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Firefighting Goats Protect Property in San Francisco

Posted March 20, 2014 in A Pet's Life

Top 6 Hard-to-believe Headlines of 2014

At Pet Health Network, we see all sorts of animal stories every year. This year, there have been six headlines that we found especially entertaining. See what you may have missed in 2014!

1. Firefighting Goats

San Francisco may have just taken the lead for “Greenest” city. According to Lydia O’Connor of The Huffington Post, goats are the newest employees of a San Francisco based company. What’s their pay? Food—the urban goat herd grazes on the dry brush, which thrives in the California heat and represents a major fire-hazard.

Tucked away in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco you’ll find City Grazing--a goat landscaping business. Needless to say, the business is unique, but what makes them great is that the landscaping goats they raise are a fantastic green alternative to large machinery and pesticides. The goats also restore soil fertility by leaving behind “organic fertilizer.”

City Grazing is a small business which allows them to know and name each goat. City Grazing’s Genevieve Church told the Huffington Post, “If we’re going someplace that’s ten acres, we’ll take animals that have a big appetite and aren’t as social.”

City Grazing has been helping San Francisco since 2008. After California had its driest year in 2013, the company received an abundance of phone calls about the landscaping goats from owners who wanted to protect their land, reports O’Connor.

Church says, “There’s been a definite increase in thoughts of, ‘How do we reduce fire hazard?” She also added, “Grazing animals have always been a wonderful way to keep grasslands and brushy areas reduced in that dry material.”

These goats may not know how to put out fires, but their work is crucial in preventing them. Plus, they’re eating great!

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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