The pandemic has caused many problems beyond a lingering dry cough and fever. Many people have died, lost employment, and had struggles with mental health due to prolonged isolation and uncertainty. Sadly, my friends, another effect of the pandemic situation has hit animal sanctuaries very, very hard.
The majority of photographs I have shared on this blog come from Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in southern England. Set in the beautiful countryside, this haven is home to 140 goats making it the largest sanctuary of its kind in the UK. At present, they are appealing for any help possible to help keep the sanctuary afloat while they cannot accept visitors due to COVID-19. Please consider sending them a donation – no matter how small – for the goats and for the sanctuary to carry on.
Life is full of inevitable ups and downs. Sometimes, if someone is having a rough go of things humor can be a kind way to lift their spirits. Take Dover for example – after two days of constant rain at The Haven Zoo, she made the best of it by sporting a goaty mohawk. Thanks for passing along this lovely photograph! Another way to practice kindness? Supporting charities that might be losing income due to lockdowns and social distancing like the Haven – make a donation
One way to share kindness is to reach out and share something that you enjoy with another person. Sharing these experiences can bring you closer together and really let the other person know that you care about them.
After two months of social distancing, we are feeling the quarantine fatigue. However, this week my son and I have been sharing the experience of painting. I am no Michelangelo by any means, but using some scrap cardboard and acrylic paint I am passing it forward by sharing with you my creation for today’s goat of the day!
As far as goat breeds go, Nigerian Dwarfs have become one of the most popular – just look at that little smile from Della! People tend to like them because they don’t require as much space as other goats given their smaller size, plus they actually produce a bit of milk if cared for properly. In addition, they are known for having sweet personalities making them excellent companions for small-scale homesteaders. And of course, they are absolutely adorable.
Thank you again to The Haven Zoo for sharing these lovely photos of their newest residents this week. If you would like to support Della and her friends, please consider making a donation, or even sponsoring the herd!
Find joy wherever and whenever you can. Although you might be stir-crazy and tired of being cooped up, or anxious about new developments, there are always glimmers of hope and happiness. Sometimes you just have to seek them out.
If you need some help, check out Dover’s amazing smile, happy to have found a new home at The Haven Zoo.
I am pleased to announce some new additions to the menagerie at The Haven Zoo!
Della and Dover are 9 week old Nigerian dwarf twins who recently relocated to The Haven. Della is named after the state of Delaware, US and Dover is named after a town in Ohio, places that are special to the founders of The Haven. Della is dark brown with black spots and blue eyes and loves to climb. Dover is white with black and brown spots and is super bouncy. You can support Della, Dover and all the rest of the Haven Zoo by donating here.