The rescuers brought her to Cornell University Hospital for Animals, which then reached out to us. Once Mother had been given a clean bill of health, we welcomed her to our New York Shelter. This sweet, shy bird had probably been dumped by caregivers who no longer wanted her. Like rabbits and ducks, geese are commonly purchased as babies by people who are unprepared to care for them as adults. Many later “release” these animals into the wild, figuring mistakenly that they can fend for themselves. Every year we receive numerous calls about domestic ducks and geese abandoned on ponds, where they are ill-equipped to survive. A white Embden goose, Mother would have been particularly vulnerable to predators. Ironically, her run-in with the car probably saved her life because it brought her to us. Here at the shelter, Mother can graze and swim as she pleases, free from the threats of predators and starvation that no domestic animal should ever face.