Barbara Jamison only has one thing in mind: It is that “an only goat is a lonely goat, so please always adopt at least two.” And so she did – two by two until they became more than a thousand animals rescued.
For her, rescuing goats is a labor of love. This led her to later on become the founder and director of Puget Sound Goat Rescue (PSGR).
“Most will bond with horses, sheep or cows, but their ideal is to be with another of their own kind. They like to snuggle at night. They need their goat buddies,” she said about the thousand of goats they have rescued since the organization started in 2001.
It all seemed to take place at the right time in her life. Jamison bought a farm in Maple Valley back in 2001, the same time she went to a nearby feed store and saw two abandoned goats tied to a post down the street. From there on, she fell in love with the enchanting animals.
“I’d always been a dog person, but the dogs trumped that,” Jamison gushed.
Soon, Jamison decided to get more through auctions, where she realized a heartbreaking reality that goats, though they are tame and sometimes friendly, were not sold as pets, but for human consumption.
Jamison thought if she could just save one more goat in every single way possible, she would and so she did. And little by little, her project of saving them has progressed. “I couldn’t just leave this one behind,” she said as she went from auctions, to slaughterhouses, to dairies, to breeders.
At first, she funded the sanctuary in 2015 from her own salary, but now, she has about 70 volunteers that help her take care of 116 goats.