This’ll be a quick addition to the website, but an important one for any of you who want to be able to own goats in the city of Colorado Springs, regardless of lot size.
I have been told that the City Council will be making a recommendation tomorrow as to whether they should progress with deciding if residents should be allowed to own small goats, regardless of lot size.
I STRONGLY believe the answer should be yes…providing there are some guidelines, of course. (I won’t go into my opinion on those here…yet.)
They are wondering whether or not there is enough interest in the community for them to continue looking at the goats-in-the-city issue. I told them I think there is, however THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU! Even if you live in another city and have experience with owning goats, or have a friend who owns goats, or you just like goats, or you are a goat…EMAIL THEM! firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 719-385-5986 (a general number) or go to the Facebook page No Goats, No Glory to look at the map to find out what district you’re in and your specific representative’s phone number.
Here’s the email I sent:
To All of the City Council Members,
My name is Lindsey Aparicio, I am a Colorado Springs native and live on the west side of town. I am also known as The Goat Cheese Lady because I teach classes on how to make a variety of types of goat cheese. My husband, our 2 young boys and I own milk goats. Our lot size (1.6 acres) allows us to own goats within the city limits, however I have taught over 450 people to make cheese and milk goats in the past 1 1/2 years, many of whom are from Colorado Springs and have expressed the desire to own goats as well, if the city ordinances allowed for it.
I STRONGLY support a change of city policy to allow up to 2 small goats within the city limits, regardless of lot size. There are a number of reasons that I feel this would be beneficial:
1. Small goats (I am speaking of Kinder goats, Nigerian Dwarf goats and Pygmy goats, among others of the small breeds) are no larger than medium sized dogs, and no louder than dogs.
2. They would provide milk for their owners, and the further potential for the owner to make yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc, for their family’s use.
3. They help build community. They are fun, mischievous, different (how many city dwellers have been around goats?) and are a cause for neighbors to leave their homes and yards to speak with and get to know each other.
4. Small goats provide natural weed control and, in necessary cases, fire mitigation. (We use ours for fire mitigation.)
5. Their feces has a very minimal odor as compared to dogs.
6. They will attract no more wild life than domesticated dogs or cats if cared for appropriately. (Closed into safe housing at night.)
7. They provide natural, organic fertilizer for their owner’s yard.
8. In the current rise of interest in self sustainability, goats are a necessary addition as pets because they allow their owner to be more self sustainable.
9. They will stimulate small businesses and the local animal centered economy because they require that you purchase food, medications, supplies, etc.
In my opinion, up to 2 small goats should be allowed within the city limits regardless of lot size. Certainly, apartment dwellers and people who live in areas with HOA’s will be under different restrictions.
I am happy to act as a consultant or simply a community member for you to call to ask more questions so that you can make a sound decision.
It is my understanding that you are assessing the level of interest that the community has in adding goats to “pet” status. Because I’ve met a large number of people in the Colorado Springs area that have expressed interest in owning goats, I believe there is at least as much interest in people being able to own goats as there was for people owning pot bellied pigs. In other words, there are not a huge number of people, however, the people who areinterested would be grateful for the opportunity to bring more self sustainability into their lives.Thank you for taking the time to read my email.
I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.