Arnie was kept as a pet by a local family after he just showed up one day as a piglet. When he was little, he was raised in their house until he quickly became too big and destructive to live in their home. In July 2016 he was donated to NTS, this pig along with other farm animals never has to worry about being on the menu for our big cats since we also provide him with a safe, forever home.
Our gift shop Goldfish was donated to NTS in December 2017 along with two other exotic residents. Lauri the black leopard, Walter the Alligator and Bindi the Goldfish all came as a group package from private owners that resided at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
On Thanksgiving Day of 2011, we found two Great Pyrenees, to become known as Kai and Bonnie, wandering on a nearby highway. After no success in finding their owners, they joined the NTS family of rescued cats and dogs. Kai and Bonnie are like two peas in a pod and spend a lot of time playing and cuddling with each other. Much to our surprise, Bonnie gave birth to eight unexpected puppies on January 22, 2012. She is very lovable, sweet, and enjoys human affection.
Offspring to Miracle, one of our other office dogs, Bruiser is well known for being the bigger of the "office dog pack". He resembles more like a beagle even with his black and white markings and you can even hear it in his bark! In attempt to adopt out Miracle's pups in 2014, Bruiser was returned because he did not fit into his new house, so we were happy to keep him here with his family at NTS.
At over 30 years old, Hidalgo was once a great riding horse that taught hundreds of kids how to horseback ride! Unfortunately he obtained a back injury that prevented him from ever being ridden again, making him of little use to his former owners. When Hidalgo was offered to be donated to the sanctuary, we were told he could be donated as meat to feed our cats. Instead, we were happy to insist that he would get to live out the rest of his days in a safe, forever home and just like Arnold the pig, he will never be on the menu! You can find this handsome horse at the entrance field of the sanctuary welcoming all of our visiting guests.
On Thanksgiving Day of 2011, we found two Great Pyrenees, to become known as Kai and Bonnie, wandering on a nearby highway. After no success in finding their owners, they joined the NTS family of rescued cats and dogs. Kai is a very protective and has a dominant personality. He is known around the sanctuary for his striking gold eyes. Kai and Bonnie are like two peas in a pod and spend a lot of time playing and cuddling with each other.
Kali is a gorgeous Siamese mix that was found as a kitten shortly after the move to Branson, MO. She is a mom's girl and very bonded to our founder Judy. Kali is very elusive and doesn’t like strangers. She was very active in raising the pups by aiding in cleaning of the puppies and slept with them every night. She can usually be found hiding under the kitchen sink or in her bed when she is not playing with Tink and Tug.
One of the most popular dogs that calls NTS home, Luna is a beautiful husky-wolf hybrid. She loves to interact with any guests willing to give her all their attention in our backyard while they wait for tours. Nearby neighbors of NTS previously owned Luna but after she kept showing up at the sanctuary, dangerously crossing highways to be here, we arranged with her previous owners that Luna could make NTS her permanent home. January of 2018 Luna underwent extensive lung surgery and her recovery really proved her to be one of the strongest dogs around.
In 2014, Miracle was rescued from a very neglectful owner that was not taking care of her, or her new born pups. Fortunately two of her pups, Bruiser and Opi survived the mistreatment and could come to NTS with Miracle in hopes to find forever homes. Attachments grew to this little Doxin-Beagle family and all three pups still call NTS their home today.
This handsome little guy came to us in 2007, after he showed up at a neighbor’s house down the road from us. He seemed to have some sort of either head or leg injury. He was not able to jump up on anything or fend for himself so we carried him and lifted him up onto things. It took about 6 months and we noticed he was beginning to jump on low things and eventually graduated to bigger and taller objects as time went on. A very sweet, laid back personality who always takes the role of mothering any new kittens that are fostered. So much so that Woody thinks he is his mother/father and whenever Mr. Kitty is not in the picture, Woody starts acting out and becomes a terror to the other cats.
Offspring to Miracle, another office dog here at NTS, strong attachments grew to this little pup in 2014 when arriving at the sanctuary. NTS was originally looking to adopt out both of Miracle's puppies that she arrived with, but connections grew and Opi was kept at the sanctuary with her mother, and brother, Bruiser.
Shelby S, an operational manager at our facility brings her pup to work with her every day. He has even earned himself a dog bed under her desk in the office where he can work hard all day, and by that we actually mean sleep and scoring lunch leftovers from coworkers. Teddy has a very unique personality and he can be very weary of meeting new people, therefore he typically avoids the gift shop full of visiting tour guests. On occasion he works up the bravery to go say hello to people from behind the work counter, but because of his "tough-guy" tendencies he doesn't always greet people with a warm welcome until he becomes very familiar with them. Teddy's idea of being social is barking loudly in symphony with the sanctuary's other rescue dogs to all the incoming tour guests to remind them that he's the "dog in charge". And of course, as a representative of the sanctuary, Teddy even has his very own light-up tiger costume he dressed up in this past Halloween.
A Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier mix, came from a Veterinary clinic in 2009. She was very small and had a terrible case of upper respiratory infection. We nursed her back to health and she has become quite the character. She weighs a mere 4lbs, but rules the roost. She is so brave she will grab food right out of Zeus’s mouth!
Tug was born January 22, 2012 and is the daughter of Bonnie and Kai. Tug was the runt of the litter and whined constantly after she was delivered via caesarean section. We kept Tug because she had some health problems early in life, but now she is a happy, healthy girl. She is very mischievous and always looking for trouble! Her best friend is Kali the cat!
Woody was found on a woodpile abandoned by his mother at a very young age, he was barely alive. He too had to be nursed back to health, he was so small the volunteer who was taking care of him thought he was a girl, and named him Nora. Once he was in our total care, we quickly realized she was a he, and we named him Woody. Mr. Kitty took care of him as he was growing up and the two of them are all ways in cahoots with each other. Woody grew to be a big, handsome, and mischievous little guy.