Buster was an unwanted male from the dairy goat industry, and was rescued from a goat farm along with Sweet Pea the pygmy goat in October 2014. We estimate he was about four years old when he arrived at the Sanctuary.

As a young goat, this big boy earned his name by wreaking havoc across the Sanctuary, pulling down tree branches, and headbutting his way through barriers. Buster was a Nubian, a type of goat that’s been genetically engineered to have long legs which allow farmers to more easily milk them. Here at the Sanctuary however, Buster’s long legs made him an excellent jumper and able to quickly get ahead of other goats and first in line for food. He would often pretend not to hear us call him in for bedtime or would take an extra long time to walk back from his grazing spot if it was an especially nice evening out.

Buster died in fall 2020 after a sudden diagnosis of CAE and a quick decline. While this was heartbreaking for us, we were at least able to provide him with the best quality medical care through the end of his life because of the outpouring of support donations we received – and for that, we are forever thankful we could provide him with the care and love he deserved. Buster thrived at the Sanctuary well into his golden years and remained top goat of the herd until the very end!

We love you Buster!