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Hi. We are The Belmont Goats.

Portland’s nonprofit resident herd, offering an oasis of rural community Amidst the built, urban environment since 2012.

 
 

 
 

Our Herd of 14 Goats & 1 Hen Invites You to SE 92nd & Harold
(Until We Move to NoPo)

 
 

 

HELP US MOVE TO NORTH PORTLAND!

 

Our all-volunteer staff is able to share the herd with the public only thanks to the generous and ongoing help of our financial supporters and host neighborhood.

Click below to contribute to our relocation fundraiser, and help us move to our next temporary site in North Portland!

 

Meet the Goats

 

 
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Carl

Born in mid-2011? Joined in the Autumn of 2012 with his buddy Phil. One of the original goats in the herd.

Phil

Born in mid-2011? Joined in the Autumn of 2012 with his buddy Carl. One of the original goats in the herd.

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Chester

Born in mid-2012? Joined in the Winter of 2012/13 with his brother Lefty. One of the earliest goats in the herd. Herd king. “Maybe daddy” to Atho & Winter.

Lefty

Born in mid-2012? Joined in the Winter of 2012/13 with his brother Chester. One of the earliest goats in the herd. “Maybe daddy” to Atho & Winter.

Bailey

Born in late 2011? Joined in the Spring of 2013 with Duchess. Mom to Clover and Precious. Herd co-queen.

Duchess

Born in early 2012? Joined in the Spring of 2013 with Bailey. Mom to Atho and Winter. Herd co-queen.

Dusty

Born in January of 2013? Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his brother Hickory. One of the first skittish goats to become social.

Hickory

Born in January of 2013? Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his brother Dusty. One of the first skittish goats to become social.

Bambi

Born on April 25, 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with her brother Cooper, at 4-days old. Potential herd queen challenger?

Cooper

Born on April 25, 2013. Joined in the Spring of 2013 with his sister Bambi, at 4-days old. Intensively curious.

Clover

Born into the herd on September 1, 2013, along with her sister, Precious. Daughter of Bailey.

Precious

Born into the herd on September 1, 2013, along with her sister, Clover. Daughter of Bailey.

Atho

Born into the herd on December 21, 2013, along with his sister, Winter. Son of Duchess and either Chester or Lefty.

Winter

Born into the herd on December 21, 2013, along with her brother, Atho. Daughter of Duchess and either Chester or Lefty.

Juniper

Birthday unknown. Joined in March of 2014. We have 14 pet goats; they have 1 pet hen.

Can You Take Our Goats?

 

From time to time we field inquiries from folks in the unfortunate position of needing to safely re-home, or even just temporarily foster, their goats.

We do not take on rescues or fosters (be they goat or any other animal); in such cases we instead make referrals to the following area farm sanctuaries: Enchanted, Green Acres, Harmony, Lighthouse, Out to Pasture, and Wildwood.

 
 

Visiting The Herd

 
 

 

Please Read Our Rules

 

No climbing, running, or jumping around. / Stay out of the shelters. / Dont grab or hit the horns. / Dont approach goats from behind. / No outside food permitted. / Kids must be accompanied by an adult. / No pets allowed.

Goats enjoy being scratched, petted, or brushed, but a red bandana means, Young children, please dont pet me today.

 

Open Hours

Sat. & Sun. 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tue. 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Wed. 5:00pm - 7:00pm (adults only)
Staff May Close for Inclement Weather

Site Location

Lents Town Center
9252 Southeast Harold Street
Portland OR 97266
(at Southeast 92nd Avenue)

Transit Info

TriMet 10, 14, 71 & MAX Green Line
I-205 Multi-Use Path
Street Parking Only (on SE 92nd)
Do Not Use Boys & Girls Club Lot

Please Note

We are guests of this neighborhood.
You are guests of these goats.
This is their home.
Not for sale. Not for rent. Not for food.

 

Book a Group Visit

 

You also can book a group visit for outside of our regular open hours. These appointments are subject to staff availability and require our confirmation.

We have hosted bike tours, photography clubs, preschool field trips, senior citizen outings, and more.

Please note: Groups are welcome to come during our regular open hours without an appointment, but we'd appreciate a heads-up in advance so we can have extra staff on hand if necessary.

 

We’Re Moving To North Portland!

 

When our four-year stay in Lents comes to a close, we will be relocating the herd to a property in North Portland. Details to come.

Click below to contribute to our relocation fundraiser, and help us move to our next temporary site in North Portland!

 

A Little Bit About Us

 

 

2010 - 2012

Originally residing at what was known colloquially as Goat Field (or, to the local development community, “the goat blocks”), two city blocks bounded by SE Belmont and Taylor Streets and SE 11th and 10th Avenues, The Belmont Goats were preceded by three summers of unrelated herds rented from Goat Rental NW and Sauvie Island Goat Rental to clear brush.

