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 IGHPD, a flood of social media posts, and coverage on all of the local news networks.
Finally, after IGHPD’s former Chief Paul Schnell promised an all-you-can-eat pizza party for the officers that managed to nab him, he was captured Sept. 13, 2018. He was caught humanely – alive and uninjured.
Chief Schnell was so pleased that he had been safely brought into custody that he hand-delivered Iggy into Farmaste Animal Sanctuary’s care at the University of Minnesota Large Animal Veterinary Medical Center.
For the last year, Iggy has been living peacefully at Farmaste Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit farm sanctuary located approximately 10 miles southeast of North Branch.
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 give them a gentle nudge for attention.
With a larger-than-life personality, he also continues to captivate the public. Iggy, known for posing dramatically for photos, 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 backyard 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 of 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.
In total, 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.