For those of you who visited us at one of the Open Days last year, you will have seen we had been raising money for various causes. Three key members of ‘Team Will Work For Cake’ (my wonderful team of volunteers) chose Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats here in Kent as one of the recipients of a donation. The sanctuary is local to us all and we’re all animal lovers, so it seemed a perfect fit for our fundraising activities.
Buttercups care for between 130 and 150 goats at any one time, with a similar number of goats fostered out to approved carers. They rely solely on public donations. The goats in the care of Buttercups go to the sanctuary for a multitude of reasons. Some have been found abandoned and are taken to the sanctuary by organisations such as the RSPCA and the Police. Others have been privately owned pets but, as they grow up they need an environment with more space and the company of other goats, goats being highly social animals. Other residents of Buttercups have been used for scientific testing. Whatever their history, the goats at Buttercups are assured of warm, dry and clean stabling, a healthy and varied diet, and plenty of safe space for grazing and exercise.
So, in the pouring rain, we made the short journey to Buttercups for their Family Day last Sunday (3rd May). It was wellies and brollies aplenty, but we had a great time. Here are some images from our day.