Meet our furry and feathered family!
Coming from a family who didn’t want to pay for her surgery to amputate her leg, their alternative was to put her down. Fortunately, our former Board of Director vet at UC Davis called us and we raised the funds to get her leg amputated since she had a dislocated shoulder at such a young age. She came home to Goatlandia after her surgery doing a happy 3-legged dance. Poppy is one of our small therapy animals and can be found sitting on new friends laps daily. You can follow her on Instagram @poppythepixiegoat for her life adventure updates.
Henrietta was born in 2018 and was rescued from a pig farm. We are so lucky she did because she had a rough start to her young life; unable to use her front legs and suffering from burns on her back. Today she is doing well and making so many friends. She now lives with our 2 teenage goats and our tripod goat Finnegan while she grows up big and strong like the rest of our pig family. You can find them cuddling all together at night in their igloo.
Blue is black and white, but he has the most amazing blue eyes! He’s a wonderful and very outgoing Nigerian Dwarf goat. Blue is about 4 months old and is castrated and very healthy. He is super playful and spunky, and has recently been adopted out with his best friend Mocha!
Marla (on the right) and Dot (on the left) are mother and daughter. They are Nigerian Dwarf goats. They were rescued by us during the fire along with 25 chickens, and we fostered them for about a month. Around that time, their owners decided that they had such a good quality of life here with us, and due to their delay in getting back to their house, they decided to leave these animals in our care. They are now permanent residents here at Goatlandia.
Phineus and Ferb are three year old Oberhasli goat brothers that were adopted from a meat company owner who no longer wanted them. They are very sweet boys who love to graze fresh grass and are very friendly. They have recently been adopted out by a very kind gentleman in Sonoma. They have 5 acres to roam, livestock guardian dogs who protect them, and 20 other goat friends in their herd! They’re safe, happy, and loving life.
Tucker and Isaac are Oberhasli step-brothers who were born to a very small dairy operation. Tucker had a difficult birth and Isaac was premature. They were going to be killed at birth, simply because they are male and cannot produce milk. We were lucky to be able to save them, and everyone loves watching them bounce around and play! Here they are 10 months old hanging out on our goat yoga deck.
Mia was the very first goat that came to Goatlandia. She was from a dairy farm in the area. She is the matriarch of the herd; and she's a fantastic eater! She only has one waddle, and she has a very mellow personality and always content.
Mia's photo taken by Isabella La Rocca
Stella was the third goat to come to Goatlandia. Her and her sister Tessa came the same day.. as little kids. They were extras from a dairy, and they were bottle fed here and given lots of love and room to play!
Tessa is Stella's sister. They were both extras at a dairy farm. Tessa is a bit smaller than Stella, but with a pretty big personality. She loves to make noise during certain times of the year, and is often by Stella's side.
Duncan was born into a dairy farm, but he was sick with scours since birth. Many male goats are extra anyway in dairy, but a small, sick male would've certainly met a swift end. We adopted Duncan, nursed him back to health with probiotics and lots of care, and today he is healthy and happy. He's definitely one of our most slender and svelte goats, but is thriving!
Saanens are known for their gentle nature, but Nigel was even more than that. He was a special caprine soul, and an inspiration to many. He unfortunately had urinary tract stones and died at age 3 from this in 2015 despite many attempts to fix this common male goat problem. He was a magnificent soul, and touched the hearts of everyone who met him, including the staff at UC Davis who voted him the best goat (patient) ever. He will be forever in our hearts.
Noll was from a breeder who shows goats, and wasn't wanted. But we wanted him and he's so happy here! He is a funny goat; he grunts a lot instead of bleating.
Guy was adopted from a diary. He was an extra un-needed male, so he found his way to Goatlandia :) He is a very serious and in charge goat, and likes to sit up high and watch everything.
La Mancha and Alpine Mix
Noah was a backyard goat. His companion goat died, and his guardians decided that Noah seemed lonely and maybe it was time for a break from goat ownership. I adopted him, and he was very shy at first. It took weeks for me to be able to touch him. Now, he is very outgoing! He likes to play with me like I'm a goat :) He and Rainey are BFF's :)
Rita is a beautiful Alpine doe who was born on a dairy farm. She was not desired for dairy operations, so we adopted her in 2013. She has really great markings and some of the biggest goat ears around!
