Thank you for your interest in adopting a goat and/or sheep from Best Friends. If this will be your first, there are a few things to consider.
Goats can live up to eighteen years, and sheep up to twelve. Goats are browsers, and like to eat leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs (as well as their daily timothy hay). Some plants are toxic to goats and sheep, so research the plants and weeds in your yard or pasture. Goats can be great lawn mowers, but to have a happy and healthy goat we require them to be more than just your weed-eater. Goats are incredibly smart, playful, and curious, and need quality human interaction almost as much as they need other goats to be with.
These amazing climbers require secure, tall, and predator-proof fencing and a shelter to go into at night or in inclement weather. The more pasture or acreage the better; goats and sheep are active and interested in new surroundings. Be prepared to secure your fencing every so often: Some goats and sheep enjoy their antics and can find a seemingly impossible escape route.
We want you to have a successful experience with your goat and/or sheep, so we recommend that you research, talk to your veterinarian, and talk to “goat people” about what it’s like to have a goat. Learn as much as you can before you make a final decision about whether or not these animals will fit into your lifestyle.
We also understand that unfortunate circumstances may disrupt your best intentions. In the event that you find it impossible to keep your goat and/or sheep, we require that you return to Best Friends Animal Society any animal you’ve adopted, at your expense, no matter how much time has passed since the initial adoption. Best Friends animals may never be sold or given to a third party.
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