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Olaf is our king goat and he lets everyone know who’s the boss! In the summer of 2019 we were approached by the owners of another sanctuary about whether we could rehome some of their rescued goats. Although we were not exactly prepared for goats (as they can be quite the escape artists) we agreed to take 3 as the shelter we had could only comfortably fit that many. We proceeded to ‘goat-proof’ a paddock in preparation for their arrival. Shortly after the goats arrived, they started living up to their reputation – playing and plotting their escapes each day and certainly kept us on our toes (and even sometimes have outsmarted us). We learned that Olaf and his bonded partner Daisy (both Nubian goats) came from a ‘petting zoo,’ which unlike a farm sanctuary, animals are used for profit and are then typically disposed of when they are no longer of use. However, at our farm sanctuary, our goats are not ‘used’ and they are free to be who they want to be. And we let Olaf be the goat he wants to be.
Daisy, as the bonded partner of Olaf, and his ‘other-half,’ balances out their relationship with more gentleness and sweetness. However, she also has a sneaky side and she will not hesitate to escape if the opportunity arises. If Daisy would not have been rescued by that other farm sanctuary, she would likely have been disposed of with little to no regard when she was no longer of use. Or she may have been used for her milk production with her kids taken away after birth, just like dairy cows, and then sent for slaughter when her milk production dropped. Thankfully, she was saved from this fate and she will get to live out her natural life with the rest of her goat family.
Maxwell was originally rescued through a SPCA seizure and then was rehomed by a sanctuary and then made his way to Eden`s Way Farm Sanctuary along with Daisy and Olaf in 2019. He is a pygmy goat who makes up for his small stature by a big adorable personality as well as his cunning escape plans. He is also the most vocal of the goats and he does not hesitate to let us know when he wants something or if something is not quite right. Maxwell loves to play and tussle with the other goats and greet visitors with his irresistible charm.
Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary
Located approximately 30 minutes east of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada