Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park



In March of 2019 an animal control officer in Orange NJ called to let us know he had corralled a small sheep he found running down the street. Rudy (the ACO) told us he found some neighborhood residents that had heard that the sheep was purchased for a sacrificial ritual during the festival season. The little male (ram) sheep had balloons on strings tied to his tail and ear tag. A swath of wool had also been sheared off his back to expose his skin. Luckily this little guy escaped, and was found by Rudy. The next morning the ram was brought down to Popcorn Park. An exam showed a severely ulcerated cornea on his right eye, laceration on his ear, and just plain dishevelment across his whole body. Following the exam, he dove into some grains and timothy hay which he ate nonstop for about a half hour. After he settled in, we treated his eye and wounds and gave him antibiotic injections. Through it all he was great and seemed to enjoy our company even through the exam and treatment. His ulcerated eye was very bad, and we were afraid he might have permanent damage. For the next week staff treated his eye every two hours during the day. By the next Friday he had sight again, his ear was healing, and he made fast friends of the two staff members who treated him. He now eagerly waits for them to come to treat his eye, and cries when they had to leave to feed and clean other animals in the park. He was a great patient. Rudy, named after his saving captor, will be introduced to some other smaller goats and sheep in the park as soon as his quarantine is over. Until then his two new buddies spend as much time as they can with him.

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Animal Info

  • Rudy
  • Popcorn Park
  • Sheep
  • Sheep
  • 1 Years
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
  • Male

The Popcorn Park Wildlife Club is a special sponsorship program designed to help support the residents of the refuge. Through a monthly donation you will help provide all that is needed for that particular animal's well-being, and in return, you will receive regular updates from your sponsored animal!

Popcorn Park was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900