I am really happy and excited to share some wonderful news! Our friends at The Haven Zoo have completed construction of the new goat barn! The herd is now safe and sound and happy to be living in their lovely new abode. Another huge thank you to anyone who donated or sponsored a member of the Haven’s menagerie.
You never know what is around the corner. Will tomorrow be just another Monday or the start of something wonderful?
I would like to extend a huge thank you to JohnieSue, the owner and head of The Haven Zoo for letting me participate in her latest fundraiser to build a new goat barn. I especially appreciate her sending me photographs of our pals there, like Jim peeking out from behind a tree.
Sometimes things go upside down. You have days (perhaps weeks, months) where everything that could possibly go wrong seems to go wrong, and then all of a sudden it all kind of makes sense. Find comfort in the chaos. For example, you might think to yourself, “I can count on this blog to feature a picture of a goat every single day” and then lo and behold, there’s a donkey.
Not just any donkey, but Rocky from The Haven Zoo. Rocky is extra lucky because he has not one but two sponsors whose generous support helps to provide veterinarian visits, food and shelter. If you are interested in sponsoring an animal, like Rocky, Hutton the llama or any of the goats at The Haven, check out their sponsorship page.
Our pals at The Haven Zoo need your help!
They have started an EMERGENCY FUNDRAISER
Their covered area for goats, llamas, and donkey was heavily damaged during a storm and they need a new roof structure as soon as possible. A generous supporter has offered to cover half of the expenses for the structure; however, they still need 700 USD.
Please consider sponsoring the donkey ($20), goats ($30) or llamas ($35) for 2020. All funds will go towards the new structure. If you are keen to sponsor these special animals and support their new shelter please click here.
If you can’t sponsor an animal, that is totally ok, any donation of $5 or $10 is a great step towards building via PayPal here. They have a contractor ready to go, so act fast!
So, for today, in addition to featuring Annie from The Haven, here is a photograph of Hutton, the llama, who got a bit wet during the rain!
I usually like to post about hero goats who have been valiantly eating underbrush and growth to prevent wildfires. The science is clear that the increase in prevalence and intensity of wildfires in the western United States and in Australia are caused by the climate crisis and general warming of the planet. However, the climate crisis effects different regions in different ways. For example, over the summer the southeastern United States suffered a terrible drought. What does this have to do with goats? Our friend Otis from The Haven Zoo has been dealing with a zinc deficiency due to over-dried, nutrient lacking hay caused by the drought. For Otis, this means that he has lost some of his hair and has to see a veterinarian regularly to care for his skin. Sometimes it’s easy to think that the climate crisis only effects far away corners of the planet, but the same mechanisms that are causing the horrific wildfires are causing problems everywhere. I still believe that with the right collective energy, humanity and its animal friends can mitigate some of the worst effects. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big impact, as well as supporting policy-makers committed to a greener future.
And so here are the last few hours of the 2010s. The decade for me certainly has had its ups and downs, and I am ready and excited to welcome whatever comes next. In celebration, I have compiled the ten most popular goats of the day from 2019 – which includes two sheep who were featured on April Fool’s Day. I hope wherever you are that you have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and that the new decade brings you peace and prosperity. Thank you for continuing to indulge my hobby of goat photography.
Hold the space for the people you care about – always be open and present to your friends. Stand beside them without judgement and give your support freely and unconditionally. I hope you all have someone in your life to hold the space for, and most likely they are holding the space for you too.
Consider this holiday to hold the space for our caprine friends at The Haven Zoo. There is still time to sponsor the herd, including super pals Bernie and Angela (below). Your small and generous donation will support the herd through providing necessary veterinarian check-ups, a healthy diet and comfy shed, PLUS, you will receive quarterly updates and a certificate of friendship.
Art is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the eye of the horn holder. That is right, our friends at The Haven Zoo created some fantastic paintings of the horn imprints of Boone, Otis and Bernie’s horns. The Haven provides a wonderful place for rescued animals including a herd of goats and now offer the opportunity to sponsor the goats and ensure their high quality of care is maintained. Help keep the Haven goat herd happy and healthy and if you sponsor before Thursday (December 19) you will be entered in prize-draw to win one of the paintings created by the goats seen below!
Go blue for Bernie
Fiery red by Boone
A chill imprint from Otis
There is always that one person that holds everything together. That person is not necessarily the captain or the manager, but without that person, everything would simply fall apart. That person is reliable, helpful, and really brings the workplace, or home, or animal sanctuary together. Sometimes, that person might be a special goat to complete the herd. With that in mind, I am pleased to introduce you to Pam from The Haven Zoo. Pam really completes the herd at the Haven, much like how a certain character from The Office kept the shift afloat and everyone going. Pamela “Pam” Morgan Beesly (later Halpert)’s official role when the series began was that of receptionist, but really without her the office would have completely fallen apart. If there is someone like that in your life, take some time to let them know they are appreciated. And also, check out how to support The Haven Zoo.
There’s Pam the Goat giving you some mischievous side eye!
Meet Angela from The Haven Zoo. Angela was also named after a character from the US comedy The Office, the on-again-off-again romantic partner of Dwight (not to be confused with Dwight the goat from yesterday). The character Angela Noelle Martin was head of accounting, former head of the Party Planning Committee and safety officer at Dunder Mifflin. She loves cats, performance reviews, and ultimately, Dwight. Check out how to support Angela and all the other amazing animals at The Haven!
Say hello to Angela the goat from the Haven Zoo!