Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park


Hoover the Goat


When our Animal Control Officers are called to the sites of ritualistic animal sacrifice, they often retrieve dead or dying animals. This young male goat was lucky, despite the fact that he was in extremely poor shape when we rescued him in North Bergen. Judging from his attire, he was going to be used in a sacrifice, but he either escaped his prison or was let go.

By the time we got him, he had an upper respiratory infection, runny nose and was emaciated. He was immediately placed under the care of the Popcorn Park veterinary staff, and for the first few days, his head was buried in the hay and grain. We named him Hoover as he inhaled every bit of food possible. Thanks to his rescue and good care, Hoover is now the picture of health, but he sure would like some sponsors - just a reminder that the hay and grain will always be flowing. Could he vacuum up your love?

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Animal Info

  • Hoover the Goat
  • Popcorn Park
  • Farm Animals
  • Goat
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
  • Male

The Popcorn Park Wildlife Club is a special sponsorship program designed to help support the residents of the refuge. Through a monthly donation you will help provide all that is needed for that particular animal's well-being, and in return, you will receive regular updates from your sponsored animal!

Popcorn Park was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900