Welcome To Goats Of Anarchy - The Incredible Sanctuary For Disabled Animals


Chances are, you've heard of Sons of Anarchy - an American crime tragedy television series which was created by Kurt Sutter - but have you ever heard of Goats of Anarchy? No? Well, that's okay. But get ready folks, because you're about to, and it is going to melt. your. heart.

You see, Goats of Anarchy is a sanctuary for, well, goats. It's not just any old goat sanctuary, however, oh no siree! Goats of Anarchy is a sanctuary where disabled goats can be rehabilitated and live an extremely happy little life. And yes, it is 100% as adorable as it sounds. 

Let's start at the beginning though, shall we? 

One of the goats Leanne looks after on her farm (Image: goatsofanarchy/Instagram)

Four years ago, a lady named Leanne Lauricella had a high-flying job in the big ole' city, but she absolutely hated the grueling commute to and from work (I mean don't we all!?)

However, one day she made the decision to give up her career in order to look after goats with special needs out in the countryside... and she hasn't looked back since. 

"I often asked myself, 'Is this what life is?' I was feeling completely unfulfilled and I knew there had to be something more," she said.

Before she gave up working in New York, she would actually spend her evenings looking after animals anyway, and soon began to expand the farm that was already growing in her back garden in New Jersey.

Leanne constantly posts pictures of the adorable farm animals onto her Instagram account, and because of this, Goats of Anarchy and has today amassed over 600,000 followers. 600,000! Now they're some incredibly popular goats.

The animal lover gave up her high-flying career to look after disabled goats (Image: goatsofanarchy/Instagram)

She said: "I decided to trade in the high heels for muck boots and my Mercedes for a classic Chevy pickup...

"Some people have called me foolish or irresponsible for quitting my job without a plan, but for me, it was a leap of faith."

And it's not only Leanne who packed everything in to follow this wild, yet amazing dream. Leanne's incredibly supportive husband also quit his job on... wait for it... WALL STREET, where he'd worked for 25 years, so that he could spend his time restoring classic Corvettes.

What a freakin' life eh folks?!

"He has never been happier because he was doing what he loved. I wanted the same for myself," she added.

Of course, it's not only goats who benefit from the sanctuary. The sanctuary also helps other animals, just like Merlin (MERLIN!) the White Pekin duck.

Merlin the disabled duck (Image: HandicappedPets.com / SWNS)

Poor little Merlin was born with a disability that left him unable to walk, but the charity soon sourced him a special wheelchair that's given him back his independence... not to mention makes him look even MORE adorable.

Mikayla Feehan, who actually works for the company that provided Merlin’s new ‘legs’, said: "Watching Merlin take his first steps was really cool.

"Once he was all rigged up, it was truly amazing. It's not every day you get to see animals take their first steps.”

Alas - because the goats and other various animals stay at the sanctuary after they're rehabilitated, it's getting a touch crowded these days. 

This means that Leanne is now at full capacity, but she is currently looking for a bigger space so that she can help even more goats in need.

Writing on her gofundme page, she said: "At Goats of Anarchy, we rescue and rehabilitate goats with special needs including blindness, neurological disorders, congenital defects, frostbite, amputations, abuse, neglect and hospice care.

"After our goats are rehabilitated, they live out their full lives with us at the sanctuary..."

Goats of Anarchy is a sanctuary for goats with special needs (Image: goatsofanarchy/Instagram)

"...At the moment, we are at full capacity at both of our locations. We are home to over 60 goats, along with sheep, pigs, chickens, a mini donkey and a mini horse.

"Our main location is my personal home. Our off site property is a rental, which is a temporary solution.

"I am currently refusing goats in need because we have no room. This absolutely kills me. Winter is coming, and that means frostbite season..."

"So many babies are born in below-freezing temperatures and lose their back legs to frostbite. When I don't take them, they are in danger of being euthanized. We want to help as many of them as possible but we need more room!"

It's such an incredibly commendable thing Leanne and her husband are doing... and who knew there were so many disabled animals out there in the big wide world!?

(Image: goatsofanarchy/Instagram)

If you agree with me and you'd like to do something in order to help Leanne get close to her dream of acquiring a bigger space so that she can help even more disabled animals out there, you can do so by donating right here! And remember - every little helps!

Isn't it amazing folks? It truly goes to show that if you aren't happy with the way your life is going, it's never too late to change direction! Is there something you've always wished you could do but are too afraid to do so? Or maybe you just can't find the right time? Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to help to spread awareness by sharing this with all your friends and family! AAx