MONTCLAIR, NJ - A stray pygmy goat was found in Montclair and taken to the local animal shelter. He has now been reunited with his family.
A passerby found the goat near Mount Hebron Road and Grove Street on Monday afternoon. Shelter staff then took to social media to try to locate the owners. Until the owners were located, they faced a slight dilemma. The Montclair Township Animal Shelter staff had never had a goat before and stated that had to go obtain supplies that a goat would need.
"This is not an animal that comes into an NJ suburban shelter on a regular basis," said Elizabeth Morgan, the shelter's director.
"We have supplies for dogs and cats along with some 'pocket pet' supplies, maybe a couple glass tanks for reptiles or fish," Morgan wrote.
"I can tell you with certainty ... we did not have any 'goat supplies' handy."
They posted the following to their social media page about the rare find:
"New "kid" on the block.. all in a day's work. Seriously, no "kidding" around... we're looking for this "kid's"human family.... found by Good Sam in Mt Hebron Road/Grove Street area late this afternoon today... Anyone know this cutie?"
Shortly after the post, the owners of the goat turned up to claim their family member.
The family also took to social media and wrote,
"Thank G-d we are grateful that our pet Pygmy goat has been returned and reunited with us and her fellow kid. We are grateful to the wonderful couple who rescued the goat and cared for it and transferred it to the care of the Montclair Animal Shelter.
We are amazed at the loving care the shelter provided and how they adapted their shelter to provide proper food and a proper setting.
Thank you to all who searched for her and for those who so lovingly took care of her.
In Proverbs, King Solomon writes: "The righteous know the needs of their animal..." - Proverbs 12:10.
You become improved from taking care of animals. We have gained so much from caring for these two affectionate and intelligent pets. They provide incredible healing for our neighborhood and are a focal point for the children and adults who have suffered so much from the tragic isolation of our times.
Their names are Prince Charming The Fifth and Tzigy, otherwise known as Chocolate and Vanilla. Tzigy is the one just returned. "
"This is what a shelter should be," Morgan added. "Thank you to our community for always helping us, to help them."