Deer Park Animal Swap Meets Again

On Saturday, July 28th, Inland Feed & Farm was generous enough to allow the Deer Park Animal Swap to set up in their adjacent lot. Victoria and Ryan D’ambra have taken up organizing this event; they said this swap has been the biggest yet. There were people from all over the surrounding area, Medical Lake and even as far away as Idaho.

What is an animal swap, you may ask? This event is just like other kinds of swap meets, except instead of buying knock off purses or vintage furniture, you buy, sell, or trade animals (there was even a free critter or 2 being given away).

The swap was a menagerie of animals, including: ducks, chickens, calves, rabbits, quail, a puppy, and some Vietnamese pot belly pigs.

I was impressed by how well all the participants cared for their animals, making sure they had plenty of water and shade to protect them from the heat.

Every person I spoke with was very friendly and eager to share their knowledge of the various animals that they raised. I learned that Boer Goats are good for meat, while Nubian goats are better for milking; the mini goats were so cute, it was tempting to take one home as a pet. And talk about an odd housepet, I met Stephanie who has a 200lb housepig named Goliath, and Goliath has a mini Boer goat as his companion! Emily and Hayden, from Quack-N-Gobble Farms, enlightened me with their great knowledge of Heritage Turkeys.These domestic birds are not your average Butterball; Heritage Turkeys, though smaller than most, can actually be trained like a Chihuahua. They will even hunt and kill mice; it sounds like the average barn cat may have some competition. I enjoyed all the animals, and even got to hand feed some ducks.

Mr. and Mrs. D’ambra were very pleased with the turnout, and said they hope to host another swap sometime in September. If you are interested in bringing some of your own animals to the next animal swap,  contact Victoria and Ryan on Facebook @ Deer Park Animal Swap.

This is a fun & free time for kids, but be prepared, it’s a zoo out there!

Featured Sponsor
Thank You For Your Support!

Share this article.

Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Featured Sponsor
Thank You For Your Support!

Read more news.

Typewriter with paper reading "Letters to the Editor"

Letter To The Editor – Show Me The Money

Most people in Deer Park want a local police force but their biggest concern is cost. I agree. I don’t want to raise taxes or break the bank for a local department. And although many people say there have been studies done on the cost of starting a police force, the city has no record of any studies ever done. And for all the people who have said they have run the numbers, no one has ever shown me any of their numbers.

Read More »

Night Out Against Crime 2021

Night Out Against Crime is coming to Deer Park on the first Tuesday of August. This is an annual event held around the United States that promotes police-community partnerships and

Read More »

Subscribe to our emails

Use the form below to sign up to receive news via email at no cost to you.