Get to know our survivors
Discover the story of the animals we help every day with their "before and after" photos.
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She had been presented to us as an introverted goat, fleeing from contact and being particularly fearful. In fact, Baghdad just didn't want to be exploited for its milk and her offsprings. Once she understood that at the sanctuary we would never ask her for anything and, above all, that we would never steal anything from her, she became playful, very cuddly, confident and curious.
After 8 years of milk production, farrowing and loss of her youngs, Alaska was supposed to finish her life with her throat slit at the slaughterhouse. She is now one of the rays of sunshine in the Co&xister sanctuary. Alaska is pure sweetness. She talks to those who know how to listen. She loves those who are ready to receive this tenderness. She has so much more to live and offer than her milk and her young. She is a messenger. Messages of unconditional love and trust. How lucky we are to be able to coexist with her.
From a young dog huddled in a cramped cage for 2 years, L'Ami has become an athlete who gets his kicks running in the meadows with his brother Lonso. Very affectionate, he loves cuddles and constant attention. He is known to be the "glue pot" of the sanctuary :)
Margaret is a discreet hen who luckily escaped slaughter. Not only is she very beautiful, her voice is also magnificent. Very close to her friends Simone and Jahna, she enjoys a serene retreat at the sanctuary. Her particularity? While all the chickens rush to the rehydrated dry bread, she always looks at us with a look of displeasure when we serve this meal. She expects us to serve her seeds, not letting us out of her sight :)
Widely plucked and very overweight on arrival after living in the Micarna halls, Tagada had difficulties moving around for the first few days. Always late when it's time for meals, she comes out complaining if the others don't wait for her :-) Tagada is always the first to go to bed and manages to keep the best place in the henhouse!
Prince is a former competition horse. At the age of 23, he is now enjoying a proper retirement. Never again will he be forced to compete or surpass himself for glory. He reigns as a prince on the field, alongside his two girlfriends (yes, Prince is polyamorous!), whom he teases, cajoles and annoys according to his mood.
A kitten born with no eyes in the streets of Qatar and therefore completely blind, Elyan has become a great sage, self-confident and daring. Remarkable, he exudes real serenity in his daily life. Affectionate, curious and cheerful, Elyan is a real ray of sunshine.
Priya is a special chicken. Not only because she jumped from a truck that was supposed to take her to the slaughterhouse, but also because despite her disability that makes it difficult for her to walk, she is one of the pillars of the chicken clan. She is the one that others like to snuggle up to if they are not well. Priya is also the only one who cries out for hugs when she comes to stand against our legs. She is especially affectionate, gentle and comforting.
Artemis is one of 24 hens that survived from a Micarna farm. Her maternal instinct leads her to hatch every egg she lays and finds. Her gentleness makes her light, sociable and kindly affectionate. After tearing a ligament at a joint following a bad fall, she was back on her feet with impressive resilience.
Petit Jean is one of our baby pigs, who arrived at the side of his parents and brothers after barely escaping from the butcher's shop. He is cute, playful and particularly clever. For example, he comes to ask for vegetables when we cut them up, leaning upright, delicately on our legs. He sometimes plays happily with his father Gerard, with a smile on his face. And how beautiful that is!
Found on the streets of Qatar with her 4 puppies, Meli has become a protective and determined matriarch. Under her gentleness and affection, she can sometimes be reactive, conditioned by her defence mechanisms developed in the streets. When she trusts completely, she is a real ball of love.
Lorette is a 22-year-old grandmother who enjoys grazing in peace. She gave plenty on rides in which she was exploited. She appreciates the calm, the respect of her space and her lover Prince, with whom she spends most of her time. Sweet, she appreciates being cuddled punctually at her request. Her particularity? She likes to force the fences that would allow her to graze on greener grass!
A street kitten from Qatar, Neira was found weakened by bronchitis that became chronic at the age of 4 weeks old. But this mild symptom did not prevent her from developing an unconditional affection for humans and other animals, which she cherishes with all her heart. Playful, gentle and cuddly, she is a faithful friend to all her life companions.
Gerard, the daddy pig of the sanctuary, is an unlikely character. As grumpy as he is playful, as affectionate as he is temperamental, he makes us laugh every day. While he was very suspicious when he arrived, he became our great friend. He was supposed to end up as a sausage, he now gallops happily around the sanctuary grounds, and enjoys sprinting around playing with his son Petit Jean or with us humans!
