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Cotton Branch Family, we need you more than ever right now! We are at an important crossroads and we need your help!
We have had a major development and very stressful time recently. Our new farm vet identified and diagnosed a very serious and contagious disease in two of our goat and sheep residents. Johne’s Disease is a wasting disease that is not treatable. Had we not provided our goats, sheep, and cows with such large pastures that were never overcrowded, we could have lost the entire herd.
We have lost Joey and Thelma. Joey was the last remaining original resident goat of the sanctuary. He was sweet, curious, and a patriarch for us and the herd. Thelma the sheep was gentle and shy, and leaves behind her sister Louise. We are currently awaiting two last test results; one for Billy the goat and for Louise the sheep.
This disease can live in the pasture and barns, therefore we must take several large steps to keep those in our herd who have tested negative safe, and to make the pastures habitable once again.
After consulting with our vets; the oldest and largest farm sanctuary in the country, who has dealt with this disease many times over the years; and a biologist, we have formed our plan of action.
The current pastures must be cleared and treated, then left unoccupied for 8-12 months. Our expansion plans for a large new pasture and two new barns must now be fast tracked. We need $15,000 to make this all happen quickly, as the work needs to start immediately!
Please give today, so we can continue providing the best care and space possible for these wonderful residents of Cotton Branch.
Giving Level Offers:
-Every gift between $100-249 will receive one of our Official Cotton Branch mugs and bumper sticker
-Every gift between $250-499 will receive our new Official Cotton Branch T-Shirt
-Every gift between $500-1499 will receive our Gift Pack with our mug, sticker, T- Shirt, and a framed poster of one of our residents
-Every gift of $1,500 or more will receive our Gift Pack, plus a two night stay for two at the guest room at Cotton Branch, including meals, dinner at Good Life Cafe in Columbia, and lots of time to spend with all the residents of Cotton Branch!