Our goal is to create perfect matches that result in both happy buyers and happy animals. This begins with clear expectations and ends in lifetime support for as long as you own your animal. Below is a list of important facts you need to know about your purchase from Little Avalon Farm.
News and Notifications
As social media sites focus their attention on stopping all sales of animals, it is increasingly important to stay connected through more direct ways. To always know the latest kid and farm news, our newsletter is the surest bet. You’ll get emails whenever a blog post is made and monthly emails during the off season about upcoming litters and relevant news. During kidding season, those emails may be as frequent as weekly because things change so quickly.
We will offer reservations for the 2020 kidding season. You can place reservations on a specific doe/buck pairing from the Breeding Schedule by emailing me. This no obligation, no cost hold allows you to have a better chance at getting a kid out of a particular doe.
Kids sell quickly once born. If you’ve placed a reservation, I will email you when kids are available and you will have 24 hours to respond and confirm or decline your reservation. If you don’t respond within 24 hours, I will continue down the reservation list or make the kid available to general sales.
If you do want to purchase the kid born, you have 24 hours from confirmation to make your deposit.
Deposits are typically half of the selling price of an animal and must be received within 24 hours of when you notify us of your intent to purchase an animal. I recommend making deposits using BTC/ETH, credit card or PayPal to ensure they are received in time.
Unless the animal you are buying becomes unavailable for any reason, deposits are not refundable, but may be transferred to another animal at our discretion.
Payment can be made via cash, check, credit card, BTC/ETH or PayPal but must be cleared and the animal paid in full before it can leave our farm.
Washington state requires that we collect sales tax at our local 7.6% rate on all wether sales.
Animals must be picked up or shipped within seven days after your agreement to purchase or the date the animal is available (weaning date for kids). If you cannot take possession of your animal within seven days, a care fee of $3 per day may be assessed and will be due before the animal will be released to you. If this fee is not paid or the animal not picked up within two weeks after the sale date, the animal will be considered abandoned and will be relisted for sale. Any funds paid will be forfeit by the buyer and applied to the cost of caring for and advertising the animal.
Our local airport is GEG and is about 2.5 hours from our farm. We will work with you to arrange for pickup, shipping or meeting in the nearest city, Spokane. I try to have one or two delivery days to Spokane each season to help accommodate out of town buyers. All crates, health testing and shipping fees are the responsibility of the buyer and must be prepaid to us or, for health certificates, directly to our veterinarian, Colville Animal Hospital.
We do not ship wethers, they must be picked up on farm or at one of our set delivery days in Spokane.
Total shipping costs have been running around $400-$500 for both air and ground as of late 2019.
We will never sell any animal with a known health problem or genetic defect unless it is mutually agreed upon by both buyer and seller with full disclosure and any available health or veterinary records. In general, animals with genetic defects will be culled or sold without registration papers, depending on the defect.
Goats are tested for CAE, CL, Johne’s and Q-fever. We have never had a positive result and will be happy to show you results from our preferred lab, WADDL. As of 2019, we will blood test for CAE only.
Because of our commitment to natural health and the body’s own healing abilities, we do not and will not vaccinate animals on our farm. Should you choose to vaccinate an animal you purchase from us, it will be at your expense and after you have taken possession of the animal.
Goats (except pet wethers) will be registered with ADGA. You can provide us with up to three name choices and we will do our best to accommodate them, but we have the right to refuse a name we don’t want to be associated with our herd.
Getting a new goat is an exciting thing! We completely understand that and try to provide updates to our Facebook page with photos whenever possible. I generally go out several times a week to try to get photos, but with dozens of kids, it can be difficult to get updated photos of each kid on a regular basis.
Spring is our busy time of year and we’re usually running trying to accomplish all that needs be done. In light of this, it is not possible for us to respond to individual requests for photo updates. Please follow our Facebook page for photo updates as your kids grow.
Your relationship with us doesn’t end when you leave with your new animal. We want to be here for you for as long as you own your Little Avalon animal. You can call, email or contact us on Facebook to get help with any questions you might have both before and after the sale. Even if things are going great, we still want to hear from you and follow along with your story.
Taking Animals Back
If, for any reason, you find that you are unable to care for an animal you purchased from us, simply get in touch. While we cannot purchase back animals, we can take them back or try to help you find them a new home. This is determined on a case by case basis, but we will always do our best to help our customers and our animals.