Nestled in the glorious Kent countryside, just 8 miles from Ashford, is The Retreat Animal Sanctuary, which cares for more than 1200 abused, sick and abandoned animals. It opened in 1989 and since then it has saved and cared for more than 20,000 animals and saved many from certain death. The Retreat Animal Rescue Farm Sanctuary and Cafe is now one of the biggest Animal Rescues and Sanctuaries in the UK and Europe.
The animals at the sanctuary include ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, injured birds, ferrets, turkeys, battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics animals, and cats and dogs who have failed behaviour tests for re-homing.
The Retreat is a not-for-profit organisation and all the funds they raise go to the welfare of the animals. Much of the work they do is rehabilitation so the animals can be re-homed to permanent, loving homes.
The dedicated team of trustees and volunteers offers specialised care for all the animals and they operate a strict no-kill policy.
What's going on at the Sanctuary?
Over the years, the retreat has created a wonderful environment for visitors. They have a newly refurbished Café which serves delicious vegan meals and snacks and a Thrift Store where you can find quality second hand clothing and home accessories. If you want to make the most of your time at the sanctuary, why not stay overnight? Lodges are available for you and your family to fully experience life at The Retreat.
How can we help?
The site currently accommodates a rescue centre, wildlife hospital, intensive and equine re-homing centre and permanent areas for horses, cows and sheep and goats.
There is now an opportunity for the Sanctuary to purchase a piece of land next to the current site. This would double the size of the sanctuary, allowing them to take in and care for many more animals. To do this, they need help to raise £225,000.
You can read much more about the sanctuary on the Go Fund Me page and watch an interview and tour of the sanctuary from vegan activist, Peter Egan. We you can help too.
For the month of March, we will donate 5% of all product sales to the Sanctuary. No need for a coupon code, just place your order in the usual way and we will do the rest.
We hope that you will support us and the Sanctuary by buying your gifts from Watson & Wolfe between now and March 31st 2020.
Thanks to your sales, we were able to donate £177.22 to the Sanctuary.
Also, watch this space for details of a special event which will be held at the Sanctuary this year. The event is being organised by our stockist Ethel Loves Me in Rye. Further details will be announced in due course.