Meet Josie! Back in 2022, we received a call about a newborn goat struggling with mobility problems. We offered to cover the vet expenses to get a diagnosis so she could stay with her mom and sibling, but the family wasn’t interested in the possibility of caring for long-term special needs baby so they surrendered her to us. We were happy to welcome this sweet 5 1/2 lb 2-day-old baby into our care. After a few months with us, she has already started growing into her incredible ears and horns!
Meet Wallace, Gromit, and Timmy, who we rescued after they were dumped and discarded. Timmy was suffering from severe skin issues that required daily treatment and can flare up and need repeated care. They are all Myotonic goats (or mix) frequently referred to as "fainting" goats. Myotonic goats have a congenital genetic defect that causes a delay in the relaxation of muscles following involuntary movements, such as being startled. The stiffened leg muscles can cause them to fall over. They do not faint! They are fully conscious when they fall, unable to move their legs in order to stand up. Sadly humans began to purposely breed for this defect for meat because the myotonic defect also causes denser muscle mass. They are often bred with other commercial stock because a goat that is at least 50% Myotonic will produce up to 10% more meat. Farmers also liked that the defect makes them unable to jump fences.
Evelyn, Myrtle, and Ester Ray arrived with their mother Birdie when they were only ten days old. We had to bottle feed Ester Ray around the clock because her mother didn't have enough milk to nurse them all, which often happens with multiple births. The triplets were luckier than most animals and got to live, love, and be raised by their mom until her passing from cancer. Now, years later, they are still so cute—even if sometimes they are a trouble-making trio!
Meet Gretta, a beautiful Boer and Nubian mix goat who was rescued at 12 weeks old on her way to a livestock auction. When raised for meat, goats are usually slaughtered at 12-20 weeks of age even though their natural life span is 12-14 years. Luckily Gretta gets to enjoy a long peaceful life at the sanctuary.
In September of 2020, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary was forced to evacuate over 200 animals during the Oregon fires. When the sanctuary was no longer in danger and the animals were able to return, Gretta became scared and ran off as she was being loaded for transport by others. It took 12 long days and 11 scary nights of searching by land, water, air, and much heartache before Gretta walked herself up to a local business and we were able to bring her home. We are forever grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers and board members that searched tirelessly to bring Gretta home!
Best friends Kodiac Jack and Neptune came to Green Acres together many years ago at just 12 weeks old. They were rescued hours before going to the livestock auction to be sold as food. When raised for meat goats are slaughtered at 12-20 weeks old even though their natural life span is 12-14 years. In the United States, an estimated 1.4 million goats are slaughtered each year and about 1.2 million goats are slaughtered for food each day around the world. Kodiac and Neptune are the lucky ones that escaped this fate and were given the chance to live their own lives. Always together over the years, these two are still the best of friends.
A birthday wish saved the life of this 3-month-old visually impaired baby. All Emily wanted for her birthday was to save an animal’s life so she and her family braved the Eugene Livestock Auction to make that wish come true. This baby was the last goat in the pen, after being trampled and frightened, no one wanted to bid on him. He was clearly scared, sick, and unable to see. His fate was imperial so for just $6 Emily saved his life. One can only imagine what this little baby's first months of life had been like if he could be dumped at an auction blind and sick. Because of his special needs, we were happy to be able to take him in and provide a safe and nurturing environment. Emily’s birthday wish was the gift of a happy ending for a sick and scared baby goat. With time, both the virus and eye infection cleared and Shams got his full vision back.
We got a call from a family in desperate need of help after a frightened goat showed up on their long private road. A place where stolen cars have been dumped in the past because of the remote location and the family assumed this goat was abandoned too. They had called every neighbor from acres and miles around but no one was missing him. We were glad to set up to help this sweet young goat we named Lincoln after the road he was rescued on. In many places, sanctuaries are the only resource the public and farm animals have. Lincoln was both incredibly lonely but also so scared of everything he would shake. Since then Lincoln has joined our goat herd and is finding his place among new friends. From abandoned and lonely to safe and loved.
Meet Griffin! Several years ago Green Acres Farm Sanctuary assisted law enforcement in a large seizure of animals from a cruelty and neglect case. Griffin and his mother, Trista, were two of the lucky ones that were rescued that day, and despite having lifelong health issues they have been thriving at Green Acres ever since. Griffin was born free at Green Acres Farm Sanctuary and will never be viewed as a product, a breeder, or a paycheck. Griffin’s life is his own now and always.
Meet the young goat full of character that we named Bob. He was found alone and when all efforts to locate his home failed, we were happy to help Bob. We have provided him with much-needed veterinary care. It is thanks to donations and volunteers that Green Acres Farm Sanctuary is able to give a safe home to lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals like Bob. Our goat herd is always growing.
Meet Marilyn, a young goat that showed up on the doorstep of an elderly couple's home refusing to leave but terrified of people. When they were unable to locate where she came from, we were called to provide a safe home. Marilyn has warmed up to people and enjoys being part of our herd.