A Fresh Start for Frank and Beans

A little girl with Beans the goat

When we first met Frank and Beans in September 2021, it was hard to imagine that the tiny newborn goats would blossom into happy social pets. The MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement officers discovered the young kids and other farm animals were living in dismal conditions. The animals were all clearly undernourished and without appropriate housing and food.

Within hours, the two newborn goats, only days old and in dire condition, were transported to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals for emergency care. The rest of the herd were transported to the MSPCA-Angell Nevins Farm, where the veterinary team evaluated the animals and began to map out a treatment plan. Most of the underweight animals suffered from severe anemia, internal parasites, skin lesions, and respiratory infections.

Frank and Beans spent nearly a week in the hospital receiving round-the-clock treatment, including IV fluid therapy and neonatal nursing care every few hours. Frank’s condition was particularly precarious; he was weak and barely able to stand or suckle, and at one point, he required a blood transfusion.

Once stabilized, Frank and Beans were cleared to return to Nevins Farm and then a foster home to recuperate. Their recovery included regular bottle-feeding that would allow a safe and slow weight gain and daily monitoring to ensure the kids continued to thrive.

Frank and Beans’ personalities began to blossom in foster care as their energy returned, and the once-weak and lethargic kids started to explore, climb, and make friends.

Nearly four months after their arrival at the MSPCA-Angell Nevins Farm, Frank and Beans were finally ready to move to their adoptive home, with a family who were committed to helping them fully recover.

Today, the lives of Frank and Beans are drastically different from what they were before arriving at the MSPCA-Angell. Thanks to the support of a caring community, the animals will never again want for food, shelter, or love.

Frank and Beans in a pen together
Frank (left) and Beans (right) were sick with anemia, internal parasites, and respiratory infections when the MSPCA-Angell Law Enforcement team discovered them and their other herd mates living in dismal conditions on a farm.