Discover the amazing work that sanctuaries around the world do to care for ex-farm animals
Vegan Food & Living’s Animal sanctuary of the month is our celebration of farmed animal rescue centres and the wonderful things they do to help animals.
Check back every month to discover a new and exciting sanctuary, and learn how they help rescued cows, pigs, chickens, and more.
There are lots of ways you can show your support for these amazing organisations, like donating, volunteering, or simply following them on social media.
So, take a look below to discover our animal sanctuary of the month, and scroll further to see our archive of previously featured centres.
Want to nominate an animal sanctuary or rescue centre? Email [email protected]
August’s Animal Sanctuary of the month – Footprints Animal Sanctuary
footprintsanimalsanctuary.co.uk | Cheshire, UK
Snuffles the pig shows off her mid-shed Mohican hair-do. Photo © Footprints Animal Sanctuary via Facebook
Run by vegans Lisa, Cara and Jamie, Footprints Animal Sanctuary in Cheshire opened 8 years ago and is now home to some wonderful characters including 29 rescued pigs, 7 goats, 30 sheep, battery farm chickens, discarded cockerels, geese, and ducks.
The sanctuary’s running costs are high, so donations are always welcome.
Previously featured sanctuaries
July 2023: The Retreat
retreatanimalrescue.org.uk | Kent, UK
Opened in 1989, The Retreat is home to a diverse range of residents including ex-race horses, former riding school ponies, injured sheep from live exports, cows rescued from slaughter, goats from petting farms, birds with injuries, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, fish, cats and dogs.
Over 1,000 animals are looked after at one time. You can show your support for the amazing work done here on their website.
The Retreat supporter Jill meets her namesake Jill the cow. Photo © The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm via Facebook
June 2023: The Rescue Ranch
therescueranch.co.uk | Warwickshire, UK
Nestled in a leafy corner of Warwickshire is one of the UK’s busiest little animal sanctuaries.
Owners, Sue and Julian, set up The Rescue Ranch 27 years ago, buying a small plot of land to house rescued animals. Each one of their animals is a much-loved member of the family and the pair work tirelessly and with complete devotion.
You can follow The Rescue Ranch on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website.
The goats at The Rescue Ranch, Warwickshire. Photo © The Rescue Ranch via Facebook
May 2023: Coppershell Animal Rescue
coppershellfarmsanctuary.co.uk | Wiltshire, UK
Founded in 2018, Coppershell has helped over 3,000 animals in the last five years and currently has 300 residents, including Elton the cow, Poppy the pig and Marmite the goat.
The sanctuary works tirelessly to provide neglected and unwanted animals rehabilitation and the peaceful life they deserve.
Visit their website to sponsor an animal or volunteer.
Supporters meet Elton the bull, one of the biggest animals at Coppershell. Photo © Coppershell Animal Rescue via Facebook
Want to do your part to help? Here are 10 simple ways to help animals
Featured photo © Footprints Animal Sanctuary via Facebook