Along with the rest of the country this winter has seen the wettest ever at the sanctuary, and this is having a huge impact on us.
All of our fields have literally turned into either lakes or muddy bogs, or a combination of both, making it very difficult to keep all the animals healthy and happy. Ensuring that the animals have the necessary outside time and exercise on a daily basis is proving very time-consuming as they all have to be cleaned off thoroughly when they come in to prevent issues with conditions like mud fever. Keeping their hooves (horses, goats and sheep) as clean and dry as possible is essential to avoid extremely painful conditions that are often hard and expensive to resolve, prevention is always better than cure. Keeping the animals happy and stimulated during long periods of being stabled is also a big challenge – we are thankful to our staff and volunteers who devote extra time to grooming and fussing the animals
Limited outside access for the animals has also sent our feed and hay bills through the roof which is a huge drain on resources, we are unable to rely on any of our fields to provide nourishment for the animals. Keeping them all in excellent condition in these cold and wet times is a costly business.
We urgently need donations and sponsors for all our rescued animals to help us meet the expense of running the sanctuary. Just £5 a month will go a long way to helping us…
We cannot emphasise enough how thankful we and the animals are for your continued support!