Save Goats from Slaughter
Last year we purchased 318 goats from a livestock auction near Stockton, California. Except for one family who purchased one goat, all of the other bidders were ranchers and meat farmers who were looking to purchase animals for slaughter.
(Goats at the livestock auction.)
We released these goats to a small family-owned business called Goats R Us. Terri and Aegon are the founders of Goats R Us and they have spent their whole lives saving and taking care of animals. Their family owns multiple ranches and over 10,000 goats! These goats "work" by clearing vegetation around the Bay Area to prevent wildfires.
In 2017, a total of 9,133 fires burned 1,381,405 acres in California. The goats that we rescue will spend their lives grazing on the beautiful Californian hillsides, working to to prevent more deadly fires in the future.
(Goats R Us goats, happily grazing in Hercules, California. Photo by Selena Hao)
Terri and Aegon so kindly agreed to give these goats a good home, to provide them with experienced care and regular medical attention. Goat R Us transports their goats to different areas around the San Francisco Bay Area to clear brush on the Californian hillsides.
Later when the goats "retire," they will roam and graze on Terri, Aegon, and their family's beautiful land. When these goats become elderly, they will not be sold and killed for their meat. They will be given the best of medical care and allowed to live out their natural lives. Terri and Aegon's ranch is also home to Tibetan yaks, a camel, llamas, ducks, sheep, chickens, rabbits, cats, pigs, as well as specially trained dogs that protect these animals from wild predators.
Last year we were able to save 318 goats!
Together we were able to raise over $34,000 to save these goats!
This year we want to save as many goats as we can!
Goats R Us has kindly offered us the use of their livestock trucks so that we can safely transport as many animals as we need.
Please give whatever you can to support this worthy cause. These goats will certainly be killed otherwise.
Last year we paid an average of $150 for each goat. We will be purchasing the goats from auction where they are sold by the pound, so the price may vary from to goat to goat.
Please give whatever you are able to.
Your donations will be tax-deductible.
Also you can help by sharing our fundraising page and spreading the word!
With the funds that we collect, we will save as many goats as we are able to purchase. If there is any money left over, we will save it for next year's release and we will also make a small donation to Goats R Us to help with the goats' vaccinations and medicines.
This year’s goat release is tentatively planned for the beginning of September.
If you would like to contribute, please consider donating well before that date to give us time for the funds to be cleared and collected from GoFundMe.
(Last year's goat release with Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche leading prayers for the rescued animals and all sentient beings.
Last year's release would not have been possible without the blessings and support of His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche, who also contributed a large amount of his own funds to our cause. Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche initiated this campaign and thanks to his blessings, constant support and tireless effort we were able to save these animals from certain death. Of course, these releases would not have been possible without the kindness and hard work of Terri and Aegon’s family and the folks at Goats R Us, who gave these rescued goats a wonderful home and loving care and helped us at every step of the way. Terri and Aegon also contributed their own funds to this cause. A heartfelt thank you to Lynda Isenberg for her deep generosity and kindess . A very deep thank you to our many kind donors and supporters, together we were able to save 318 goats by raising $34,000.!
Please consider donating this year so that we may save many more lives from slaughter.
Your donation will save innocent animals from being slaughtered and allow them to live out their lives with excellent care and medical attention. These goats will "work" to prevent deadly wildfires in California by grazing the hillsides, reducing brush and overgrowth of vegetation.
Thank you so much and may all beings benefit.
(Some of the happy goats that were saved last year!)
A video of last year's release.
I’m very happy to share some great news. His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche has donated $10,000 towards our life release. Last year, H.H. Getse Rinpoche also donated the same amount to save goats as well as providing sacred substances used to bless the animals during the ceremony.
Also, a few months ago I was able to visit some of the goats that we saved last year at the Goats R Us Ranch. During this visit, I learned that after our life release last year, Terri and her family returned to the livestock auction and saved another 300 goats! The goats that we saved last year effectively helped them to generate an income which enabled them to save more goats.
Many of these goats that they saved this time were pregnant mama goats. Terri, Egon and their family were kept very busy welcoming new baby goats into this world. During this visit, I was able to meet a lot of these adorable baby goats. Terri was kind enough to take photos. I was also able to meet the three pigs that members of our sangha ransomed last December. The pigs were lively, happy, and well. I also saw our special goat, Rama Gyalmo, the first goat that we saved last year. She looked so happy and healthy and now has a husband and many other goat friends that she spends her days with.
