A lot of times, no one on the call except for the organizer has any idea that a goat is going to be joining them — and the reactions of shock and surprise have all been pretty priceless.
“Sometimes the cameos are a surprise for the group, and in that case I just point the camera at the animal and don't say anything,” Lauren Barbieri, youth programs manager at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, told The Dodo. “People might not notice at first, but eventually someone says, ‘Is that an animal?’ and then everyone else chimes in that it looks like a goat … or a sheep … and why is there an animal here anyway? At that point I'll let the group leader introduce the program, or I'll introduce the animal and myself. And then everyone's reactions turn to excitement, of how they can't believe there's a goat, and how cute the goat is, and how nice it is to see them.”