Instead of bringing home a farm animal, try sponsoring one instead

By Karen J. Quan
April 22, 2011 05:30 PM

It’s Easter! What child wouldn’t want a baby animal to celebrate the holiday? That’s what one urban family thought when they purchased Lily the goat.

The New York City family had inadequate space and supplies to raise her, and quickly realized that having a goat was a mistake – so they arranged for her to be slaughtered.

While driving to the butcher, Lily’s owner had a change of heart and detoured to Farm Sanctuary, where Lily, very sick and very weak, was welcomed with open arms.

“She was very skinny and she was very young,” Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, tells “She was one of the sickest animals I had ever seen.”

Since being treated for a variety of ailments, including pneumonia and sore mouth, she is now happy, healthy and on the road to recovery. She’s even joined a group of fellow goats who took to her instantly. “She’s one of the happiest animals I’ve ever met. She’s very active and super playful,” Coston says.

Lily’s life was spared, and now she has a bright, promising future ahead of her. But her story is also a lesson against buying a cute, spring-themed pet for Easter. Instead of buying these pets for the home, Farm Sanctuary suggests sponsoring them instead, which will insure a more suitable lifestyle, with professionals who have the resources to take care of them.

“These animals are a lot of responsibility,” Coston says.