Animal sanctuary

Dean Farm Trust is pleased to announce it has given a home for life to its first animals.

In June 2013 the sanctuary saw the arrival of the first ponies and rescued hens. Since then, we have added 4 native ponies, 2 miniature shetlands, 5 sheep and 2 micro pigs.

The Sanctuary is currently not open to the public, however please visit our site for regular updates on the progress of the animals and the sanctuary. You can also keep up to date with news by following us on Facebook and Twitter

News from the animal sanctuary

Little Alan was brought to the sanctuary after a member of public grew very concerned for his welfare. When he arrived he was so small and he seemed quite poorly so we called our vets immediately to examine him. We were told he was severely underweight and we believe he had been orphaned by his mother due to not having enough milk to feed him....

Hello From Dotty

Please meet our new resident Dotty, she joined us here at the sanctuary at the beginning of April after we teamed up with Viva! to rescue her from a pig breeder. We first met Dotty when we rescued Hope Apple Blossom and her six piglets who also came from the same farm. Dotty was the last sow remaining and we had a very strong suspicion she may also be carrying piglets. ...

We would like to give you a quick update on our lovely mum and her six piglets who were rescued after a farmer went out of business. The whole family are doing really well. The piglets have tripled...

Recently we were contacted by a very talented artist Phillip McCullock-Downs; an advocate for animal rights who was inspired by the work we do at the sanctuary to create paintings of our resident turkeys....

On Sunday we rescued six turkeys. While I was loading  these beautiful creatures, I knew the ones I left  behind would be going off to the slaughter house later that day. I just wanted to take them all but couldn’t. They will have to be on a strict feeding regime so they don’t put on weight too quickly. Although these......

Even though our hens have to be kept in due to the threat of avian flu, they do seem to be enjoying their new surroundings. Could it be something to do with the extra treats of cabbages, appleas and other mysterious objects we can hang for them so they don’t get bored? Share.....

What a fabulous day shared with a great team of people who so kindly gave up their Saturday to build a new area for our hens. We also had to put some fencing up to keep other residents out of the hen area. What a great job! A massive thank you to you all, we couldn’t have done it without......

Here, our five Golden Girls have settled for the night. They constantly try to get under each other just like chicks do with their mum. Their first steps on grass: our Golden Girls had their first experience of the outside world. Here, they are now 16 days old and are doing well on a low carbohydrate diet. It’s very early......

Early December, for the first time, we rescued chicks which would have been brought up to be killed for meet at a little over a month old. We wanted to share their story...

Now that we have more land, we are beginning to move some of the animals to their new home. We have been working hard to prepare the new land for the residents and are delighted that  Clive and her boys, the donkeys and horses are all safely moved into their new home. Share.....

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