Demarcus - Saved from FFA Auction
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FROM RowdyGirlSanctuary.org
May 2020

The family wanted Demarcus to have the life of a lamb and they were willing to forego any project in FFA that includes the acquisition of an animal for show.

Lamb Demarcus

A couple weeks before Covid-19 became a "thang" I got a call from a young FFA [Future Farmers of America] student named Emily who was looking for a home for her "FFA project", Demarcus. She was near the end of her project term, and soon Demarcus, her friend, would be going to slaughter unless she was able to find a suitable home in time.

We spoke several times before the final decision was made for Demarcus to come to Rowdy Girl because we require the family to get involved. Part of the process of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary accepting an FFA or 4H rescue is that the family must be willing to counsel with me so that I can determine if they are willing to end the activity of buying babies from breeders, raising them as projects, and then selling them to the highest bidder at the end of their semester. That conversation includes me discussing the unthinkable reality ahead of them.

Most families are completely removed from this conversation and many lie to their kids in order to keep them from knowing the outcome. Emily's family heard some really hard stuff and all agreed in the end that they wanted Demarcus to have the life of a lamb and that they were willing to forego any project in FFA that includes the acquisition of an animal for show.

Demarcus' quarantine period ended a few days ago, he has a best friend named Leo and several acres to roam free to be a lamb. And, Emily and her family will all be coming to see him as soon as the Covid pandemic restrictions lift for us to all be safe.



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