Every morning, a UPS driver stops on his route in Tennessee to greet his good friend, but it isn’t who you’d suspect.
An 18-year-old rescued goat named Pearl drops whatever she is doing when she hears the UPS truck coming down the street. She runs outside to see him, and waits by the truck while he is delivering packages. Sometimes she even hops into his truck and makes herself comfortable! The two have developed an unlikely friendship, but it’s extremely heartwarming to witness. The driver often brings her peanut butter treats and, of course, lots of attention!
Not only does Pearl love the UPS driver, but the driver always looks forward to seeing Pearl. He says that no matter what kind of mood he is in, or what kind of day he is having, seeing Pearl greet him makes it all better.
Pearl roams her owner’s 12-acre property at The Gentle Barn Tennessee freely throughout the week. She’s clearly a very friendly goat, and is always making her humans laugh. Her owner, Stephanie, says sometimes she finds Pearl sneaking into the kitchen to steal some collard greens!
All animals need compassionate care, but it is estimated that tens of millions of cats live on the streets of the United States. Sadly, many communities attempt to control their numbers through lethal methods such as catch and kill. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they are also ineffective and costly. There is a better way.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing homeless cat populations through sterilization. TNR begins with the trapping of cats using humane cage traps. The cats are then taken (in the trap) to be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and other diseases. Finally, the cats are “ear tipped” so they can be easily identified as sterilized. Following surgery, the cat is returned to the trap and allowed to recover, then released to the site of capture to live out its natural life while being cared for by community volunteers.
The Animal Rescue Site is offering a chance to help these animals. Click this link to learn how you can help stray cats everywhere!
In the meantime, watch some adorable goat action below!
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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