Within days of quitting her job as an event planner in Manhattan to live her dream of working with farm animals, Leanne Lauricella’s Instagram account took off. She quickly racked up 30,000 followers the first Monday of her unemployment.
The name of her account might have been the reason why she became so popular so quickly. She named the goats she rescued after character’s from the TV show Sons of Anarchy.
Now 150,000 followers support Lauricella’s Instagram account named Goats of Anarchy and the daily happenings of her growing family.
I had no idea what I was going to do, but I knew this life was calling me. I have never in my life, not had a job, so this was a scary thing for me.
Every time she went to work at the sanctuary, Lauricella returned home with more animals.
I now have 9 goats, a miniature horse, a miniature donkey, a mini pig, bunnies, chickens and roosters. Most of my animals are rescues and I love and spoil them as I would my own children.
Over the last year, she focused on sharing with the world her critter’s personalities and silly antics in social media posts that she referred to as “shenanigans.”
I want to expose those who don’t have the priviledge of owning farm animals to the friendship, love and fun that they offer, in hopes that people start to see them as “friends not food”.
I am new to rescue, but I know it is what I am called to do. Although I love all farm animals, I have a special affection for goats and believe they are very misunderstood.
Lauricella just posted on a GoFundMe account hoping to raise money so she can buy a bigger home or “farm space” as she calls it so she can adopt more animals. She would like $200,000. So far, she’s raised just over $13,000.
I have outgrown my current home “farm space” and exceeded the number of animals my town permits me to have. The thought of never being able to rescue another animal because I don’t have the room is heartbreaking to me and I just can’t live with that. I envision pastures full of happy rescue goats and plenty of visitors giving them treats and hugs.
Sleepy babies pic.twitter.com/ub8alakhn2
— Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) January 31, 2016
Here is her GoFundMe account