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Lucky little lamb nursed back to health

By From page A1 | October 23, 2013

Ivy enjoys exploring her new home at All About Equine. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

It’s breakfast time for Ivy and the little Barbados sheep can hardly hold still in Linda Lewis’ arms. She sees the bottles.

Earlier this month this lamb could barely hold up her head. Ivy’s mother gave birth to triplets on Sept. 28 and rejected the littlest of the bunch, leaving the newborn girl on her own at a Plymouth area ranch. From there she made it to All About Equine, an El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue organization, and just in time.

“She weighed just a few pounds,” said Lewis, the nonprofit’s public relations coordinator. “She was very weak, very lethargic.”

Volunteers took turns feeding Ivy every two hours and within a few days the lamb perked up. Now she’s gaining weight and gumption as she explores her new digs and hangs out with fellow Barbados sheep Clover, another rescue who gained fame when she came to El Dorado Hills and befriended the organization’s dog Holli, who took on the “mom” role.

Ivy has more than doubled in size and she’s nibbling on natural sheep food. Her story has already earned her some fame and travel opportunities; she recently visited a local elementary school to share All About Equine’s mission: Rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses and other farm animals.

The El Dorado Hills ranchette turn non-profit organization is home to horses, goats, sheep, alpacas, dogs and cats — all cared for by volunteers thanks to community donations. All About Equine was founded in 2009 after the economic downturn left many horses abandoned and/or neglected. The volunteers also rescue horses destined for slaughter.

Some of the rescued horses are used for therapeutic equestrian programs designed to help combat veterans and their families. All About Equine is collecting old boots and shoes through Oct. 31 to help fund these events. Visit horses4heroes.org for collection sites.

The non-profit will host its second annual An Enchanted Tuscan Evening fundraiser from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Enchanted April Inn in Pilot Hill. The event features live music, wine tasting, appetizers, local artists and more. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door; guests must be 21 and older. Purchase tickets and get more information by calling (916) 520-4223 or visiting allaboutequine.org.

Noel Stack


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