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, supported by experienced Director Alison Hood (who spent over 25 years working for Born Free Foundation), they 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.
We believe that adopting a more plant-based diet is beneficial not only to our health but to our animal friends and the planet too. For this reason and many others, we identify as a vegan animal sanctuary and aim to encourage others to opt for more compassionate lifestyle choices, where possible.
With over 300 animals safe at our site, we’re looking to help even more with our threefold mission to offer sanctuary to more abused and neglected animals; to raise awareness of their plight; and to campaign to end their suffering:
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.