Last week, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) found itself the owner of 46 goats, and it is currently looking to find homes for the animals. According to The Boston Globe, the animals were surrendered to the rescue group by an unnamed Western Massachusetts farmer, who was unable to handle the rapid breeding rate of the animals.
Since then, the MSPCA has been housing the goats at their Nevins Farm Facility in Methuen, Mass. The barn manager, Gia Barss, stated that she has rarely encountered a surrendering of this size. “It’s definitely one of the largest goat surrenders we’ve ever managed,” Barss states. She said the center is working “non-stop” to settle the herd into its new temporary home.
This herd of goats doesn’t come without its own set of problems, however. After closer inspection, the MSPCA discovered that many of the goats are suffering from coccidia, a contagious bacterial infection in the intestines, as well as other internal parasites. Barss states that infections like this aren’t uncommon in herds that go medically unchecked. She did report to The Boston Globe, however, that all of the animals are currently under treatment and healing appropriately.
Barss is hoping the animals will be adopted in the near future. The MSPCA is currently looking for adoption candidates who have experience caring for goats and bottle-feeding small animals, as several of the goats are pregnant or nursing. So, if you’re living in the Massachusetts or surrounding areas, and are looking to start a herd of your own, consider adopting from the MSPCA. These animals are all in need of a loving home.