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Barking Holler Animal Sanctuary was established in 2003 and has been home to over 100 rescued animals ever since. The farm is 30 acres of pastures and space for the animals to explore and play. Currently there are 48 pigs, 16 goats, 3 mini horses, 1 mule, 3 horses, 2 cows, 17 dogs, 38 cats, and other livestock making Barking Holler their forever home. Most animals who end up at Barking Holler are from abuse and neglect cases. Operations at the sanctuary are run entirely by Rudy Edalati and volunteer help.

We offer tours and volunteer opportunities on a case-by-case basis. Fill out our contact form to learn more.




Pixie, a cattle dog mix, is one of six puppies born in August 2023 to a sweet mama dog named Sydney (available on our adoption page).Though completely blind, Pixie is curious and affectionate and loves to play with her brother, Otter. She will live out her life at Barking Holler, where she can get the care she needs. Your contributions help animals like Pixie.

Valiant Thor

This mini pony came from the meat pen where the sick, injured and senior pets get sent when they are no longer useful to their owners. Valiant Thor had been used to pull a cart. He had scars all down his back from the harness and from being hit with a whip. His skin had been rubbed completely raw. It took about a year for him to heal and for his hair to grow in. During his 2 years living at Barking Holler, he has gained confidence and weight. He’s such a happy guy now and kicks up his heels as he walks around.  He loves to hang out with the goats.  



Solganda is a white mule. He is considered a Henny.  That means his mom was a horse and his dad was a donkey which is very rare.  He arrived at Barking Holler Animal Sanctuary with a scarred soul.  He was all skin and bones, had cracked hooves and it was obvious that he was a very old man.  He had been used, abused and sold many times. His last stop was supposed to be the meat farm.  That’s when we stepped in and brought him to live here.  Now Solganda is the protector of Barking Holler and alerts everyone when he hears anything or anyone getting close to our sanctuary. 


Beetlejuice is the most loving of all the pigs. He was raised as a pet and then given up by the family when they realized that having a pig as a pet is a lot different than having a dog as a pet.  He is very smart and loving and will even roll over for tummy rubs or do the "good boy sit" to earn a treat.  This is a trick he learned from watching the dogs.  

Mr. Tumnes

Mr. Tumnes’ mom was brought to our sanctuary by animal control as one of their cruelty cases.  He was born prematurely and only weighed one pound at birth.  He is now the king of the goats. 



Barking Holler is home to many rescued dogs. We recently said goodbye to the sanctuary's oldest resident, a dog named Goldstein. Beloved Goldstein, 19, a sweet little terrier mix, came from Israel during the last conflict. He loved everyone and he was only eight pounds, though he thought he was 80 lbs. We will miss the little fellah, as he takes up residence over the Rainbow Bridge.



We now have over 40 pigs running around the sanctuary.  All are doing great. The old residents and new residents have learned how to respect each other and share the space peacefully. 

Contributing to this overpopulation is the baby pig pet trend. As soon as the pig grows to their adult size, their owners abandon them here at Barking Holler and other animal rescue organizations. We never turn an animal away here at Barking Holler.


If you would like to do a one time donation or a monthly donation, it would be a huge help. No amount is too small.  The cold months can be really hard on the animals since there isn't a lot of vegetation to graze on, so we supplement with plenty of hay and feed. We are thankful for all our loyal donators who make this possible.


Rudy Edalati is a published author and pet chef who lives at and runs Barking Holler.  She makes individually tailored gourmet pet food through her company- Barker's Grub.  Rudy's passion goes beyond food:  It extends to rescue and rehabilitation of many different animals.  She started doing rescue and rehabilitation work in 1993.  Barking Holler Animal Sanctuary came into existence in 2003.  For more information on what food meets your pet's diet needs,  or to place an order call 301-349-0808.  

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