Carmen Has Hair, Not Wool!

A little trivia for you - Carmen is a Barbados sheep. This breed of sheep has hair instead of wool. Unlike other domestic sheep, Barbados generally shed their hair and do not need to be sheared. This is much healthier for the sheep.

January 18, 2012 UPDATE-

Carmen now has her fourth leg! It will take time for her to adapt. She will wear it a few hours each day until she is comfortable with the new leg. As she gets larger, she will need a new prosthetic.

Media Coverage:
CBS National News
CBS13 Sacramento
News10 Sacramento
The Union

November 1, 2011-
A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far! In less than three days, you gave $6,002 to help Carmen get a new leg. That is, on average, $32 per gift.

We are now asking people who have donated or who may not be able to donate to share Carmen's story with three people - friends, colleagues, sheep lovers, family, whoever would love to read a feel-good story about an amazing lamb. Just click on the "send" button below, right above the first donate button.

October 28, 2011 -
Carmen is back at the vet today for a re-check of her leg. Carmen's medical bills to date have exceeded $2,000 - she is completely worth it, of course! You can help by donating as little as $25 to help Carmen get better and replenish our veterinary medical fund!

To inspire you, check out Carmen's collage! Just click on her photo to the left!

October 26, 2011 -

I want you to meet Carmen, our newest rescue! After you read her story, I know you will want to donate towards her lifelong care!

Carmen's broken leg was left untreated for two weeks. Carmen limped around six acres, never able to keep up with her flock. The elderly couple on the property refused to provide medical care to the lamb.

A neighbor saved her life, convincing the property owners to relinquish custody of the lamb to us.

We rushed her to UC Davis for emergency treatment and did everything we could to save the infection-ravaged limb. After a week of intensive care, it became apparent the limb was dead and needed to be removed.
Carmen will need a new leg which you can help her get! Prosthetic limbs are expensive and, because she is growing, Carmen will need a new one molded to her body every few months until adulthood.

Carmen has not stopped loving life, despite being so neglected she does not let the trauma get to her. She shows her spunky personality by head-butting caregivers and leaping up on her hind legs!

We will keep you updated on her progress. Thank you for wanting to help Carmen get better.

-Marji Beach, Education Manager

Yes, I want to help Carmen get a new leg!


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