Then, at the beginning of last month on June 1st, our friend Tsamree and the Tibetan community organized another life release with Goats R Us during the auspicious period of Saga Dawa. The Tibetan community raised $14,000! At the auction, Terri and Egon spent over $30,000 of their own money to “fill up the truck” as they said! That day we left with 304 goats that were saved from slaughter! Later that night Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche and Venerable Tulku Padga Rinpoche led prayers for the newly-freed goats and all sentient beings.
If you are thinking of donating to this wonderful cause, please do not hesitate. The goats that we saved together last year have effectively helped Terri, Egon, and their family to save over 600 more goats since that time.
During my visit, I was struck by the sheer amount of effort, work, and love that goes into taking care of these animals. Terri and her family work almost non-stop because of their great love and compassion for animals. I really can’t begin to express my appreciation for Terri, Egon, Zephyr, Nikki, and all the workers at Goats R Us Company. During this visit, I saw how hard they all worked. Feeding, giving medicine, and caring for these animals is a full-time job for MANY people. This family has really devoted their lives to taking care of animals. These life releases would not be possible without their constant hard work to care for these animals. They have such big hearts and it really shows.
Information about this year’s life release:
The date for our life-release this year has been set for Sept 28th and 29th. On the 28th, a small group will go to the auction and purchase the goats and bring them back to Goat R Us’s land. The ceremony itself will happen in the AM on the 29th.
As of today, we have raised about $24,100 for this year’s release!
These life releases have been successful due to the blessings of our kind teachers. His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche’s immeasurable kindness and generosity have made it possible to save these beings from slaughter. Venerable Lingtrul Rinpoche's wisdom intent and profound compassion were the seed that began these life releases. Since that time, that seed has flourished and blossomed due to Lingtrul Rinpoche's blessings, continual guidance, and effort.
Thank you to our wonderful donors and supporters. Without all of you, this would not be possible. Your kindness and generosity help to save poor, innocent goats from certain death.
A large group from Singapore has donated $3442 US dollars this year. Thank you so much to our kind friends from overseas. We are so happy to be able to connect with you from afar and to work together to save lives. May all beings benefit from your generosity.
Also, deep gratitude goes to Lynda Isenberg who has donated $3000 towards this year’s life-release. Lynda has been donating continuously towards life-release efforts. Her kindness and generosity have helped to save many lives.
My deep heart-felt thanks to everyone.
May all beings benefit.
To all online friends who dwell on this vast expansive earth,
The cause for us to attain the three higher realms and to achieve liberation is virtue. All virtue can be encompassed in two categories: contaminated virtue and uncontaminated virtue. In regards to contaminated virtue, all the sutras and tantras state that there is no greater virtue than saving the lives of sentient beings.
For this reason, Kyabjé Chatral Rinpoche has said, “Hinayana vows are to abandon the harm of others. The vows of the Mahayana involve practical bodhichitta (actually engaging in the practice of saving lives). Also, in the Secret Mantra, this (the generosity of giving and saving life) is the principal samaya of the Ratnasambhava Buddha family. In this world, there is nothing more cherished than life and there is no crime more heinous than taking life. Therefore, among contaminated virtue there is no greater benefit than to save and ransom lives.”
Last year, due to the generosity of many kind-hearted friends who were inspired to accumulate virtue, we were able to save 318 goats whose lives were in danger. I especially thank Lynda Isenberg. Lynda was our most generous sponsor last year and has also donated generously this year towards our life release. Her kindness has saved many lives. Thank you to all those who have donated so far to our fundraiser this year. My deep gratitude goes to a large group of donors from Singapore who generously contributed to this life release. Also, my heartfelt thanks goes to Terri, Egon and their family and the workers at Goats R Us Company. Without their constant hard work, we would not be able to do these releases and to save these animals.
This year again my wish is to humbly encourage even the tiniest accumulation of virtue through saving innocent sentient beings — like these goats — who are without protection or refuge, and whose very lives are at risk. We plan to purchase the goats on September 28th and to perform the life-release ceremony on the 29th. Please donate whatever you can according to your ability.
Thank you so much.
