Jakob came here in the same rescue as Jack and his family. They all came from a slaughterhouse in Brooklyn that was illegally raising goats for meat. Jakob is a Boer goat, which is a breed that is most often used for meat. No doubt that he was being raised for slaughter. When he got to the farm, Jakob was emaciated — he had mange and a upper respiratory infection. Sanctuary staff put him on a regimen to help with his health problems and Jakob grew into a healthy, strong goat. In fact, now he’s the cleanest white goat we’ve ever seen! It’s a mystery to us how he keeps his coat so brilliantly white!
We used to say, “Although he’s a little shy at first, Jakob can be really friendly with a little patience.” Now he is profoundly friendly, and seems downright offended if you don’t give him some love. He loves to have his head scratched between his horns and he looks up at you with his beautiful golden goat eyes.
On December 19th, 2011 we lost Jakob far too suddenly. We had known that Jakob lived with a common goat disease known as CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis) but the disease had been dormant for years. He was found having seizures the morning of his death. We believe that the disease had caused internal abscesses, possibly in or around the brain, that had gone undetected because he showed no signs of illness until this time. Losing our sweet friend Jakob was so sudden that we were all left in shock. He had gone from being painfully shy to incredibly friendly (so much so that it was difficult to pay attention to other goats!) and will live on in our hearts forever.