy to those that knew her for many years... we hope to hear that "yahoo" & "yipee" again from her some day.

Matilda

Common: Domestic Rabbit
Native to: North America
Diet: Timothy hay, pellet food, veggies & greens
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Died: October 24, 2010
Personality: When she first came to us, she did not get along well with Cappy, our other rabbit. They now run around the hut together.
Background: This poor little girl was left at the home of a family who was forced to move away. A neighbor went to look at the house & found the rabbit on the back porch, in the cold, out of food & water. Thankfully, the neighbor took her in. She came to SC CARES on 2/19/08. We do not know her age but hopefully she will settle in and live whatever life is left in a happy, loving atmosphere.
Comment: On festival day- we had to say farewell to Matilda.. she was a little sluggish the morning of- but was in the outdoor playpen with Cappy- they were grooming each other- like they always do- then Matilda just laid over on her side & left this world as we know it... she had become a friendly sweet girl- after the life she had before SC CARES- we hope that her time her was happy for her...Matilda-you will be missed!

Marley

Common: Dwarf Rabbit
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: January 30, 2017
Personality: Marley has a sweet personality and is always ready for attention.
Background: Marley is an “Easter Bunny” purchased for a teenager. A year later, as the teen prepares to enter college, the family ask SC-CARES to give Marley a home.
Comment: If you give CHOCOLATE BUNNIES- the commitment is a lot less.
Foster Parents: Bev & Gil Noble

Cappuccino

Common: Holland Lop
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Died: April 21, 2014
Personality: Cappuccino, Cappy for short, is a sweet boy. He is just so cute & loving, especially when you hold him on his back like a baby. He will even let you rub his tummy. With his mocha coloring & white feet - when he is on his back he looks like a cappuccino, chocolate & froth, hence the name.
Background: He came to us August 16,2007 from a family who kept him in a hutch outside. He was the pet of a young girl. The mom thought he would be happier here and get more attention.
Comment: Cappuccino (Cappy) was the first rabbit intake at SC CARES in 2007- born 2006 Cappy was a Holland Lop Rabbit- absolutely one of the sweetest critters to date. Cappy lived for 8 years & I hope the last 7 years were good for him here with us...Well hold his funeral on Sun-4/27 around 5pm if anyone would like to come out. We love you Cappy & hope youre hopping around in fields of green!!! RIP we miss you buddy!

Jen Jen

Common: Holland Lop
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Died: January 22, 2018
Background: Sha Ja and Jen Jen came to SC CARES March 9, 2008 from a local family. Unfortunately, digging lead to a male rabbit getting to the females. Results-being overrun with baby rabbits.
Foster Parents: Sophia Liggett

Sha Ja

Common: Holland Lop
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: August 13, 2017
Background: Sha Ja and Jen Jen came to SC CARES March 9, 2008 from a local family. Unfortunately, digging lead to a male rabbit getting to the females. Results-being overrun with baby rabbits.

Fluffy

Common: Rabbit-Holland Lop
Native to: North America
Diet: vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Died: May 10, 2016
Personality: Fluffy is a bit feisty..sometimes he really does not want to be touched..probably due to his background. Hopefully he will adjust & realize he has a permanent home where he will be loved... He is a gorgeous boy.
Background: Fluffy came to SC CARES in April-2011- at only 7 months old Fluffy is now in his third and final home.. purchased at Petsmart- then given to another home- where the children & dog kept him upset- the mother of the home felt that he was not happy in his surroundings there & ask us to take him..
Comment: It will be wonderful, when one day, these creatures are not sold as a commodity.
Foster Parents: Kindergarten Class-NMB Pr Ms.Ragusa & Ms.Montgomery

Zelda

Common: Rat
Native to: Worldwide
Diet: Most Anything
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Died: August 28, 2009
Personality: Very friendly, just loves to ride around on your shoulder.
Background: Zelda came to us September 5, 2007 after her former owner developed an allergy to her and could no longer keep her. She now shares her living area with other rats that were rescued from a lab.
Comment: Zelda is now at rest- after her battle with cancerous tumors. What a WONDERFUL creature Zelda was- hearts are broken at the loss. One would think it would be more acceptable when these creatures have outlived their lifespan but honestly the loss is no less. Zelda was over 3yrs.old and a rats lifespan is only 2-3 yrs. Zelda was a very SPECIAL girl who many of us will remember forever.
Foster Parents: Zelda Nichols

