Our mission is to set up a chairty shop in order to help us raise the £80,000 a year needed to run The Farm Animal Sanctuary, Britain's first Farm Sanctuary, and one of the few places providing a peaceful and lifelong home to these forgotten creatures. The funds you provide will go towards renting and fitting out the shop, which will provide us with a much needed regular income, to help towards food, shelter, and veterinary care for over 500 rescued farm animals and horses. Revenue generated from the shop can also be used to rescue more neglected, mistreated, abused and orphaned farm animals, whose welfare is always at the bottom of the pile. We will continue to campaign, lobby and educate, using their stories, to improve welfare standards.
About the project
17 years ago, we were approached by a benefactor asking if we would like to have new farm premises for the Sanctuary to use. The answer - of course - was yes! So The Farm Animal Sanctuary had a new home of 60 acres, barns and buildings at Manor Orchard Farm near Evesham.
Little were we to know, that 14 years later, The Farm Animal Sanctuary would be served an eviction order, to force us and all 500 farm animals that have found sanctuary here, out. We still don't know why this occurred, but it put the charity in a horrendous position: Due to various health issues, and old age, many of the animals are not able to travel, and would have had to have been shot on the farm - the very thing they have been saved from in the first place.
We had previously had an official valuation carried out, but the price we were being asked to pay far exceeded this. A miracle then occurred and a supporter came forward and offered to purchase Manor Orchard Farm. The animals at the Sanctuary are now safe - and contracts have been drawn up to ensure they will remain safe this time around, for as long as the Sanctuary continues its work.
Unfortuantely, during this process, our funds have been severely depleted trying to pay for solicitors and legal fees which accumulated during this whole hideous process. Approximately £65,000 has had to go towards ensuring a safe home for the 500 animals, to whom we have given refuge, and promised a peaceful and long life with us. This drain on our funds has meant that we have not been able to spend as much as we would like on repairs and maintenance over the last 4 years, and are also struggling to keep up with bills and wages that need paying, come rain or shine.
Farm animals are always at the bottom of the heap. The only animals in the world to be bred specifically to die, kept in tiny pens and cages, transported hundreds of miles, bred until their bodies give out; purely so we as humans can satisfy our appetites for meat, milk and eggs. We would love people to stop exploiting and eating these animals and their products. But in realistic terms, this is unlikely to happen. Sadly, while the numbers of vegetarians and vegans are rising, so is the number of animals being killed. The best thing we can ask is that you think about where your food comes from; the sacrifices have been made to get it there - a mother having her child taken away before its 24 hours old, the thousands of babies dying on the hillsides at lambing time every year, and what those final moments of a lamb's life is like, going through the noisy, unfamiliar busy abattoir, to meet its end, to be put on your plate
Your donation will really count. Every penny we raise will go towards continuing to give these beautiful sentient beings the lifelong home they deserve. Our new charity shop will bring approximately £1500-2000 every week, which will keep up with the everyday costs. Anything extra we raise will go towards much needed maintenance, and upgrading facilities such as pig arks, and pony shelters. Every individual is here for life, in a safe and peaceful environment, where they can live out their days in comfort and without looking over their shoulder for the next livestock trailer that comes along.
Now we are all safe and sound, we can then get on with the work that really matters to us - looking after the animals we have rescued so far, campaigning for better farm animal welfare, educating people on the standards of the food they eat, and continuing to expose and bring to justice, those who continuously abuse and mistreat the animals which they are supposed to be responsible and care for.
A very big THANKYOU from Joanna, Snowdrop & all the animals xxx