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Comments On - Keeping Goats as Companions


Do you know of any diseases or conditions that could be passed from goats to humans that would be a concern for therapy work? I saw something about taking care with pregnant women, young children and immune comprised folks and goats.
Karen, Butler, NJ
Posted: 8/13/2015 8:41:41 PM
I have a male "pole" Boer /Nigerian Dwarf cross that I've raised since he was 9 wks old. Before I could find him 2 goats to share his enclosure with, he took up residency with my outdoor dogs (where he resides today). I want to use him as a Therapy goat but can't for the life of me find information on how to do so. Are they required to not drop berries inside schools /nursing homes, etc.? I'm also looking for requirements and how to register him as a Therapy goat. Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
Julie, Garner, NC
Posted: 6/22/2015 12:02:19 PM
Hi Garet,
Pygmy and Kinder goats would be good starter breeds.
Urban Farm Editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 3/16/2015 6:49:03 AM
Here in Nashville, goats are actually prohibited as pets without special approval from Metro. They're still considered "livestock." With that being said, I have fallen in love with goats. Is there a best "starting" breed for someone who wants one as a companion?
Garet, Nashville, TN
Posted: 3/13/2015 5:33:33 AM
Goats make wonderful pets. They are devoted and super intelligent. And mischievous!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 11/2/2014 12:07:26 AM
Pet goats really are the best.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 4/18/2014 12:31:11 PM
Interesting
a', Houston, TX
Posted: 3/23/2014 7:03:17 AM
The Delta Society / Pet Partners program no longer registers goats as therapy animals.

http://www.petpartners.org/team_prerequisites
Kitty, OAKLAND, CA
Posted: 1/8/2014 9:28:23 AM
I've always wanted a pet goat! But I'm not sure it'd work for me - I have a 10 square foot lot (~1/3 acre) and am an avid gardner. Wouldn't a goat eat my entire yard/garden?
Odin, Petaluma, CA
Posted: 1/7/2014 4:04:47 PM
I would love to see articles here about the hair sheep that are as easy to keep as goats and have just as many advantages... possibly easier to keep and are wonderful companions.
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 6/27/2013 6:19:53 PM
Looking forward to the day my city allows us to keep them even as pets!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 6/6/2013 7:24:22 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 9/16/2012 7:57:11 AM
I agree wholeheartedly! I live on 6 acres of property where someone else keeps their goats and I get to help out. I have befriended wild ones as well as babies and they are the sweetest animals! I wish more people would buy them as pets rather then eating them :(
Jamee, Makawao, HI
Posted: 8/31/2011 1:29:54 PM
I would love the fresh milk!
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 7/27/2011 6:45:30 AM
Beautifull, I love unconventional pets, I dont have a goat but a potbelly pig and she is the best, a lot of work but that makes it better.
Tracy, Bonham, TX
Posted: 3/6/2011 10:20:56 AM
what a wonderfully written article makes me want a goat
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 11/19/2010 10:10:15 PM
I absolutely love the idea of having goats as part of my backyard micro-farm. I'm definitely going to look into it more. Great article!
Sara, Boise, ID
Posted: 7/12/2010 1:32:01 PM
My future goats, like all my livestock, will be treasured as pets, too. I love their antics and can't wait to add goats to my homestead.
Patti, Vincennes, IN
Posted: 6/23/2010 4:10:57 AM
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