A B.C. woman is calling on the community to help her raise money for surgery and prosthetic legs for a baby goat suffering from severe frostbite damage.
When Diane Nicholson came across an advertisement for the five-week-old goat, which was being sold as a "pet" or as a “meat goat,” she knew she had to rescue her.
The goat, now named Zuri, was born on a cold winter’s night and suffered frostbite on her hind legs.
Nicholson said she “couldn't imagine someone taking her and allowing her to stay in pain” so she saved Zuri. The kid is now recovering at Nicholson’s animal sanctuary in Tappen, B.C. —Twin Heart Animal Sanctuary—but has a long way to go.
Zuri has already had her left hoof amputated, but because of bone damage, she will need further surgery on the stump.
“It was clear that the left foot had bone damage and would come off. At this point, we're not sure what will happen with the other foot,” Nicholson wrote.
“It's clear that the heels are coming off along with a piece of skin, and her little hooves haven't grown since birth.”
After the surgery, which is estimated to cost about $1,000, Nicholson will be ordering prosthetic legs for Zuri priced at $5,000.
A 'GoatFundMe' has been started to get Zuri the medical help she needs.
While it is expensive, Nicholson said the animal deserved to be given a “chance at her best life.”
“Zuri has had a horrendous and painful start to her life,” Nicholson wrote.
“We'd like to make sure that ends and she is given a new, pain-free beginning, full of running and jumping and climbing, and love.”
Nicholsan said no donation was too small to help this “sweet” goat live a happy life.
“If you can, please help us help her do just that,” she said.
“Even a few dollars add up. If you can't donate, please share.”
To find out more information or to help Zuri visit the Gofundme page.