ANIMAL HELPERS

Dog Helpers

Watson

Watson

My name is “Watson” and nothing makes me happier than giving other people plenty of cuddles. I usually wait in Jocelyn’s office until you arrive. Sometimes I let out a friendly howl when I’m really excited to see you. When I howl the humans in my world tell me I sound like “Chewbacca” from Star Wars. 

A German Shepard/Husky cross, I am a large dog but I like to pretend I’m a small dog. I wasn’t wanted as a puppy and became fostered through Zoe’s Animal Rescue. I’m really excited and happy that Jocelyn adopted me and has given me a forever home.

I am very gentle, friendly and have a pawsitive impact on others during counselling sessions. I help foster healthy attachment, empathy and confidence. My presence helps facilitate a calm, accepting and nurturing environment. Working, playing and going for walks are some of my favorite things to do. I love learning new things so much that Jocelyn ensured my participation in three different training programs (I got sooo many treats)!

Sinbad

Sinbad

Howdy!! My name is Sinbad. Would you like to play? I am new therapy dog. I passed temperament testing at one years old, in June of 2021. I am best known for full body, tail waggle greeting, because I love people and love my work. Through play, I form strong bonds with people. Some of my favorite games are catch and fetch with ball or disc, Monkey in the Middle, Tug-A-War, Hide and Seek, Find the Treat, and jumping though Hula Hoops.

Equine Helpers

Willow

Willow is an 11 year-old Quarter Horse. She has been donated to our program by her owner, Alexis. Willow needed a home where she could be loved but not ridden, as she has a handicap that prevent her from having any weight on her back. Due to her handicap she struggles with being accepted by other horses, so she prefers the company of people. Willow is the most affectionate horse in our herd and has an affinity for trying to soothe those who are struggling with sadness or anxiety.

Family Counselling Centres

Sterling

Sterling is a 16 year-old Appaloosa/Andalusian gelding. Sterling is the most stead-fast horse in our herd. He is laid back and loves almost everyone; especially if you can give him a brush or a cuddle. When client’s are with him they talk about how safe and loved they feel. He is the perfect example of what it means to be a good friend.

Flicka

Flicka is an 9 year-old Quarter Horse mare. She is one of the friendliest horses at the Ranch and often the first at the gate to say hello to clients. She is a horse who has had (too) many owners in her young life, and we hope she has now found her forever home at our ranch. She is a very kind and sensitive soul, and is very attuned to whomever she is spending time with. Our clinic sees a lot of children who have been in many homes as a result of being in the foster care system; Flicka has a very similar background and this often resonates with those clients.  

Rocky

Rocky is a 19 year-old Wildy/Quarter Horse gelding. Rocky is the alpha of our herd. He lost his owner (Cindy) she passed away from cancer, and now that he can no longer take care of her is ready to take care of our clients; especially those who are struggling with loss. Rocky is gentle, reliable, calm, and confident. He is a calm and grounding presence in our program. 

Solei

Solei is a 6 year-old quarter horse and the ranch owner’s main riding horse. She a retired 2D barrel racing horse who is fast as she is smart. She’s a little shy around younger children, but loves adults and teens. While she is happy to come say hi and be brushed, she only works in the program in a limited capacity until she’s been around children for longer. Her main job is a riding horse outside* the therapy program.

Oreo

Oreo is a 15 year-old shetland pony. He was a former show pony for two girls in the Leduc area and now he’s enjoying his retirement at the ranch from the show ring. Oreo is as gentle as they come and his manners are impeccable, but he can be a little shy. He also comes to the ranch with a disease called cushing syndrome which requires a special diet and daily medication, but is well taken care of and loving his retirement as a therapy pony.

 

Dusty

Dusty is 5 year-old miniature gelding. Dusty is a retired show pony who also was used for children’s parties, festivals, and parades due to his good nature. Dusty is curious and inquisitive, but also very sensitive. Dusty is shy and cautious at first, but once you gain his trust, he will do anything for you. He even will wave to you for horse cookies!

