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For years, Joan always had a friend by her side. She lived in a loving home, with ample room and care…and flock-mates. Last year, Joan became an adoptive mother to Lamby whose biological mother had died. 

Lamby passed suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving Joan bereft and alone. Her caregivers could not bear the thought of Joan being by herself so they reached out to Animal Place. 

We welcomed Joan and she recently finished her quarantine and met her new flock. Our hope is that she will become best friends with fellow Shetland Sheep, Jett, who was rescued several years ago after kids tied her to a flagpole. Jett has been a loner ever since.

And while the stereotype that black sheep are “outsiders” is true for Jett (self-imposed, by the way), Joan walked confidently into the flock as if she always belonged. 

Watch this short video of Joan meeting everyone!



12 Responses so far.

  1. joann butkus says:

    such a sweet story!

  2. martha grimes says:

    Very nice video. I’m glad that Joan has found a home.

  3. Al Verdini says:


    The black sheep is named Jett. I can get the reference to the singer… Joan Jett.

    Did you name the sheep Joan after her friendship with Jett? Or was it one of those “made in Heaven”, kismetic type coincidences ??? ?

    Thank you for all you do to save and protect our animal friends.

    Al Verdini

  4. Parley Gagne says:

    Aww…glad her path led her to you guys..

    what happened to her other ‘flock mates’ you mentioned? Why would she have been alone even after Lamby passed away? Just curious..
    Either way, she looked calm as a cucumber meeting everyone. : )
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Claire C says:

      She and Lamby were the last two of their group, so when Lamby passed away Joan would have been the last one left! One of the other flockmates was Lamby’s mother, who passed away before Lamby.
      She was, she fit right in!

  5. Wendy says:

    Great video.
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  6. Carol Arold says:

    I am so happy she has a home and a companion! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Laura says:

    Is there anyway I can sponsor Joan?

    • Claire C says:

      Hi Laura, I am checking in with our Membership Coordinator, and I will get back to you soon. Thanks, Claire, Social Media Manager