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Healing Hugs with the Herd | New York

1 hour in-person event

Event short description

Frederick Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary logo
Hosted by Frederick Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary

Besides being cute, goats are intelligent and affectionate creatures that will remind you of dogs, cats or sometimes, humans! Come spend time with our herd in a small group with ample room for social distancing to meet some of the most affectionate goats there are. Our belief: "Goat Therapy is a Real Thing!"


$25 / person

In-person event

This is an in-person event. See event description below for details.

Group size

This event supports 2 - 10 participants.

Event duration

1 hour

Book this event

$25 / person

Full details

How it works

Visitors will get to meet and learn about each goat and breed as well as their rescue stories, behaviors and personalities. Weather dependent, we will be inside our comfy barn or outside enjoying nature, sitting on blankets and hammocks with our new goat friends. There will be plenty of quality time with our attention-loving goats, for hugs, scratches, brushing, cuddles and photo ops. Set to music to soothe the soul and the backdrop of the forest canopy, watching the goats in their natural habitat and bonding with them is truly magical.

Please note that this is a destination event so while it is within New York, guests will be expected to drive to the location listed!

Things you'll need

Come prepared to pet some goats and hear some wonderful goat puns!


Frederick Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary
12 Sholam Rd, Napanoch, NY 12458 US
Frederick Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary logo
Your host Frederick Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary

Frederick Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary is committed to providing a loving home to as many goats in need of rescue as we can. We love sharing these playful spirits with guests to promote empathy and understanding of the species, as well as encourage the happiness and well-being of both the goats and the humans that meet them! All proceeds benefit the sanctuary, and in turn, the goats themselves.

Your host, Meagan Frederick, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS, HTR was trained as an Art Therapist, Child Life Specialist and Horticultural Therapist, specializing in work with chronically and terminally ill children and adolescents in the New York City area. During her career of over 25 years, she recognized the strong healing power of animals and was involved in several phases of animal-assisted therapy with the populations with which she worked. Although goats are not the most widely used animals in therapy, there is an undoubted healing quality in spending time with these sentient creatures and goats in animal-assisted therapy programs is gaining popularity. We encourage you to come visit in person and see how your heart feels after spending some time getting to know our amazing goats.

For virtual experiences, our very silly side shows as we get close-up views of our adorable and quirky goats, while venturing on a quiz show style game of ridiculous goat fun facts, filling in moments of silence with goat puns and goat jokes that the most seasoned dad-joke-kind-of-person can appreciate. ;)

As a young girl, Meagan Frederick dreamed of being Snow White.....the woodland princess who communicated with the animals and whom the animals adored. Later, that looked a little more like Dr. Doolittle, a little more practical. Mostly because she can't really sing like Snow White. When that didn't work out, and lacking the skill set for becoming a veterinarian, she informally became the rescuer of all living creatures in her path. Often because animals found their way to her. Kittens dropped from the undercarriage of trucks at a stoplight in front of her car, puppies were discovered roadside in threat of being poisoned, stray dogs laid at her feet on island vacations, not to mention mice, birds, fish. Oh, and goats. They wandered up the driveway of now, Frederick Farm, in 2013 on a random Fall afternoon. Now home to fifteen very loved (and very spoiled) goats (and counting), Frederick Farm is dedicated to maintaining a home and sanctuary to as many goats (and chickens and dogs) as is manageable (and that Meagan’s husband will tolerate without threat of divorce). No, she did not dream of having multiple goats. But once you meet them and get to know them (and know about the horrors of animal agriculture and why they are in need of rescue and sanctuary) I think you would know why Frederick Farm is now operational and growing! Fully embracing the endearing title, “Crazy Goat Lady”, Meagan welcomes you to come visit Frederick Farm and discover your inevitable love of all things GOAT.