Junebell rang in the new year in a seemingly ordinary way: with her newborn Sebastian nestled beside her in fresh, warm straw at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. But for the mama goat and her little one, their new cozy surroundings were quite extraordinary.
Junebell was one of 17 farm animals to arrive at Black Beauty Ranch, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, in December after the HSUS Animal Rescue Team assisted in removing them and dozens of other farm animals from a private property in Maryland. Many of the animals showed signs of neglect—they were emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from various ailments. The HSUS helped provide care and coordinate placement with shelter and rescue groups, including Angels of Assisi, Rescue Ranch and Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary.
Before Maryland authorities stepped in and requested assistance, Junebell and her fellow goats were living in an uninsulated barn with inches of muck covering the floor and no access to food or clean water. She gave birth less than two weeks after her arrival at Black Beauty Ranch, where she and Sebastian—and the other nine goats, four cows and three sheep who traveled with her—have fresh water, plenty of nourishing food to eat and a warm, dry place to sleep.
“To see these animals go from lives of neglect and disregard to Black Beauty Ranch, where they’ll live out their lives with love and care, gives me so much pride in our organization and our work,” says Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “I’m so grateful to all involved in this case who have given these animals a happily ever after.”