The activity level in the parking lot and the street across from The Ranch was at its peak.
I parked, grabbed my camera and walked across the street to see where they were taking donations and to get some one's permission to take some photos. Everyone that I talked to was so nice. They finally directed me to Bobbi Laughton. She and her husband own the ranch. She asked me a few questions, had me sign my name on a list of visitors and stuck a name tag on me. I told her I wasn't representing anyone... that I had a blog and Facebook... and I wanted to get the story out there because they were doing such a good job. She said she would get someone to give me a tour around the farm. I was delighted. I felt like an official reporter for a newspaper or something. I always ask before I take any pictures. Sometimes folks get touchy about someone walking in and clicking away without permission. It's always wise to ask permission.
I was introduced to a woman from El Dorado county who was helping with the animals. She was my tour guide. I have to apologize to her right now, because in a serious senior moment I have forgotten her name and she was so nice to me. I should have written her name down as soon as I got back to the car. It was only a three letter name. she had a name tag too. Sometimes I feel so old and addled.
She took me past the horses first. They were out in front near the street.
This was a sign in one area near the horses.
When I walked up to the barn area I saw the hay, alfalfa and straw piled high and my tour guide told me that they go though huge amounts daily.
I felt that this cross on top of the barn was appropriate for the effort that was being made. It seems like it represented the good and caring work that was going on at this ranch.
There were rows and rows of animal shelters. The animals were grouped together by the families that brought them here. Some pens had three different kinds of animals in them... all from the same family farm.
Each one protected and covered with pop ups and tarps... each being cleaned and watered by volunteers and family members.
I didn't count all the animals, but Fox40 says that the Ranch is housing about 200 horses, 100 goats, 100 donkeys, 200 chickens and a slew of other animals.
I saw lots of goats...
Hello guys, how are you?
I asked, "Are you being well taken care of?"
"Yes." they answered, "We are fine. Our owners brought us to a good place."
I loved the horns on this one. Reminded me of my Brownie. This is the way his horns should have been. Beautiful animals.
There was so much food.
People and businesses are being so generous.
All the animals looked fairly content...except for this little horse. He didn't look happy. He looked annoyed.
This little guy reminded me of someone. He reminded me of Eeyor in Winnie The Pooh. He wasn't an old, gray donkey, he was a little gray horse. Close enough.
"Good morning, Eeyore," said Pooh.
"Good morning, Pooh Bear," said Eeyore gloomily.
"If it is a good morning," he said.
"Which I doubt." said he.
There were lots of chickens, roosters and a beautiful goose...
As I left, I noticed the front yard of the Laughton's house was filled with containers of cats. There were a couple of dogs, but most dogs were at other facilities. There was a pig the size of a house.
It is Noah's Ark in Jackson, California... only a lot more than two of everything.
All the animals are waiting patiently to go home. All being taken good care of by all these wonderful people.
I thanked my escort and we shook hands. I walked away with a really good feeling about my town and the people who live here.
This morning the Laughton's posted a video on Facebook. It was so upbeat and had such a positive message. They said that they are in this for the long haul. I believe they are.