Hillcrest is different from other rescue organizations in that they provide forever homes for the animals they take in, and do not adopt them out after rehab. This ensures that the animals will be loved, cared for and protected for the rest of their lives, and never end up in a kill lot or auction again.
Currently Hillcrest Farms cares for over 60 rescued equines and donkeys, ranging from mini donkeys to draft horses. They also have other rescued animals - 3 cows, 15 cats and 7 dogs - in addition to the many chickens, goats and other animals that live on the farm.
Each and every rescued animal is named as soon as they arrive at the sanctuary. Naming the animals is an important milestone, and Billie remembers every name and the reason behind the choice!
It takes a village...
At Hillcrest Farms, everyone works as a team to keep every animal safe and healthy.The farm houses two larger barns with several fields fenced in, one large field designated for the mini donkeys and mini horses with their own small barn and shelters.
Every year the rescue animals at Hillcrest go through about 150 round bales and several hundred square bales of hay. Your donations help keep that hay coming!
Billie is working to build a quarantine barn, and an additional building to grow fodder. There is also a large hay field on Hillcrest that is being conditioned to also supplement hay needs.
Coat Defense helps heal & protect
Hillcrest Farms turns to Coat Defense regularly to heal their rescues and keep all the animals healthy. When the animals have their feet trimmed, they get powdered. If they have any weird spots, they get paste. When it has been rainy or nasty, the animals get powdered more often to prevent rain rot, fungus and other funk.
Billie enjoys walking the fields with peppermints, and whoever walks up will get a sprinkle of Coat Defense. Any animals who are having issues get powdered daily until they see improvement.
Harry the Mammoth Donkey was a recent addition to the Hillcrest Farms rescue family who benefitted from Coat Defense. When he arrived, his skin and coat were in terrible shape, with patches and irritation everywhere. Billie started him on Coat Defense right away, and could soon see improvement. With a little time, his coat grew back beautifully and Harry is now a big, healthy, silly guy!