After weeks working from home Zoom meetings may be the norm for you now; but throw in a sheep or a goat and your Zoom call just got a little more exciting.
Thanks to the caregivers at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary who joined a nationwide group of animal sanctuaries offering "Goat 2 Meetings," teams of coworkers or even friends and family now have the chance to add a quick video meet-up with a friendly rescued farm animal to their virtual video meetups while at home.
First, you and your coworkers set up a Zoom call.
"We call in at the scheduled time and we introduce ourselves to all their people. Sometimes it's three people; sometimes it's several hundred people from around the world," said Kathy Stevens, the executive director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties. "Then, depending on the program they've selected, we will spend anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Sometimes it's literally just sitting with one animal."
The Catskill Animal Sanctuary has rescued more than 5,000 farm animals since it opened in 2001. They rescue abused animals from hoarding cases, animal abandonment cases, or from farms when the owner has passed away.
"It's our privilege to show these animals who've never known kindness that life can be so very different, and that's not a bad way to wake up every day," said Stevens.
Because weekend tours of the sanctuary have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fees charged for the Zoom calls help raise funds to care for the hundreds of rescued animals that call CAS home.
"It's also a way to bring people to a place of peace and fresh air while we're all cooped up in our houses," said Stevens.
For more information on how you can sign up for a farm animal to join your next Zoom call, go to CASanctuary.org.