Here at Black Goat Sanctuary we have many permanent residents. Our goal is to be able to help as many farm animals in need as possible while maintaining top of the line care for our residents. All donations and a portion of proceeds from farm sales go towards our mission.
Totes Ma GoatsTotes is the OG – original goat. Totes was rescued when he was only 2 days old. He was shipped to an auction and when we saw him he was extremely weak and hypothermic. It was freezing cold where he was and he had no fat at all. He suffers from parrot mouth – also known as an overbite – and it is unlikely he nursed from his mother at all. Totes was laying in the middle of a pen – healthy baby goats jumping around and off of him – with his tongue sticking out. We were sure he was dead – in fact – a farmer had pulled him out of the pen thinking he was. We could not leave him there to die – so – this poor little baby left with us. It took weeks for him to gain his strength but surely he did – and it didn’t take him long to become a holy terror in the house. He was raised with dogs and cats and didn’t seem to know that he was a goat. At a month old we got him a goat friend – Greg- who was 2 months old at the time. They became fast friends and are still almost always side by side.
Likes: Kisses, pretzels, broccoli, sneezing on his friends
Butters came to us when she was one month old. She was suffering from a very bad case of Joint Ill. Joint Ill or Navel Ill is a condition when bacteria tracks up the umbilical chord before it falls off and tracks through the body. The infection often settles in the leg joints. Butters was in so much pain – she could not walk, refused to eat, and would cry out in pain when she tried to move. Shortly after starting her on heavy duty antibiotics that had to be injected daily she ate a bit. It took around a week for her to be able to stand and move – and even so she had a horrible limp. We had x-rays taken to see how her joints were healing. These showed that 2 of her joints have permanent bone spur growth. She will likely have arthritis as she ages but we will do whatever it takes to keep her comfortable and happy. As she continued healing she began chasing the cats around the house (Much to their dislike) and got to have play dates with the big goats in the backyard. Butters is the smallest goat here by far but also the spunkiest- she does not hesitate to let you know she is unhappy.
Likes: Apples, cuddling, climbing
Dislikes: Her horns being touched
Greg came to join us just a month or so after we got Totes. Gregory was living with lots of goats. The male goat had recently lost one of his favourite females and was taking his sadness out on Greg – poor Greg had the tips of his ears chewed off by his own father. Other than the ear wounds Greg had a case of lice that was easily treated with some medications. Greg was very shy as he had not been outside much – the grass and sounds from the road scared him. He became fast friends wit Totes and learned that things aren’t so bad. Greg is a Nigerian Dwarf goat and has stunning blue eyes. He is our calmest goat – but when he gets excited he sure can move!
Josie and Millie joined us in September 2017. Josie was sent to auction – 5 years old- with her 3 babies. She had a bad case of mastitis and her udder was so swollen she could barely walk. Josie was emaciated and as we soon found out had a terrible tapeworm infestation. Josie and her one baby came to Black Goat Farm with her other two babies going to a farm with a good friend who bottle fed them. Josie quickly gained weight and confidence. It took her a long time to learn to trust us but she is now one of the first goats to the fence to see if we brought her any snacks. She is an amazing mother and we are happy that she will live the rest of her life with one of her children by her side.
Millie is Josies baby. Millie found herself in the auction when she was just 5 weeks old. Being a dairy doeling she would have been bought and gone into the dairy industry where she would have countless babies taken from her to keep her producing milk. Being so young she had no fear and quickly settled into BGF – making friends with Butters who had previously been the only girl goat here. Millie is a complete goofball and makes everyone laugh. Be careful bending down near her as she thinks the best view is from somebodies back!
Likes: Jumping on backs, chewing on gloves, walking on her back feet
Dislikes: Being alone
Opal and Pearl came to us right before Christmas. These two sisters found themselves looking for a home when their owners had to downgrade farms. These girls had been sharing a portion of a horse stall with 2 other pigs. “Mini Pigs” are a fad pet – much like potbelly pigs used to be. These pigs are not meant to be as small as they are advertised and often outgrow the advertised weight very quickly. This leads to many pigs abandoned and in shelters. Back yard breeding of these “mini pigs” is a big issue too. These girls will be spayed and we will never have to worry about adding to the population problems. Opal is the slimmer and more energetic of the sisters. Opal loves nothing more than running around in their field while Pearl slowly follows along.
