Recently, we’ve been featuring some of our animal residents who were part of the Calhoun County, Michigan hobby farm rescue in 2015. SASHA Farm came home with approximately 100 goats and sheep from that neglect and abuse situation. Today, we’ll tell you the story of Chia, one of the sheep who arrived at SASHA as part of that rescue. Chia is one of our Shetland sheep residents who is easily recognizable by her long, beautiful wool…when she has it! Initially, she was thought to be “older” than many of the other sheep from this rescue. She did not immediately have a sponsor, and she was shy and skittish around people. But in time, Chia’s life changed. Suzy the lamb arrived at SASHA and Suzy needed a friend too.
Suzy was born on a big sheep farm, but had been rejected by her mother. She was rescued and bottle fed by a young girl until she became too large to live in their home any longer. SASHA’s animal care team was concerned that Suzy would have difficulties integrating with the established sheep herd. So, they placed her with shy Chia, who needed a friend. It was an amazing match, and the baby lamb and the older shy sheep without a name were soon bonded. Chia did a great job showing Suzy how to “sheep” and both their lives became so much better because they needed each other. Chia also became much more comfortable with her human caregivers. She caught the eye of a compassionate couple who were visiting at an event, and they decided to sponsor her, and named her Chia.
Now this once shy sheep is described by her human caregivers as very friendly, which is fairly rare among sheep, who are herd animals who tend to avoid people. She’ll seek out her humans for face scratches and treats on a daily basis. Today, Chia often hangs out with Mia, another affectionate sheep in the herd. If Chia’s not hopping around with her buddies, she’s most likely lounging around the barn enjoying the relaxing pasture life. She’s a sweet and fluffy favorite of SASHA Farm. And how could anyone have predicted that two lonely sheep coming from completely different backgrounds would make life so much better for the other one? These amazing animals can teach us so much about love and compassion.