Carol Pearce was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has loved animals from the time she could take her first steps, having a pet pony when she was two years old.
She attended university intending on being a veterinarian, and found her passion working as a large animal vet tech. Carol met Julian while saving calves and the two soon married and moved to England (Julian’s home town). Years later the two moved back to California and started creating goat cheese. Carol soon realized her passion lie in saving animals, and soon The Sanctuary of Soledad was created.
Julian Pearce was born and raised in United Kingdom and his education includes : animal physiology, dairy science, farm animal raising, general management systems and has a specialist knowledge of Pre ruminants. Julian has been involved with agriculture his entire adult working life, advising at farm level and helping livestock farmers improve standards for their livestock in housing, feeding systems and general management. After working for several agriculturally related companies in the UK, Julian came to the USA in the early 1980s and met Carol while saving calves. In the Mid 90s through to 2000’s, Julian and Carol made goat cheese in the U.K., which was well established brand and won many awards at all of the major cheese competitions throughout the U.K. In 2006 Julian and Carol came back to the USA and set up a small dairy goat herd and became a well known manufacturer of goat cheese and other goat milk related products. At the same time, Julian and Carol started rescuing goats and subsequently gave up milking and became a full animal sanctuary, ceased breeding and formed a 501(c) 3.