A Senior and A Pup…

Say Hello to Ms. Gretel and Fergus!


Ms. Gretel loves to help make beds

Ms. Gretel is 12 years of age and acts like she is TWO!  Ms. Gretel came into one of San Diego’s local shelters as a stray.  She loves humans and is obsessed with cats.  A great snuggler at night, you would never know Ms. Gretel is 12 years of age!



Fergus loves to hang out with Friends

Fergus is originally from Arizona.  Thanks to our friends at Good Dog Rez Q, Fergus was picked up, abandoned in a canyon in North Eastern Arizona.  About 6 months of age, we think Fergus is a Border Collie mix…  Fergus needs a home with at least one other dog.  He gets along with humans and cats!  Are you looking for Fergus?, Fergus is looking for you!




Elliott The Senior Pig…

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In early February, Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue became adoption partners with the Irvine Animal Care Center.  Our first joint placement is ELLIOTT THE SENIOR PIG!

Elliott is fitting in great with all of the farm animals at the rescue ranch.  Elliott’s roommate is another Senior Pig-MS. BECKHAM!  These 2 old souls are full of love and enjoying their retirement.

Tours of the ranch are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  If you would like a ranch tour, including meeting Elliott and Ms. Beckham, please contact Michael at 619.850.9442.  If you would like to make a donation for our ongoing care of Elliott and other Senior Farm Animals, PLEASE VISIT OUR DONATE TODAY page on this website.   All donations great and small are welcomed!

Thank you for visiting our website!



Emma & Bevan-SENIOR STARS!

Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue specializes in Disabled, Old and Behavior-issue Animal Relations.

All adoptions require a home visit.  This is not just for the animal, but for the human too!  Most of the time the Adoptions work out, but every once in awhile a baby will come back to the rescue.  The animals are secure and safe until they find that perfect home.

These 2 Senior Stars are looking for homes!  Both are special needs!  If you would like to meet Emma or Bevan, please send us a message or email Janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org.  THANK YOU!

Yes, Emma likes sleeping on her human's bed!

Yes, Emma likes sleeping on her human’s bed!

Bevan is 8 years old and Prey Driven..., lots of energy!

Bevan is 8 years old and Prey Driven…, lots of energy!

Ranch Life in the Winter!

Happy Winter Greetings to Everyone!

rancheatdec2016San Diego Animal Relations are so fortunate to be living in a region with such great weather!  Even with the rain storms, drying out can be fun, especially for the pigs in the puddles!

As we move into the New Year, all of us at Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue wish all communities a Very Happy and Safe New Year!  AND!, DON’T FORGET TO MAKE THAT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION!  Please visit our DONATE Link on this website-IT’S EASY AND YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE OR ANYTIME!

If you would like a Ranch Tour or meet one of our Adoptable Animals, please send us a message.  THANK YOU!




Offer a Warm Hello to Tortuga, Naranja and Mojito…!!!

In the early weeks of Fall 2016, Orange County Animal Services took in 200+ rabbits from a rabbit breeder.  The call went out small animal rescues all over Southern California.  Long-time friend and supporter Jenny McLaughlin asked Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue for some assistance.  We answered the call—just a bunch of love-bug bun-buns….
tortuganaranjamojitoIf you are interested in bringing one or all of these loving babies into your home, please send us a message.  All are spayed or neutered and microchipped.  Adoption fee for one is $50 or $125 for all Three!

Thank you for visiting our website.

Wilbur & Sweet Pea



The Holidays are fast approaching…
These 2 love birds are looking for a permanent, loving home!

Sweet Pea, the Pitbull mix is a cancer survivor and looking for a home with energy!

Wilbur, a German Shepherd mix is a Senior Star at 13 years of age and special needs.  He would love a home to relax in and a small yard to rest in…

Both babies get along with everyone and are up-to-date on their vaccinations.  Sweet Pea is spayed, Wilbur is not neutered…   Send us a message if you would like to meet either one of these love bugs.

Thank you for visiting our website!




Disabled Buddies Jim Rose & Bugsy!

Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue is San Diego’s All-Species Animal Rescue & Sanctuary! We are partners with San Diego’s Department of Animal Services, San Diego’s Humane Societies, Good Dog Rez Q, the Pasadena and Ramona Humane Societies!

Like other Non-Profit Organizations we depend on the support and kindness of individuals, businesses and communities! We advocate a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. If you love animals-LOVE all animals! Cows, pigs, chickens, ducks are our friends, not food.

Volunteering, Fostering and Adopting are all spokes in the wheel to support our work to serve our animal relations. In-Kind Donations are also welcome. All donations great and small mean everything. AND!, DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!

We are coming up on the end of the year and if you need to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year-DO IT RIGHT HERE! DO IT RIGHT NOW!



