Charlie was born on a farm in Florida and managed to get one of his back legs so tightly entangled in rope or netting that it cut off the circulation until his leg fell off. Rather than treat his painful, infected leg, the farmer sent him to auction where a good samaritan bought him and took him to a rescue there where he was stabilized, his remaining infected stump was amputated and we arranged transport here. He was terrified and miserable until he met the llamas and became their official mascot. Now, he's so healthy and energetic that people who meet him in person often don't notice that he has only three legs!
Clyde came to us after ending up at a German Shepherd rescue in Florida. What he lacks in height, he makes up with his impressive horns! He was totally unsocialized when he got here and wanted nothing to do with us or any of the other animals. However, once Clyde settled in, he became one of our friendliest animals. He greets all of our visitors at the fence and you will frequently see him pictured with the other animals (of all species) around the farm.
Delilah is 3/4 Boer and 1/4 Kiko goat and those are both large breed goats. As a tiny baby on a farm in Georgia she was injured and lost the lower part of her left rear leg. Big goats do not do well with missing limbs so Delilah wears a prosthetic leg for most of the day. It's pink camo so she looks very stylish wearing it. Delilah is a happy, active girl who loves people and is best friends Charlie, our other tripod goat.
Drogo was rescued and bottle fed along with his sister, Dae. He had a happy life as more of a family pet than a pasture goat. However, his rescuer graduated from school and moved across the country to start her career and couldn’t take him with her so he came to live here at FSFS. He came with his sister Dae who has since crossed the rainbow bridge but Drogo is an easy-going guy who has many goat friends so he's never lonely. We love his big heart and beautiful blue eyes.
Honey Bun is just as sweet as her name implies. She’s a little shy and quiet but happily spends her days with Johanna and Vivian and whoever else happens to be around. She is one of our least pushy goats and will happily wait her turn if we’re handing out treats – this kind of patience is a rare trait in goats so she definitely lives up to her name.
Johanna is a sweet solid brown girl. When you see her from a distance, you’d swear she’s a deer! Johanna loves to hang out with Vivian and Honey Bun but she also likes to snuggle with her dad, Swashi. She’s a quietly friendly girl who happily greets guests and loves the opportunity to get some extra treats every now and then.
Little Knuckles (tough name for this little survivor) was rescued by a good samaritan who found him cast aside on a farm as a tiny baby. As a male kid, he was not as valuable as his twin sister, so he was almost certainly doomed to die. His rescuer grabbed him up, took him home, bottle fed him and nursed him to health. He was a house goat along with her and her husband's pot belly pigs and dogs. But Knuckles grew and it became clear that he needed some goat friends and plenty of room to just be a goat and so he came to us.
Merlin came to us with his friend Arthur as the very first two goats to get to FSFS in 2016. Arthur died of old age in January, 2018 making Merlin the OG (original goat) of FSFS. As OG, Merlin happily assumed the role as mentor to all arriving goats - showing them around and introducing them to the others. He's a friendly, extrovert who wants to say hello to everyone who comes his way. Merlin is definitely the alpha of the goat herd. When treats are handed out, Merlin is first in line and nobody challenges him but the rest of the time, he's just one of the gang.
Nadine came to us with Lambert when their owner could no longer afford to care for them. We think that Nadine and Lambert might be brother and sister but we're not really sure about their relationship other than that the two of them are some of the most tightly bonded pairs we've ever had here. Nadine is clearly the alpha in their relationship, carefully shepherding Lambert around to meet all of the animals they've encountered here at FSFS. Nadine is a friendly girl who loves people. She'll be one of the first to greet you if you come to the fence and she'll love you forever if you just happen to have a treat for her.
Swashi came with an accompanying entourage when his owner went through a divorce and had to find homes for some of her animals. I especially love his polka dots. Despite his role as patriarch, Swashi is one of the most gentle, calm goats at the farm. He is always happy to just sprawl out in the pasture and keep an eye on things. He's a very special goat and definitely a farm favorite.
Totes was found wandering alone in a neighborhood in northern Indiana. When a search failed to find anyone who was missing a goat, he was taken in by a humane society employee until she could no longer care for him. Totes made his way to our sanctuary in May, 2017. As the tallest goat at the farm he definitely stands out in a crowd. There are many, many pictures of Totes because he never fails to strike a pose when he sees anyone coming his way. He's got a truly lovable unique personality and we’re pretty sure he thinks he’s a dog.
Vivian is the mother to Weston and is an easy-going goat who is friend to everyone on the farm. She spends most of her time with Johanna and Honey Bun but is one of those laid back, undemanding types who has no enemies, only friends. When I hand out treats, I always take extra care that this sweet lady gets one because she's likely to hang back and let everyone else eat them first. She is a quiet, gentle goat and very easy to love.
Weston is the son of Swashi and Vivian and he quickly adopted little Knuckles as a brother. Weston is a lovable mess! He's definitely one of our most mischievous goats. He is usually the first to try and steal a treat from your pocket or off of the back of RJ (the RTV) when you’re not looking but he has a big heart and loves people. His big ears that look like floppy wings when he runs just add to his charm. He’s just a big goofy boy.