David Walker and DJ - Founders
Elderly ewes at the sanctuary


Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries (GAS) was officially launched in 2018 by our friends David Walker and Dwynwen Jones (DJ). The charity is dedicated to creating awareness around welfare issues within the farming and pet industries and providing safe sanctuary and relief from cruelty and suffering for rescued, abused and neglected animals.


Animals in their care include those rescued from factory farming where they have been kept confined indoors all their lives, and new-borns destined to be destroyed or abandoned simply because they are not profitable. Unfortunately, consumer demand for cheap products results in a host of animal welfare issues within the farm industry as the animals are simply treated as commodities.

Others receiving care at the sanctuary are those individuals originally bought as pets or ‘unusual’ gifts who grow too large for their owners to handle and ex-working animals such a racehorses and sheepdogs who can no longer fulfil their ‘purpose’. The growing trend in ‘micro pigs’ continues to lead to a huge number of unexpectedly large pigs who are deemed unsuitable as pets and are often neglected or need to be re-homed by the likes of GHS.

GHAS consists of three facilities - Farm Animal Sanctuary in Worcestershire, Nickless Farm in Worcestershire and Wiccaweys Border Collie and Working Sheepdog Rescue Centre in Lincolnshire.

OAT were delighted to be able to help the Farm Animal Sanctuary build a barn for their veteran animals in time for the cold winter months. We are now also supporting Pig Paradise, a new pig facility where rescued pigs will have a large barn, a woodland to encourage natural foraging behaviours and an open grassy space where they can live in larger groups.

What Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries do

  • Provide lifetime care for rescued farm animals who have been mistreated or discarded 

  • Campaign against the shocking treatment that occurs due to bad farming practices

  • Assist with the rescue, care and rehoming of 200 dogs per year, as well as providing lifetime care for those who can't be re-homed 

  • Offer the public the opportunity to engage and learn about animals through their stories and sanctuary open days

How Olsen Animal Trust helps

  • Sponsorship of a new barn at the Farm Animal Sanctuary

  • Funding support for Pig Paradise, a new facility for rescued pigs 


Project Images - hover over for details

Rescued Jersey calves
A pigs life...
Raising awareness at Nickless Farm
Rescued lambs 
The barn at the Farm Animal Sanctuary
Bertie the pig

For further information on the wonderful and inspirational work of Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries please visit www.goodheartanimalsanctuaries.com

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