Rat Girls

Common: White Rat
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: Anything
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: September 1, 2010
Personality: These rat girls are something else.. They live to eat & can sometimes be a bit bitey due to their background. Once they arrived we ordered what we call condos- There are 4 condos-3 levels with six rats in each. Zelda is sharing here 4 level condo with 6 other rats. Since they all look identical we were unable to name them individuallly-so we named the condos- "Zelda & the Rattees; The Rolling Stones; The Beatles; The Eagles."
Background: SC CARES received a call from a person who works at a lab in Charlotte & said that there were 24 rats that were set to be euthanized because the experiment that they were set for was cancelled. They had been there six months- 2 rats living in a tiny lab box. Two of our dedicated volunteers drove to Columbia to met this lady who got the rats out of the lab on Sunday- since they were set to be killed on Monday. Weve lost a couple of them to cancerous tumors- something the vet says is pretty common for these girls.
Comment: Our last rat girl has passed-although in rat years she as 400 yrs.old- we miss them-hopefully they had a good life here- we know they ate well- the volunteers made sure of that-preparing gourmet meals of fruits & veggies almost every night..we miss you girls!!

Given

Common: Flying Squirrel
Native to: North America
Diet: Seeds, nuts,fruits, veggies & bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Died: March 11, 2016
Personality: Given is a little overweight but is friendly & seems happy.
Background: Given was hand raised by a woman in Pawleys Island, with Boo Boo. They were rescued after a hurricane, imprinted & could not be released. The lady that rescued them spoiled them rotten & we continue to do so.

Remy

Common: Flying Squirrel
Native to: North America
Diet: seeds,nuts,fruits, veggies & bugs
Sex: Male
Age: 0
Died: June 1, 2011
Personality: Remy is so personable...its amazing how quickly he has imprinted.. he is of course adorable & wants the attention...this is a difficult call...
Background: Remy was hand raised after being found orphaned...the loving family that took care of him knew that he should not be a pet...being born so late in the year he was not ready for release in time...we have contacted our previous wildlife educators to find out how best to handle this...it is always our goal to release wild animals to the wild...not as easy as it sounds.. he is so imprinted(likes human contact) & wintering him over is not going to help this situation...we know he would be safe if released her at SC CARES but whose to say he would stay here...we will have to wait this out & see what happens...
Comment: ** As of June- 2011 Remy is a free spirit...after consultation with a flying squirrel rehabber- we decided Remy was a candidate for release...so after an adjustment period outside & feeding acorns & berries that hell find on his own..we opened the door for him to make his life in the wild...although it took him 3 days to venture outside- he finally made his leap into the big world.. its always a worry- we hope hes doing well but if I were him- Id rather have my freedom than be in captivity!!!

Georgia

Common: Virginia Opossum
Native to: North America
Diet: Fruit,Veggies,Meat
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: December 17, 2013
Personality: Georgia is such a sweet,calm opossum.Unlike Sophie who will squirm to get down, Georgia enjoys being held & cuddled..she is much calmer to be able to interact with people. What a sweet girl.
Background: Georgia came to us via the sheriffs dept.- a teenage boy found her & nursed her for a little while before bringing her to SC CARES. Her front feet are somewhat deformed due to a vitamin deficiency- after a visit to the vet it was determined that she too would not do well in the wild. She can get around but climbing is out of the question. She is taking a vitamin supplement now but full recovery is not possible. Come meet her & learn why opossums are so important to our environment.
Foster Parents: Upper Elementary Class Montessori Day School

Sophie

Common: Virginia Opossum
Native to: North American
Diet: fruits,vegs,meat
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Died: November 12, 2013
Personality: Sophie is a sweet, wonderful little girl- shes 4 mos.old & currently loves to be held & run around in the hut. Sophie is going to be an excellent ambassador for her kind- a creature people can learn to love & appreciate.
Background: Sophie came to SC CARES in March 2010- we were rehabbing some other infant opossums & received a call of a baby opossum with only three legs..once she got to we realized it must have been a birth defect. After consultation with our vet & researching National Opossum Society- it was determined that releasing her would not be in her best interest. Sopie will live out her days helping us educate the public on how important these creatures are to our environment!!
Comment: Sophie passed away in her sleep on the night of 11/12/13- Ruth had prepared a delicious meal for her, which she ate part of before she died. She was curled up in her blanket as though she was asleep...Sophie will be missed- we love the time you gave us!! 2 yrs.9 mos.
Foster Parents: Barbara Buck, Anna Schroeder

Charlotte

Common: Brown Quail
Native to: most anywhere
Diet: omnivore- seeds & worms
Sex: Female
Age: 1
Died: August 8, 2009
Personality: Charlotte is a cutie. Her short, squatty body is just as cute as it can be. She enjoys being held and loved on. She and Ringo used to be roommates until a couple of months ago-she attacked Ringo and punctured his chest- after a visit to the vet it was decided they needed to be housed separately- within a week or so we discovered an egg in Charlottes house- she laid it and left it but this was probably the reason for her agressive behavior.
Background: Charlotte was brought to SC CARES as an LBB (little brown bird). Hand raised and alone she could not be released. Quail work in families/communities to find food & housing. From our research the coveys in this area are hunted- so Charlotte lives with us.
Comment: Charlottes passing is puzzling..nothing appeared to be wrong with her until that morning...Dr.Janski is performing a necropsy on her body to help us understand what happend.

