Animals of Bella View Farm Sanctuary are in need of caring people like you to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter and care costs.
When you choose to become a full care monthly sponsor to one of these special needs goats, you will be helping to provide feed, bedding, hay, minerals, baking soda, wormers.
With your tax deductible $35.00 full monthly sponsorship you will receive a beautiful color personal thank you photo-card of your sponsored friend, along with some other goodies, and frequent personal updates. You can also schedule visits to the farm to spend some quality time with them.
Whether it be $5, $10 - every bit helps the goats!
He and his sister were born on Valentine's Day. His sister was up and nursing right of way, but this little guy was lethargic and his moma wouldn't clean him. He was extremely small and couldn't hold his head up. The owners intervened at this point and brought him inside to dry him off, get him warm, and get him a bottle. he attempted to stand, but could not. After checking over the baby, they saw that he had been born missing his back hooves. less than 24 hours old, we were contacted about this baby, and he was immediately on his way to us. We are letting him get a little stronger first before attempting any therapy. He will most likely need prosthetics on his back legs, which will be several different pair to accommodate him as he grows.
This doesn't happen often, but Boz is our baby goat resident that can actually walk! His momma died will giving birth to him. He did not receive his mommas much needed colostrum to kick-start his immune system, nor did he have his navel dipped to prevent bacteria from entering through the navel. We're hopeful that we made it past any crucial "joint ill' that so easily can develop from bacteria entering the bloodstream through their navel. For these reasons he will always have a compromised immune system. We will forever have to keep a watchful eye on him, as he will be a candidate for many different diseases, that other goats with a healthier immune system can automatically fight off.
This beautiful boy came to us from Tennessee. Rocky had a very difficult birth. He was stuck in the birth canal and had to be pulled out by his jaw and leg. In doing so, which there was no other choice, he has a slight neurological issue and also cerebellar hypoplasia. His leg had also been dislocated, but has since been set into place. The part of his brain that controls activity and coordination was damaged. He cannot walk or stand, as he is very unbalanced. Daily therapy work with him to help him try to find his center of balance. We are hoping that because he is so young, that as he grows things will change for the better. Rocky is another one of our special needs residents that would benefit from a treadmill.
This guy is from Alabama. His mom died during kidding. They found him laying in the barn next to his momma, and immediately brought him into the house. They did not know that he needed colostrum to jump start his immune system, or that his navel needed to be dipped in iodine. From this Joey developed a case of "joint ill" from bacteria entering through the navel. Joey's front legs were bad. One had become contacted, and the other was weak in the knee to the point is was bending in an awkward way. They were told several times to just euthanize him, that he would never be able to walk. They were reluctant to do this, and reached out to us. When he got to us, we quickly wrapped his awkward bending knee to try to correct it. He had surgery on his contracted leg to straighten it. We were told that that leg would never bend. Lots of physical therapy in the bath tub, and lots of walks in his chair to build up those legs. Fast forward...Joey has now graduated to the goat barn and can walk and run!! Never give up the animals teach us! Joey is a very special little boy, something is different about him, in a good way. We found out that when he was first brought into the house, that 2 little girls lived in that house also, and loved on him to moon and back. He prefers being cuddled and with humans more than the other goats.
Baby Thor came into this world unable to stand. His previous owners tried everything within their means to help this little guy for the first 11 days of his life. He was treated for Goat Polio, Floppy Kid Syndrome, along with antibiotics, selenium, and supplements, but nothing seemed to help. Exhausting all ideas and treatments, they decided to bring him to us at Bella View Farm Animal Sanctuary and we took over his care. We continued his care under the supervision of our vet and are focusing on rehabilitating him so that he may heal and regain the ability to stand and walk again. Like a baby goat should! The first few weeks baby Thor was in our care, he had x-rays, chiropractic care on his spine and legs, supplements, and physical therapy, but he has not shown much progress. X-rays show that he may have 2 trauma points in his spine (?) and possible septicemia in his joint(?) He tries to stand, but falls limp. His will is strong, and he is growing. He has gained weight, his little horns have popped, and he has a voice when he's hungry! We just could not figure out what was wrong. We then took Thor to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he received an MRI. His prognosis was not good, it showed that he was born with an abnormal brain stem, cerebellum, and brain damage. They suggested euthanasia. We decided against that and want to give this baby a chance. We know that he will never be a "normal goat", and that's ok. He may never walk, he may always wear diapers, and that's ok. As long as this little man wants to be here, we will let him. He is definitely one of our more 'special' special needs animals, but he's so worth every moment. Baby Thor is very special, as he needs 24/7 care. He cannot walk, so his positions need to be changed throughout the day to prevent any pressure sores. He does not know how to drink, so we either sub Q him or syringe him. Wee wee pads and diapers are a necessity for him, and are always in constant need. If you ever meet this little boy, he will steal your heart.
