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.
Buying a Single Kid
We do not sell single kids to homes with no other kids. Even if you have an existing herd, a single kid can wind up being bullied and not fitting in – we’ve seen this play out multiple times, which is why we have implemented this policy for the good of our kids. Effective 2021, we no longer allow a single kid to go unless there is another similar aged kid to buddy with.
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.
Goat Kidding Reservations
We keep a kidding-specific mailing list that I use only to notify you about kidding – the important stuff without any extraneous chatter. Learn how to get on the list for kids on our new Reservations page.
2022 update coming soon.
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. PayPal has raised their rates so our preferred method of payment is credit card through Square.
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. We reserve the right to withdraw any animal from availability for any reason at any time. If this happens, we will refund your deposit.
Additional Considerations for Puppy Deposits
We personality match puppies to the needs of their prospective owners. While a rare occurrence, if we don’t have a puppy in the current litter that we feel is a great fit for you, I will let you know and give you the option to receive a full refund or roll your deposit over into another litter. Happy, successful placements are our ultimate priority.
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.
Animals must be picked up or shipped within seven days after your agreement to purchase or the date the animal is available. For kids and puppies, this is the weaning date which will be clearly communicated at the time you make a deposit. 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.
One or the other of us is available most days for pickup on farm and we can work around your schedule.
Our local airport is GEG and is about 2.5 hours from our farm. We will work with you to arrange for pickup and shipping. 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.
Total shipping costs have been running around $400-$500 for both air and ground as of late 2019. If shipping, please verify with the airline before placing a deposit..
We are happy to work with ground transport and can recommend professional shippers to you.
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 blood test for CAE only.
All kids are disbudded. If you prefer your goats with horns, a nonrefundable payment of the full purchase price must be received before disbudding, which is usually at 7-10 days old.
Because of our commitment to natural health and the body’s own healing abilities, we do not and will not vaccinate goats or puppies 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) can be registered with ADGA. A registration application will be included for each doe or buck. You can choose a name and then send in your application(s) directly to ADGA.
Getting a new goat or puppy is an exciting thing! We completely understand that and try to provide updates to our Facebook page with photos whenever possible. I try to get photos when I go out to the barn, but with dozens of kids (sometimes it feels like dozens of human kids too 😛 ), it can be difficult to get updated photos of each kid or puppy 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 babies 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.