Meet Bitty, an Icelandic sheep, who had been through so much from birth. At two days old she was hypothermic, starved, nonresponsive, and left in a field to die. Thankfully, Bitty was saved in time but quickly it was noticed that she had some serious medical issues. After seeing a cardiologist. Bitty was diagnosed with an extreme heart murmur, congenital abnormalities in multiple valves, and left-side heart failure. Sadly the doctors could not offer any medical solutions to repair Bitty's heart. Despite all her medical issues, Bitty continues to thrive and bet the odds all these years later.
“If I had my gun I would have shot her.” Those were the words spoken to us by an adult, entrusted to teach children about animals, the day we came to pick up Brittany. She had been running terrified in traffic and through neighborhoods before being taught by a sheriff. Because most counties don’t have facilities to care for farm animals, she was taken to a farm run by a high school agriculture department. No one wanted her, as she was seen as unruly and even threatened to be shot because she jumped a fence to find companionship. We were called to save her and were happy to give her the loving home she deserved. The students had named her Brittany and were genuinely happy to know she was going to be safe at a sanctuary. We can only hope that through Brittany’s rescue, some of the students may learn about a different kind of human and animal relationship despite what they had been taught. Since arriving at Green Acres years ago, she has never tried to escape because all she ever wanted was to be part of a herd, to know companionship, and to feel loved. We are honored to have Brittany as part of the family.