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
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Rescued Jersey calves
These beautiful Jersey calves were saved from slaughter and taken in by GHAS when they were deemed too sick to warrant expensive care by a veal farmer. Sadly, many animals like this are seen purely as commodities and are often abandoned or destroyed if for whatever reason they are deemed unprofitable. On arrival, their survival didn’t look promising, however 24-hour care from GHS's dedicated team ensured that all the calves pulled through.
A pigs life...
OAT have supported the creation of GHAS's new pig facility, Pig Paradise. This consists of a barn, woodland and grass paddocks which provide rescued pigs with the best possible environment in which to live and interact in groups and exhibit their natural behaviour. It is becoming more widely known and accepted that pigs are one of the cleanest and most intelligent animals and the happy pigs at GHAS are good proof of this fact!
Raising awareness at Nickless Farm
OATOKE Dave Higgs, joined Peter Egan (of Downton Abbey Fame) on a visit to Nickless Farm Sanctuary to raise awareness of this very special facility for rescued farm animals. Peter Egan is Chairman of the RSPCA and patron of numerous animal charities. Peter is a vegan and has a very soft spot for farm animals. Pictured here with the GHAS's founders and management team together with Dave.
These little lambs were unwanted by a profit driven farmer and arrived at the sanctuary in a fragile state, not wanting to feed and in one case unable to stand. They were regularly bottle-fed and initially given 24-hour care by GHAS's farm manager, in his house. Now, thanks to the dedication of the team the lambs are all thriving at the sanctuary.
At 26 years old, Jet was in desperate need of a forever home after being retired from his working life as a racehorse, show jumper and hunter. Sadly, many working animals who are no longer deemed useful are sent to slaughter or simply abandoned. Jet is one of the lucky ones who can enjoy his retirement and now lives with Harry, another rescued pony.
Teddy was found wandering alone on a farm road by the founders of GHAS. He was underweight and had cuts on his body and face. Luckily for Teddy they acted quickly and transported him to the sanctuary. Having received the medical care he badly needed he is now recovering in a lush green paddock accompanied by Blondie the cow. Once his condition has improved, he will move in permanently with other rescued ewes.
Bryn and Pop are currently residents of Wiccaweys Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs Rescue Centre. Wiccaways have rescued thousands of border collies who would otherwise have been euthanised as they were no longer needed. Not only do Wiccaweys re-home they also provide advice and education on collies and provide lifetime care for those who cannot find homes.
The barn at the Farm Animal Sanctuary
OAT were pleased to help facilitate a new barn at the Farm Animal Sanctuary to ensure the veteran animals have a warm, comfortable place to live out their final years.
Bertie the pig
Bertie was found at the side of a farm road, underweight and covered in ticks. He was so small and fragile that he spent his first few weeks recovering at the GHAS Founders house. Thankfully he has now made a full recovery and he now lives in a paddock at the sanctuary with his new friend Pickle.
For further information on the wonderful and inspirational work of Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries please visit www.goodheartanimalsanctuaries.com