CARE’s got your goat
SPRING VALLEY – In Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel, “Gone With the Wind,” Rhett Butler is a professional gambler and blockade runner.Lacking opposable thumbs, his four-legged namesake – a goat named Rhett up for adoption at Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) – may not be much of a card shark. But he was on the run, or close to it, the day he was picked up in Silt with another stray goat and brought to CARE.”He would make a great companion to a dairy goat,” said Tracey Yajko, CARE behavior and training manager.Yajko said Rhett is a domestic goat called a wether because he is a castrated male. He is social, mild-mannered and would make a nice pet on the farm, she said. The goat found with Rhett, named for another character from “Gone With the Wind,” Ashley Wilkes, recently died after falling ill and undergoing surgery.”We were all very sad to lose him,” Yajko said.
Rhett joins more than 115 surrendered or stray cats and kittens also ready to be adopted at CARE. Yajko said the boom of stray kittens being born in the valley came a little later in the summer season. “We have about 40 kittens and over 75 adult cats,” she said.Yajko said CARE staff likes to get creative with naming so many new pets at once. One litter of kittens was named for fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana.”We don’t like to duplicate names,” she said. “We keep a baby name book handy in the drawer.”The animal shelter is also at capacity with dogs, and has a 30-person surrender list as the weakened economy puts a strain on pet ownership.If adoption is not an option, CARE staff hopes pet lovers in the valley might foster animals. One kitten, found injured with its litter, went into foster care Friday after losing a front leg from injuries sustained in the wild. Fostering helps the animals become accustomed to human interaction and frees up much-needed space at the no-kill shelter, Yajko said.Many of the shelter’s adoptable dogs seemed to enjoy CARE’s new play area, the Soggy Doggy water feature on Friday. The area includes a swimming pond, waterfall, and astroturf play surface where dogs can take a swim, chase and play with tennis balls. CARE also recently launched its newly redesigned website, coloradoanimalrescue.org, where potential pet owners can view adoptable pets, read news and events and find out more about microchipping and training classes for pets.Look for Rhett on the front page.
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