Once neglected, 18 goats are now living the good life at an East Texas sanctuary.
The neglected goats were rescued in April after being found at a Georgia property in terrible condition. The goats were slightly malnourished, living in their own filth, and without access to clean water. They were also covered in fleas, ticks and lice, and among 350 other animals at the property that needed urgent care.
Luckily Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison was there to help, rescuing the goats along with three sheep and three pigs.
"We were able to step in and take care of these animals that had no place to go," ranch director Noelle Almrud said.
"They probably would have been euthanized if no other sanctuary could have taken them."
The ranch is repurposing a pasture so the goats have a place to graze, and the staff plans to construct climbing structures for them to play on, since goats like nothing better than climbing and jumping.
They are in good company, as the sanctuary is also home to almost 1,000 other animals, both domestic and exotic, like donkeys, pot bellied pigs, and even primates. Two of seven new primate yards should be completed by the end of the year.
Twice a month the sanctuary offers tours to the public, so people are welcome to come visit the goats in their new home. With the generosity of the East Texas community, Almrud said they will continue to rescue animals from other terrible situations.
"These animals would be euthanized or killed if it wasn't for reputable sanctuaries like Black Beauty Ranch," she said.
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