One year ago, a white goat with impressive horns captivated the people and police department of Inver Grove Heights. He peeked into windows, startling families as they ate dinner, and explored construction sites.
His antics led to multiple calls to the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, a flood of social media posts and coverage on area news networks. Finally, after IGHPD’s former chief, Paul Schnell, promised an all-you-can-eat pizza party for the officers who managed to nab him, the goat was captured September 13, 2018. He was caught humanely – alive and uninjured. Chief Schnell was so pleased the goat had been safely brought into custody that he hand-delivered Iggy to Farmaste Animal Sanctuary’s care via the University of Minnesota Large Animal Veterinary Medical Center.
For the last year, Iggy has been living peacefully at Farmaste Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit farm sanctuary in Lindstrom. Iggy quickly integrated into a herd of three elderly dairy goats who moved to Farmaste in their retirement. He loves to play with his goat friends – and occasionally he will even challenge a cow to a friendly duel.
When Iggy first arrived, he was very skittish and rarely allowed humans to get close. Over time, he learned to trust his caregivers and now will regularly will give them a gentle nudge for attention. With a larger-than-life personality, he also continues to captivate the public.
Known for posing dramatically for photos, Iggy is one of Farmaste’s most popular social media subjects. He also regularly charms guests during Farmaste’s weekly farm tours and events, including a large following of Inver Grove Heights residents. A woman from Inver Grove Heights recently attended a public tour armed with photos of Iggy wandering her back yard last summer; she was delighted to see him living his best life. Iggy is so popular with his fans, he is the only animal at Farmaste to receive his own mail. A recent package addressed to “Iggy the Goat” included a small brush to better scratch Iggy’s favorite spot – right between his horns.
Iggy recently welcomed another “street” goat from the south metro into his herd. Buffy was found wandering the streets South Saint Paul; she is believed to have escaped from a nearby live market. Just like Iggy, she started out wary of her human caregivers, but with patience and Iggy’s encouragement she too is learning that humans are kind and Farmaste is a good place to call home.
Farmaste is home to 22 rescued goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and one feisty barn cat. With continued community support, Farmaste will increase the number of resident animals to provide a safe and caring home for many more animals in need. Farmaste’s mission is to offer rescue, rehabilitation and a lifelong safe haven to abused and neglected animals. They also seek to educate the community through their public events, where visitors are able to see the animal residents as individuals with unique personalities.
Farmaste is seeking more volunteers and sponsors for animals. Donations help care for the animals at the sanctuary, educate the public and create opportunities for community engagement and events in the future.
Visit www.farmaste.org to see the animal residents and learn more about Farmaste’s planned events, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.
Fall tours at Farmaste
When: Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. through late October.
Where: Farmaste Animal Sanctuary (12812 347th Street, Lindstrom)
Details: Meet Farma-
ste’s nearly two dozen rescued farmed animals.