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Goatlandia: A ‘forever’ home for 53

Dianne Reber Hart: ‘Things don’t always go as planned, and that’s precisely — and happily — how Deborah Blum and her rescued farm animals ended up together at Goatlandia in northwest Santa Rosa [California]. A former restaurateur, swimwear designer and commercial pilot who flew corporate and cargo destinations, Blum simply wanted to leave big-city life for the calm and quiet of the Sonoma County countryside. She never imagined she’d run a nonprofit dedicated to saving orphaned, abused and neglected farm animals. Six years after moving from San Francisco, Blum, 48, now provides a safe and loving “forever” home to 20 hens, 16 goats, nine roosters, five pigs, two ducks and a lamb. Each animal has a story, a personality and a streak of good luck that landed them at Goatlandia, Blum’s 2-acre sanctuary for farm animals. Blum and a team of 20 “awesome” volunteers care for the animals, from maintaining pens and pastures to feeding, grooming and bonding with the rescues…

Blum also will sell vegan food, like replacement cheeseburgers she says can satisfy (and surprise) even hardcore carnivores. “People love it. It’s great,” she said. “It’s really delicious; yummy, drippy cheeseburgers but it doesn’t have to have dead animals in it.” Blum became vegan six years ago, after moving to Sonoma County. She watched a video by noted animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky detailing the slaughter of animals for food consumption “and I was done, like, that day,” she said. “It was the truth about where meat comes from”.’ SOURCE…

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