Meet the Animals



Once kept as a pet by a military family, Zulu had to be rehomed when the family was stationed overseas. African Spurred Tortoises can live 50 – 150 years and grow to be more than 200lbs. Originally from a warm, arid climate, Zulu enjoys spending his Summers grazing on weeds and digging holes.

Winters are spent indoors, and Zulu is looking forward to the completion of our future Parrot House & Tortorium. You can make a donation towards this project here!



Ina is a beautifully shaggy pony who has slowly transformed during her time at Chenoa. She came from a particularly heartbreaking situation, chained outside and routinely beaten by neighborhood children. For her first couple of years at Chenoa Ina kept to herself, slowly recovering from the terror she associated with human interaction.

We gave her all the space she needed, and today are in complete awe of her resilience and forgiveness.


Ovidio & Ama

In the Fall of 2017, the ASPCA rehomed two cows with Chenoa, a small part of over 1000 animals involved in a Massachusetts cruelty case. We were surprised when Lorraine welcomed the birth of her calf, Ovidio, only a month after her arrival. Even more shocking was Ama’s birth one month later!

It has been wonderful to watch both calves grow up only knowing the sanctuary as home, running, jumping, and playing among the older cows.


Giuseppe & Felicetta

It was fate that brought Giuseppe, acquired from the Catskill Game Farm, and Felicetta, en route to slaughter for meat, together on the same trailer destined for Chenoa Manor. Upon arrival, Giuseppe refused to leave Felicetta behind, and the transport driver agreed to allow us to give sanctuary to both donkeys.

Years later, the two are still inseparable, following each other through dust baths, nibbling hay bales and sipping from the stream.



Priscilla the goat is one of Chenoa’s friendliest residents, always the first to greet visitors with her sweet disposition. Along with Cassadine, Tomás, Newman, and Abbott, Priscilla was placed with Chenoa through Farm Sanctuary, after being removed from large scale cruelty case in New York. Priscilla and her friends settled right in with our herd of goats. They can now be found nibbling happily on everything in sight.



Though normally native to South America, Amelia, a green-winged macaw, calls Chenoa Manor her home. Amelia came to the manor after her previous human caretakers were diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Amelia, as with all the parrot members of the manor, lives in a cage free environment….enabling her to engage in natural behaviors such as foraging for her food. Amelia is fond of most fruits, but especially enjoys berries, walnuts in the shell, and chickpeas.



The charismatic matriarch of Chenoa’s Big Pig population, Bette came to Chenoa as a piglet after she’d fallen off the back of a commercial farm truck. A few years into her reign at the Manor, Bette was shot with an arrow while grazing at the back of our property. We were able to rush her to the New Bolton Center for surgery, and she miraculously recovered.

She is now back to her old ways, bossing the other pigs around and happily rolling over for belly rubs.

Help give these and other animals a second chance at Chenoa