Our goal is to create perfect matches that result in both happy buyers and happy critters. 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.
Beginning in late 2017 for goats and pigs, we will typically not offer babies for sale until they have weaned. This streamlines our selling process and ensures that the animal you want is available and ready to go right away. It also allows us to watch them grow for the full 8 weeks before deciding on who goes, who stays and who is breeding quality.
You can place a reservation on any unborn litter to hold your place on a first come, first served basis for choice of offspring, except those retained by us. There is no cost or obligation to place a reservation.
We will notify you as soon as possible when the baby you reserved is available – please provide multiple methods of contact so we can get through to you. You will have 24 hours from notification to respond. If we don’t hear from you, we will move to the next person on the list.
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 PayPal (add 3% to cover fees) 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 or PayPal (add 3% to cover fees) but must be cleared and the animal paid in full before it can leave our farm. We love to barter, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a barter offer.
Things we can always use more of include: hay (including moldy, unsprayed hay for massive mulching projects), building materials, fencing supplies, firewood, wood chips and canning jars. As of this August 2017 update, I am looking for a cider press, log splitter, wood chipper, oak interior door, bathroom sink, outdoor stainless sink and outdoor kitchen fixtures.
Animals must be picked up or shipped within seven days after your agreement to purchase. 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.
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.
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 will be registered with ADGA and pigs with AKPR. 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.
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.
Our animals mean the world to us and we spend a lot of time and effort to ensure they are the healthy, vibrant and high quality animals you will be delighted and proud to own. If you are dissatisfied for any reason, please contact us and allow us the opportunity to work with you on a solution. We are not some faceless corporation but a small, family operated farm where every customer and every transaction is important.
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.