To their surprise, they would wind up in an effort to build a better life for an escaped goat instead.
While on the job, they suddenly discovered Alondra — a young, scrawny goat who approached the crew in desperate need of help. Their site was just feet from a slaughter facility and Alondra bore the telltale signs of a live market escapee: she was marked with red paint (used to label the animals for slaughter), had glue on her back (likely from a sticker), and she was terrified.
Thanks to the team’s quick thinking and just-as-quick support from the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), Alondra now has a name, a story, and a life. Now this survivor of an industry that keeps farm animals hidden is bringing visibility to other farm animals like her.
Farm Sanctuary has a longstanding relationship with the ACC, which has helped us rescue more than 1,000 farm animals — including Queenie cow, Elliott goat, Frank steer, and most recently, “Subway Goats” Taylor and Reiman — over the past decade. With branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, the organization is a vital resource for animals in need — from the companion animals they primarily care for to the displaced farm animals who are increasingly on-the-run in New York City. The ACC has been a vital partner in securing and caring for these individuals while we make the trip to the city from our New York Shelter — about a five-hour journey each way — to bring them home. Thanks to the ACC, many farm animals — Alondra included — now live the incredible lives that they deserve.