GOAT DADDY'S FARM AND ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Goat Daddy's Farm was established in 2014 with the goal of providing humanely raised dairy options to the South Carolina area. We successfully did this for several years with our herd of Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats, making fresh chèvre and raw goats milk, and allowing the public to visit the animals their product came from and see how they were being properly treated.
If you have animals, you know it's a slippery slope. You get the first few animals, then a few more, then before you know it you're 100+ animals in. Over the last eight years through working closely with our community partners(DNR, vets, and rescues), and through owners surrenders we have taken in animal species ranging from avian, camelid, equine, and reptiles. As of 2021 we were officially certified as a 501(c)(3) animal sanctuary.
We now are open to the public every Saturday from 9AM-1PM so guests can interact with animals, and learn from the staff. Our goal in being open is providing education on humane farming, and animal care(and why some animal aren't the best pets), to encourage others to be animal advocates.
We are lucky to have an amazing staff who both work tremendously hard to bring our quality farm raised products to our customers, and to care for the animals that make up out sanctuary. To meet them, visit our Meet the Staff page.
Meet The Sanctuary Animals
When your vet calls at 11AM on a Friday morning and says, "Hey, we need a place to work on this half dead two day old cow, can we bring him to your place?" The answer is never no. Although the conversation slowly changed to, "Can you guys keep him?"
After weeks of being bottle fed, administering medicine, a plasma transfusion, and way too many cow patties in the house, Norris finally began to get better.
Now Norris the Red Poll Cow is over a year and a half old, and a whopping 700lbs, and is as playful as can be! He enjoys roaming around the farm on days that we are closed, and we are currently working on a massive pasture for him!
Abu the Dromedary Camel was born at a safari park in Texas, during his birth he was pulled out of his mom too quickly, causing a breakage in his front left leg. Shortly thereafter he was sold to exotic animal traders, and was hauled off to three different auctions in three different states, all before he was a month old, all without any vet work on his broken leg.
Luckily for Abu, when we laid eyes on him it was love at first sight, broken leg and all. A week after we got him he made the trip to NC State Veterinary Hospital to correct his broken leg.
Abu is now 19 months old and over 750lbs. Abu spends his days munching leaves off the tallest branches in his pen, socializing with alpacas and baby goats adjacent to his enclosure, and partaking in halter training lessons. After all the traveling he did when he was younger, he is loving the permanency he has at his forever home!
FLEETWOOD(the murder llama)
When you have this many animals, you learn that some animals are simply not the nicest. A male llama with berserk syndrome is one of those animals.
Fleetwood is an adorable looking, aggressive acting llama we've had since 2019. "Berserk Llama Syndrome" causes excessive aggressiveness in llamas, and is brought on by an overexposure to people at a young age- causing the llama to see humans as equals and try to challenge them.
Bearded dragons require UVB light for their body to absorb calcium, which is essential for their growth and overall health. Puff was neglected both proper diet and lighting, causing him to have metabolic bone disease .This caused him to be lethargic, slow growing, and not interested in food.
It's been a long road to recovery, but now Puff has doubled in size and hunts down his favorite food, Dubia roaches, on the daily!
ZABOO AND CLEO
Don't let their cute faces fool you, these nocturnal relatives of the raccoon are vicious! Zaboo and Cleo are kinkajous that came to us through a rescue organization.They were living in deplorable conditions, and are now loving life in their oversized aviary, chowing down on fresh fruits and veggies every evening!
Kahn(left) and Walker(right) are Ball Pythons, brought to us through owner surrenders. Bojangles the Boa Constrictor is currently 4 years old, and will be twelve feet long when she is full grown.
Kenan and Tyrian(not pictured) are both male sulcatta tortoises. These two boys will get very large (above 200lbs) and are grazers living off a diet of hay and minimal fruits and veggies. Kenan came to the sanctuary when he outlived his previous owner, and Tyrian came to us when his owner could no longer care for him. These guys are originally from Africa and love the hot sunny days, but need a warm shelter throughout winter.
Star and Darth Maul are both redfoot tortoises and were found roaming in downtown Columbia and were surrendered to an animal rescue prior to coming to the sanctuary. They originate in South America and live off fruits and grass and also have a warm shelter for the South Carolina winter. To learn more about the tortoises and their care check out one of our favorite youtube channels (Kamp Kenan) and our Building a Tortoise Shelter Video as well! For more info on tortoises, visit our Animal Care Page.
THE PRAIRIE DOGS
After being cared for very poorly, these four prairie dogs were brought to us in search of a better life. Two of them are sweet and are mesmerized scratches behind their ears, while the other two would be perfectly content never seeing another human being again. You may see these members of the squirrel family chowing down on their protein biscuits, or burrowing underneath the hay inside their house!
Fun fact: Prairie dogs have one of the most complex communication system out of any other animal!
