British Columbia

SALI's Farm welcomes new baby goats into its fold

An animal sanctuary that takes in abandoned animals and fosters connections between them and at-risk children has recently welcomed two new animals into its fold.

The goats were found abandoned in Surrey and Langley in September

These two cuties recently became members of of SALI's Farm in Surrey, B.C. (SALI's Farm)

An animal sanctuary, that takes in abandoned animals and fosters connections between them and at-risk children, has recently welcomed two new animals into its fold. 

Three-month-old Clyde is a bit of a troublemaker, which is probably no surprise considering where he came from. 

RCMP officers found him in the back seat of an abandoned, stolen car in south Surrey, B.C., in September.

Clyde, of course, is a goat. Just a kid, really.

Barney and Clyde were both abandoned in September. (CBC)

Animal control officers found his accomplice Barney, also a goat, wandering the streets of nearby Langley not too long after that. 

The pair are now members of the Semiahmoo Animal League, also known as SALI's Farm, a non-profit organization in Surrey. 

"The story of our animals, because they've been rescued, resonates often with the kid's stories because the kids that come here, they've had some trauma," said the farm's founder, Keryn Denroche. 

SALI's Farm founder Keryn Denroche says her animals help at-risk children. (CBC)

"The kids get a sense of hope because they feel unconditional love from the animals and they might be lacking that in their lives."

Denroche said the animals also get a lot out of the children's visits — especially Barney and Clyde. After being abandoned, she said, they both appreciate companionship. 

Funds needed to keep going

Clyde just underwent an operation. He's recovering well, but that's one of the unexpected costs that can pop up for Denroche.

That's why her organization is asking people to commit to donating $5 a month. Denroche said that can go a long way to keep the farm up and running.

Louise the rooster was named before it was discovered she was a he. (CBC)

The organization also accepts donations from its wish list, which includes sheds, bedding for horses, and buckets. 

Barney and Clyde aren't the only animals who have been given a second chance at SALI's Farm.

There's Louise the rooster — who was named before anyone realized he wasn't a she. He gets around just fine despite his bad leg.

And there are the horses, Badger and Chase. Both are lame and likely would have received death sentences if they weren't rescued and given new homes.

The farm also has cats and eight bunnies, all of which need funding to offer them food and shelter.

These two horses at SALI's Farm, Chase and Badger, have suffered abuse and neglect. (CBC)

With files from Jesse Johnston