Michele Feldstein is a lady with a big heart who runs an animal shelter called Deer Haven Ranch in Montana. While she was well prepared to welcome Sissy, a sightless, 15-year-old mare to her home, she did not expect the group of devoted fans who watch over Sissy to come along to the private rescue facility she and her husband run on some 300 acres north of Yellowstone National Park.
Sissy has her own set of seeing-eye guides and brought them along with her. They include five goats and five sheep that take of Missy better than anyone ever could. The sheep and goats guard over their lady and guide her to food and water and then move aside to make sure she eats. They also angle the horse into her stall even during blizzards and heavy rains.
Deer Haven is considered a retirement home for deserving creatures of all kinds. Tenants include but are not limited to: cats, dogs, disabled roosters and abused alpacas. When another rescue facility folded last February, if Feldstein had not intervened and taken in Sissy and friends, these animals might not have survived.
Feldstein’s husband is a retired editor of Mad Magazine and together they run the rescue operation which can cost as much as $50,000 annually for feed, veterinarian services, and winter-time heating of barns and water troughs for a total of 200 animals.
They only take animals that are considered throwaways and when they watch Sissy and her loving guards they wonder why people can’t be that way.
Or can we learn from the animals?
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