Buttercups Fostership Scheme
Buttercups currently fosters out more than 150 goats within our catchment zone of Kent & East Sussex, and we are immensely grateful to all of our foster homes. Being able to give our rescue goats a new loving forever home, helps us to keep pens available so that we are able to rescue almost twice as many goats.
Buddy & Fraser’s Happy Ending
During the spring of 2020, when the word ‘Covid’ was still new to us, Buttercups took into its care 14 goats from another rescue centre, which included two pigmy goats named Buddy and Fraser. The two were quite nervous when they arrived, and certainly preferred the company of other goats to us humans. However, due to their size, age and otherwise good nature, they made ideal candidates to go onto our Fostership scheme; and so, they did!
About a year later, Fraser and Buddy left the sanctuary to start their new life in a lovely foster home in Mayfield. Only a few months on from their re-homing, and we are very pleased to report that the pair have settled in very well, and their confidence has shot through the roof! They are now very interactive individuals, and love to be walked and brushed by their new family.
Such is the power of fostering.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience, however serious consideration is required before welcoming some goats into the family. They need daily care and attention all year round, with various costs (such as food, fencing, vet care etc.) to take into account as well.
We do not usually foster to institutions, and the goats legally remain the property of Buttercups. Our foster team will visit at least once a year, and are available for advice and visits at other times. If veterinary care becomes necessary, Buttercups should be contacted immediately. It is appreciated if the individual foster home can bear the costs of routine treatments, however Buttercups will contribute where necessary. We also ask that you attend one of our goat husbandry courses, prior to the goat’s arrival.
If you decide to go ahead with fostering, then we have a few requirements you should be aware of:
- We will never foster out less than two goats at a time
- Secure fencing is needed
- A minimum approximately 20m² of grazing must be available
- All poisonous vegetation must be removed
- Suitable stabling needs to be provided
- An appropriate paddock with adequate shade and shelter must be available
- The goats must be put away securely every night
- Goats must be regularly handled
- High quality diet of hay, goat mix and suitable grazing must be provided
- Hooves trimmed and wormed regularly
- Fostered goats must not be used for breeding or dairy purposes
If you are interested in providing a forever home to some of our lovely goats after careful consideration, please complete our Foster Home Application Form, and return it to us via email. You will then shortly hear back from out foster team with further information.
In addition to this, we also aim to help as many goats in need of rehoming outside of our catchment zone as we possibly can. Therefore, if you are not within the Kent/East Sussex area, but still wish to help with re-homing, then please complete the Foster Home Application Form and return it to us via email, and we will contact you if we are informed of any goats in your area that are looking for a new home.
Below are our goats who are currently looking for their new home:
Please be aware that we match the goats to the people, to insure their best possible future.
Shady, Ricky & Rita
These three arrived at Buttercups in March 2018, from a small farm in London. The owners of the city farm had a choice of sending them to a slaughterhouse, or sending them to our sanctuary, and happily they sent them to us. Shady is an 8-year-old (estimated – 2019) Toggenberg female with a broken horn, who may be a little nervous of humans at first, but will soon become more approachable once she gets more comfortable around you. Ricky & Rita (Shady’s kids, age 2 - 2019) are twin brother and sister. Despite being young, these two are very confident for their age. They are full of energy and enjoy playing, so some toys to climb on would be a good idea to help keep them entertained! Shady, Ricky and Rita have already been re-homed once, but unfortunately it didn’t work out and they had to come back. Please help us find them their happily ever after.