- Saving Goats
The Friends of DCACC Foundation often steps up to provide emergency feed and supplies that allows DCACC to care for unexpected guests. They also provide the shelter with dog/cat food, litter and kennel supplies when supplies have run out.
The dog days of summer have been known to deliver more than the usual dogs, cats and rabbits, but sometimes it really throws DCACC staff a curve ball. When staff arrived to the shelter for work one bright, summer morning they found something unusual in the outside dog runs; something none of them expected to see… goats.
26 goats in all were cared for by shelter staff. 5 arrived as strays and 21 more were rescued from a local privately owned farm in DuPage County where their owner could no longer care for them properly. In addition to this small herd of goats, the shelter also received 3 sheep and 30 chickens, all from the same farm.
Sadly, the chickens were not healthy enough to be transferred to another farm. But the future looked much brighter for the goats and sheep in our care. DCACC was able to find placement for all the goats and sheep with two individual hooved humane societies within days of their arrival. After veterinarians examined the goats and administered the necessary vaccines, the animals were all transferred to the hooved humane societies where all the goats have since been adopted out, but not before the staff received a crash-course in goat herding. The dog runs have since been re-occupied by our shelter dogs.
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