Buttercups 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. Our Patron is the wonderful and invaluable Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe.
We’re the only registered charity in the UK who care solely for the good of goats. We rescue abandoned, abused and neglected ones, and we also help animals simply in need of a new home whose owners can no longer look after them or who have been left alone after the death of companion goats. We also help improve the knowledge and education about goat welfare nationwide. Awards In 2007, Bob and Valerie Hitch received the Elsie M J Evans award from the RSPCA in recognition of their outstanding animal rescue work.