Girl in Africa holding a charity goat from Canadian Feed The Children


Give a goat for just $75 this Christmas and you’ll be giving a family the opportunity to change their future.

*You’ll immediately be emailed a tax receipt upon donation.

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Give a Goat this Christmas

And give the gift of…


Goats are hardy and require little expense to maintain, while they provide a source of protein, milk and cheese for families.


Goats distributed by CFTC are part of a breeding program that means that one goat becomes the foundation for a growing herd that offers food and income for the long-term.


Goats are part of a broad-based agricultural program, and come with training on animal husbandry, care and marketing.

Give a Goat for Christmas

And send a free Christmas card to a special somebody

When you buy Christmas goats you’ll receive a free Christmas card to send to a special somebody. Christmas cards (pictured) are available in Print, eCard and PDF format. We also have a range of cards celebrating various occasions throughout the year or you can select a goat-themed card.

Learn more about free Christmas cards

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    Chistmas Card

    Available as a Printed, PDF or eCard.

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    Gift Themed Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Birthday Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Teacher’s Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Wedding Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Thanksgiving Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Mother’s Day Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Father’s Day Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Easter Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Valentine’s Day Card

    Available as a PDF or eCard.

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    Standard Card

    Available as a Printed, PDF or eCard.

The Impact of Giving Goats at Christmas

See how goats change the lives of African families

Woinshet Tefera

34-year-old widow, self-help group member and farmer
Abaye-Atir, North Shewa, Ethiopia

I was one of the poorest of the poor in my community and I was struggling to survive with my two children. But my life has changed significantly since I started rearing goats. Before receiving two goats, my income was not sufficient to cover my household expenses and I couldn’t meet the needs of my children.

Since I started rearing goats and earning an income from them, Woinshet Tefera, Goat Farm from Ethiopiathe biggest difference in my children’s lives is that they are now happy and hopeful. I am able to provide adequate food for my children and pay for school expenses. My children’s future is bright!

I am on a good track and I am growing my business. I sold 10 goats for 6,850 birr, and bought a deep freezer and fridge and started selling soft drinks and beer. Now I am getting an average of 200 birr per day compared to less than 100 birr per day previously.

I maintain 13 goats which are all in good condition. I want to have a big area of land to expand my business and increase my herd of goats to large number. Read more about the benefits of goats.

How to Buy a Christmas Goat

In under 5-minutes

Buy a Christmas Goat

The goat you add to your cart will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. Not only will you help a family this Christmas but you’ll also help the African community where the goat is purchased.


Select a printed, eCard or PDF Christmas card to go to your special somebody. Note that eCards can be scheduled to arrive on Christmas eve/day. You can also buy goats without choosing a card.


Review your goat order and then pay using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or via PayPal. Upon payment, you will be emailed an eReceipt within an hour of your goat donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about Christmas goats. If you still have questions please contact us at 1-800-387-1221.

Goats can be purchased online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also buy a goat by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.

Goats, like every other gift listed in our Best Gift Ever catalogue, have been identified by the communities we support as being vitally important to ensure children’s health and well-being. Goats, along with gifts of school books, water taps, community-building programs, etc are provided as part of the broader programming implemented by Canadian Feed The Children and our local partners. When you purchase a Best Gift Ever, funds go towards the range of development programs in the communities we support. The projects go beyond the simple provision of items; they also include training, project monitoring and evaluation, local expertise and support – everything needed to deliver effective, sustainable, high-impact and meaningful change in a community.

Goats, or any gift you purchase, will benefit the communities we support in our countries of operation: Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Rest assured that the goats you buy won’t be put in the cargo hold on Air Canada to be shipped from HERE to THERE. That’s not only cost prohibitive, inefficient and inhumane, but it also prevents local, sustainable economic development from happening. That’s the last thing we want to do.

When you buy a Christmas goat your purchase will be sourced and distributed through CFTC’s local partners in communities that are running agricultural income generation programs. In our case, that means goats will by bought locally and delivered to communities in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

The value of goats is sometimes questioned based on the assumption that their primary value is for the milk they produce. Quite correctly, people raise the issue of high lactose-intolerance levels among Africans. In fact, goat meat is a staple in both East and West African diets. Goats are primarily used for their meat, not for their milk (at least, not in Canadian Feed The Children’s programs).
The goats that CFTC distributes go to small family farms and individual families and are part of agricultural training and livelihoods programs that offer broad-based support. They are distributed through Self-Help Groups and Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care, raising, and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing knowledge.

Community agricultural agents work with women and men to ensure that they have what they need to feed, house and sell their livestock. No one benefits if the recipient doesn’t know how to care for her goats and to grow her herd into a sustainable source of family income.

Yes. We’ve written a blog post, The straight goods on goats, which addresses some of the concerns a few people have regarding giving goats.

Yes! Goats make the perfect birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Wedding gift. Not only are goats available to buy all year-round but they also come with a free card to match most occasions.

You have three choices for Christmas cards: email, PDF (for printing at home), or print. If you choose a printed card, we can send the card by post to you or to your honouree, whichever you prefer.

While we can’t guarantee delivery time, your Christmas card will be processed and sent by mail within 48 hours of purchase and by email within one hour. Note that if you send an eCard you will be able to schedule its delivery for sometime in the future, e.g. on Christmas day.

Yes, all goat purchases are tax receipted. When you order a goat online, you will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. When you order a goat by phone, you can choose to receive an electronic receipt or have one mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Canadian Feed The Children’s charitable registration number is 11883 0983 RR0001. See the Government of Canada’s policy statement for charitable tax receipts for more information about charity tax receipts.

No. Your purchase of a Christmas goat is considered a donation to Canadian Feed The Children, so no taxes are charged.

About Us

Canadian Feed The Children is an independent, international development agency founded and operating in Canada since 1986.


CFTC is proud to have been named one of the Charities of the Year 2016 by the Financial Post. We were among the first to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and were awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency. We are a registered Canadian charity.


Our financials are independently audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published each year. When you purchase a goat from CFTC you can count on the highest standards when it comes to the stewardship of your generous donation. When you give a goat your information will be 100% secure and will never be shared with anybody. See our privacy policy for more information.

Based on preliminary unaudited financial results for 2016. For more information about our financials please download our latest Annual Report

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In the event that money raised for a particular gift item exceeds the demand for that item, your donation will be directed to other items in our catalogue.