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The Belmont Goats

Portland’s original resident urban herd.

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We also take general donations to help with upkeep. While we are working on becoming a nonprofit organization, at this time these donations are not tax deductible.

Thanks to the fine folks at Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply, you can help cover the herd’s feed costs. Tell them your donation is for The Belmont Goats and they’ll credit our account.

Now you also can donate directly to the herd's routine veterinary costs. Just tell the Woodburn Veterinary Clinic that you'd like to donate to The Belmont Goats account.

Read the Portland Development Commission press release announcing our selection for temporary use of land located in Lents Town Center.

“The nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community.”

Meet the Goats

Carl
Phil
Chester
Lefty
Bailey
Duchess
Dusty
Hickory
Bambi
Cooper
Clover
Precious
Atho
Winter

“They bring joy to everyone who interacts with them.”

Our Story

Originally residing at what’s colloquially known as Goat Field, what’s come to be called The Belmont Goats were preceded by three summers of different (and rented) herds, an urban experiment pitched to developer Killian Pacific by landscape architect Brett Milligan. After those first three years, Creative Woodworking NW — whose shop stands directly across the street from the property, and who’d helped take care of the rented herds — arranged to have their own goats beginning in October 2012. That’s the herd which the Buckman neighborhood and the greater Portland community have come to know and love.

In late October 2013, after a year of uninterrupted residency but with an approaching deadline to move the goats to make way for a long-anticipated development project raising the possibility of the herd being split up, a handful of its volunteer caretakers purchased the herd in order to ensure that it remained intact, for the good of both the herd and the community — with the goal of finding a new publicly-accessible home. While the herd no longer will reside on SE Belmont Street, its new owners officially named them The Belmont Goats in recognition of the short but storied history of urban goats at Goat Field.

“One of the findings … is that animals really are good for mental health.”

Testimonials

“The goat field is the nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community. Cyclists and taxi drivers chat together, both having re-routed their travels to visit the goats. Artist assemble by the dozens to sketch the goaty darlings as a team. Toddlers and grandparents and everyone in between are surprised and delighted by this touch of rural charm in the industrial zone, and strangers bond over it in a touching way!”
—K. Reynolds, Portland OR

“My toddler LOVES visiting the Belmont goats! They are teaching her a great lesson on kindness and community, and fostering her love of animals. Love having another fun, outdoor activity.”
—Erica Borzy, Portland OR

“I’m a full-time student and I admit I take way too many classes and do way too many things at one time. I often spend my weekends with papers sprawled out all over my apartment while I study my brain out. Sometimes it gets pretty stressful. Recognizing when I need a break, my boyfriend will suggest we go for a walk and get some ‘goat time’. I’m from Boring and I love hanging out with goats. I was sure I would be goat-deprived in Portland when I moved here! The Belmont Goats provide wonderful ‘goat time’ that always scoops my brain back in!”
—Brittany Gratreak, Portland OR

“Oh, sweet Belmont goats! It has meant so much to my little son and I to be able to stop in and visit the Belmont goats…to be able to stop by freely and watch them have babies, mature, interact with each other and with people, live off the grass and weeds and wildflowers growing in the city, and enjoy their charming habitat. They are a true treasure. The world would be a better place if every neighborhood had a friendly, charming little herd that people could stop and pet, play with, observe, and care for. We are grateful to have known them and will be very sad when they leave our neighborhood.”
—Camellia Nieh, Portland OR

“Driving past the goats always made me smile. It seems so clever and so like our creative people of Portland to have goats help keep the lot grass trimmed.”
—Deborah Lee, Portland OR

“The Belmont Goats brighten my day every time I drive past. I have felt my mood lift and stay cheerful. Their presence in Portland is so important on many level, but the biggest is that they bring joy to everyone who interacts with them, be it seeing them from a distance or holding a baby goat in your arms. They make me love living in Portland more then any farmers market, art show, bistro-cafe or whatever else is trendy at the moment. Love and support to the goats and their human companions!”
—Amanda Englund, Portland OR

“The first time I was the goats I got so excited. I want to own goats, but at the moment my schedule does not allow for this. I visit them whenever I am in the neighborhood for a good pick me up. A day cannot suck if you have sat with a goat. I take anyone who is visiting as well as my niece and nephew when I am watching them. I really hope that they are able to stay together as a family, they have created not only a bond with each other but they have also bonded with the humans who have spent time with them.”
—Alison Bingham, Portland OR

“I am a mental health counselor here in Portland. Over the summer I worked at an inpatient addictions treatment facility not too far from where the goats are located. Every day the clients got to go for a walk, rain or shine, and one of the most popular routes was one that took us by the goats. At a time in their lives when they were fighting hard to make their lives better, these women—and for some, their young children as well—really enjoyed getting to pet the goats and feed them handfuls of grass, and once the random silkie rooster showed up he became a hit, too! My specialty is in ecotherapy and ecopsychology, and one of the findings of this field is that animals really are good for mental health; they’re cute, they don’t judge us, and they remind us that there’s more to the world than the challenges we face. It was really valuable for my clients, and I’d imagine for others as well, to have access to the goats in an urban environment, free of charge. I’d really love to see this continue in a similar Portland location.”
—Rebecca Lexa, Portland OR

“I LOVE the goats! These blocks were almost never visited by anyone until the goats appeared. They help ‘Keep Portland Weird,’ too, which is ALWAYS a plus! Also, goats do a much better job of eating anything you’d like them to (including invasive weeds!!) than any other animal on the planet, so they are incredibly useful! They also provide almost zero waste, due to their unparalleled digestive systems. We MUST continue to employ and nurture our wonderful goats! They are a civic treasure!!”
—Tim Davis, Portland OR

“My daughter and I been checking out the goats since she was born 3 years ago. We stop about 3 times a week, since money has been tight for us it is a great family activitiy to do and her to understand how to interact with the goats. She loves it and so do I!! Thanks again Belmont goats you make our days more special!!”
—Stacy Hathaway, Portland OR

“I changed my morning route into work so that I could see the goats as they put a smile on my face. I’m sad that the herd is moving but I will make sure to visit hem at their new location.”
—Lissa Woolstenhulme-Lee, Milwaukie OR

“The Belmont Goats have brought my husband and me so much joy over the time they’ve been in our neighborhood. They are such a sweet, fun, and playful addition to our neighborhood, and we treasure having them around. Whenever one of us is feeling down, a visit to the goats—to watch them play and pet them—never fails to cheer us up. While we definitely value the delicious restaurants, unique independent shops, and beautiful parks in our Portland neighborhood, the sweet and adorable Belmont Goats are what truly make this place great for us. They’ve fostered a sense of community, brightened our days, and brought a sense of much-needed whimsy to our lives.”
—Regan Fisher, Portland OR

“They are a civic treasure!”

In the Press

News stories about the rented herds from 2010-2012 are included here for historical context.

2010 (Goat Rental NW)

2011 (Goat Rental NW)

2012 (Sauvie Island Goat Rental)

2013 (The Belmont Goats)

2014 (The Belmont Goats)