WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Beaufort County Animal Shelter is no stranger to some unusual guests. Right down the row, next to the cute terrier mix are two billy goats named Ebony and Ivory.
“Ferrets, snakes, pot belly pigs, rabbits,” explains Billy Lassiter with Beaufort County Animal Control. “The list goes on and on.”
This week, that list includes Ebony and Ivory, who were surrendered by their owner.
“We would rather surrender them to us then to let them not know what to do and let them starve or just not be cared for,” says Lassiter.
The goats were causing trouble in their neighborhood, climbing on cars and other high surfaces. After further educating the owner, Animal Control brought the goats to the shelter.
“It’s not like a dog or a cat,” Lassiter says. “Those types of animals require a lot of substances and area to take care of.”
Since the goats arrived, many people looked to adopt the pair. Some visitors even made their way to the shelter just to check out the duo.
“It is an attraction that draws a lot of people here,” explains Lassiter. “It’s not a petting zoo but people do come out here just to play with them or take a look at them. It’s never hard trying to get a home for them.”
The shelter also rescues horses, sheep, chickens and even cows. Animal Control says the shelter is packed but adoptions are also on the rise.
“We had 1400 adoptions last year,” Lassiter says. “So far, this year we’re only 21 days in and we’ve had 78 adoptions and over 100 intakes so it’s very busy on a daily basis.”
Dogs, cats, goats or horses; Beaufort County is working to save them all.
Ebony and Ivory have been adopted and will head home on Thursday. The shelter charges a low re-homing fee for the unusual shelter animals, as low as $20 for horse and goats if the new conditions at their new home meet guidelines.