Likes: Food , running, her sister
Dislikes: The Turkeys
Pearl is Opals larger and lazier sister. Having lived together prior to coming here they are very bonded. They spend evenings hiding under the straw bed they made together. Pearl is trying to lose some weight in the new year as she was over fed before coming here.
Likes: Food, digging holes, naps
Duckie is our special greeter. When most people pull in Duckie is not far behind to welcome them to our farm. Duckie came to us – the morning of our big move – at about a month old after being pulled through the bars of his cage by an animal overnight. Duckie was hatched as a solo duck and very imprinted on humans. This may seem cute but it is very upsetting for the animal and stressful as somebody cannot be with them 24/7. Duckie could not be left alone or he would scream and cry. Since we had no time with our move, Duckies grandma (My Mom) kept Duckie at her house for a couple weeks. My father was ill at the time and Duckie never left his side. From day one this little bird had so much spirit and will power. We were worried as his injuries were pretty severe but with lots of TLC he healed up wonderfully. Once things had settled down here Duckie moved to the farm and made his own duck friends. As much as he loves his new friends he would still rather be hanging out with his people.
Likes: Peas, Grapes, Baths
Dislikes: Snow, carrots
Major and Minnie
Major and Minnie-
Waffles is a flemish giant/ new zealand cross. This is a common mixed breed raised for meat. Waffles was only a couple months old when we rescued her. At a week old an animal had gotten into the baby’s enclosure and killed over 5 of her siblings. Waffles was left with a severely injured paw. The bone was broken in many places and her paw was so infected she was trying to chew it off. We had the option of amputating her paw (Not great recovery) or trying to heal the wound. Waffles had bandage changes every day with raw unpasteurized honey for almost 2 months. Because the bone had already healed by the time we got her her paw is now fused pointing upwards. She has no issues and runs around with the cats. Waffles is spayed and lives in the house – she loves her cats and dogs.
Likes: Popcorn, cats, paper towel rolls.
Dislikes: Chin tickles
Winston was the first of our hoarding situation babies. We picked up him and his sister on a cold Monday morning – we found out they were around 6 days old. Neither had been nursing and had been freezing in a cold drafty barn. We rushed both of them to the vets to have them checked . Winston had a horrible fever and severe pneumonia. His sister was comatose from malnutrition and hypothermia. We put in a jugular catheter, had her on fluids, antibiotics, and dextrose solution. She was tube fed as she could not nurse. Sadly she did not make it – my heart is still broken over her. Winston has adopted Molly as his little sister and keeps a close eye on her. He is the trouble maker of the bunch and we constantly have to keep an eye on him. He is basically a male Millie and it will be great when they can play together!
Moose and Molly
Moose and Molly were the next two babies we picked up from the same situation. When we got them (Top picture) They had spent the night on a barn floor . Their mother did not clean them or nurse them – she likely rejected them due to her lack of proper nutrition. Mother goats cannot produce milk for their babies without added protein and calories. Both babies were extremely cold – it took 4 hours to get them up to a body temperature where it was safe to try to feed them. Moose did great but Molly was about half his size and clearly weaker. She had an issue where her tongue would flip sideways and she was unable to latch onto her bottle. Lots of hours and coaxing and she eventually got the hang of it – however she was unable to stand and walk. Off to the vets we went! We tried antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and at first it seemed to be working. A couple days later though and she was worse than ever. We were very worried about her and took her back to the vets where we tried a much more heavy duty antibiotic and a week of anti-inflammatories. We had to give her injections every day for over a week which was not fun for either of us. She is on the upswing now and getting saucy and beating up the boys. She has received lots of TLC and is quite the little princess now. Moose is growing like a weed and we are sure he will be one of the biggest goats here when he is full grown! He is such a love bug and wants nothing more than kisses and cuddles.