MSPCA looking for homes for several goats

METHUEN, MA (WHDH) - The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is actively seeking adopters after recently receiving a large amount of goats.

On May 12, the Nevins Farm facility received 35 goats of varying ages – babies to adults – after a former owner was forced to surrender them. The owner, whose name was not released, was overwhelmed with his growing population of the animals on his Western Massachusetts farm.

Over the next several days, 11 more goats showed up from the same farm, bringing the total to 46. The MSPCA says it is one of the single-largest goat surrenders in the history of the organization. The goats are a combination of Alpine, Pygmy, and Angora mixes.

Many of the goats tested positive for Coccidia, which is a contagious bacteria that causes intestinal problems. The goats also tested positive for round, whip and tape worms. But the goats are responding well to treatment since being brought to the Nevins Farm facility.

In addition, 10 of the babies, or “kids,” are still nursing, and some of the female goats are pregnant. The MSPCA is housing the females separately from the males, and the males are scheduled to be neutered.

The MSPCA is reaching out to potential adopters, as space at Nevins Farm is at a premium. The facility asks that adopters have goat care experience and an understanding of the goats’ need for socialization. Adopters should also have other farm animals on their property and be willing to take at least two of the goats.

Anyone with specific questions can contact barnstaff@mspca.org.

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