A little Nubian named Gelly was 5 months old when she came to us. She is recovering from tetanus.
Goats can contract tetanus through puncture wounds, dis-budding, fights between bucks, dog bites, castration, tattooing, de-horning, and kidding difficulties (dystocia). The constant rubbing of the neck of a chained or tethered goat can produce skin lesions that result in tetanus. The majority of the time the goat the goat does not survive.
Gelly has beat the odds, she's a strong girl, and the love and care that her momma has given her I'm sure has helped her. It is very difficult and demanding not only physically, and emotionally, but financially as well to care for a special needs animal 24/7. We know this first hand. After nearly 4 months of care & treatments she has stalled in her recovery, and the decision was made to find a sanctuary that can take over the care for Gelly. She will need long term care. Gelly will need surgery on her legs to relieve the stiffness and afterwards physical therapy to help rebuild her muscles from months of not using them. This is going to be a long journey for her, but this little goat has spunk, and she is very determined.
Jaxon is a Boer goat that was surrendered to us when he was just a few weeks old. The last and littlest of 3 kids born, for some reason his mom refused to nurse him. He tried and cried, but she just ignored him and would headbutt him away if he got too close. His mom had to be physically held just so that he could nurse and get the much needed colostrum baby goats need to jump start their immune system. When that was no longer working she was milked and he then became a bottle baby. Not wanting to separate him just yet, they left the family together, but when his mom was physically trying to hurt him, he was removed for his safety. Not wanting to deal with the commitment of having a bottle baby, Jaxon was brought to us. We love bottle babies! As he grew we noticed a lump in his neck. Testing showed that it was possibly an overactive lymph node-maybe that's why his mom didn't want him? Jaxon continues to flourish here at the sanctuary, and has finally graduated to living in the barn with the rest of the goats. The other goats sometimes treat him a little differently, because they know that he was a bottle baby. We keep watch on that lump, but so far so good.
Brownie & Maddie
Surrendered to us as a team of seniors. Brownie and Maddie have been together since forever and were not handled too much in their lives. Being very skittish with people, along with being seniors didn't leave them a lot of hope of being adopted out - especially together. Brownie is also 80% blind which is why Maddie wears the bell so that Brownie knows where to go. To avoid these two seniors being put through an enormous amount of stress by being sent to auction, where their future could lead to a heartbreaking end, they were relinquished to us to live out the rest of their lives here at the sanctuary.
Sept. 2019 we lost Maddie to old age. Brownie is still with us, and we have to keep a vigilant eye on her, as there are times when she can't find her way back to the barn.
Brandy's story isn't one of abuse, or starvation, not even neglect-she's one of the 'throw aways'. You know the animal that's of no use to someone so they just get rid of it. Brandy was on her way to be slaughtered. She was posted as available for meat as she was on her way to the butcher. Why? Well at 3 years old she could not be bred anymore, therefore she could not have kids to sell, or milk to consume. Why? Because she had a traumatic event in her life, that stole her baby's life and prolapsed her uterus, leaving her unable to breed again, and incontinent. So that made her not worthy of life! To us, Brandy was worth saving without question! No babies-that's fine. No milk, that's fine, Occasional wipe down from urine dribble, that's fine. No matter what your handicap, we will love you unconditionally.
Jane & Her Kids Star & Jasper
With no known history on Baby Jane we can only speculate on her past. Rescued at 5 months old, she had overgrown hooves, was extremely under weight and terrified. We will never know her story. Rehabilitation in getting her to trust or even get close to her was a long slow process. She did not trust anyone. From Baby Jane being so underweight when she got to us, we did not realize that she was pregnant! By some miracle she gave birth to 2 healthy kids on Christmas Day morning! Maybe that's why she found her way to us? One thing is for sure, Jane will never know fear, hurt or be hungry again. She and her kids Star & Jasper have found their forever home. Photo Star (left) Jane (middle) Jasper (right).
