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

What a day it was… despite the pouring rain over a thousand of you came to celebrate this event and see our residents. Many of you had travelled hours from all parts if the UK. We even had a visitor from Germany....

Bobby came to us two weeks ago from a local farmer. A friend of the farmer contacted us desperate to find bobby a home – she didn’t want Bobby to go to market, being a castrated male she knew where he would end up, he was the same age as Alan, 4 months....

In April 2014 we rescued Rosie and Hebe, two ponies who were in desperate need of help. Their previous owners left them to fend for themselves with no shelter and very little food during the cold winter months. Rosie was emaciated, with long term skin problems and had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is a common condition affecting horses and often results from poor air hygiene. Luckily we saved them from being slaughtered and they are now enjoying life with their friends here at the sanctuary. It took over 18 months for Rosie to recover from the neglect and needed various courses of treatment and medication from our vets. Their health is far better than what it was but sadly Rosie still needs a bit of extra care and attention....

In April our four year old miniature Shetland pony Thomas became suddenly ill suffering from chronic lameness. We were really concerned for his health and our vet advised us he would need further tests to determine the route cause of the problem. We took him to Gloucestershire Equine Hospital where he received additional medical treatment including key hole surgery from an excellent and caring team of veterinary professionals. The results came back that Thomas has a condition called Shetland shoulder which unfortunately is incurable but could be managed with medication. And since the diagnosis we are really pleased to say that his health has improved significantly and he is slowly on the road to recovery!...

Earlier this week we picked up three rabbits from Friends of Animals Wales who are a fantastic charity who rescue and re-home many unwanted animals. We offered to re-home these guys after hearing that the charity had a huge number of rabbits desperately in need of new homes. Their names are Penelope, Tess and Gizmo and they are currently living in one of the hen houses but we can't wait for them to get their little paws on their new big back garden which is full of wild grasses, clover and dandelion. If you would like to buy them a welcome gift, why not check out our Amazon Wishlist....

We want to thank everyone who got involved with our competition to name Dotty's five piglets, we received so many fantastic suggestions it was hard to pick just five! But the five we picked and particularly loved were Patch, Stanley, Humphrey, Prudence and Clover. Well done to the winners and we will continue to update you with mum and babies journey. ...

Dot's piglets are almost two weeks old now and we would like your help to choose their names. She has given birth to five adorable piglets, three of which are boys and two are girls. Each of them, with the exception of one who is all pink, perfectly resemble their mum, covered in little black spots and already looking like they will inherit mum’s big floppy ears! We also have one who is much smaller then the rest and believe this could be because they were the runt of the litter....

Dotty has gave birth to five adorable little piglets! She went into labor at 6 pm on Saturday night and delivered her final baby on Sunday morning at 11 am. Despite her last piglet being very small they are all doing extremely well and our vet has been out to check them over. This will be Dotty's fourth litter, sadly her previous piglets (31 in total) were taken from her at a very young age and sent to slaughter. Dotty would have faced the same fate too if it hadn't have been for all of the dedicated supporters and the Viva! team for helping to raise enough money to bring her back to our sanctuary where she can live and grow old with her babies by her side....

Please say hello to our new resident ducks, Jemima, Huey and Bean! They came to us from very loving owners but due to unforeseen circumstances they could no longer offer them a home. When they contacted us we gladly accepted and they are the first ducks to join our animal family! Jemima, Huey and Bean have been with us almost a month now and have settled in extremely well. They are great friends and spend most of the time following each other around in their new garden or can be seen taking a relaxing dip in their paddling pool!...

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....

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