I know a lot of people ask if rabies vaccines are needed for their goat herd. Up until a couple of years, I routinely vaccinated for it, then finances got in the way and I had to stop. 6 weeks ago I found a dead raccoon in the Malamutes dog yard. My old female had a fresh bite just beside her eye. The male looked fine, but, you never know. I had to give both a booster for rabies, even though they had gotten their rabies in January of this year. Yesterday morning I had just let the Great Pyrenees out to do her "thing" and check out the yard to make sure her goats and chickens were fine. I had the 2 males, a mature St Bernard x Golden Retrieve cross and a year old Great Pyrenees x Newfoundland on their leashes bringing them out to their dog yard. As I rounded the corner by the horse and Malamute pens, the 2 dogs and I saw the fox at the exact same time. Before I could stop them, they lunged at it and pulled it under the fence. The female Pyr joined in and they killed it. It took all I had to get them to leave it. My son came out after hearing me scream for help (he said he thought people 3 towns over could hear me) but once the fox was dead, they had no further use for it and left it alone. While the young female fox looked really healthy, the fact that it was dying in my horse pasture gave me great concern. I called the Maine CDC for advice. They said to have it tested, so I called the Game wardens. My local warden came and took it to the state lab yesterday afternoon. 24 hours later they called. The fox was positive for rabies. Now, even though those 3 dogs are UTD on rabies, they still have to be boostered and quarantined. Big expense, but doable. The horses have to be, also, for 45 days because neither one has had a rabies shot in several years. I was also ordered by the state vet to have the goats done. She almost put them under quarantine because it had been a couple of years, but the fact that they were no where near the area the fox was in had her drop that, but she still said that she wanted to see them vaccinated. So, if anyone has questions about whether or not to vaccinate their goats, or other non-canines for rabies- do it if you can. This is going to cost me an arm and a leg for the horses because I don't have a regular equine vet. Plus the pony is a freak and cannot be caught or handled (history of extreme abuse at the hands of humans). If I had to add on the goats right now, I have about 50. I'd be bankrupt. On top of this, my only vehicle has a major issue with starting and is going in the garage on Monday to see if it needs a fuel filter. Last time this happened, it cost about 600.00 to fix.