Hope was horrifically attacked by a donkey when she was just a week old. She was shaken back and forth and then released hitting the barn wall. We were told she was walking for a couple of days after the attack, but then no longer could and when she did she was very unsteady dragging all for knuckles as she struggled to walk. I'm assuming as the swelling started to go down that's when the damage was becoming more noticeable. She was not taken to a vet, "because they didn't think she was going to make it anyway". A couple of weeks later, we were contacted and accepted her right away. X-rays showed that she had a crushed vertebra in her neck!!
As she is growing, her bones are also growing and in turn are collapsing the crushed vertebra. We have been hard on getting her to walk again, no matter how awkward looking it may be. Hope has good days, and not so good days. We just take it day by day.
Louie from Louisiana! This little guy was stepped on by a farm pig when he was just a few days old. Their vet told them numerous times to euthanize, as there was "nothing that could be done, and it's just a goat". Reluctant to do this, they reached out to BVFAS. This little guy had a 2 leg transport to get him to us! Our vet took x-rays and they showed that there was damage to his spine. So far he has gotten some feeling back and can wag his tail, but there is no motor activity in his back legs right now.
We are still hopeful, but it will take time and a LOT of work with equipment that we do not have. Pool therapy, treadmills, and underwater treadmills would do wonders to help paralyzed animals like Louie. We are hoping one day we will be able to have this type of equipment available to our animals, and be able to offer this service to those with animals that need this type of therapy. At this time the closet underwater treadmill/pool therapy is over 2 hours away and does NOT accept farm animals!
His story will always amaze me!! Noah's momma died, and his previous owners did not know that a baby goat needs "colustrum" within 12 hours of birth to jump start their immune system, or that they were suppose to dip his navel in iodine to prevent bacteria from entering into his bloodstream. From this Noah developed a life threatening case of "joint ill" from bacteria entering through the navel. Noah was in Kansas City, a 2 day trip from us. We would never be able to get this baby help, and I was hoping that another closer rescue would be able to help him, but fate had a different path for Noah. I still to this day do not know how this all came together, but there was a family in KS that would be traveling to Asheville NC for a reunion. They decided to help and bring Noah along with their 2 children for a 2 day road trip! We met them during the night and made the swap. This wonderful compassionate family still brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
The very next day he had a vet visit. His knee was flushed several times. An x-ray showed some bone abnormalities. He may possibly lose a leg!! His next visit was to UGA. where they flushed his knees and put drains in them. At home here, we flushed his knee several times a day, along with several antibiotic injections. This baby was NOT going to lose a leg! Many weeks of around the clock care paid off for us. We got all of the pus infection out and his knee was starting to heal on it's own. Another x-ray showed that the infection did not get into his bone. For some reason Noah was truly meant to be here with us, and I will always be thankful to his "transport family".
Reece came to us around the same time Noah did. The owner of a goat farm was nice enough to reach out to us because he had a little buck born with a crooked neck. Only a few hours old, Greg made the 2 hour trip after work to Black Mountain to pick up this little guy. So small and so adorable. Reece was born with a born deformity called "kyphosis", (hunchback in humans) not to be confused with "torticollis" which is a muscle issue that can fixed with a brace. Reece has several vertebra that are triangular shaped causing his neck to curve. We were told a brace would not fix this, as it's the bones not the muscle. In humans they operate and put pins in to straighten the spine. Goats do not handle anesthesia very well at all, and I didn't want to risk something far worse happening to him than a crooked neck! He is an active little boy that just sees the world from a different view. As he gets older, he is getting a little clumsy due to some muscle atrophy that we were told would happen. I am forever thankful to the creamery for calling us. Reece is so affectionate, and he is becoming such a beautiful boy.
When she was only a day old when she broke her front leg. She was surrendered to us when the elderly couple that had her, could not commit to the time of having a bottle baby that needed to be cared for until her leg mended. We took this little girl into our home and gave her the care, attention, and time that she needed to heal. Keeping her quite to heal proved to be a challenge, especially when it was bottle time!
She is completely healed now, and has become a very loving little Diva. She's beautiful and she knows it!
Bucca & Bailey
These sisters are fine! Yes, you read that right! Bucca and Bailey are two of our first goats that came here to live. They are little Nigerian Dwarf goats, and show all the newbies the ropes when they graduate to the big barn.