They just want to be loved !
When it all started
From a small poultry and goat farm to Non Profit Mirco-Sanctuary.
Even at a young age I always wanted to care for animals. I was in 4-H and raised rabbits and chickens. I also had a pet raccoon and 2 skunks. I even thought I wanted to be a vet after high school. But after high school I got into management and worked my way up to a Director of Operations for KFC. In 2000 my wife and I decided to open our own pizzerias and had a few locations until 2012 when we were ready for a change.
So our new journey began in 2013 after my wife and I started a small poultry and goat farm. By 2018 we had a change of heart with the direction our small farm would be taking. For the first time, our turkeys and chickens would find forever homes that didn’t include someone’s dinner table. Followed by our goats retiring so they could enjoy life and grow old with their family and us. To top the year off, we became Vegans. A choice that has forever changed our lives and mind set.
Also in 2018, 5 kittens showed up with their mom in our hay storage and opened our eyes to a whole new world and need for cat rescue with all of the shelters full. Since then we we have rescued numerous cats of all ages. Some of these cats with a variety of health issues including FELV, FIV and FIP. We now try to help community cats by improving their lives with food, shelter, medical care, spay/neutering, and forever homes when possible.
I believe I’ve been preparing my whole life for this and want every animal that comes into contact with us to know love and compassion. So our future is clear with the creation of something bigger than us, that will last far beyond our life time. That is why in 2020 we formed Goat Berry Trails, Inc a Michigan Non Profit 501(c)3 Organization.
Currently we are focused on being a advocate for animals and inspiring people to show love and compassion to all animals. We do rescues and TNR on a limited basis.
In the future, we want to move to a larger sanctuary to provide more safe homes for goats, cats and other small livestock. With our goal of finding homes for the ones that maybe adoptable.
So, set back while we share our journey and moments from a bunch of retired goats and rescued cats that enlighten our lives.
Don’t forget to share some good vibes over a plant based meal and have the best day ever!
Aaron & Donna Co-Founders