Phoenix Ranch is an 8 acre ranch dedicated to the work of CETA Foundation. This is our laboratory where we research and develop new techniques of housing and training a variety of species. We also study the interplay of the land and livestock to develop environmentally friendly methods of accomodating their respecive needs. Phoenix Ranch is home to the animals used in our education/therapy programs, rehabilitate rescued animals, and have a limited number of well-socialized animals for families to adopt,
Located in the rolling hills of Vacaville California north of the Nut Tree airport, we have a wonderful view of the Sacramento valley, the Coast Ranges and Mt. Diablo. The delta breezes and gravity irrigation keep the ranch relatively cool in the summer valley heat. Sunrise and sunsets are beautiful and restful. Our facilities are simple but functional and comfortable. Our animals are friendly.
We have an abundance of wildlife here as well. Hawks, owls, egrets, quail, turkey and migratory birds spend time in our trees and pastures. Lizards and the occasional gopher snake hang out on the fence lines. Pacific tree toads can be found in our water troughs. Ground squirrels, jack rabbits, oppossums, shrews and voles are some of our non-domestic mammal visitors.
We started breeding AMHA/AMHR registered miniature horses in 2002. Though we have not shown them, the herd sire has an impressive pedigree and has given us great babies. We keep them in a herd setting so we have been able to learn "natural" horse behavior and herd dynamics. All our horses are clicker-trained and many can't wait to show off their favorite tricks for visitors. We discontinued breeding several years ago and now consider them part of our extended family that bring happiness to our visitors. Several were trained to pull carts, others give rides. Click on the link below to learn more about this breed and our herd.
We've been breeding African Greys, Jardines parrots and cockatiels since 1994. Click on the link below to learn more about these species and our colony.
THE REST OF OUR ANIMAL FAMILY
We have Icelandic horses, bunnies, pot-bellied pigs, sheep, chickens, and the more usual dogs and cats. Though they all have their "homes" where they are fed and rest, they intermingle quite a bit. You can see some of the other animals we keep on the CETA Foundation Facebook page or the following link:
The animals we have take quite a bit of energy and resources to maintain. But from time to time, we can't say no to an animal who desperately needs a temporary home. We treat, spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinate and give basic training to dogs and cats that we take in, then offer them to carefully-screened homes for a fee to offset the costs. Due to logistics, we try to stick with small dogs as much as possible.
Click on the link below to see what animals we have for sale and adoption. The list may not be current, so don't hesitate to contact us to ask if we have what you are looking for.
THE RANCH EXPERIENCE
The ranch offers a wonderful environment in which people can learn about the natural world through the plants and animals who live here. There is a beautiful rhythm of the seasons and a sense of how Nature is much bigger than ourselves. Physical labor brings it's own rewards. Learning to communicate with animals and gain their trust is a thrill that is hard to match.
For those who would like to learn about or experience any of these aspects of ranch life, we offer educational presentations on site or off. Lunch or dinner can be provided.
ANIMAL FACILITATED LEARNING & ANIMAL- ASSISTED THERAPY
Interacting with animals has been clinically proven to aid emotional healing and develop social skills. We can work with counselors and therapists to provide sessions for their clients with appropriate animals as well as sessions for "regular folks" who just want the thrill of learning the art of communicating with animals or enhancing their animal training skills.
For more information about ranch-visits, presentations, therapy sessions or animal-interaction experiences, please call us at (707) 678-0580 or email us at:
We are proud to now be offering our programs through CETA Foundation (Calif. Education Through Animals) a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more information, email email@example.com , call 707-678-0580 or see our website :