ང་ཚོས་མཐོ་རིས་དང་ཐར་ལམ་འཐོབ་བྱེད་ནི་དགེ་བ་ཡིན་ལ། དགེ་བ་ནི་ཟག་བཅས་དང་ཟག་མེད་གཉིས་ཀྱིས་མ་བསྡུས་པ་མེད་མོད། ཟག་བཅས་ཀྱི་དགེ་བ་ལ་སེམས་ཅན་གྱི་སྲོག་བསྐྱབ་པ་ལས་དགེ་བ་རླབས་ཆེ་བ་མདོ་རྒྱུད་ཀུན་ལས་མ་གསུངས། དེའི་ཕྱིར་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་བྱ་བྲལ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཞལ་ནས། ཐེག་དམན་ལ་ཡང་གཞན་གནོད་སྤོང་། །ཐེག་ཆེན་བྱང་སེམས་འཇུག་པ་ཡི། །བསླབ་བྱ་ཉིད་དང་གསང་སྔགས་ཀྱི། །རིན་ཆེན་རིགས་ཀྱི་དམ་ཚིག་གཙོ། །དེ་ཡི་རྒྱུ་མཚན་འཇིག་རྟེན་ན། །སྲོག་ལས་གཅེས་པ་འགའ་མེད་པས། །སྲོག་གཅོད་གོང་ན་སྡིག་གཞན་མེད། །དེ་ཕྱིར་ཚེ་ཐར་སྲོག་བསླུ་ལས། །ཕན་ཡོན་ཆེ་བ་འདུས་བྱས་ཀྱི། །དགེ་བའི་རྩ་བ་གཞན་ཡོད་མིན། །ཞེས་གསུངས་པ་ལྟར། ལོ་སྔོན་མར་གཞན་ཕན་དང་རྣམ་དཀར་གྱི་ལས་ལ་མོས་པའི་འགྲོ་བ་མང་པོས་མཐུན་རྐྱེན་ལ་རྟེན་སྲོག་གི་ཉེན་ཁར་ཐུག་པའི་ར་མ་སུམ་བརྒྱ་བཅོ་བརྒྱད་ཙམ་གྱི་སྲོག་ཐར་སོང་། འདིར་ཡང་དུས་ཚེས་བཟང་པོ་༼ སྤྱི་ཟླ་དགུ་པའི་ཚེས་༢༩༽དང་ འབྲེལ་ཏེ་མགོན་སྐྱབས་དང་བྲལ་བའི་སེམས་ཅན་ཉམ་ཆུང་སྲོག་དང་བྲལ་ལ་ཉེ་བའི་ར་མ་སོགས་རང་གི་འབྱོར་ནུས་དང་བསྟུན་ཏེ་ཚེ་ཐར་གྱི་དགེ་བསྐུལ་ཕྲན་བུ་རེ་བྱེད་འདུན་ཡོད་པས་དེ་ལུགས་ཀྱིས་དགེ་བ་བསགས་པའི་གོ་སྐབས་འདི་ལ་མཐུན་རྐྱེན་འབྲེས་འཇོག་གནང་བར་མོས་འདུན་ཡོན་ན་འདི་ལྟར་གནང་རོགས། ཞེས་པ་གླིང་སྤྲུལ་ནས་ཕུལ། །
吾辈得善趣、获解脱之有效途径乃行善也。积善者可分有漏及无漏善行，有漏善行中最上等莫过于放生，此乃所有经续之共说。故而，怙主夏扎仁波切曾有教言：“小乘行者需断害他心，大乘则需守护菩提心，一切学处密乘梵修行，珍宝种性誓言当为要，故说世间生命最珍贵，恶业之最莫非伤他命，善法行中当属放生外，巨大功德一切有漏善，别无善法根基可比拟。”如是， 去年承蒙各位具备利他及爱心的诸多善行人士的帮助和支持，才能将三百一十八只山羊成功救助获生。我衷心地感谢Lynda Isenburg。 Lynda是我们去年放生最慷慨的捐赠者，今年也为放生慷慨捐赠。她的善良挽救了许多生命。同时也感谢今年迄今为止为我们的筹款活动捐款的所有人。也非常感谢来自新加坡的一大批为放生慷慨解囊的捐赠者。今日，结合殊胜吉日( 9月29日)，一如既往地动员广大爱心人士伸出慈悲之手，力所能及地奉行微小善业，为那些卑微无助、岌岌可危的生命奉献各自的爱心和救助吧！