We pride ourselves on providing an excellent standard of care for all of our rescued residents here at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary. This means not only caring for all of their physical needs (with high-quality food, routine care, and veterinary attention) but also providing enrichment to support their mental and emotional wellbeing, ensuring they live the healthy happy lives they all deserve.
By sponsoring one of our residents, you’re directly contributing to their care, and that of their friends at the sanctuary, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
When we say we couldn’t do it without you, we really mean it.
Sponsor an animal for a one-off payment starting from just £15, or choose a rolling monthly sponsorship amount of your choice.
When you sponsor an animal, we’ll post you an official sponsorship certificate and a complimentary Goodheart postcard. There’s also the option to choose an email sponsorship and we’ll send you the certificate digitally.
Polly came to us from a farm, where she had sustained an injury in the field which caused partial paralysis in her back legs. It was touch-and-go for a while as to whether Polly would pull through.
After multiple vet and physio visits, and much dedication from our Animal Care Team, who worked closely with Polly to help her walk and build up her strength, it seems that Polly is finally on the mend!
Rescued hens Parsley and Dilly arrived with us in December 2020, saved from the egg-laying industry by the British Hen Welfare Trust.
Having been kept in cramped stressful conditions, they were underweight and with extreme feather loss. With lots of TLC, they’re now on their way to a full recovery at our sanctuary.
Apricot is a Tamworth pig – a distinctive orange breed with a long snout and pointed ears. She is one of the oldest pigs at the sanctuary.
Apricot arrived at Goodheart with her best friend, Amber, after breeding numerous litters of piglets. We give her regular pain relief for her arthritis to keep her as comfortable as possible.
Our 24 year old Shetland pony Twinkle has recently been experiencing some foot problems caused by laminitis.
As well as being on pain relief, Twinkle has had a series of X-rays and vet visits. She also had a couple of special visits from a remedial farrier to carry out work on her foot.
Tom is a very lovable pygmy goat who enjoys nothing more than a fuss from staff and visitors alike. He is incredibly friendly with a gentle soul ,who thrives when given a bit of attention.
Despite being the smallest goat in our herd, he doesn’t compromise on personality. An adventurous individual, he loves climbing and can often be found scrambling over his natural climbing frame.
Lulu previously suffered from chronic bouts of ‘sour crop’. The crop is the first part of a chicken’s digestive system located just below the hen’s throat and when it becomes infected, as in Lulu’s case, can cause problems when it comes to eating food.
Our Animal Care Team came up with the innovative solution of supporting Lulu’s crop with a hand-sewn sling. With this extra support, Lulu can behave like a normal hen and no longer suffers from sour crop.
Blondie is a french breed of cow called a Blonde d’Aquitaine. She is our oldest cow at the sanctuary and has grown into a bit of a mother figure having taken our ‘Jersey boys’ under her wing.
Despite her age, Blondie is a real character with lots of quirks. She is absolutely adamant that she is the matriarch of our entire herd and will often vocalise with very loud bellows and moos to re-assert her dominance in the ranks!
When Kermit first arrived at the sanctuary it quickly became apparent that he was unlike any other – he was quite grumpy, had little interest in socialising with other pigs, and his tongue was permanently dangling from his mouth! Over time, Kermit has really cheered up. He’s lost some weight and befriended another of our rescued pigs, Ferdinand, who he thoroughly enjoys bossing around.
He is still known to snore very loudly and yes, his tongue is still permanently out!
Poppy is a chestnut mare with a firey attitude to match her colouring! Her closest companion is Harry the Welsh cob, who is utterly besotted with Poppy and follows her around everywhere she goes.
Poppy suffers from Cushing’s disease – a common ailment in older equines. We make sure to manage this condition by taking regular blood tests and giving Poppy her daily meds to keep her as comfortable as possible.
Clove is one of 10 piglets born at Goodheart after his mother, Salt, was referred to us as an RSPCA neglect case. Unbeknown to us at the time, Salt was pregnant on arrival!
It has been an absolute pleasure watching Clove and his siblings grow from tiny, wiggly piglets to some of our largest and friendliest pigs.
Clove himself is the only spotty pig out of his whole family. He’s a quiet lad who enjoys some gentle fuss from our visitors. His favourite treat is a juicy tomato.
Alan and Alfie are two of the cheekiest residents at Goodheart. Convinced that they are in fact sheep, not alpaca, they have bonded closely with our flock of elderly ewes.
Just like our sheep, they too require annual shearing where their thick woolly fleece is removed in the hot summer months.
If you meet our alpaca duo at the sanctuary, listen out for their unique vocalisations which sound similar to a guinea pig’s squeak!
Butterfly is one of our most elderly ewes. Although she suffers from a touch of arthritis, we support her movement with an individual treatment plan of pain relief and regular anti-inflammatory injections.
Due to her restricted mobility, we are able to keeep a close eye on Butterfly and give her an extra bit of fuss and attention.
Butterfly particularly enjoys when our volunteers bring her a daily treat of fresh veg from our green grocer partner.
Mindy the ewe suffers from a neurological disorder and her upper and lower jaws aren’t aligned, making it difficult for her to eat grass and hay, but she doesn’t let that stop her enjoying life!
Our Animal Care Team feed her on a special mix twice a day to ensure she maintains a healthy weight.
Bob came to us in May 2020, when he was found all alone on the roadside with no other sheep to be seen. Since his arrival at Goodheart, he has proved to be a bright and inquisitive soul, keen to make friends with all the residents large or small.
Bob’s friendly nature has made him particularly popular with our visitors and he always loves trotting over to say hello!
Everest is a real gentle giant. Although he is the largest bovine at the sanctuary, he is also the softest.
He will happily came running for a good back scratch or a brush (yes, he does have his own dedicated brush!) when you call his name.
He is rarely seen without his handsome brother, Danny, who is a little more reserved around his human companions.
Want to give the gift of a sponsorship? Just fill out your recipient details on the order form and we can either send your sponsorship pack to you to give in person, or send directly to your recipient. There’s also the option to add a gift message free of charge.
Adoptions help us continue our important work as an animal sanctuary and you can feel good knowing you’re helping to improve the lives of hundreds of rescued animals. What’s more – you’ll receive a fabulous adoption pack containing a coaster engraved with the footprint of your new friend, a framed photograph of your chosen animal, a personalised adoption certificate signed by our founders, and regular email updates from your new friend!