These regal old horse-friends join us from our old neighbors at Sammamish Animal Sanctuary. Cruiser is well over 30, and Bailey in her late 20s, and super sweet tempered. They’ll have a little visit with us at Half Full Farm while their pasture recovers.
There is a wonderful organization in our area – the Puget Sound Goat Rescue. In addition to rescuing goats from local slaughterhouses and taking in dozens of dairy & breeder cull babies every year, Puget Sound Goat Rescue takes in goats whose owners are no longer able to care for them, as well as goats found wandering as strays. They are led by the inspiring and wonderful Barbara, and 100% of donations go directly to animal care.
In their own words:
Puget Sound Goat Rescue is a 100% volunteer run, 501 (c)(3) registered charity. Each year, we rescue goats from a variety of situations where they are unwanted, mistreated, neglected or abused. The goats are cared for at the rescue until they are ready to be adopted to permanent, loving homes. Since its inception in 2001 we have rescued over 1,900 goats, averaging 200 per year in the last few years.
Our three grown goat boys – Statler, Waldorf & Beauregard – were adopted from PSGR in 2016, and we continue to volunteer and donate. Last year we fostered two baby Nubians (Beeker & Bunsen) for several months until they were adopted by their forever family, and so we were anxious to adopt more this season.
Traci made a rescue run last month for FIVE delightful little day-old Saanens, but they were too little come home with us.
But just in time for Easter, we drove down to PSGR and picked up Patrick and Hermie, 5-week old Nubians. They are still young enough to require bottle feedings 2-3 times per day, and they are lethally cute.
Goats make wonderful additions to your farm and family. If you are in the Greater Seattle area and are interested, please feel free to contact us or Puget Sound Goat Rescue directly for more information. If you don’t have the facilities or time to adopt or foster, then there are lots of other ways to support and get involved.