It’s the 4th of October!
Humans are Celebrating World Animal Day!

rickyhugogandolfFerdinand’s Familia & Rescue is
San Diego’s All Species Animal Rescue & Sanctuary!

Our volunteers and other humans specialize in serving animals with disabilities, attitude problems, many years behind them and not enough days to survive on their own.  Like the Red Cross and Humane Societies, Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization.  WE DEPEND ON DONATIONS FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN DOING WHAT WE DO BEST!  SERVE OUR ANIMAL RELATIONS.

All of us work very hard to integrate all of our animal relations in the Cross-Species Integration Program.  When animals don’t get along with other animals it’s difficult to find homes.  Not all animals can be placed and they often end up staying with Ferdinand’s Familia’s Sanctuary Program!  Donate Today or Adopt Today-JUST DO SOMETHING TODAY!

All donations are tax-deductible, please consider making a donation today!

The Wandering Stretch…



The Wandering Stretch is about 13-15 years of age.  This Chihuahua/Terrier mix can really get around, hence the descriptive-WANDERING…  Stretch gets along with everyone and never stops wagging his tail!  Humans, dogs, cats, small animals, Stretch is all LOVE!

Stretch’s adoption fee is $100.00.  Application and home visit required.  Send us a message if you want to meet this Handsome Older Gentleman.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Looking for Homes!

Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue is an all-species animal rescue serving Southern California.  We are fortunate to work with so many life communities!  Here are a couple of animal relations looking for homes…

Lionhead Jackson

Jackson the Lionhead is looking for a home. One of 2 lionheads-adopted together!

Sexy Red Tabby Lorenzo!

Sexy Red Tabby Lorenzo!


Look at that Sweet Pea Face!

Please leave a message through the website or email Janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org if you would like to meet this furry love-bugs!


Cats in Homes!

Congratulations to TiGi & Muneca!

These 2 long termers found loving homes.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MEETING ONE OF OUR FELINE FRIENDS, please email Janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org.  Thank you!

Adoptions of Baby Goats

In Mid-January, Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue supported a generous volunteer and donor who secured the safety of over 27 farm animals.  Most animals at a local farm were available for food purchase, many were pregnant and a few were lacking in veterinary care.  The animals were initially taken to the rescue for exams, vaccinations and placement.

Today, many of the farm animals were adopted to loving homes.  A few were given sanctuary at Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue.  ALL ARE SAFE!
GoatFamilyIf you would like to support our efforts as we secure the safety of our animal relations, all donations are tax-deductible.  We also accept food donations including hay, poultry feed and horse food supplement.  Please send us message if you would like to make a donation of any kind.  Thank you!

Michigan & Smiley!

Michigan & Smiley and the Crew are doing quite well!
BugsysRudeCrewLiving part-time at the ranch, Michigan & Smiley get visitors including Bugsy and Rudy Rude Boy!  Michigan & Smiley still have their own pen, putting on weight, running around and eating well.  Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts while we bottle fed, treated and monitored Michigan & Smiley through their first 2 months of life!


Michigan & Smiley are a brother/sister team born on the 14th of January 2016.
The lamb siblings were born into squalor conditions to a mamma who wouldn’t lactate for her babies.  Probably due to stress, the babies were separated from the mother and are now cared for by volunteers and constant check-ups with the rescue’s large animal veterinarian.  Michigan and Smiley are bottle fed 5-6 times a day and enjoying alfalfa, and of course their heating pad (shown here).

Michigan & Smiley came into the world with a rough start; from here on out it is smooth sailing.

If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Michigan and Smiley, please email janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org  ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!

Thank you for visiting our website.

Samhain and Her Crew


In August of 2015 Samhain’s mother was confiscated from a home in the East County of San Diego.  Samhain’s mother was skin and bones when she arrived at the South San Diego Shelter.  She slowly began to put on weight, however the staff noticed the weight was falling to the belly.  Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue was called in to take the future mother pig.  The very next day she gave birth to 7 piglets, including Samhain.

Samhain was born on the 16th of October 2015.

Co-Founder Janice Jordan noticed Samhain was small compared to her siblings and physically shaking.  Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue was able to place the mother with 6 of the 7 piglets; Samhain was placed with the rescue.  Janice bottle fed Samhain ever 2-4 hours for the first 6 weeks of her life.  Tiny and strong, Samhain is now 2 months of age and loves her adopted family.
Samhain may be genetically small, but she is strong and healthy.  Her sleeping buddies include Bugsy, Rita Hayworth and Marciano.  All 4 of these wonderful animal relations originated under the care of the Department of Animal Services South Shelter.  The 4 are adopted siblings showing the success of the Culture of Co-Existence Program at Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue.

All donations to Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue are tax-deductible.  Your support helps us support animals in need.  Thank you for visiting our website.

