At Goats of Anarchy, our mission and our purpose is to rescue and rehabilitate animals with special needs. Though we rescue farmed animals of many species, our focus is on goats — we're home to over 150 of them! Whether they are sick, blind, broken, abused, or neglected, they find a forever home here with us. GOA's founder, Leanne Lauricella, put it best when she said, "I try to take the goats that I know no one else will take. The goats that are on their way to be euthanized."
Since we focus on extreme cases, our animal residents often require intensive medical care when they come to us. Like most sanctuaries, we used to be forced to hospitalize sick residents off-site, but over the years, we have found that the healing process is much more effective from the comfort of home, and we have tried very hard to treat animals on-site at our sanctuary whenever possible.
Because our vet lives close by and because we employ multiple live-in staff members, we are extremely fortunate to be able to provide select supportive care to our animal residents right here at the sanctuary. However, the care we are able to provide at the sanctuary is limited, due in large part to lack of space. After recently taking in multiple new residents, we are literally bursting at the seams! In order to provide hospital-level care, we need a dedicated space just for sick animals. Our goal in 2021 is to build an on-site goat hospital at GOA so that we can treat more animals from the comfort of our farm.
Why is it important to keep animals at the sanctuary for treatment, rather than a hospital?
When an animal stays at a hospital, they are allowed limited (or, in the case of the pandemic, entirely restricted) visitation time. Based on our experience rehabilitating hundreds of animals, we know how important it is for a sick or injured animal to have constant company. It's so hard for an animal to heal when they're all alone! When an animal feels stressed, it's hard for their bodies to relax enough to let the healing process work its magic. It is essential to every patient's progress that they feel as little stress as possible, and providing them with 24/7 company and love is one of the best ways to reduce the stress of being hurt or sick. We can only do that if the animal can be treated right here at GOA!
What will the goat hospital look like?
Please take a moment to look over the sketch we've included at the top of this campaign! Our goat hospital will have three medical stalls, each equipped with cameras for remote monitoring, as well as essential medical equipment such as swivel IV poles. It is harder for sick animals to maintain their body temperatures, so each stall will be heated via radiant heat from beneath the floor! Two of the stalls will have an optional dividing wall between them, which can be taken down to create one large stall, or "buddy stall." This will be especially useful for animals who come to us together, for bonded pairs who can't be apart, or for moms and babies! We've also mapped out space for easy-access medical supply storage, a bathing station (for animals with skin conditions or diarrhea), and a sleeping area for those nights when animals may need to be monitored overnight. Above the stalls, there will be an enclosed loft area, which will be used for storage of non-essential medical items, feed, bedding, hay, and other large items. The hospital will be a quiet, sterile, and warm space for patients to heal and settle into their new lives post-rescue.
Where will the hospital be located on the property?
The hospital will be located in the same building as Lawson's Barn, which is where our animal residents who require the most care and attention live. Attached to Lawson's Barn, there is a two-story space that is already heated and has plenty of room to make all of our goat hospital dreams come true! When GOA first moved to our current property in 2018, this space was set up as a game room (the previous owners even left a pool table behind!), so we used it as a community gathering room for our staff and volunteers to hang out and decompress after a long day's work. When the pandemic hit, however, we stopped gathering in groups, so it has been empty for over a year now! As much as we enjoyed it as a gathering space, we've decided that this room would better serve GOA’s mission to become a space for the animals. It's not currently set up as a barn, but with some renovations, it will be the perfect goat hospital!
How long will it take to build and what will it cost?
This project is a big undertaking, so we're looking at it as a marathon, not a sprint! This renovation will take time, and will be completed in phases, but our goal is to get the bulk of the renovations done by this fall, when temperatures will begin to drop. It is particularly hard to care for sick animals, pregnant moms, and quarantined animals in the cold because it's so important for their health to keep them warm and cozy! We'd like the hospital space to be functional, if not completely finished, in time to beat the cold weather. The goal amount of $25,000 will cover renovations to the space, but we will likely need to continue fundraising afterwards in order to outfit the space with specific medical equipment. NOTE: We are raising money over multiple platforms for this project, and the goal amount of this GoFundMe will be updated to reflect donations made on other platorms.
This hospital will truly be a game-changer for GOA, and will enable us to provide state-of-the art care to our animal residents — with maximum comfort and minimal stress. Please help us make this dream a reality!
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