Animal rescues

Weird and unusual animal rescues at Red Dog Farm in Stokesdale

STOKESDALE, NC (WGHP) — Calls run the gamut.

“We’ve had everything from an emu to a prairie dog to a kinkajou,” said Red Dog Farm general manager Lauren Riehle.

The team at Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network is used to being ready at all times to respond to emergency calls.

Red Dog Farm recently helped transport a llama found in High Point to its Stokesdale facility.

“You never know when something like this is going to happen,” Riehle said.

Riehle says the situation with the llama may seem unusual to the average person, but rescue professionals encounter similar circumstances daily.

She says the storyline highlighted a bigger picture – the need to strategically plan for a variety of scenarios going forward.

A fundraiser is underway to improve management of the volume of stray animal calls.

“We spent a lot of time and thought integrating our grazing system that we have here, but that was just the starting point,” Riehle said.

“Our total campaign is to raise $1.5 million. We have approximately $400,000 left for this campaign that we would like to raise and that $400,000 is specifically earmarked at this time to redevelop this property.

The money would help modify the enclosures on the property, open up the grazing space and expand the changing room to accommodate more exotic animals.

Riehle says the investment would allow the team to triple the number of animals at the facility.