We are the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, a small Organisation with a team dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of otters in this country. All our resources are directed to our mission of proactively contributing to the preservation of of otters and wildlife. Having closed our doors to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic this summer we were able to re-open through August to the end of October, but to comply with guidelines and social distancing to keep our visitors and staff safe, we had to reduce numbers so much and keep our gift shop and indoor exhibits closed, income has been very small. We have been lucky to have support from keen otter watchers through the autumn but now we have no income to buy food for the otters and other re-homed and rescued animals. We don't know how long this situation will last and being seasonal place to visit, our resources are exhausted at the beginning of what we see as our "third winter in a row"
Any funds raised will be used solely for the purpose of supporting the otters and other small animals during the period we have to remain closed or restricted opening is in place.
We currently have 15 resident rescued or re-homed otters with us. We are expecting to receive more orphaned or injured otters over the coming weeks who will also need food. We also have a collection of re-homed reptiles including a colony of 150 red eared terrapins.
Donations will feed our resident otters and provide food and veterinary supplies for any injured or orphaned otters that come to us. Every donation large or small will make a difference.
We need to buy supplies of fresh fish, minced beef along with vitamin supplements and other goodies that make up the otters staple diet.
Have a look at our Facebook page and group called Otters and Butterflies and our website www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk for more background information and photos and videos of what we do. Thank you, stay safe and well.