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.

 

Our first open day

Our first open day is fast approaching and we are so pleased to be inviting everyone into our Sanctuary. This is a home for life for our 108 residents many of whom would otherwise be killed if we had not rescued them.

Besides meeting the animals we have lots going on, to find out more download our flyer…

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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.

Latest News

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...

Due to an increase in residents at our Sanctuary we are recruiting for a full time animal care assistant to join our team. Farm Animal experience and driving licence essential. If interested please follow the post for more details and email your CV and covering letter as to why you would like to apply to mary@deanfarmtrust.org.uk....

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...

Last weekend we were kindly invited to have a stall at Compassion @ the Castle in Exeter. The fair was organised by Exeter Friends For Animals and Animal Aid and it was the grand finale of the two week Vegan Festival of Britain. There were loads of stalls and a great choice of vegan foods, as well as talks, cookery demonstrations...

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...