The things that unite us

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As the scissors began to surrender to the dense felt that was now the fleece of the gentle Angora doe we had hastily named Julie, we doggedly battled on. Why hastily? Let me explain. Julie was one of 27 of the large herd of Angora goats recently surrendered into our care reaching a crisis point in their welfare. These gentle goats were burdened by more than four years’ worth of fleece (that’s missing over 8 shearings, as Angoras need to be shorn twice a year) and countless parasites (both internal and external), and crippled by overgrown hooves.

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It was then we knew Julie simply had to have a name. Taking hers from our team member who had just carried her into the stall, Julian, it was only moments before she gave birth to a sweet and somehow healthy little kid goat we dutifully named Juliet. However, the thick and heavy dreadlocked fleece was now a barrier to the baby reaching her mumma’s awaiting colostrum-filled udder.

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With the baby’s cries fuelling our determination to make those darn scissors fulfil their charter, we feverishly worked. While one person held the confused and bewildered Julie, another tried to make fast work through the fleece, while yet another continued to set the stall and ensure food and water would be on hand once our task was complete. No words were needed as we all worked towards the common goal of helping two fellow beings in trouble, a mother and her baby.

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It was a truly beautiful feeling, despite the difficulty of our task and the stench of urine that had invaded our nostrils and our clothes, to know our efforts would bring them to a better place. That these two were species apart from ours was no barrier to our kindness, nor should it ever be. For in our common goal of seeking to help those less fortunate than ourselves, we find the greatness of our humanity – these are the things that unite us.

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25 thoughts on “The things that unite us

  1. Such a wonderful story. I hope all 28 (or more) Angoras are happy and healthy. The way these sweet animals are abused for the sake of a fluffy sweater is horrible.
    Best karma goes to all of you at Edgar’s mission.

    Jamie Edgar
    Samson’s Best Buddy
    Colorado, U.S.A.

  2. … “those darn scissors” … I was laughing with joy because I can imagine the stress but I knew you would be successful.

  3. Thank You for rescuing these sweet sheep. Can’t imagine the terrible discomfort of 4 years worth of wool on their bodies. They are in great care now.

  4. Bless you all for caring and saving all these beautiful souls .
    I will keep donating as much as possible and spread the word about the incredible work you do .
    Thank you.
    Jo Vanzella

  5. You’ve done it yet again! Thanks so much for your love and care. These gorgeous girls (and boys?) are now in paradise here on earth – a place all animals should be in. Edgar’s Mission – your’e amazing!
    Sending love and abundant blessings ❤️

  6. thank you Pam & team , once more . One cannot imagin the pain those poor sheep endured , just heartbreaking .
    i would so like to see the AFTERYOUR HARD WORK photographs of these now happy animals . Beautiful names also , Julie & Juliet . Hope all goes well with thier hooves as well .
    THANKYOU once again ‘

    Carol

  7. THE SHOCKING SIGHT OF THOSE POOR SHEEP OVER LOADED WITH YEARS OF FILTHY FLEECE BROUGHT NOT ONLY TEARS TO MY EYES BUT A FEELING OF RAGE AT PEOPLE WHO CAN BE SO UNCARING OF HELPLESS ANIMALS….I HOPE THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY SUMMONSED BUT ALSO SHAMED IN PUBLIC.
    HELEN.

  8. God Bless you for all you do to make the animals comfortable and healthy. To see these poor sheep brought tears to my eyes. No one, human or animal should have to endure this kind of treatment!

  9. Bless You All at Edgar’s Mission. It is people like you, Pam, and your Staff and your Edgar’s Mission that all make this world a better and happier place.

    I thank you All so much.

  10. I just cannot understand why someone could allow these animals to suffer for so long. Their condition is obvious and pitiful.
    Thank you all for your work, caring and kindness. At long last they will receive the care that they deserve.

  11. So amazing to read about all the wonderful work you do. Wish we had something similar in the UK. Can’t understand people who neglect and abuse animals.

  12. Once, again, to the rescue—Heaven on earth for those wonderful animals-All of you will be rewarded in heaven-I just know that to be true!

  13. This story is so inspiring ❤️ Once again I am reminded why I support you guys and what great work you do. Thank you!

  14. Thank you so much for rescuing these gorgeous goats. Looks like someone bought them when they were trendy and didn’t know how to look after them. The really sad part is that the people who come in to shear them will pay you for the fleece, so that part is inexcusable. Just love goats, they have SO much personality.

  15. THANK YOU TO ALL YOUR TEAM FOR TAKING ON THE HIDEOUS TASK OF HELPING TO SAVE THESE LOVELY INNOCENT ANIMALS FROM THE WHIMS & CRUELTY OF SOME HUMANS. WHAT A RELIEF FOR THESE SUFFERING ANIMALS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN STANDING IN THE HEAT OF AUSTRALIAN SUMMERS AND ON SUCH OVERGROWN PAINFUL HOOVES YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. DEFIES BELIEF! WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO TAKE ON THIS NEVER-ENDING MISSION OF LOVE AND KINDNESS. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
    MARCELLE VAN SOEST
    WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  16. Thank you so much for helping these poor loves. We were looking at getting some of these goats [ we already have alpacas ] and they are such lovely tempered creatures, it is horrible to imagine their pain and suffering. Shearing is not that expensive, and the wool is valuable so it beggars belief that someone just let this happen and ignored them for 4 years. Thank heavens for Edgars Mission. I hope we see more pics of how they get along now they are free.

  17. maybe you can get a sheep shearer to do this job lots in the country Cohuna buy ans sell its free to ask for help you are doing a great job

  18. Thank you to Pam & her team that no matter what you really try to improve the lives of those creatures that come into your lives! It must be hard for you when you can’t save them all. Keep doing what you are doing because you are angels!

  19. Bless you wonderful people at Edgars, wish the world had more
    like you. Those poor goats, so glad they were surrended to you.
    Thank you.

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