THE POT BELLY PIGS
Once upon a time, two guys named Josh and Jason went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a vacation with their friends. While on vacation, they came upon someone selling a “mini” pig and couldn’t leave it there to add to the large population of pet pigs that “got too big” and had to be re-homed. This was the start of what would soon become Goat Daddy’s Farm. Although the person selling this pig insisted she was 8 weeks old, it was soon found out she was less than a week old. Cutting the vacation short, this girl finally began eating yogurt and formula and was nursed back to health. That one pig, Petunia, is the reason why our farm is here. She now has seven friends that have been added over time through similar situations: Hampton, Buddha, Ty-Lee, Mai, June, Zuzu, and Jack. These guys are pets and will live the rest of their lives here with us enjoying luxury and lots of treats!
TOPH AND Z
Never have I ever seen two better friends! Toph(on the left) is a blind Juliana pig, we took her in when a breeder couldn't care for her because of her visual impairment. Due to the her size, lack of sight, and innocence to the hardships of the world, we couldn't put her in with the other pigs because they could bully her. That's when Z enters the scene! Z is a Koonie Koonie pig(a breed from New Zealand, hence the name), who is blind in her left eye. We took her into our animal family to provide some company for Toph, and they've been best of friends ever since!
As you have probably noticed by now if you have read all of the above information, we love animals! So why not get some alpacas, and two of the alpacas(Madonna and Shakira) were pregnant when we got them.Fast forward eleven months, and MJ and EJ are born!
Talk about looking good for your age! Smokey is over thirty years old and takes forty-five pills a day. He is a rescue horse boarded at our sanctuary by our vet.
Rabbits are often bought as "Easter bunnies" in April, then after a few months they are surrendered to rescues once their owners realize they shed hair, poop and pee, and require consistent care. Bugs the Bunny is a prime example of that, and acts as an animal advocate, discouraging people from buying pets without being prepared for a long term commitment.
Rocky is a fox squirrel, the largest species of squirrel in North America. She enjoys running around her massive eight by sixteen foot enclosure, munching on acorns, and treating her pen like an obstacle course!
If you see a baby squirrel in the wild, most often the best thing you can do is leave it alone. If you suspect wildlife of being injured or orphaned, call a wildlife rehabber so they can work to get them released back into their natural environment.
Rocky was taken in by people and raised as a pet for the first year of her life. After a year, she was surrendered to a wild life rehabber. By that point, she was bonded to people and couldn't protect herself from the dangers of the forrest if she were to be released, so we took her in!
Check out Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Rescue for some valuable resources!
PREACHER AND DEACON
Surrounded by over forty acres of hardwood forest, predators are abundant and protection is essential. So when a friend was looking to rehome these two livestock guardian donkeys, we were thrilled to take them in. Preacher and Deacon aid in protecting our animals from foxes, coyotes, hawks, and more.
These three parrots are probably the loudest animals at Goat Daddy’s. Miko, Rika, and Joplin are all blue and gold macaws. These parrots all came from homes where they could no longer be kept. They all live outside in heated aviaries year round, excluding extreme cold temperatures and hurricanes. These birds do not make good pets and we discourage anyone from breeding or keeping these animals. They are best suited for living in the wild and no bird cage is big enough for them. They have been with us for years and will be with us the rest of their lives. For more information about our parrots, check out our Animal Care Page or our YouTube Channel!
Rosey, Dorothy, Klaus, Mowgli, Bagheera, Wasi, Dany, Diego, Pepper, Tiki, Twilight, Sage, Charms, Finn, Saffy, Jason, Freddy, Leaf, & Dill.
The list of cats at the sanctuary seems to grow longer every month. These cats aid in keeping mice out of feed, and greeting guests upon entry. They were all raised indoors for the first few weeks before we introduced them to a pet flap and allowed them access to the great outdoors. This encourages them to stay close to home and keeps them very friendly.
BOOMER AND DUNDEE
These two were some of the first animals to come to the farm. We found Boomer and Dundee as chicks looking for a new home when we first moved to the farm. They are the second largest birds in the world, smaller only than ostriches and are from Australia. Emus lay eggs in the US in the winter months and they are dark green. The male sits on the eggs until they hatch and then raises the young. Considering these two are brother and sister, we remove all of the eggs as they are laid and sell them in the Farm Storefor food and or art.
BONITA BANANA AND SEÑORITA CARROT
This mother-daughter pair the sweetest donkey duo you'll ever meet!
Meet The Farm Animals
DOES, GIRL GOATS, AND MILKING GOATS
Our herd of milkers consist of Nubian goats, which are a large breed of goat known by their floppy ears, and Nigerian dwarf goats known for their small size. Both breeds are famous for having high butterfat content and amazing milk. The high butterfat in the milk makes the BEST cheeses and tastes similar to a sweetened cow’s milk. Our girls are all named, and most were born on the farm. The ladies spend their days lounging on their elevated beds and wandering around their wooded pen looking for the most perfect leaves to eat!
BUCKS, BOY GOATS, AND HERD SIRES
he first thing you need to start a dairy goat farm is goats. Girls of course are the ones that get milked, but a boy is required to seal the deal. The health of the future herd relies on the genetics of the father just as much as the mother. Our herd sires as they are called in the goat world are picked from the best herds available across the country from Massachusetts to Georgia.