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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Latest News

We are thrilled to be attending another great Viva! Vegan Festival in Bristol - not far from home! There will be cookery demos including two great chances to get Christmas dinner all sorted with Jane Easton offering Christmas dinner and  supper suggestions while from the wonderful Acorn Kitchen in Bath's owner and chef, Richard Buckley offers a Christmas Extravaganza. There are...

I'd like you to meet my new friend: Mummy has called her Coconut and she is a rescue dog - just like me! In fact we have LOADS in common and I love her already. Coconut came to live with us just over a week ago...

Pigs and Nuts This time of year there is an abundance of fruit and nuts on the trees and in the hedgerows. In nature the pigs would be rooting for hazelnuts, acorns and other delights from the forest floors. Tall Paul and Mini Mac also have lots of windfalls of apples and plums from the trees in the orchard. Billions of pigs each...

This month our donkeys and Shetlands enjoyed a clip and shampoo which will eliminate any lice and mites. They then had a gentle spray of lavender oil and water which is a very good natural deterrent of mites and flies. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole process with Taco having a suck on a Dale’s hand....

Three weeks ago a lady near Cheltenham asked for our help, could we give a home to two black Bantam Morans. She said they had been dumped on the roadside by a nearby farmer who had allegedly previously said he was giving them a few days of freedom before the fox gets them.  Thankfully this kind lady came to their...

Last Saturday we gave a home for life to another rescue dog who has been rescued from a life of breeding on a puppy farm, just like Betty who has been with us a year. We named her Coconut; she is 5 years old and is also an ex-breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She returned from her first vet check and this...

Summer definitely hit us last week and July's heat was just to much for our residents. All, except the donkeys who love the heat, took respite in stables, field shelters and muddy baths! https://youtu.be/ltXdwxluAHk...

Today, Tuesday 26th July, is my one year since I came to my forever home. I don’t know my exact birthday but Mum says this will be my gotcha day because it is the day she got me. ...

Last week, a group of Canadian Buddhist monks put their good works into action by releasing large numbers of captured lobsters back into the sea. The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society bought upmany lobsters from around Prince Edward Island which were destined for dinner plates. In a bid to share a message of compassion, they then took the lobsters back out...

An end to greyhound racing has been declared in the Australian state of New South Wales this week after "barbaric" practices came to light. Mike Baird, the premier of New South Wales, declared that greyhound racing will end July 2017  following an investigation which found, among other things, the slaughter of 68 000 dogs deemed too slow or lacking competitive spirit...