About Us

WELCOME TO THE FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY.

Walking into a Worcestershire livestock market one freezing, wet February morning 25 years ago, I felt as though I’d passed through the gates of hell. The noise, the frantic bleating of distressed animals mixed with the loud shouts of men. I watched orphan lambs being auctioned, some of them only 48 hours old, hanging motionless as they were held aloft by their front legs to show them off. One small black lamb was carried in in a box by an elderly farmer. The lamb wasn’t moving so the old man was told to take him away as he wouldn’t last until the end of the sale. I handed over £1 and with the lamb held inside my jumper and the car heater turned up high raced him to our vets. He survived hypothermia, dehydration and a gut infection. We named him Taro and he lived until he was 15 years old.

Each and every market I visited there were scenes of similar horror. Sheep with gangrenous mastitis, a tumour growing from an eye, burst abscesses. An old ewe dying from pneumonia. Cows with distended udders, calves a few days old shaking with fear and cold, sold to dealers. Horses and ponies covered in lice and with ribs showing, unwanted and knowing it. Sad little featherless ex-battery hens with raw chests sold for 10p. Old ducks who had never seen water with filthy dirt clogged feathers.

I purchased over 60 of the sickest animals, nearly all of them survived with veterinary care, comfort and food. The story was taken up by the national and local press and the Sanctuary was formed, not just for the sake of the animals already rescued but to be able to make people aware that in spite of laws meant to protect them, the woeful lack of welfare considerations surrounding all farm animals. Meetings were held with veterinary officers from the State Veterinary Service, private vets, market managers, Trading Standard Officers and representatives from the farming world. All of them agreed that the evidence presented to them was unacceptable and that improvements were to be made.

Currently the Sanctuary is caring for 470 sheep, 3 cattle, 11 pigs, 2 ponies, 5 Shetland ponies, 9 horses, 7 rabbits, 9 cats, 5 dogs, 1 donkey, 1 parrot, 4 budgies, 4 ducks, 7 geese and 70 hens and cockerels! We need to raise £2,500 a week to keep these animals and we need every bit of help we can get to keep these, and future animals, comfortable and safe.

Please feel free to browse this site to read more about the Sanctuary and its residents.

WHO'S WHO?

JAN TAYLOR

OWNER

LOUISE STUART

MANAGER

JOSIE

VET

HAYLEY

MEG

NICK

STEPH

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

30

YEARS

600

ANIMALS

9125

BALES OF HAY

76

ACRES

SPONSOR

We have so many rescue animals on our farm, from pigs and sheep to chickens and dogs! They all deserve a forever home and we can only make that possible with your help.

DONATE

Every penny that we raise goes into homing our rescued animals for the rest of their lives. Read more about where your money goes and donate.

WILLS AND LEGACIES

We receive no government funding so we rely on the kindness of people like you to help us to provide a forever home to our rescued animals.

EVENTS

We run many events on our farm and can't wait to get back to these in 2021. Keep in touch with us to find out more about when we reopen.