Goats are friendly and affectionate animals. They make life-time friendships and are very family-oriented. They enjoy spending time with the other goats, but will also approach human visitors in a curious and friendly fashion.
Basil is a Boer goat, a breed raised for meat. She was rescued from a live meat market in the Bronx. She was very leery of human contact when she first arrived at the farm but now loves to play and jump on hay bales. She actually loves to be the clown in the group and do silly acrobatic stunts on any prop she can find.
She loves fresh baby carrots and other treats, and you will often find her standing on her hind feet reaching into the branches of a tree to get the leaves. She is such a pro, that she has taught baby Boomer the same trick.
Bessie and Milo
Bessie and Milo are a mother and son pair of dairy goats rescued from Coney Island, NY where they were being kept illegally and about to be slaughtered.
Male kids are usually slaughtered since they can’t produce milk and are an expense to keep. Luckily, Bessie did not lose her son and they sleep snuggled up every night in the barn. Both goats are gentle, inquisitive, and very playful and we are thrilled to be able to offer them a lifelong home.
Boomer is a Boer (meat) goat born at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary on July 9, 2008 to a beautiful and loving mother, Matilda.
Matilda became pregnant while crowded into a live market in the Bronx from where she was rescued. She was loaded with parasites and had a serious viral infection and was very frightened of humans when she first arrived. With medication, frequent veterinarian visits, and great nutrition, Mattie, as we call her, got well, but her stomach continued to get bigger. Several vet visits couldn’t confirm her pregnancy, but on July 9 she delivered a beautiful baby boy.
Boomer looks very much like his mom. He has long ears and a white streak up his face. Soon after being born, he got up and wobbled around his stall. It didn’t take him long to find his mother’s milk, and he soon was jumping and twisting and leaping around playfully. Boomer is a lucky boy; had his mom been slaughtered in the live market he would never have been born at all, or if he had been born in a feedlot or auction pen prior to being shipped to the live market, he would have been allowed to live only a few months.
Unlike Mattie, Boomer has never known anything but loving human contact; he is not afraid like his mom was, and in fact he loves to play with humans, big and little. With Boomer’s birth, his mom has become trusting and loving too, seeing that humans can nurture and care for animals, especially her handsome son.
Daisy, Violet and Astro
Daisy, Violet, and Astro are three Dwarf Nigerian Goats. Daisy and Violet had lived together with one family for 11 years and Astro has been with them for all his three years. The family was moving and didn’t want to take the goats with them; we were happy to welcome them to our sanctuary in 2012.
Dwarf Nigerian goats are like pets because they are small, friendly, and inquisitive. Unfortunately, they sometimes can be discarded just as easily as pets. Astro is very playful, Violet is the most inquisitive, and Daisy, despite some arthritis, is always in good spirits. She is an inspiration to all of us!
Duncan is a pygmy goat who was transferred to Safe Haven along with Isadora after their daring escapade from the jaws of death to freedom.
Still a young fella, he is having a blast exploring the pastures and forests here at the sanctuary. He and Isadora are inseparable and cry loudly if they are apart for even a few seconds, showing the bond forged by their shared adventure. He’s a little guy with a big attitude!
Isodora is a runaway Boer goat from one of the Borough’s live markets, places where animals are hand-selected by customers and slaughtered on site. She was found along with her friend and co-escapee, Duncan, seen at the intersection of the Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95 South.
After spending her recovery time at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY, she and Duncan were transferred to Safe Haven just in time to be our first residents in our new barn.
Matilda, a Boer goat, was rescued from a live meat market in the Bronx, where she had been kept in a crowded pen awaiting slaughter. She was very sick upon her arrival at the farm, infested with parasites, and had contracted a viral illness. We later found out that she had been impregnated while on the way to slaughter, so she would have been killed along with her unborn baby.
Even after arriving safely at the farm, it took her awhile to trust people. She was checked and treated by the vet, and received, probably for the first time, gentle loving care and delicious, healthy food. She gradually lost her fear of humans, and started running and jumping in the pastures and nibbling cranberries and blueberries from human hands. Over time, it became apparent that Mattie was pregnant and she delivered a beautiful baby boy, Boomer, in July.
Despite her youth, Mattie is a great mom, feeding and cleaning her handsome young baby and watching over him. Matilda has forgiven us humans and stands quietly while we pet her baby.