WHERE: Plant, 165 Merrimon Ave.
WHEN: 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. Info: goatmountainsanctuary.org or 258-7500.
WHY: Plant will offer the public a chance to dine and help local animals as a percentage of the evening's profit will go directly to the Goat Mountain Ranch Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal shelter in Leicester.
“We believe in animal welfare and animal rights, so we try to help, especially the local groups,” said Jason Sellers, Plant’s co-owner and chef.
Sellers said Plant, a vegan restaurant, tries to sponsor an event for animals every year.
Rob Levy, founder and director of Goat Mountain, said the sanctuary cares for approximately 60 animals – including sheep, pigs, chickens, dogs, horses and even peacocks in addition to goats. The sanctuary has also placed about 50 animals in foster homes.
“We get calls weekly for animals needing homes,” he said. “We try to place as many as we can, and then the sanctuary is mainly for animals that have issues that make them not adoptable. We mainly care for older animals or animals with health issues like our pony, Pearl, who has a dislocated hip, or Ozzie, a pot-bellied pig, who is in the later years of his life.”
Some of the animals at the sanctuary were abananded, Levy said. “Of course, a lot of roosters got displaced when Asheville outlawed them in the city limits, and some here are a result of that event.”
Plant will donate a portion of all the dinner proceeds to the sanctuary.
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