This is a very happy goat

But not all goats are so lucky.

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Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats is based near Maidstone in Kent, and their mission is to make sure goats can live happily. They rescue abandoned, abused and neglected goats, and they also help animals simply in need of a new home. 

Buttercups very first began when Bob and Valerie Hitch agreed to take two unwanted goats into care in 1989. A few months later, an RSPCA inspector asked if they could accept another goat in need of urgent care. In less than a month, yet another arrived. Before long, goats suffering from all sorts of cruelty and neglect were arriving from around the county. By 2003, with so many goats to care for, the sanctuary became a registered charity. Their Patron is the wonderful and invaluable Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe.

In 2007, Bob and Valerie Hitch received the Elsie M J Evans award from the RSPCA in recognition of their outstanding animal rescue work.

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Buttercups also work hard to educate people about goat welfare nationwide. Of course the best way to find out more about goats and how to make sure they live happily is to visit them! Buttercups goats love to be spoilt, so you can even feed them whilst you're there. 

For those who want to give them a proper fuss, they offer different experiences, including being a Goat Keeper for the Day. Ever fancied taking a goat for a walk? Now that sounds like an excellent way to spend the day!

If you do visit them,  don't forget to tell me all about your trip!

You can find out more about Buttercups Sanctuary at www.buttercups.org.uk.

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