In Lewis County, Wash., more than two dozen goats who were voluntarily released from a local farm are on the mend and looking to find new homes.
Dozens of animals were rescued from a Centralia, Wash. property last week in response to a Facebook campaign. The owners voluntarily released their horses and goats. The horses are currently available for adoption.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Nick Cockrell of the Washington State Livestock Coalition discussed the rescue and rehoming efforts with these animals. According to Cockrell, the goats will be available for an adoption fee of $40 each.
“These goats appear to be a combination of Alpine, pygmy, and Nubian, but perhaps have other breeds combined,” Cockrell explained.
“We still have approximately 25 remaining to re-home, and most of them are bucks. There are a few does and at least two of them are pregnant.
"Goats have a 5 month gestation period and we believe that these does are at least 3 months pregnant.”
According to Cockrell, the goats are currently housed on the Littlerock, Wash., farm of Harry Magana (who is also pictured in the photos).
Harry can be reached at (360) 789 8588 if you are interested in adopting one of the goats.
Cockrell discussed the Washington State Livestock Coalition’s rescue strategy.
“We moved the goats to make room to better manage the studs,” he explained.
“We intend to geld them next week, depending upon the availability of the veterinarians. Once gelded, we will post these horses on the auction horse website.
"Most of the studs have never been haltered, so the process of injecting anesthesia may be problematic, but we will probably fashion a squeeze chute to temporarily immobilize them.
"Our concern is that most people don’t want to adopt or buy a stud – particularly ones that have not been handled – so getting them gelded now makes the whole process easier and hopefully will make them easier to handle in the future," he added.
Updates to this story, including further information on the goats, horses, and those involved with the rescue, will be posted as they occur.
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