Here’s Cole , the Nubian goat, and Robespierre, the rooster. The owners of Cole did not want to sell him at auction for slaughter, and since they had heard that the Merciful Maiden Critter Haven helped friendly goats, they called. Cole is quite a friendly character, and Robespierre, the rescued pet rooster agrees. He habitually sits on Cole for the ride. Cole is so good-natured that he almost enjoys Robespierre’s antics. What a pair!
Llama shearing time is here. Every spring all of the llamas are sheared, given vaccines,and hoof-trimmed. Given their origins, llamas tolerate the cold (to a limit, of course), but they cannot tolerate the heat well. Furthermore, llamas are very stoic animals in that they do not express pain or discomfort obviously to you. So, unsheared llamas will suffer silently in the heat. Humane treatment of llamas demands that they be sheared for summer/heat comfort and shade and water provided.
My llama shearer is Lori Chowning from Montana (406-222-1553) who quietly and calmly shears the llamas. They are NOT roped or thrown to the ground and traumatized. They are gently secured to panels and quietly sheared and treated. What a difference this type of treatment makes for them. Donations to help pay for the llama shearing would be greatly appreciated!
After years of birthing offspring for slaughter, Bertha’s time had come. Trembling in fear, limping badly, and filthy, Merciful Maiden Critter Haven intervened and brought Bertha to her new home and Merciful Maiden Critter Haven. The vet indicated that her leg was permanently damaged, but that she was not in pain. Now, Bertha is a happy, gentle ewe spending her last years in comfortable retirement.