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

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....

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.....

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