THE BARNYARD BHUTAN
ANIMAL RESCUE & SANCTUARY
Our animal rescue center, shelter and sanctuary is located on nearly 2 1/2 acres in Paro, Bhutan. Over the past 11+ years, we have grown from a “normal” household of a few dogs and cats, to a home of approaching 400 animals, of all species and sizes and breeds and disabilities. Our facilities, though sometimes haphazard, have grown in simple response to the new emergencies and patients in hand.
Animals typically come here when they are in critical condition, so it is not uncommon for them to spend their first few nights, if not weeks, including the large animals, in the bedroom or elsewhere in the house with me. Once they are well, however, they transition back to that which is their ideal environment.
The dogs spend their days outdoors, playing or simply basking in the sun – there are no cages here. But at night everyone goes back to their respective kennels or rooms: at present, we have 18 outdoor kennels and buildings, plus 7 other designated dog rooms inside the garage and staff buildings. The main house is also generally full with animals in every room, but is typically reserved for the most serious cases, elderly animals, and young.
The large animals too spend their day outside, mingling with visitors, the dogs, and each other – this includes the enormous Mr. Piggy who roams freely and greets everyone with a loving snort, hoping for biscuits.
We have two barns and several sheds for the equines and cattle, a Mr. Piggy exclusive house as he likes to sleep with two of the goats who use him as their pillow, two goat enclosures and respective sheds, and a separate piggy pen for the 14 'smaller' pigs.
Many people find it odd that such diverse animals coexist with each other so well, but each animal has faced his or her own struggle or suffering which brought them here – I think it is this commonality that silently and instinctively unites them all.