• Forever Safe Farm becomes the recipient of the prestigious
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    It was a great honor to be nominated, then chosen as a winner of the Lou Holtz Award in August of 2012. Read more about it here and here ...
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Coatimundi Rescue - Victims of Ignorance

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Our Coatimundi Rescue - Picture taken after recovering from injuriesThe two coati mundi that we have were from a person in Arkansas that wanted to de-claw them but did not want to pay a vet to do it so she took a pair of metal side-cutters and cut off all of their first knuckles. Surprisingly enough, they did not bleed to death but became extremely infected.


We are not sure how she got our number but she called and asked for help. She found a volunteer to drive them 8 hours to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where they were flown immediately by Continental Airlines (thanks Continental!!) to the Cleveland Airport. We picked them up there and took them straight to the vet from the Akron Zoo.


At this point neither coatimundi had a hair one on them, as their skin was inflamed, red with infection. He put them in oxygen incubators and started antibiotics. Next they took one of their healthy coatimundi from the Akron Zoo and drew bone marrow from it and injected the two sick coatimundi.


Our Coatimundi Rescue - Picture taken after recovering from injuriesUnfortunately, we did not take "before" pictures of the coatimundi because we truly felt they would not survive and, we could not bring ourselves to take a photo of such a sad situation. But within a week, the infections were gone and we brought them home. It was winter time and we had no facility built for them.


We quickly hired a contractor to build a large cage in the breezeway of our house where they could spend the winter until we could build a proper enclosure in the spring. Now, if you have ever had the pleasure of being around coatimundi, you know they have a very strong odor. We could hardly wait till they had grown a coat of fur so we could move them out of the house.


In the spring we had a 16' x 33' foot chain link enclosure built onto our wallaby house where the 2 coati mundi could live in the upper part of this heated house. We built wood ladders, rope ladders and various branches arranged so that even though they are missing half of their fingers, they can still climb, just as in nature. Inside, there is a wood bench that Karrin often sits and let's them "groom" her hair, just as they do their own.

Karrin Campf

President and Sanctuary Director

Karrin's love of animals blossomed at an early age bringing any animal home that she could sneak past her parent's watchful eyes. Cats, kittens, bunnies...lead to dogs and now camels and elk. It was her good luck when she met Rob who had an equal passion for all animals, especially the "underdogs". The two of them have proudly stood side by side for a quarter of a century...dedicated to the animals that mean so much.

Together they have adopted three children from other parts of the world and have enjoyed teaching their children about animals and educating them about their proper care.

Website: www.foreversafefarm.org
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