Shorty

Shorty is a 15 year-old miniature gelding. Shorty had a very important job before coming to FCC; he helped his former little owner go through her adoption! He followed her from her foster family to her forever home. Now he is in our program ready to help other children who are struggling with transitions. Shorty is calm, confidant, and patient—a wonderful addition for helping children with emotion regulation.

 

Faith

Faith is a 3 year old miniature mare. She is the most curious horse in the herd, and loves to spend time with the goats and children. She has a loving disposition and wants to get to know almost anyone who comes to visit; she is the social butterfly of our herd. She helps children who feel apprehensive about counselling open up and feel comfortable.   

Feline Helpers

Rocky

Rocky is a 6 year-old cat born on the Ranch. Rocky is out most outgoing and social cat at our barn. His mission in life is to love and be loved– he really just acts like a very big kitten! His mother died when he was very young so he was bottle fed by his humans, and seems to think he’s a person now. He often follows clients around the property in hopes of a cuddle.

 
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Milo

Milo

Milo is a 4 year-old orange tabby.  Milo has an interesting feature—he is polydactyl, which he means he has more toes than an average cat does. Milo loves people much more than other cats and tends to be a loner when he’s with his cat family. He would much rather be cuddling on a human’s lap or sleeping on the therapy couch than in the barn..

 

Gizmo

Gizmo is a 6 year-old male cat who is brothers with Rocky. He loves to play and talk to clients (he has the best meow) but can play kind of rough– impulse control and personal boundaries are not his strong suite. His playfulness is quite enduring and little boys who like rough-and-tumble play get along beautifully with him.

 
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Bandit

Bandit

Bandit is a year a half old, born in Spring of 2020. He loves to play and climb and has really  started to enjoy clients and welcoming new people into his world. He is loves to follow clients around the ranch and you will often find him climbing a fence or tree following you from above to get a better look.

 

 

Snip

Snip is just over a year old, born in Fall of 2020. Snip can be a but elusive, but once you earn his trust you can give him a pet and a cuddle. Just like people they all have different personalities and we’re not sure why he is so shy, but we know with each day he is trusting people more and more at the ranch to have a relationship with him.

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Rusty

Rusty is a 7 month-old kitten.  Rusty was found abandoned at a farm west of Leduc. Because he was so young, he had to be bottle fed for a month by the ranch owners to ensure he would make it. Rusty loves people and is quite the cuddle bug, but like most kittens doesn’t stay in one place for too long.

 

The Goats

Peanut

Peanut

Peanut is a 1.5 year old month-old Nigerian Pygmy Goat. He was given to our Executive Director to bottle feed, as he was a quadruplet who was too small to be cared for by his mother—he was born at less than a pound and was a third of the size of his three siblings. Peanut was actually raised in Tammy’s house so he doesn’t think he’s a goat—we’re fairly certain he thinks he’s a person! Peanut is always a favourite at the ranch due to his good nature and affectionate personality. He is an excellent model for resiliency and overcoming adversity!

Oreo

Oreo is a 1.5 year old Nigerian Pygmy Goat. Oreo is an inquisitive and playful little guy who loves to be with people and any other on the ranch—he’s our social butterfly! All our animals have quirks, and Oreo’s is he loves to chew—on anything and everything! He also loves to go for walks with clients on the trails throughout the ranch!

Oreo
Rascal

Rascal

Rascal is a 1.5 year old Nigerian Pygmy Goat. Racal was given his name for a reason—he is as smart and mischievous as they come. Rascal loves to play and his favourite game is playing Houdini and escaping from his pen. Rascal can also be a little impulsive and struggles with following the rules—but his loving personality and good nature make up for his quirks!

The Sheep

Violet and Casper

Violet and Casper are 8 month-old sheep twins born in Spring of 2021. You can only tell them apart based on the length of their tale (Casper’s is longer). Their mom was too young to take care of them so they were adopted and bottle fed by owners of the ranch from the time they were two days old. 

Casper is definitely more outgoing of the two, but they both enjoy people. Violet is a little more reserved. In fact, despite being bottle fed since birth, she was really scared of people for the first few months of her life– she has come a long way!