Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary, a home for abandoned farm animals.Caring for abused and neglected farm animals at MVFAS in Northeast Kingdom Vermont


About the Residents of the Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary

Lily is a miniature goat, known as a pygmy goat, with Oreo cookie markings. She is one of three of the smallest of the little goats. She is tiny but feisty and can be found instigating her siblings and mother to play; butting heads, running, and bucking about the pen.

Pepper is a wise old Alpine goat. He was seized from a neglectful owner by a local humane society. He came to us very malnourished, at that time you could see all of his ribs, and his hooves were very badly overgrown. Initially, Pepper was very distrustful of humans but with patience and consistent gentle care he has come to learn that we are his friends and are here to give him a good life. He is now healthy and receives regular care to maintain appropriate body and hoof condition and treat arthritis; presumably set off by a combination of old age and due to the extent of time he spent in previous neglect taking a toll on his body. Pepper enjoys butting heads with his other pals in the goat pen and soaking up the sunshine. He appreciates his blankets in the winter-time to keep him warm and cozy


Luke is one of the two larger male pygmy goats. He has very handsome, long symmetrical horns and a very proud demeanor. He loves to be scratched all over and to romp around with his brother and sisters, butting heads.




Leesil is the largest of the pygmy goats. He is friendly and often asks people to scratch his head. He, along with the other goats, eats a healthy and well regulated diet of hay and grain but enjoys small snacks of white bread. Here he is with his donkey friend, Emma..



Julie is one of the smaller pygmy goats, along with Lily and Matilda. She has a beautiful buttermilk coat and an intense curiosity, though is the most skittish of the goats. She is particularly fond of Melvin and was the first goat that he bonded with upon arriving at the sanctuary.

  • The female goat is called a “doe” or “nanny.”
  •  The male goat is called a “buck” or “billy.”
  • A castrated male goat is called a “wether.”
  • A baby goat is called a “kid.”
  • The life span of a goat is on average 8-12 years.
  • Goats do not have teeth in their upper front jaw.
  • Both male and female goats can have beards.
  • Baby goats (kids) are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born.
  • Goats do not like to get wet and will seek shelter if it is raining.
  • Counter to the dominant stereotype about goats being willing to eat anything, they are actually very picky eaters. They have very sensitive lips, which they use to “mouth” things in search of clean and tasty food. They will often refuse to eat hay that has been walked on or lying around loose for a day.
  • Goats are herd animals and will become depressed if kept without any goat companions. So, it is unhealthy for a goat if a family just owns one as a pet.

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