Goodheart was built on the belief that all animals are individual sentient beings, just like humans. They feel pain, have emotions, and should be treated with respect.
As lifelong animal lovers, David Walker and Dwynwen Jones (also known as DJ) noticed that while there were many initiatives to help protect wildlife and exotic animals, someone needed to speak up for the underdogs of the animal world – farmed animals.
David and DJ felt so strongly about doing something that they established Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries and set about securing the perfect site for a brand-new sanctuary which would become a haven for rescued animals.
They decided on The Nickless, in Worcestershire; with its gentle hills, wooded areas and large pastures. It was the ideal spot, and in 2017 Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary opened its doors. Set in 92 tranquil acres, the sanctuary is home to over 300 rescued animals including pigs, goats, cows, sheep, geese and chickens.
From lambs only a few hours old to ponies in their thirties, our residents come to us at different stages in life and from very different backgrounds. While they each have their own unique story, they can all live out their days in peace and safety at our sanctuary.
Every animal is treated as an individual, with specific needs and care plans. To keep them comfortable and happy, our residents have access to extensive pastures, sheltered accommodation, and a varied environment in which to express natural behaviours.
As well as being a safe space for the animals in our care, the sanctuary environment has been designed to reflect their natural habitat, so that our residents can live happy and fulfilling lives.
We’re working to create a better world for all animals, whether farmed, wild, or pet. Learn more about our three-pronged approach below:
Learn about the animals who arrive at Goodheart and how we care for them
We believe in the importance of educating future generations about animals and the natural world.
We want to spread our message of kindness far and wide. Join us in our campaigning efforts.
Watch our official promo video, narrated by our wonderful patron, the actor and animal activist, Peter Egan.