Tall, noble, and soulful, Merl the Goat is the king of Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in Stockton, California.
To his adoring friends (both human and non-human), Merl shares a gentle gaze in his eyes with a constant grin on his face.
One thing is for sure, Merl is happy to be safe at a sanctuary now. Merl hasn't always been donning a grin however. Not too long ago, he came dangerously close to seeing the inside of a slaughterhouse. Covered in feces, dirt and urine, this 300-pound goat was found wandering in an vacant field near a horse stable in the Altamont Hills in California's San Joaquin Valley, an area known as an epicenter for goat slaughter.
The stable owners were desperate to find a place for Merl as they didn't have a proper set up for goats. After weeks and weeks of searching for a new place for him without any luck, the stable owners decided they were going to send Merl to a slaughter auction.
In a last-minute twist of fate, a local vet tech who learned about Merl's fate contacted us to see if we would save him.
The answer was an absolute YES. Before long, Merl arrived safely at the sanctuary.
We were so happy our rescued boy would never step hoof (foot) on the cold cement of a slaughterhouse kill floor.
Today, Merl is enjoying life on perpetually green pasture with his first lady Mocha and eight other goat friends. To us, he's just a big guy with a big heart.
Our motto for our lifesaving work is a simple one: sanctuary over slaughter. We see this motto come to life in Merl's calm eyes and grateful grin.
This is Merl, a survivor of the goat meat industry.
Our mission is to provide life-long care for our rescued animals, and to educate the public about humane animal care and practices. We rehabilitate, both physically and psychologically, mistreated animals and, if possible, we will find appropriate homes for them. In an effort to prevent further cruelty to these animals, we educate the public on caring for companion animals as well as on issues concerning farmed animals. Harvest Home is an official sanctuary for House Rabbit Society, based in Richmond, CA. Nestled in fertile farmland in California’s San Joaquin Valley, our two-acre rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary is home to 11 unique animal species. Our life-saving animal protection efforts are focused primarily on rabbits and birds.