Goat Knocks on Good Samaritan’s Door to Save His Own Life

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – November 18, 2010 – On November 8, just shortly after noon, Sacramento resident Tabitha Peralez was in her home office doing what the recent economy has unfortunately made a common American pastime — searching for jobs online. Feeling frustrated and a bit down on her luck, she was suddenly startled by a loud BOOM. She jumped up and ran to the front door — only to find a tiny white goat with black spots and a chewed off rope around his neck banging on her door! This determined little “escapegoat” who knocked on the door of a Good Samaritan to save his own life arrived yesterday at the California Shelter of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization.

“Wherever he came from, it must not have been a good situation, because he was very adamant about saving his own life,” says Peralez, who quickly grabbed the phone to tell her husband about their unexpected visitor. “I am a huge animal lover and of course I would help him. I wonder if that’s why he chose my door to knock on.”

Peralez corralled the goat into her garage and then opened the door to release him into her back yard, where he ran around happily enjoying the freedom that the tell-tale rope around his neck had previously denied him. After giving him some food and water, the hungry and exhausted animal ate heartily and went to sleep in the garage, snuggled up in a blanket she gave him.

After caring for the goat in her backyard for the next three days — hand-feeding him fresh vegetables and “goat chow” purchased from a local feed store and delighting in watching his playful antics, including jumping up on their patio table and eating leaves from nearby tree branches – it became apparent that the suburbs were not the ideal home for her new friend. “I was initially reluctant to call the animal shelter, because I was afraid it wouldn’t end well for him, but eventually I had no other choice,” says Peralez, who lives inside city limits where farm animals are not permitted by law. After calling Sacramento City Animal Control (SCAC) to come pick him up, her next call was to Farm Sanctuary, to ask for help in finding a permanent home for her sweet friend. The organization quickly arranged to pick the goat up from the SCAC and transport him 100 miles north to their shelter for abused and neglected
farm animals in Orland.

“We are so grateful for the compassion Tabitha extended to this goat,” said Leanne Cronquist, Farm Sanctuary’s California Shelter Director. “Goats, like all farm animals, are sensitive, friendly animals who have the same needs and desires as cats and dogs, yet sadly they are among the most neglected and abused animals on earth. When this desperate goat came knocking on Tabitha’s door for help, she treated him with the same kindness and respect that one would hope would be extended to any living being in need. She is a true hero for farm animals.”

“I’d do it again,” says Peralez, who credits the experience with reigniting a sense of purpose in her life and giving her the inspiration she needs to keep pushing forward with her job search.

If you would like to speak with rescuer Tabitha Peralez or Farm Sanctuary California Shelter Director Leanne Cronquist, please contact Meredith Turner at 646-369-6212 or [email protected].

Note to media: Images of the “escapegoat” are available upon request.

About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

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