Those rented herds came to the field as a suggestion to developer Killian Pacific by landscape architect Brett Milligan, whose other, secret agenda was the social experiment of what residents would think of goats living in the middle of the urban, partly-industrial Buckman neighborhood.

 

2012 - 2013

After those first three years, the owner of Creative Woodworking NW—whose shop stands directly across the street from the property, and who’d helped care for the rented herds—arranged to have his own goats.

This new herd began in October 2012 and grew as its owner found and bought additional animals in pairs from area farms, frequently off of Craigslist. Unlike their predecessors, these goats would take up residence rather than be hired out to clear brush at other locations. This remains true to this day.

This is the herd which both the Buckman neighborhood, the greater Portland community, and beyond came to know and love over the course of the Spring and Summer 2013, becoming, in the words of one early supporter, the “nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community”.

Late in October 2013, after a year of uninterrupted residency, an approaching deadline to make way for a long-anticipated development project (the goats were never "kicked out"; the eventual move was known from the beginning) raised the possibility of the herd being split up. Instead, a handful of its volunteer caretakers stepped up to purchase 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 its next publicly-accessible home.

 

2013 - 2018

While the herd no longer resides on SE Belmont Street, its new owners officially named them The Belmont Goats in recognition of the pioneering history of urban goats at Goat Field; in March 2014 they formed a nonprofit of that name to manage the project going forward.

Early in October 2014, at the invitation of the neighborhood and in an early partnership with Green Lents, The Belmont Goats conducted a successful crowdfunding campaign and relocated to Lents Town Center, onto land provided by the Portland Development Commission (now known as Proper Portland). In the middle of May 2016, with a long-awaited redevelopment coming to its new neighborhood, the herd relocated to another lot just two blocks away.

The Belmont Goats will reside at their current location at SE 92nd & Harold until late 2018, at which point they will relocate to North Portland.

 

Ways to Connect With Us

ask@thebelmontgoats.org
+1 971-301-4628 (Text Preferred)

What People Say

 

 

“They are truly special and do something so basic and wonderful for all who are lucky enough to visit.”
—Ashleigh M.

“Perfect outing and as close to nature as you can get in the city!”
—Samm K.

“A pasture experience with The Belmont Goats is positively restorative.”
—Cat W.

“A great, local attraction for families and kiddos too!”
—Kristy L.

“Great idea and brings so much joy to the community!”
—Lauren C.

“They make me smile every time I drive by.”
—Renee B.

”I almost wanted to cry when I met these guys.”
—Alice H.

“Brings a welcome dose of character to this corner of the city.”
—Matt E.

“The herd is a great addition to our fun and funky city.”
—Susan B.

“Very family friendly and recommended for children to visit this special place!”
—Kristy L.

“Very peaceful and suitable for children of all ages.”
—Shawni L.

“I would come here every day if I lived closer.”
—Jane H.

“Friendly place to visit wonderful goats!”
—Terrence L.

“They are a civic treasure!”
—Tim D.

“Friendly, fun, and all-around wonderful little beings!”
—Steve T.

“They are teaching a great lesson on kindness and community.”
—Erica B.

“The world would be a better place if every neighborhood had a friendly, charming little herd.”
—Camellia N.

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

“They have created not only a bond with each other but with the humans who have spent time with them.”
—Alison B.

“They’re cute, they don’t judge us, and they remind us that there’s more to the world than the challenges we face.”
—Rebecca L.

“They’ve fostered a sense of community, brightened our days, and brought a sense of much-needed whimsy to our lives.”
—Regan F.

“What a great attraction to have in the neighborhood and for the children.”
—Deanna P.

“Great weekend activity with kids or visitors from out of town or by yourself or on a date.”
—Carrie F.

“Consider your visit to The Belmont Goats as a gift of free therapy!”
—Scott T.

“The nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community.”
—K. Reynolds

We Are A Tax-Exempt NonProfit

 

We rely entirely on your contributions to help keep the herd healthy, happy, and accessible to the public.

The Belmont Goats is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit volunteer organization incorporated in the state of Oregon. Jess Kurtz, President; Bix Frankonis, Secretary; Jay Jimenez, Treasurer.

EIN: 46-5038819.

 
 

You also can donate via PayPal (or PayPal Giving Fund) or Square Cash; or set your AmazonSmile, Benefit Mobile, eBay, eScrip, Fred Meyer, or Humble Bundle charity to The Belmont Goats, or buy us something off our Amazon Wishlist.