Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Goat Rescue in Washington

Snohomish Co. goat rescue farm overflowing

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A woman who runs an animal rescue for goats has her hands full this Christmas, because her pasture is now packed.

Ellen Felsenthal runs the "New Moon Farm" goat rescue. She usually has fewer than 20 goats. Today, she has more than 100.

"I'm spending about three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, just cleaning and feeding and general care," says Ellen.

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Last week, an elderly woman who ran a long-time animal rescue in Skagit County died. She had more than 150 pet goats.

"She would go to auction and save animals from slaughter, bring them to her property and let them live there," says Ellen.

Several of the goats were in such poor health they had to be euthanized. The rest, Ellen volunteered to care for until she can find them homes.

Customers from a nearby feed store have been pitching in to help.

"A lot of people are buying hay, offering their time to go out there and help if they can," says Melissa Eddleman.


The New Moon Farm in Snohomish County, which usually handles about 20 goats, now has more than 100 roaming the pasture.

Ellen estimates it may take a year or two to get all the goats adopted out, and part of the reason is she wants to honor the memory of the woman who first rescued them. The goats will only be adopted out to families who love them as pets.

"I've already had a lot of calls from people who want them for meat and I've just told them, no," says Ellen.

While that would be easier, Ellen says it wouldn't be right. And if it takes longer than the two years she expects, so be it.

"They'll stay here and be cared for as long as it takes to find that many homes," says Ellen.