San Francisco—aka Poncho—is the latest addition to our family of rescued
animals. He recently came to us from Marin County, California. Poncho had lived on a
ranch as an undomesticated, lone camel for 20 years. His only contact with people was
the occasional curious or goodhearted passerby who would stop at the perimeter of the
property and feed him carrots through a barbed wire fence. When Poncho made the
journey to our ranch, he was in such a weakened, malnourished state that we feared that
he wouldn’t survive the trip. His front legs and torso were wrapped in barbed wire; he
had multiple parasitic and worm infestations; thousands of fleas were crawling all over
his body; and he was at least 300 pounds underweight.
Why a camel? I believe that every one of God’s creatures should have the opportunity to
be happy, feel safe and be loved. I passionately wanted Poncho to join our family and
be given a second chance in life—one that he richly deserves.