The Road to Refuge Sanctuary in North Haven, Connecticut, US, has been on a remarkable journey with a special needs goat named Yeti.  Smaller than his sibling and facing difficulties in standing and walking due to a suspected pelvic issue, he found refuge in the care of the sanctuary. He was rescued on 26th May 2023 after his previous guardians realised they did not have the expertise to be able to look after him with his special needs. 

However, what initially seemed like a manageable condition took a serious turn. Yeti’s struggles were attributed to an aggressive form of osteomyelitis, a severe bone infection that had spread to both of his femurs. The sanctuary faced the tough decision of how to proceed, consulting with veterinary teams, colleagues, and friends to determine the best course of action.

Yeti’s journey took unexpected twists. Despite a grim prognosis and the option of palliative care or a risky hind limb amputation, Yeti exhibited remarkable spirit. Running, playing, and displaying a hearty appetite, he defied the odds, prompting the sanctuary to prioritize his well-being one step at a time.

A subsequent CT scan revealed the infection’s extensive spread throughout Yeti’s entire body, leading to a decision for palliative care. Daily doses of antibiotics, pain medication, and laser therapy became integral to his care. 

Yeti transformed from a goat with a bleak prognosis to a lively and playful teenager. On 18th November 2023, the sanctuary posted this on Instagram: “We got his scan back and his doctors are SO impressed with the results. They are honestly shocked at the progress he’s made. The lesions of infected bone, have shrunk down in size significantly, and they’ve also shown signs that the areas have ‘quieted’ down, likely not infected anymore. There is even new bone growing around the old lesions!! His doctors are truly shocked at how well he is doing, and said several times that we should be extremely proud of ourselves with what we’ve done with him.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.