Welcome to Dean Farm Trust

We believe in compassion, life & empowerment – all factors that contribute to a sustainable, healthy & cruelty free planet.

By providing information on the use of animals in factory farming, intensive breeding & cruel sports we seek to enable cruelty free choices and wider awareness.

We hope you enjoy looking through our website, discovering the work we do, and about the animals we look after here at the Sanctuary.

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What we buy and the way we live has a direct impact on human & animal welfare.

With information and wide access to cruelty free products, we all have the ability to make informed choices; choices which will improve health, prevent cruelty and protect the environment.

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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...

We are looking to recruit a team of reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become part of our community champion fundraising team. Your responsibilities will include representing the charity at various events such as: Attending Fairs, Fetes and Festivals Taking part in street and supermarket donation collections Manning stands, tombolas and raffles Leaflet dropping If you are interested in supporting us with any of the above activities...

Sheep are one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans, their primarily purpose is to be raised for meat, milk and wool and are housed in both indoor or outdoor systems. ...

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...

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...

Over 975 million Broiler Chickens are killed annually in Britain for their meat, making them one of the most factory farmed animals on the planet. The majority of them are crammed into large, windowless and filthy sheds with very little space to move or act out natural behaviours. Hundreds of thousands will die of illnesses, disease and stress due to...

On the 24th September I will be running the Forest of Dean Half Marathon to raise funds for our Animal Sanctuary. I will be training for 13 weeks, to run 13 miles, to raise £13,000, to help care for our 13 species of animals at Dean Farm 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. ...

Earlier this month the Gloucester Vegans group paid a visit to the sanctuary and very kindly gave up their time to help our staff complete some very important tasks. It's the third time they have been out to volunteer and they always do such a fantastic job! Not only did they clear a whole area of weeds and dug a pond for...