Rehabilitation & Special Care Unit Project

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of our £90,000 target

Match funding announcement​

We have had the very exciting news that an anonymous donor has offered to match fund £7,000 worth of donations for this appeal! This means that any donations up to this amount will be automatically doubled, helping bring us even closer to our target. This may seem like a lot, but every donation helps, however large or small, so please do support us if you can.

About the project

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.

How this project will help

The new area will benefit a number of rescued animals, including:

  • Our equines, some of which are elderly or require special care
  • New residents who require rest or quarantine while we assess them
  • Elderly or unwell animals who may be undergoing treatment or rehabilitation

Learn more about some of the animals that the Rehab & Special Care Unit will help…

Shetland pony Twinkle and lamb Bob

Twinkle the pony

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.

Read TWINKLE's story
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New residents like Parsley & Dilly

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.

Read parsley & dilly's story

The Rehab & Special Care Unit will comprise of three different spaces:

Stable Block

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.

Treatment Room

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.

All-weather Paddock

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.

Rehab and Special Care Unit at Goodheart
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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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Other ways to support this appeal

Animals and welfare

You can be part of the Goodheart story by pledging £1,000 to purchase a symbolic Foundation Stone for this project. £11,000 worth has already been pledged and we’d like to keep this momentum going, so please help if you can. In return, you’ll receive name recognition at our sanctuary as well the knowledge that you will have made our rescued animals very happy indeed!

Fundraise for us

Are you a horse or pony lover? Or maybe you just feel inspired by our cause and want to help rescued animals in need? Sign up to fundraise for Goodheart and you’ll be helping us raise vital funds for this appeal. There are lots of ways you can help, from birthday fundraisers to national events. Follow the link below to get started!

This appeal is kindly supported by

Alpaca Finance

Are you a corporate sponsor that would like to see your logo here? Email our Fundraising Manager Jodie at to find out how you can support us.