Goats Prance Through Grass Again Thanks to Brilliant Barn Rescue


Written by Patricia Hughes of New York

A few years ago while I assisted a cat rescue group trap barn cats in a trap-neuter-release (TNR) project, I wandered into the back room ofa large barn and found two goats sittting in old hay. I found it strange that they did not stand or try to move away. The property owner said that they were pygmy fainting goats (Abbot and Costello) who could no longer stand up because he did not know how to care for their hooves. I took one look at the gnarled elongated hooves and nearly cried. It seemed bad enough that this man had let the cats multiply out of control (we spayed and neutered over 70 cats) but to neglect these goats so severely was horrid.

I had a friend who raised goats and called her from the barn on my cell phone. She related that what I had described was severe ‘foundering’ and needed immediate attention.

Well, it took six visits gently cutting back the hooves of each goat. On our sixth visit, as we drove toward the barn, Abbott and Costello came dancing down the hill and butted us for sheer joy! (Image above is representative as no image of the real Abbot and Costello was available)

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Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

If the man didn't know how to care for their hooves he should have called a vet. If he didn't want to pay for proper care he should have given them away to someone who would take care of them!! You should have called the Humane Society or someone else. They should have been taken away from him and he should have been charged with animal cruelty!!

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Thank you for helping make these two goats' lives happy again.

Marieanne Phillips

So good to see and hear about them having the life they deserve.

Carrie Anne Brown

great article, thanks for sharing :)

jackie w.
Jackie w5 years ago

Just brilliant! Thankyou, Patricia!

Robin R.
Robin R5 years ago

Good for you! Lucky that you knew someone who knew what to do! But the goats really should have been taken away from such a neglectful owner and put into a situation where they will not slowly revert back to their original state. I hope someone is monitoring that they stay healthy.

Libby Connor
L Connor5 years ago

Just love these goats and so happy for them. Bless them and their rescuers.

tracey p.
tracey p5 years ago

Thank goodness that these goats got the help they needed. wonderful!

Kari Knabe
Kari Knabe5 years ago

YAY Patricia!!!

federico bortoletto

Grazie per la bellissima storia.