• Luna

    This little lady needed our help urgently. She has suffered an unknown traumatic event which has caused paralysis in a rear leg. The farmer, who called us direct, wanted her to get better and have a life where she was cared for. He did not have the time to give to her and it was unclear if she would be able to stand and, therefore, may not be a profitable enterprise. He did not want to put her to her death, and was very pleased to relinquish her to our Sanctuary. We collected Luna, at that time unnamed, and settled her in our barn. A fundraiser on Facebook helped us…

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  • Bonnie and Clyde peacocks

    Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde are royal pains! They are gregarious, demonstrative, needy, very loud, and they like destroying the roof. If we happen to be sleeping past 5am they will knock on the bedroom window until we open the curtains. Calling out to them does not work; that is not good enough. They have to see that the curtains are open, and that they have manipulated the household enough to know that people are actually up. Bonnie is constantly at the kitchen window peering in to see what she can thieve from the kitchen. They work in tandem. If Bonnie is at the kitchen window and the bedroom window is open,…

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  • Clover & Sorrel

    Brother and sister, Clover and Sorrel came from a mummy that was unable to support twins. So, she was ‘dealt with’ because she was unprofitable and the farmer did not want to waste money on milk to feed her lambs. So, they were relinquished to the sanctuary. They were in very good condition when they arrived, they were the right weight, they followed around waiting for their bottle. They are very bonded. Sorrel is very protective over most of the sheep. He is an absolute rascal. His favourite hiding place is behind the shed door; he likes to wedge himself behind it. When they first arrived the lambs were in…

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  • Saffron the sheep

    Saffron

    Saffron is Bramble’s mum. We had to go back to the farm to get milk for Bramble, which would have cost us €20 for a sack of milk. So we phoned up the farmer and said, we need to buy milk for the baby, the baby is missing mummy, could we buy you a sack of grain for the same value as the milk and we take mummy? He agreed. So we brought Saffron back to the Sanctuary to nurse her little baby. Once Bramble was well enough, the two joined the other residents in the garden. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping…

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  • Bramble

    Bramble came to us via a phone call from our vet who was going to euthanise her. She wasn’t wanted because she was polyarthritic. It’s a very common condition in overbred sheep – it’s called ‘joint ill’. When we went to see her, she was in a filthy shed, separated from the other lambs. They were all kept in the dark, away from their mums in a space that was probably three foot by six foot. We nursed Bramble for many months, and eventually her infected wounds healed and she was able to go out into the garden with her mum, Saffron. She will always have difficulty walking, due to…

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  • Tom

    Tom has only ever known life at the sanctuary because he was born here. His mum is Belle, and Sebastian is his dad. As one of the Friendly Family, Tom was the runt of the litter. He was the smallest little boy, and is the timidest little boy. He is at risk; we could never rehome Tom, even if we wanted to, because we fear that he would be bred to carry on a miniature line. Everyone always leans towards liking Tom because he is the cute looking one and for that reason he will always stay with us. He is the one who will usually regard what is going…

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  • Raiph

    Miranda first met Raiph when she was volunteering in a Romanian dog shelter. As she walked in, through the stench and faeces, she saw a little person staring at her through the main compound. That was Raiph. He had had his tail cut off with a pair of scissors. He was severely underweight and he was in a compound of around 55 other dogs; they didn’t all have kennels. They were knee deep at times in faeces. From the morning to the evening, while she was there cleaning, Raiph would follow Miranda around, wherever she was. He would just watch. He would be the first and last face every day.…

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  • George

    George is the father of Anikin. He came to us from a back garden of someone who did not want him anymore. He is an entire male. He is quite elderly and he likes to butt, so they fight between the two of them so that George shows that he is dad again. He is very demonstrative and quite loving. He is the escape artist, rather than his son. So, he will take advantage if someone does not shut the gate properly and he can get his head through. He does not mind human interaction and he will do anything for a biscuit. He is a bit like a weird…

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  • Alba the dog

    Alba

    Alba came to us because her matriarch had died. She had lived with one lady her whole life, and she was ten years old. When the old lady died no one in her family wanted Alba, so she was off to the SPA. She was suffering deeply from grief; she had chewed off most of her tail and her back end, and she was hideously overweight – almost killed with kindness. She could hardly walk, she couldn’t run, she wasn’t used to walking on a lead as she had never been let out of the compound. When we had her, she had no coat, just stubble, her nose was sore…

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  • Jamie the rabbit

    Jamie

    Jamie came to us from a free advert on Le Bon Coin. We were looking, as we often do, to check on the state of mind of people around us. We are always so disheartened that there are hundreds of animals being given away, just around here. Those that appear most at risk, if we are able to we offer homes for them, we do and if we can’t keep them, then we rehome. Jamie was at risk of being sold as snake food, or for the pot. Even though his previous owner had cared for him diligently, she had a new animal arrive that had taken priority and Jamie…

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  • Blossom the pig

    Blossom

    Blossom came from a factory farm, and she was destined to be killed against the thumping wall. She was the runt of the litter, probably trapped the wrong side of mummy in the farrowing crate. She had not suckled properly and was suffering from severe complications due to calcium deficiency. Her hips were deformed and she was covered in abscesses. Blossom arrived when she was just ten days old. The vet arrived within a couple of hours to start her lengthy process of rehabilitation. She needed several surgeries, extensive physiotherapy and unconditional love. Blossom has grown into an athletic, intelligent person, but remains bashful and easily intimidated by the other…

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