Tanaka-A New Resident

Tanaka-a retired Thoroughbred!

Tanaka is a looker…

Tanaka arrived at the Rescue Ranch in late January with his Mini-Donk Paqueno.  Both are great greeters and love apples.  They live together and are inseparable…

Your donation HELPS KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN FOR OUR ANIMAL RELATIONS LIKE TANAKA & PACQUENO!!!!  Donations are tax-deductible!  Support your favorite all-species animal rescue-FERDINAND’S FAMILIA & RESCUE!


Greeters at the Ranch…

One-Half of Pumpkin & Spice love visitors!  Pumpkin and Spice were found running around in the Tijuana River Valley.  The Humane Society assisted with the security of their safety and found their way to the Rescue Ranch!

Most of the farm animals love visitors!  If you are part of a community organization or network and would like your group to visit the ranch, please email Janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org for a tour referral.  Thank you for visiting our website!



Feline Friends For You!

Ferdinand’s Familia Loves Felines!

And we have a few looking for loving, permanent homes!

If you like to be told what to do and where to sleep, a feline is just for you!

Ferdinand’s Animal World is Amazing!

Please send us a message if you are interested in bringing a feline into your home!



Whistle’s Journey…

Thanks to the Team Work of many humans, Whistle will be home for the New Year!

The first Freedom Journey leg of Whistle’s Adventure was with the Pasadena Humane Society!

The second leg of Whistle’s Adventure was with JJ Anderson and Tito Molina of Los Angeles’ HRDWRKER.com!

The third leg of the Southern California Tour was with Miguel “Iron Man” Sigala…

And the fourth path of Whistle’s journey was with 3 San Diego volunteers…

Whistle will find her permanent loving home the last weekend of 2018!  A beautiful way to begin the new year in her young life with a wonderful human family!!!

Teamwork, Collaboration and Compassion for all animals great and small!



Cauli-Fleur: A Chihuahua and all that!

Cauli-Fleur is a Sexy Senior Star!

Man Cauli-Fleur is a 13 year oldish Chihuahua.  Cauli is sight and hearing limited.  He’s missing part of his jaw and has a right side limp.  Thanks to Carla at Synergy, our collaboration-TOGETHER-secured Cauli’s time.  Looking for a permanent home, Cauli is Special Needs and is lots of great energy and love.  Cauli loves everyone and absolutely loves to snuggle!

Consider fostering or adopting a senior dog today; even if it isn’t Cauli-Fleur!

Send us a message if you want to meet our handsome Man Cauli-Fleur.



Humpty Dumpty Fell Off a Wall…

Say hello to Humpty Dumpty a 30 something Sulcata Tortoise…
Thanks to our friends at the Department of Animal Services and Dr. Cecil, Humpty Dumpty has
a second chance at a much longer life…  We believe Humpty Dumpty was chased by 1 or 2 dogs,
and as he was trying to get away from the dogs, he fell off a 10 foot retaining wall, onto his back,
cracking his shell.  Put back together again, we hope he will be 100% by early Spring 2019.

Thanks to everyone who has sent Humpty Dumpty good wishes and donations for his care.
Special thanks to California Produce for their support.  Thank you for visiting our website!





FRANCE is a Summer 2018 arrival from the Pasadena Humane Society…

France aka Frenchie is a blind babe who just loves water.  Not able to physically see, Frenchie
can feel the presence of humans and loves to follow her seeing eye humans around the ranch.
Due to her specialties, Frenchie has been given sanctuary at the ranch.  And we
couldn’t do it without the support of California’s Communities.

Please visit our Donation Page Today and help us serve animal relations like Frenchie.

Thank you!



Kitten Season 2018

It’s still Kitten Season in San Diego!

This kitten year will be busy for shelters, rescue organizations and humane societies.

Unlike years passed, Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue will act as a foster for the Department of Animal Services.  Our foster family network will take kittens in need and return them to our friends at DAS for placement as soon as they are big enough to live on their own.  If you are interested in one of our foster kittens, send us a message and we can notify DAS.

We still have young adults and a few adult cats looking for homes.  Send us a message if you want to bring a feline friend into your home!


Thank you for visiting Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue!





Ferdinand’s Familia Rescue & Sanctuary and the

Rescue to Recovery in Action!

In 2008, women from a San Diego Residential Recovery home were some of the
first volunteers to help get the Rescue on its’ feet!  Back then, horses were the
primary rescue & sanctuary animals at the ranch.  Walking, grooming and picking up
poop for our equine friends was a Sunday afternoon event for both the women and
the horses.

Thanks to Hector of Southwest High School and a local Residential Program, RESCUE TO RECOVERY is back on its feet and in action.  Taking care of the chickens
and pot-bellied pigs in the rescue and sanctuary is keeping everyone busy.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to pay for transportation costs for
the women of the program, chicken feed, pig feed or any other farm need, please visit
our DONATE TODAY page on this website.  EVERY BIT HELPS!




Elliott The Senior Pig…


Elliott, Pony Boy & Numero Uno

ELLIOTT THE SENIOR PIG…  2 years and more!

Elliott was our first joint placement with Irvine Animal Control.  That was just over 2 years ago!  Elliott is just around 17 years of age and has many more in front of him.  During the rainy season, Elliott is with a foster and enjoys his time, especially eating time with Pony Boy and Numero Uno!

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR SENIOR ANIMAL RELATIONS, INCLUDING ELLIOTT!  Visit our donation page on this website.   All donations great and small are welcomed!

Thank you for visiting our website!




Compassion Education at the San Diego Humane Society!

Donate Tuesday and
All Year Round!



Special Needs 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 #GIVINGTUESDAY IS HERE!

If you need to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year-DO IT RIGHT HERE! DO IT RIGHT NOW!





Home for the Holidays! Looking for Loving Humans!

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…

Gretel is one of our Sexy Senior Stars!

Sissy is a mixed breed, loves to play and is super shy!



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 love Homes!

Stripes of Rain and Mija Roja!

Stripes of Rain and Mija Roja enjoying Jamul Sun!

Stripes of Rain and Mija Roja were adopted earlier this year.  BETTER WITH A BUDDY PROGRAM offers 2x the love and a discounted adoption fee(s).  We’ve got a few cats looking for homes.  Nothing but Love!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MEETING ONE OF OUR FELINE FRIENDS, please email Janice@ferdinandsfamilia.org.  Thank you!



A 2015 STORY: 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 5 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; AND NO CHILDREN  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 $100.00.


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!




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.

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…!

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!