Giggle with the Goats supports Goat Rescue & Sanctuary efforts by Non-Profits like New Moon Farm
New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need. Whether victims of financial difficulties, neglect or abuse, we are committed to taking in unwanted animals brought to us via owner surrender, as well as by animal control. In addition to caring for these animals, New Moon Farm strives to promote compassion and respect for all living creatures through a presence in the community and by offering educational opportunities.
Since taking in our first goat, Ziggy, in 1998, New Moon Farm has taken in, rehabilitated and found homes for over 1300 animals.
The Annual Goatalympics
Held annually, this free, family-friendly event is ridiculously fun! The Goatalympics is not your typical livestock event. Rather than focus on conformation and production, as seen at a typical County Fair, the Goatalympics is all about having fun with pet goats. Come watch goats and their people compete in foot races, obstacle courses and more. Take your guess as to who will win Best Trick, Most Spots, Longest Beard and other exciting contests. Vote in the People’s Choice Awards for Adult and Youth costume contests. Every year, this event gets bigger and better – 2015 drew a crowd of over 500 spectators, contestants and their goats. Participants of all ages, from toddlers to grandmas, entertained the crowd and had a great time doing it.
Of course, there are always adorable, adoptable goats at the Goatalympics for people to meet. In addition to being a fun celebration of goats, the Goatalympics helps to raise money for New Moon Farm.
More information is at: www.goatalympics.org
Open Barn days are held May through September on the first Saturday of every month from 1pm – 4pm. There are no more Open Barns in 2015, but we will be having a special Post-Christmas Open Barn January 9 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm for people to come visit, and drop off their Christmas trees for the goats! More details coming shortly.
Goats 101 Class
Every year, we offer several sessions of our popular “Goats 101” class. These all day, hands-on workshops are lots of fun, and packed with useful information. Topics include: living quarters and fencing, maintenance care (including taking vital signs, body condition scoring, hoof trimming, the latest information about deworming and fecal testing, and the importance of wellness exams), nutrition and feeding, toxic plants, first aid, and common diseases and ailments (what you can do, and when to call the vet).
There will be some “hands on” sections, where everyone will have the opportunity to trim hooves, take vital signs and check body condition. As this class is designed for pet goat owners, we will not be covering issues specific to breeding/kidding, or milk/meat production. The class size will be limited, to allow everyone a chance to participate and ask questions. All of the above listed topics will be covered at each session – it is not a series of classes.
All 2015 classes sold out. The dates for the 2016 classes will be set at the beginning of the year.