Often when visitors come to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, they are surprised to meet goats who had been destined for slaughter before being rescued and brought to the sanctuary. According to United Nations data, more than 450 million goats are slaughtered for food worldwide. USDA slaughter statistics indicate that nearly 1 million goats were slaughtered for their meat last year in the U.S. alone. However, since much of the slaughter of goats for meat is not included in federal slaughter figures, that figure most likely represents only 50 to 60 percent of actual goat slaughter within the U.S.
Goats are very playful, inquisitive and intelligent animals. They love climbing on rocks and often stand on their hind legs to reach tree branches, Goats communicate with each other by bleating. Mothers often call to their young kids to ensure they stay close-by. Mother and kid goats recognise each other’s calls soon after the mothers give birth.
Female goats are called nannies or does. On goat meat farms they are often made to give birth to one or two offspring in the spring. Gertie, who was on a goat meat farm in Grass Valley, gave birth to triplets six years ago. Her pelvis broke during the birth due to complications of being continuously bred. One of her babies was born totally blind. She quickly formed a deep bond and became very protective of him.
The owner of the meat farm was so moved by the connection between Gertie and her son that she shut down the farm. Gertie and her son, who we named Stevie, both came to live at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. For years, Gertie wore a bell so Stevie could always find her in the pasture. She has always kept a close eye on him and over the years, as he gained independence and confidence. She is still always within 20 feet of him - such a loving and protective mother.
Now that Gertie is older and Stevie has grown into an adult, we often see Gertie lying comfortably under an oak tree keeping an eye on her beloved son. Stevie has made many friends at the sanctuary and he now navigates the pastures with ease. Want to learn more about Gertie & Stevie? Go here!
CAPE works with open-door shelters to help alleviate overcrowding by finding placement for animals with special needs or medical issues. Dogs with medical issues often have a difficult time getting adopted, so the medical wards at shelters can get full very quickly. During one of CAPE's visits to a local shelter, we met this tiny chihuahua in their medical ward. She was brought in as a stray with head trauma. She was very nervous but allowed us to check her body carefully for other injuries.
With time and TLC, we felt she would be able to make a full recovery. So, snuggled up in the lap of one of the CAPE staff, we took her to Muttopia, our safe space for dogs which we co-created in 2016 with Compassion Without Borders. The wonderful staff at Muttopia quickly placed her into a loving foster home where she could heal in comfort. After a few months, Elle Woods was adopted and now lives a life filled with comfort, playtime, and so much love.
This little dog was found lost and scared on the streets of Sacramento with no identification or microchip. She was taken to a shelter and waited and waited for her family to find her - but no one ever came. She was terrified in the shelter, so CAPE took her and placed her in a loving foster home.
Once safely in a foster home, we named her Ivy. Ivy was fearful at first and reacted by excessively barking at people and other animals. She needed to build trust and confidence. With the help of a professional behaviorist and the patience of her wonderful foster family, Ivy's behavior issues, for the most part, have been sorted out. You've gotta see this video to see how Ivy and her guardians are doing!
Tulip arrived at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at the end of April, after being hit by a car. The shelter vet wasn’t sure if she had broken bones or if she was just sore since there were scrapes on her legs and body. She was scared, obviously in pain, and it was determined that being in a shelter was not ideal. A shelter employee took her into foster and a call went out to CAPE hoping that Tulip would be accepted into their program to give her the additional medical care and attention she needed.
CAPE stepped up, as they often do for these difficult cases. Immediately an appointment was made for Tulip to be seen for assessment and x-rays. Sadly, Tulip had five significant fractures of her pelvis that were clearly extremely painful. The good news was that her hips and spine were okay. The vet believed that the fractures could likely heal without surgery, so her foster mom took her home for weeks of rest and recuperation. She received daily doses of pain medication to get her through the toughest part of the healing process and Tulip was an ideal patient. She was a stoic and brave girl who was good at self-regulating and her body started to heal.
With Tulip’s severe injuries, it was hard to evaluate her true personality when she first arrived. She was calm and sweet, but also very fearful of strangers and sudden noise or movements. As the weeks passed, healing happened physically and psychologically, and a fun and playful girl emerged. She got along with the resident dogs and became fast friends with Wilma (also a former CAPE dog) who she loved to tussle with. She showed a spirit and curiosity on short walks and seemed to love getting out. She is still a fearful girl, especially with new people. Tulip most likely has not had a lot of world experience and needs to be gently introduced to new things. She warms up slowly to new people and it must be on her terms.
Six weeks passed and Tulip has now moved on to her new home. She has a brother, also a CAPE rescue dog, and is settling into her home. Transition is hard and this girl has had too much change in her short life. It will take her a while, and lots of patience from her adopters, to truly grow into her new environment. She is a special girl and we are hopeful that Tulip will blossom in her new forever home.
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