Mustard The Flash!

Mustard the Flash is a Super Hero!


Mustard is an Alaskan Malamute Mix.
Mustard is about 2 years of age and all love!

Mustard is great with medium & large size dogs.  She should not be in a home where there are cats or small dogs.  Mustard is an escape artist, she can clear a 9 foot fence in a single bound.  She will need a home with a secure yard both in height and ground.  Mustard is very active and will love a human that loves to run!  Mustard is crate trained too!  Mustard is spayed, microchipped and up to date on her vaccinations.  Her adoption fee is $125.00.


Please call 619.475.8227 or email janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org

Visit the Ranch & Sanctuary!

Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue & Sanctuary

is open for tours on Saturday & Sunday mornings!  Put on your walking shoes and bring water for yourself
and carrots and apples for our farm-friendly relations.  Tours last about 60-90 minutes.  Please contact us
for tour start times and space availability!

Like other Non-Profit Organizations
including Lions, Tigers & Bears, the Humane Society and the San Diego Blood Bank, Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue depends on the generous donations from organizations and individuals to keep our doors open providing a safe space for the lives of abandoned, disabled, abused and old animals.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!  Donations of food and supplies is appreciated too!

Come on down and say hello to our furry, fuzzy & feathery friends!
Spend an hour or an afternoon bring a bag of carrots or just bring yourself!
Please send us a message at janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org or call 619.850.9442.

Thank you!




Babe is an Ambassador…

Babe is a miniature piggy who has been given sanctuary at Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue.

Babe is very special little guy.  He came to Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue
from a hoarding situation.  Babe was under-socialized when he came into
our program screaming at the top of his lungs anytime someone came near him.  Janice worked with Babe for a little over a month and by
the time he moved to the ranch Babe was allowing Janice to rub his ears,
his nose and his belly.

Babe is living the ultimate pig life.  He loves to see visitors.  When you are at the ranch, please stop by and say hello to Babe.

The Northern Breed


Huskies, Malamutes and WolfDogs are being dumped in Shelters
across the country.  Due to pop cultures shows and movies such as
Games of Thrones and Twilight, everyone wants a Wolf!

The following are images of Northern Breeds that have been found
as strays, relinquished by their human or left behind in an
abandoned home.



Waiting for a loving, permanent home.

It’s Cat & Kitten Season!

Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue has a couple of cats that were kittens from last season still waiting for a home.

When you adopt a cat from Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue your kindness opens the door for our fosters and homebase to bring in abandoned and neglected kittens this Season.

Please send us a message if you would like to meet one of our cats.

Culture of Co-Existence…

Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue makes every attempt to acclimate our animal relations to each other…  We attempt to work with behavioral issue animals opening up more opportunities for adoption.  Our program CULTURE of CO-EXISTENCE is a great deal of work focusing on controlled environments of safety, security and comfort.  No animal is ever at risk.  Our volunteers allow the animals to be animals and it is amazing to watch the care that appears between animals and between species.


Bugsy and Rox at morning playtime…


A morning kiss to begin the day…

Bottle babies are the gentlest of all.  Whether kittens, puppies or lambs, bottle babies are nothing but love…

If you are interested in meeting one of our animal relations, please send us a message!  And thank you for your interest in a rescue animal…!


All donations, in-kind or product are tax deductible!  Please contact us at janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org for any questions!


President Michael Pratt with all Love!

IB Pet is located at 600 Palm Avenue in the West Side of IB.  They have holistic and organic food products for all of your animal’s needs!

Hacksaw & Jigsaw and Mamma Puzzle!

HACKSAW, JIGSAW & PUZZLE are living life!

Now at a year and half, Hacksaw & Jigsaw are close by their Mamma Puzzle, but all three are discovering their identities and enjoying life.  Both Hacksaw & Jigsaw now have loving Sponsors and Puzzle is quite popular on tour days.

Hacksaw and Puzzle, Jess Brittain

Hacksaw still loving Mamma Puzzle
Photo Courtesy of Jess Brittain

Fall 2014

Say hello to Hacksaw!
An orphaned horse taken in by Puzzle and her son Jigsaw and Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue.

Hacksaw loves hugs!
When you are down at the ranch make sure you give Hacksaw a big hug!


Hacksaw with surrogate mamma Puzzle and Janice!


Hacksaw & Jigsaw have grown out of their milk supplement. Growing into big boyhood!


Gerald Hines & Hacksaw are the best of buddies… Both babies from the same shelter are having a great time at Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue!



The Und1sputed Ones Support the Bellator Campaign

The Department of Animal Services’ South Shelter is displaying Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue’s Bottle Baby Campaign!





Athletes from North Park Und1sputed in San Diego are coming together to
help Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue educate communities about the importance of Spay/Neuter Program and Adoption over Purchase.  All athletes are posing with Bellator, the underdog kitten who is fighting for the lives of thousands of kittens in this country.


