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Albie the Goat battles for his health

Saturday, October 13, 2007
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Albie’s sores on his mouth made eating painful
Caretaker Robin Henderson and Director Jenny Brown soak Albie’s infected hoof
Caretaker Robin Henderson and Director Jenny Brown soak Albie’s infected hoof
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Animal Rescue Alert

Slaughterhouse Escapee Battles For His Health

In late August the Brooklyn branch of Animal Care and Control contacted us about a young goat found wandering the city streets.  These calls are surprisingly common – there are over 100 live kill markets in the NYC area, and with that are frequent unclaimed escapees.  Our van picked him up and transported him to our farm, along with 4 chickens and 2 ducks in search of greener pastures.

As soon as he arrived we knew he needed special attention.  He was infected with the worst case we’d ever seen of Orf, a condition in which lesions cover the mouth and nose, making it painful to eat grass and hay.  Between that and the parasites he was carrying it’s no wonder that he was underweight and undernourished.  On top of it all, his leg and hoof were infected and sensitive to the touch — we believe that he may have been tethered by his leg before escaping.  The lack of circulation caused a large portion of his hoof to come off, exposing soft tissue that is painful to walk on.

We named the little guy Albie, after the compassionate philosopher and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer.  Albie’s mouth sores were highly contagious to other goats, sheep and even humans, so we set him up in his own medical isolation area and wore protective gloves and clothing during all his treatments.

The hoof problem was so severe it was beyond our expertise, so he was taken to our vet for an exam and to determine the proper course of action. Our vet confirmed that the hoof will take months to regrow.

Now, the homeopathic remedies seem to be helping his sores and a numbing oral gel dulls the pain so he can eat. Our caregivers soak, treat and rewrap his little hoof daily. Most of all, Albie needs lots of rest and lots of love.

In just the few weeks that he’s been part of the WFAS family, little Albie has gone from being freaked out anytime a person came near him to being so relaxed he’s actually dozed off in a volunteer’s lap!  He cries with little bleating sounds whenever he wants attention, and has gotten more patient with his treatments.

There are several ways you can help little Albie and others like him right now. You can sponsor Albie for a mere $25 a month, or make a donation towards our operating budget to help cover veterinary bills and medical supplies.

Thanks in advance for your help, and stay tuned to our website for future Albie updates.

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