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Woman Quits Fancy NYC Job And Moves 60 Miles Away To Start Sanctuary For Special Needs Goats

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

In 2014, Leanne Lauricella was working as a New York City event planner. The young woman realized she wanted to do something with animals, so she quit her job and started searching for something more meaningful.

That’s when Jax and Oppie came into Leanne’s life. The two little ones were baby goats, and they changed everything for Leanne.

What started as just two rescued goats quickly turned into an entire goat sanctuary. Today, Leanne has over 70 goats at her sanctuary, known as “Goats of Anarchy.”

Many of the residents of the sanctuary are special needs goats. Some experienced frostbite as babies, while others were born physically disabled and abandoned by their mothers.

These special needs goats may have died if it wasn’t for Leanne. She and the volunteers who work with her care for the sweet goats. They feed the babies, tend to the injured, and give them all a lot of love.

And the goats have become pretty famous over the last few years! They have their own social media accounts, with tons of fans. On Instagram, the goats have over 550,000 followers — people see the goats and absolutely fall in love with them.

Watch the video below to find out more about “Goats of Anarchy,” and if you love these animals, please SHARE this article with your friends!

Footage and photos provided by WPIX New York

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