The Maple Ridge branch of the SPCA does not deal with livestock. Cats, rabbits, dogs, and common household pets, yes - but sheep and goats, no.
Sometimes, however, when an animal is in need and there is no one else available, the SPCA will do what it can.
This is the position shelter manager Jennifer York and her staff found themselves in on Monday.
"Basically, we had a lady who came out of her house and saw goats on the side of the street," York said.
"She put them in her truck; they are quite friendly."
The approximately knee-high goats are obviously much loved and well cared for, according to York, who wants to see them rejoined with their owner.
"Someone here [in the area] is missing their beautiful goats," York noted.
Not having the facilities to deal with goats, the two were temporarily housed in the SPCA's wooden pen until they were transported to a foster home familiar with goat care.
"We scrambled to find a foster parent," commented York.
Although quite affectionate and interested in human contact, the black-and-white member of the duo tried to make a run for it when being loaded for transport.
"The black-and-white one is the more feisty one," said York.
The goats are staying with Julie Macmillan of J&M Acres.
"They are really sweet," Macmillan said. Just an hour before the arrival of the goats, there was a call from an owner who wished to surrender a sheep he could no longer care for.
"Where the heck are we going to put a sheep?" York asked.
It took three people to wrangle the sheep into the vehicle from the former owner's field.
"He's not so friendly with folks," York noted about the sheep.
The sheep is now settled in the Abbotsford shelter and will be available for adoption shortly.
"It was such a crazy day," York said. "You know the saying - it's raining cats and dogs - I guess we should have changed that yesterday. It was raining goats and sheep."
Those interested in adopting the sheep can contact the Abbotsford SPCA branch at 1-604-850-1584. The owner of the goats is asked to contact the Maple Ridge SPCA at 604-463-9511; however, if the owner can not be found, the goats will be considered for adoption starting Friday.
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