MMA Athlete War Machine & Bellator



Und1sputed Ones ‘Philosopher’ and Bellator

Fosters Needed!


Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue needs responsible, patient and mature Foster Homes for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs!  If you would like to open up your home to a fuzzy or furry friend, please send us a message with your interest in either canine or feline.  Thank you from everyone great and small at FF&R!

CheLukes in a Happy Foster Home!

CheLukes in a Happy Foster Home!


Raccoon needs a permanent home, but a loving foster home is good until he finds the perfect family!

Llama Familia on a Walk


The first Llama walk as a group.  Sulu, Eric & Luis take the Llama crew on their very first walk-ALL TOGETHER.  The ranch exists because of caring and compassionate volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering with Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue, please send us a message.

Supporting the Rez Dogs!

Ferdinand’s Familia working with the Black Hat Human Society!

Donation Delivery in St. John's, Arizona

The Black Hat Humane Society was founded over 10 years ago by Tamara Martin.  Tamara’s goal?, save as many Rez Dogs as possible.  Tamara and the Black Hat volunteers are doing exceptional work in isolated situations.

Unloading the goodies for the Rez Dogs!

St. John’s, Arizona is a secluded mining town.  Ferdinand’s Familia will be delivering donations 3-4 times per year.  If you are interested in donating food, blankets and supplements to the Black Hat Humane Society, please contact janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org or 619.847.4458.  Thank you!


Ringo loves Michael

Michael is one of Ferdinand’s Familia’s Officers.  A founding member of Ferdinand’s Familia, Michael is currently the Ranch Manager offering public tours on Saturday and by appointment tours on Sunday.  Dedicating 24 hours of his day to animal rescue and placement, contact Michael if you would like to volunteer your time to our animal relations; he can be reached at 619.850.9442.  Thank you!

Mumbles and Janice

Mumbles and Janice

Janice is also a founding member of Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue.  She is currently the liaison between Ferdinand’s and All Adoption Partners.  She also works with cat, dog and rabbit foster families and organizes community adoption events.



Terri at the Ranch with a Smile!


Terri is a Board Member and has been guiding Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue since the beginning.  A lover of all things cat, Terri can help you get some bottle-babies in your home-IF YOU WANT!







Kay Kim. Korean born, Peta member, humanitarian. Student, hairstylist and waitress. World traveler animal lover extraordinaire.  Kay K started her life with Ferdinand’s Familia as a foster.  Her leadership skills and passion for all creatures great and small quickly morphed into a Board Member.  Here with one of her Failed Fosters, Cooper, these 2 are inseparable!


Kay K and Cooper staying warm



Ferdinand’s Familia on San Diego Living

Volunteers with Ferdinand’s Familia were recently featured on Channel 6
CW’s San Diego Living.  Spay, neuter and commitment were the hot topics
of discussion on the morning’s show.  Mikey, Zsa Zsa, Eva and Tony the
Handsome Rooster were the featured guests.  To view the segment click
or cut and paste the link(s) below.


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BECKHAM-Sanctuary Pig!


This is Beckham!

Beckham was given sanctuary about 7 years ago when a breeder was attempting to breed a “pocket pig”.  Beckham runs around the stables with her partner-Wilbur!  Pig kisses to you!


old_chiCHI2Chi-Chi is an ex-Thoroughbred Race Horse and was found abandoned in a local stable in Imperial Beach in 2009.

UPDATE!  Chi-Chi recently found a permanent home up north and having a great time!

Lila Rose


Lila Rose came to Ferdinand’s Familia after years of breeding at a Thoroughbred Racehorse Ranch.  After a long-time untreated injury, the volunteers at Ferdinand’s Familia attempted to treat a very simple ailment.  Lila Rose was with Ferdinand’s Familia for only 3-1/2 months and touched everyone she met.


old_Rodeo2Rodeo was abandoned in a Tijuana River Valley stable.  Volunteers from Ferdinand’s Familia spent three weeks digging Rodeo and his partner Maggie May out of six months of horse manure.  Rodeo is now sanctuary with Ferdinand’s Familia and loves to kick up his heels in the “BIG CORRAL”!  If you are interested in sponsoring Rodeo, please contact Ferdinand’s Familia.

The Passing of Wilbur…


On Sunday the 16th of March 2014, Wilbur lost his
battle with a mouth
tumor.  He was
about 17 years of
age.  All of us miss



Wilbur runs around with Beckham!  Wilbur came from a home where he was attacked by his human’s dogs.  Wilbur lost his ear in one attack but that doesn’t keep him listening to everything you say!  Wilbur has been given sanctuary and has a permanent sponsor who loves his piggy kisses!