Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,
Many of our goats are available for adoption to approved homes.
Goat kids (baby goats) are adorable and often purchased by well meaning people who have no idea about the bad side of goat ownership. We happen to think that two goats make a great addition to some well educated families. When managed correctly and when their social needs are met they are happy and fun and a joy to own. If you are interested in adding a goat to your family please take the time to contact us or any other rescue that is willing to tell you all about goat ownership and not just all the good things.
Some things to remember if you would like to adopt or purchase a goat as a pet:
Goats, as many other species, are very social and herd oriented. This means that adopting a goat should include two goats in order to meet the emotional needs of this speices. Many people feel that the goat will bond to them and they can be a substitute family and in some rare occassions this is true. But more often than not, the human family looses interest and the lone goat is left at the end of a chain or locked up in a stall...alone, in solitary confinement. This, in our opinion, is not good management and is inhumane. If purchasing or adopting a single goat they should have a barn buddy of some sort. The barn buddy can be a horse, cow, sheep or other herd animal that will allow the goat to join the barn family.
Unneutered male goats reach sexual maturity quickly. Once mature they may become cranky and all the playful head butting that they practiced with their human family as a baby will become serious and dangerous as a mature unneutered adult. Pet male goats should never be left unneutered.
Unneutered male goats have very dirty sexual habits which are the reason that most lose their pet homes within a year. They smell like old urine because they urinate on their beards in order to make themselves more attractive to female goats. They will also urinate on you thinking that it's a compliment to be marked by him as part of his harem. This unpleasant sexual behavior is the reason that many male goats get the name STINKY. Pet male goats should always be neutered...we know we are repeating ourselves but we cannot stress this enough.
Goats are prime targets for dogs...even the sweet family pet can be motivated to chase and kill after watching a goat bounce and play. Failure to protect them from predators could lead to a disaster.
Goats are very hard to keep fenced and once out of their fenced area they can get into a LOT of trouble. See below.
Goats love to sample all sorts of green vegetation which means they love to browse in gardens and landscaped yards...often destroying valuable plants and trees. It also means they are more likely to be poisoned because their curiousity got the better of them.
Goats love to jump on things and explore. Failure to keep them in means they may choose to jump on cars, porches, people and anything else that looks inviting. Goats need regular veterinary care just as other family pets. They can get rabies and are constantly in jeopardy of getting both internal and external parasites.
"Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility."
From a human point of view, the difference between the mind of a human and that of a mountain goat is wonderful; from the point of view of the infinite ignorance that surrounds us, the difference is not impressive. Indeed, from that point of view, the goat may have the better mind, for he is more congenially adapted to his place, and he would not endanger his species or his planet for the sake of an idea. Wendell Berry, ~"A Question a Day: A Written Conversation with Wendell Berry"