Elsa

Common: pigeon
Native to: everywhere
Diet: seeds
Sex: Female
Age: 4
Died: October 29, 2018
Personality: Elsa is a beautiful, sweet girl-if you do not believe me-just ask Parker...he is in love! Of course he loves Maggie too!!
Background: Elsa was found in front of Kensington School, emaciated and unable to fly. She was too weak for whatever reason to get off the ground.

Ringo

Common: Ring-neck dove
Native to: almost anywhere
Diet: seeds
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Died: December 15, 2015
Personality: Ringo is a very sweet bird- he loves to coo his song to most anyone that will listen. His sweet voice is relaxing to hear.
Background: Ringo was a hatchling project for a classroom and at the end of the school year- luckily one of the students parents agreed to take him home with her. This family had cat members as well. The dove and cats did pretty good for several years but the cats curiosity in wanting to play with Ringo was beginning to be a concern. This family contacted us about taking Ringo so that he wouldnt be stressed by the cats.
Comment: Although Garfield (cat) lives in the hut with the other animals- as has been in the past- he pays no attention to Ringo as well as the other residents here. We are so lucky.

Anna Marie

Common: Timber Wolf
Native to: Alaska and British Columbia
Diet: Mammals
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Died: December 25, 2016
Personality: currently-2012-Anna is in an omega position..
Background: The wolves came to us at 8 weeks and were kept together as a pack. We kept expanding their original compound until we could build a better habitat. They were moved to their new enclosure on 11/21/2007.

Cira

Common: Timber Wolf
Native to: Alaska and British Columbia
Diet: Mammals
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Died: November 15, 2016
Personality: currently-2012-Cira is in the Beta position in the pack...2nd in command- we call her the enforcer...
Background: The wolves came to us at 8 weeks old and were kept together as a pack. We kept expanding their original compound until we could build a better habitat. They were moved to their new enclosure on 11/21/2007.

Dutchess

Common: Timber Wolf
Native to: Alaska and British Columbia
Diet: Mammals
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Died: September 19, 2015
Personality: currently-2012- Dutchess is the Alpha female...
Background: The wolves came to us at 8 weeks old and were kept together as a pack. We kept expanding their original compound until we could build a better habitat. They were moved to their new enclosure on 11/21/2007.

Deja

Common: wolf-dog hybrid
Native to: not found in the wild
Diet: dog food
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Died: August 27, 2015
Personality: Deja was a little timid at first, but now she enjoys hugs & love from those she has gotten to know. Sweet personality & disposition.
Background: Deja came to us from a lady in Columbia- she had taken in Shiloh & Deja from some person who thought they would be fine on their own. The two ended up with a litter of pups- this lady was able to adopt all but two of them out- which left her with four & a neighbor who insisted on causing problems about the animals. After every attempt possible to contain & quiet the animals this neighbor was relentless- causing the lady to have to appear in court. After all of the hooplay- she contacted us & we agreed to take them in. We call them the "Valpack"
Comment: Deja died during the night and we will bury the body, later today, that housed one of the SWEETEST spirits you could ever know. If you came to our events you probably met Deja, if you volunteered here, you met Deja. Her heart was enlarged, which speaks true to her character, but at 10 years old, she could not over come it. Deja has lived here at SC CARES since 2009 and never met a stranger.What a wonderful friend and ambassador she was.I am grateful I got to share her life, although another piece of my heart is now gone.I am grateful she seemed fine until the day of her passing.I am grateful that so many of you cared about her, prayed for her and loved her.Another wonderful spirit will be waiting at the bridge to meet us...
Foster Parents: Hannah Cooper, Valerie Wooten

Fuzzy

Common: wolf-dog hybrid
Native to: not found in the wild
Diet: dog food
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Died: October 27, 2018
Personality: Fuzzy is for sure the most outgoing of the Valpack- she will come to anyone to give & receive love. She is most definitely named properly- she is a very fuzzy girl. Wonderfully sweet & not afraid of strangers. She seems to be the leader in this pack, she keeps the rest of the gang & wolves next door running in her games of "bet you cant catch me" She is great.
Background: Fuzzy came to us from a lady in Columbia- she had taken in Shiloh & Deja from some person who thought they would be fine on their own. The two ended up with a litter of pups-(Fuzzy is one of their offspring) this lady was able to adopt all but two of them out- which left her with four & a neighbor who insisted on causing problems about the animals. After every attempt possible to contain & quiet the animals this neighbor was relentless- causing the lady to have to appear in court. After all of the hooplay- she contacted us & we agreed to take them in. We call them the "Valpack"
Foster Parents: Rob "the Wolf" Drummond, Val Guy


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