‘Goats of Anarchy’

Woman quits her corporate job to embark on career path she never dreamed of


A few years ago, New York City corporate event planner Leanne Lauricella was considering whether she ought to find another job closer to her New Jersey home. After she and her husband decided to adopt a couple of healthy baby goats, however, Lauricella soon found herself embarking on a career path she had never dreamed of.

Together with her husband, Lauricella now keeps 40 goats — including five special needs baby goats that she raises in their house. The babies suffer from disabilities — all wear diapers, held in place by onesies. In some cases, Lauricella said she even had to create prosthetics for the babies out of pipe insulation tubing and veterinarians tape. About a fourth of her herd, she added, had been rescued from a “sale farm” where they had been so poorly treated that they hadn’t initially expected them to survive.

Despite having already built a barn in her yard, Lauricella says she also had to rent a 30-acre property with full caretakers to ensure her herd’s well-being. And remarkably, an Instagram account that she started to share pictures of her adorable charges, “The Goats of Anarchy,” is helping her to pay the costs. On the same day that Lauricella decided to quit her job in New York to focus on her goats full time, Instagram featured one of her goats on its home page — increasing her follower count by ten times overnight. Today, she says that many among her nearly 400,000 followers help pay for goat surgeries, medicine, and even onesies.

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“I put out the word last week that we needed onesies, and last Friday, we got enough to fill the dining room table,” said Lauricella on Monday. “And there will be more coming today.”

Read the full story at USA Today.


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