Rocky the goat was rescued the day before he was due to be killed. A beautiful pygmy goat, Rocky was our first rescue and came to symbolize why we do what we do. Rocky was kept by a woman, but in early 2011, when she left her partner, he threatened to shoot him in 48 hours. It is all to often the case where animals are abandoned, due to a change in family situation. Fortunately, the neighbour intervened after hearing what was planned and negotiated Rocky’s release. The man contacted North Mountain Animal Sanctuary and on a stormy March night, we made the long drove through snowy roads to the South Mountain’s interior. We located the neighbour and led Rocky away from the broken down shack where he was chained and left exposed to the elements. Rocky knew something good was happening as he jumped into our back seat without hesitation. As we drove to his new home, Rocky nuzzled our necks and arms with curiosity, and we returned the gesture with many pats. We were elated to have saved his life and have never looked back.
Rocky continues to symbolize the rewards of animal rescue. Although he was within hours of being killed, he continues to celebrate a new, long lease on life. While he has benefited from our dedication and care, we have benefited from his presence, unique, high spirits and antics. He loves to jump and play. He enjoys head butting and loves to play with the broken hockey sticks that we stick through his fence. He has brought more joy to people over the years than could ever have been imagined