Rainey was born to a breeder and vet. She is unable to reproduce due to problems with her reproductive system, and was unwanted. Fortunately, we managed to save her from slaughter just in time. She has turned out to be a wonderful goat; very friendly, the consummate greeter, and is BFF's with Noah. She loves to go on walks and adventures, and is a fantastic ambassador goat. Be careful though, she'll try to lay in your lap!
Lina is our littlest goat, but she has the classic La Mancha fiery personality. She was from a dairy breeder, but she was a runt and unwanted due to her small size, and inferred lower milk output. Lina was brought to Goatlandia as a 3 week kid, and is happy and healthy.
Ruby was born to folks who showed goats and used them for dairy milk production. Ruby had an underbite, and this made her undesirable for show. She was brought here and raised from a small kid. She eventually grew out of her underbite, and is perfectly beautiful and normal. She is a very playful Saanen girl, and has the cutest black spots on her ears!
Cocoa was from a breeder, milk producer, and show goat group. She has a birth defect of an extra teat, so was unwanted. Saved from slaughter, Cocoa is free from harm and is one of our more mature, independent goats. She has a very strong mind and is happy hanging out with the group and on her own.
Luna and Chanel were two Nubian does that were purchased and raised by a 4H student. (4H and FFA programs are designed to teach children about animal agriculture, and quite often the project animals who are raised in these programs, most often pigs, cows and Boer goats, are sold at county fairs and slaughtered after their purchase. It’s a difficult and traumatic experience for the students in some cases.) Luna and Chanel are dairy goats, so they wouldn’t have been slaughtered, but the student still wanted them to have a safe and loving forever home with other goats. Luna and Chanel are now permanent residents of Goatlandia, and they have so many friends now; human and caprine. They are very sweet girls and are always seen together when they are sleeping, eating, and sunbathing.
Max is a Shetland Romney lamb who was born to a breeder. He is blind, and was sadly unwanted because of his disability. But we believe that all animals with disabilities deserve a happy life, just like we humans. A very kind lady saved him, and found a home for him with us. He is doing very well, and is growing up with his friends. He loves getting food in his beard to save a snack for later
Spot is known for his one black spot on his neck and his sweet eyes. He likes to yawn in the sun and talks a lot! Our friend Erica at Flat Broke Farms rescued him and called us to let us know she had found a friend for our blind lamb Max to have a companion. They are now best of friends and always have food in their beard.
Miniature Painted and Julianna mix
Sheldon was purchased by a family when he was a piglet. It’s common for people to get piglets as pets, but as is often the case, they change their minds when the piglet becomes a full grown pig. We adopted Sheldon from his guardians, and when he got home into a pasture with lots more space than he was used to, he became very happy. He’s a bit shy around people, but he definitely enjoys his four female pig friends!
Gigi and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months. Gigi is the extrovert of the pig family here at Goatlandia! She adores people and is often the first to say hi to visitors. She LOVES belly rubs as they all do, and will often be the first to plop down and roll over for one.
This is Dippy, one of the four sisters that came to us. Dippy loves belly rubs and swiss chard leaves from the garden on a summer day. You can find her laying in the sun on top of her sister Gigi. Portia and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Portia is sisters with Brianna, but Portia is much bigger. She is our largest female pig, and has a relaxed and reserved personality. She's our big love. Portia and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Brianna is our smallest pig, and Portia's sister. She has the most wonderful full and wavy hair and such a sweet disposition! Despite her small size, she runs pretty darn fast to breakfast and dinner. Brianna and the three other female pigs were purchased by a man named Matt who was going to raise them all for meat. He named them and got too attached, and had a change of heart. We adopted them from him, and Matt still comes to visit the girls every couple of months.
Goatlandia is home to many chickens. They were adopted from different places and situations. Many of them are the common White Leghorn species used in egg production. You can see that their beaks have been clipped; an unfortunate and common practice in the industry. Despite their rough beginnings, some of these girls are very friendly and inquisitive. Some are still shy, and we respect their need to be chickens and give them plenty of space to roam, scratch, and fun around together.