Skittles, Nat, Ruby, Latte and Tommy
All 5 of our goats have their own unique take on neglect.
Our little family of goats is made up of a set of triplets, an abattoir escapee and abandoned pet but together they have found themselves in a loving family with the other animals at Furever Farm.
The triplets, Tommy, Latte and Ruby, came to the farm when less than a week old after a being noticed on their own, huddling under a tree on a property in the far North. With their mother nowhere to be found these triplets faced a certain death from either starvation or as a result of being picked off by foxes. These triplets were luckier than they could have ever realised as even if their mother had been around goats can rarely feed more than two offspring at a time, meaning one would have died anyway. After being brought to Furever Farm they became 'house goats' for a short time while we kept them warm and their bellies full. If you thought puppies could be naughty, then you've never had goats! Our little kids played with, nibbled and jumped on everything. Little ruby left a nice dent in the bonnet of the car. Once old enough they were moved into the paddock where they continue to jump all over their shelter.
While in pens at the Lobethal slaughterhouse Skittles took matters into his own hands and escaped certain death, making a break for the township. After several weeks living under a newly built house Skittles was finally captured and surrendered to us. As you would expect, Skittles was not great with other animals or around humans as the only places he had known were anxiety ridden places and all the humans he had known would have treated him incredibly roughly. Rehabilitating frightened animals is a long journey but after 6 months we are now able to get close enough to pat him while we bring him his food, he's come a long way from the boy that ran terrified from the slaughterhouse.
Nat is the last goat to have joined us a Furever Farm and when she arrived, abandoned by her owner, she was in a terrible state. Her fur was over long and matted and her hooves were overgrown and causing her pain. One foot was particularly bad and had actually caused her to change the way she walked, because it hurt so much. After a haircut and some hoof maintenance she was much more comfortable and ongoing care of her affected hoof has seen it improve dramatically. She may be the newest arrival but in her short time at the farm Nat has established herself as the matriarch in the goat enclosure.
How can you help our goats?
Looking after 5 goats is an expensive business. It costs approximately $2000 - $3000 a year to feed, shelter, medicate and entertain these guys and it just would not be possible without your generous support.
A $10 donation is enough to help feed the goats for a week, $15 helps covers a week of food and leaves some left over for animal maintenance, vet care and improvements to the shelter.
Help us look after Tommy, Latte, Ruby, Skittles and Nat at Furever Farm.