of our £90,000 target
of our £90,000 target
We believe that all animals deserve our respect and compassion, which is why we are committed to delivering exceptional animal husbandry and welfare standards.
To ensure we are always providing optimal accommodation for our animals, we would like to build a new multi-functional area here at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary – a dedicated Rehab & Special Care Unit.
The new area will benefit a number of rescued animals, including:
Learn more about some of the animals that the Rehab & Special Care Unit will help…
Twinkle is an elderly Shetland pony that suffers from severe laminitis, which means she is unable to graze in our pastures as our other equines do, and instead must be restricted to ‘box rest’ for long periods of time (with regular exercise).
At the moment she is currently housed in one of our barns which we have made fit for equine purpose, however she would be much more comfortable in a stable of her own. As laminitis is such a common ailment in ponies, it is likely that there may be other equids over the years who will require the same treatment and shelter facilities.
Parsley and Dilly are two hens who were rescued by Goodheart in 2020. When they first arrived (straight from the egg laying industry) they were very under the weather and required close monitoring and care. Due to their lack of feathers they were unable to join our rescued flock after their initial quarantine and so had to be kept in the house for a number of months whilst their plumage grew back. The new treatment room will provide the perfect space for new residents when they first arrive at Goodheart.
The Rehab & Special Care Unit will comprise of three different spaces:
A block of six stables will provide the perfect accommodation for our equines and will include a dedicated area for other animals who require specialised care. As well as a useful double width stable, it will include a large storage room for tack and other items. The block will be located at the rear of the main sanctuary yard where public footfall is limited to provide the animals with a peaceful and safe shelter.
At the end of the stable block, a dedicated treatment room will be an invaluable addition to this area, providing a private space to bring animals during veterinary treatments and securely store medical supplies.
Located next to the stables, a fenced and well-drained area of ground topped with soft substrate will be particularly beneficial for our laminitic equines, who cannot always have access to grass. This area will also include a shelter for overnight use.
Goodheart’s Rehabilitation and Special Care Unit is being developed by the team with a view to begin construction in 2023 once funds have been secured and the design and budget finalised. Planning permission pending.
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