PORTLAND -- They're a popular fixture in Southeast Portland, but now the “Belmont Goats” need a new place to live.
The space the herd of 12 goats has called home for the last few years will soon be used for a new development.
The herd's owners and caretakers are hoping to find another good open lot nearby, or at least in the city.
"Here in the middle of the city to have this is such a special thing. It’s the strength in that community that gives us the inspiration to keep this going," said Jay Jimenez.
Jimenez and the other goats owners need help to finding them a new home. They’re also asking for help to pay for the animals’ food.
Co-owner Micaela Kennedy said the goats have become a tourist attraction.
“It takes a village to feed and support this herd,” she said. “It is also a village experience. In a weekend, hundreds of people will stop by and say hello the goats.”
Neighbors in the area have become attached to the urban farm, and hope the goats will stay close.
"I hope they find a good home. I’d like to keep an eye on them still if they’re somewhere close by," said Lily Herms.
Jimenez hopes they can find a new lot in the area too.
“To have a break and be able to come over here and hang out with a goat for five or ten minutes—it’s really hard to have a bad day after that,” he said.