They just want to be loved !
Hi, welcome to Goat Berry Trails! Hopefully you are having the best day ever!
I was blessed that my parents encouraged my passion for caring for animals at a very early age. I had pets even before I took my first steps in school.
As I got older my parents enroled me in 4H where I learned how to care for rabbits and chickens. The first thing my father and I ever build together were my rabbit cages.
My first rescue was a baby raccoon that I had found screaming on the side of a tree in the woods. Not only did I eventually have a pet raccoon, but also a pair of pet skunks.
Now fast forward to today where my wife and I have went from a small goat and poultry farm to a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit sanctuary and rescue with the sole purpose to save animal lives. Currently our focus is with cats that are in need, but our rescue efforts are on hold due to we will be moving soon.
We also have quite of few permanent resident goats and more than a handful of cats that are old, blind and some FIV positive in the sanctuary.
The main reason that we started rescuing cats was that they are always so many cats in need. Shelters and rescues are always full and unable to help every cat in need. They just can’t save them all and why we started the rescue to try to help save one at a time. The only downside is that my wife is allergic to cats but has a big heart and after 35 years of marrage, we make a good team.
Now why goats? They actually make really great pets. They’re just like dogs in the sense the wag their tale when happy, they are smart, loving, playful and with enormous personalities.
So consider making a donation or becoming a monthly donor. On this page you will see a link to our tax ID is listed on our IRS 501(c)3 Determination Letter and all donations are tax deductible. There is even a link to a letter that our primary vet gave us.
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We would love to here from you. So if your interested in adopting a cat or have any comments or questions just give us a shout out.
Our primary focus right now is finding forever homes for the cats available for adoption.
Another priority is raising funds for operational cost to cover everyday supplies, veterinary care, and food. Some of our other needs include a cargo van for transporting rescues and a trailer to haul hay.
Our current residence is part of my late mothers estate and will be going up for sale soon to settle the estate, which can’t be finalized until after mid September.
We have started the looking for property that would be more suited for our sanctuary and rescue. Unfortunately we can’t move forward with purchasing anything until the estate is finalized, which should happen after mid September. We need to be able to house more cats with dedicated areas for them including space for feral cats that are in need. The proceeds that we receive from the estate will be used to purchase the new sanctuary property.
We also will need more space as I am currently working on getting Licensed as a Michigan Wildlife Rehabber. Something that I have wanted to do since I was young after I rescued my first baby raccoon.
We will specialize in raccoon and opossum rescue since there is shortage of licensed wildlife rehabers that take them here in Southeastern Michigan. I am scheduled to take the next wildlife reheb class this fall, which is one of the requirements. I have 3 great longtime licensed wildlife rehabers as mentors. One of which that I volunteer with.
So set back while we share our journey and moments from a bunch of retired goats and rescued cats that enlighten our lives.
Have the best day ever!
Aaron & Donna, Co-Founders