Woodville rescuer protects, re-homes 27 species of exotic animals
WOODVILLE, Texas (KTRE) - Castillo Family Farm Rescue gives exotic animals a second chance at life, and for owner Kaitlyn Castillo, taking care of animals is more than a passion: it’s a lifestyle.
The rescue houses 27 species, from small animals to birds and reptiles. Depending on what animal comes in, Castillo said they go through a process to arrange transportation to a haven.
She said in the summer many classroom pets are surrendered. “Mainly snakes or guinea pigs from teachers that can’t handle them over the summer.”
However, Castillo said most animals that come in are impulse purchases. “[People] see it; they like it; it’s pretty, and then they get it home, and it’s like, ‘Okay, this is a lot more than I expected.’”
A 40-year-old blue and gold macaw named Tobie has been at the rescue for over two years. Castillo said he was abused so severely that it caused damage to his feather follicles. “That’s why he’s naked. Toby was thrown into the wall, and his left eye is shattered.”
The rescue offers animal encounter tours for $5 that allow people to visit and hold most critters. Castillo said the tour helps fund vet care and supplies.
“Kids love that; dads love it; moms love it. Grandmas are like, ‘Oh, look at the baby!’” said Castillo.
Castillo said she feels at peace whenever she can take animals in. “When I know something that’s suffering or might be in a nasty cage at home -- when they walk through the door, it’s okay from that day forward.”
They are located at 905 W. Bluff St. in Woodville, and you can learn more on their web page.
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