Jason Gibbs, Las Cruces Sun-News Published 9:52 a.m. MT Nov. 17, 2017
Barnyard Buddies Cuddle Zoo buyer Shaylynn Perrault is pictured with her pig, Sassy, on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Perrault says that Sassy is the affection of her business and she was the aboriginal animal.(Photo: Robin Zielinski / Sun-News)Buy Photo
LAS CRUCES – On any accustomed day, Shaylynn Perrault has her easily full.
The 17-year-old Holy Cross Catholic School apprentice not alone has a abounding bookish schedule, she additionally participates in 4-H and is a affiliate of the American Heritage Girls. On top of that, she runs her business, Barnyard Buddies Cuddle Zoo, a assembly of critters she trucks to contest alignment from canton fairs to backyard altogether parties. But Perrault, the oldest of nine accouchement of Matthew and Carrie Perrault, gets a allowance duke from her siblings.
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“They are my little employees,” she jokes.
The added advice comes in accessible in caring for the animals, which accommodate two pot-bellied pigs, Sassy and Raylynn; two goats, Lilly and Amigo; several rabbits, the best accepted of which are Cookie and Midnight; and a army of ducks and chickens as able-bodied as a turkey adopted from a friend.
“But they don’t accept names because I don’t accept time to name them or abundant names,” Perrault said.
A dupe is pictured on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Barnyard Buddies Cuddle Zoo. (Photo: Robin Zielinski / Sun-News)
A Doña Ana Canton native, Perrault lives on the baby acreage in San Miguel the ancestors has alleged home all her life. It was about a year ago back Anna Biad, a abutting ancestors friend, told Perrault she could parlay her adulation of the animals about the acreage into a full-fledged business venture.
“A lot of the animals came aboriginal and I started accepting advance from one of mom’s absolutely acceptable friends,” Perrault said. “She was like, ‘I appetite you to do this, you can accomplish a active out of this business.’ I did it abounding force and I’m so beholden I did it.”
“She was like, ‘I appetite you to do this, you can accomplish a active out of this business.’ I did it abounding force and I’m so beholden I did it.”
For one-day contest like altogether parties, Perrault accuse $150 per hour, which includes the set up and all of the animals for the event. Contest abroad from home, like the contempo Hildago Canton Fair, she accuse added to awning brief hotels and biking expenses.
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Bookings occasionally appear through a buzz alarm but best generally barter acquisition her through the Barnyard Buddies Cuddle Zoo Facebook page. Once acquaintance is fabricated and the cardinal of guests finalized, “we chase through and I try to accommodated up with them if I can to appearance them pictures of what I do and how I do it,” Perrault said.
While her brothers and sisters advice out with the animals agriculture and care, and with the shows, they do accord her a adamantine time as she adds new animals to her collection.
“They adulation it,” Perrault said. “They don’t get balked with me but they are like, ‘Oh, no, we accept addition one.’ They are actual acceptable with kids because a lot of kids are asperous and they apperceive how to handle the animals.”
Perrault takes acceptable affliction of her animals, admonishment them afore shows and watching out for their assurance and health. She budgets about $150 per ages for augment and supplies, she said.
Various avoid breeds are pictured on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Barnyard Buddies Cuddle Zoo. (Photo: Robin Zielinski / Sun-News)
The hardest allotment of the business is the loading and auction of the animals to get them to and from shows. They biking in a custom 8’ by 4’ trailer, which she is attractive to alter to acquiesce her to add a pony to the mix, she said.
The cuddle zoo can be an educational experience, advertisement accouchement who may not accept admission to a acreage or agronomical to the rural lifestyle. It additionally helps the accouchement become added adequate with the animals, she said. Sometimes alike the adults apprentice something. Perrault said one of the best accepted things that surprises bodies is that goats and lambs are not the aforementioned species.
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Her abutting footfall is to buy a baby allotment of acreage to host birthdays and events. Within a year of aperture that, she hopes to alpha a analysis affected for disabled accouchement and adults to accept camps during the summer.
“Watching the kids, how they reflect on the animals, that makes me blessed inside,” Perrault said. “I feel animals are the alone way you can get connected. Bodies use them for therapy. Animals are apparently the greatest affair God has accustomed us on the earth. Working with them basically gets your animosity out. They can save you through allowance them.”
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