Also a survivor of a Micarna hall, Détère is an adorable chick who likes to hang out in the evening before going to bed. She is only moderately fond of vegetables and always looks at us with a surprised look when we serve her. Determined and curious, she is amazing company!
Toupie is a donkey let's say... very, very, stubborn :) In spite of this, she is especially affectionate and lively-minded. She doesn't hesitate to show us the part of her body she wants to see caressed, and asks us to be at least three to be able to take care of her hooves: one person caresses her head, the other one caresses her belly, and the third one, with a bit of luck, will manage to lift her legs to take care of her hooves!
A little clown at heart, Lonso arrived polytraumatized after spending 2 years in a cage with his brothers, including L'Ami. Heavily mistreated, he has retained reflexes of flight and fear when confronted with humans he doesn't know well. When he has succeeded in trusting, he becomes a ball of affection and joie de vivre. Initially cloistered and anxious, he has blossomed day by day since his arrival.
She was supposed to end up in the pan, too. "What" is such a sweet, dynamic, endearing hen. She loves to spend time with pigs, and sometimes even sleeps with them rather than with other hens!
Charbon, Toupie's father, is a donkey that is beginning to age, but he looks as young as his offspring 10 years his junior. He is particularly affectionate when it's time for him, and knows how to signify it. He appreciates being stroked in his ears, so much so that he will come to rest against your shoulder to thank you for it!
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Loona is a beautiful mare, long ridden in a riding arena. She is tender, playful and very expressive. Sometimes taunted by Prince, she likes to ask us for hugs, which she sometimes gives us back a bit brutally, without meaning to :) Her joints and hooves are fragile and need regular care. But from now on, she has free and happy days at the sanctuary, which she seems to enjoy!
Doki is a 16-year-old horse, who was picked up by a private lady after being mistreated at a young age. Particularly sensitive, he develops sarcoids in times of stress, and was at risk of ending up euthanized. We had dreamt about him before receiving the announcement of his adoption, and when we first met him, we immediately felt that he had a place in the sanctuary. It was more like a reunion!
Ondée, known as "Mama Ondée", is a young sow who has already seen all kinds of colours. After barely escaping from the butcher's shop alongside her little family, she landed at our home, several weeks pregnant. Very fearful at first, she offered us unconditional trust. We were able to accompany her with great love and gratitude in her delivery, during which she was so courageous. When she likes someone, she likes to snuggle up to them and tenderly chew on their fingers. As a protective mother, she also knows how to scare away animals that get too close to her offspring.
Survivor of the Micarna fattening halls, Virginia (we didn't name her that, let's be clear!) is a very talkative, greedy and dominant hen. Genetic selection has made her joints fragile and her weight a little too heavy, which prevents her from running and jumping, let alone flying away. Very friendly with all the other hens, she knows how to be respected, even by Nesto the cock!
Simone, matriarch of the chicken clan, has already lived 7 years of life. She should have been killed when she slowed her laying rate... She is enjoying a retirement now serene, free and happy. Independent, she likes to go about her business alone, but enjoys the company of others most of the time.
Samsam, son of Gerard and Ondée, was a particularly fearful little pig. It took him almost 4 months to learn to trust in Humans. With a lot of patience and gratitude, we can now forge strong links with him. Since he understood that hugs and scratches are nice, he sometimes comes to ask for some discreetly. His resilience is heartwarming!
Wakan should have been one of the famous "Christmas turkeys", proudly decorated on a festive table. He was lucky to escape that fate. Whereas he couldn't even stand on his feet because of his overweight and the fragility of his joints, he now runs unhindered all over the sanctuary grounds. Communicative, curious and affectionate, he has healed his wounds and enjoys this new life which he has tamed with great ease.
Tanka, too, should have ended up on party tables. Alongside his brother Wakan, he enjoys a life free of all forms of suffering. He has gained in self-confidence, and appreciates the cuddly moments, during which he cooing with his head under the wing.
Little Punkie is a very special young hen. With her punk crest, she knows how to stand out from the others with her voice, her agility and her lightness. While she used to fight regularly with the other hens and turkeys at the beginning, she learned to respect them gently and now gets along very well with everyone.
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Nesto, a young rooster who has also escaped the pan, is gentle, discreet and respectful. He doesn't climb on the hens that forbid him, and is very humble. He is not the pretentious and talkative rooster that we have anchored in our collective unconscious. In fact, his voice is discreet and soft.