A safe place for unwanted animals

Set in 51 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, Ferne Animal Sanctuary has been rescuing and rehoming abandoned or unwanted animals for over 75 years. Founded during the Second World War as a place of refuge for servicemen and women to leave their pets, the Sanctuary is still providing a safe place for pets to this day.

How does it work?

Ferne Animal Sanctuary rescues and rehomes unwanted and abandoned animals of all shapes and sizes, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and any other pet that needs a new home. Members of the public can visit the Sanctuary to find a new pet, and then go through a home approval check before they can take their new pet home. The Sanctuary continues to provide support to new pet owners, and in some cases even covers the cost of veterinary bills for the remainder of the animal’s life. Some animals are based at the Sanctuary on a longer-term basis, either awaiting a new home or undergoing rehabilitation prior to rehoming.

How we’re helping

The Sanctuary relies heavily on donations in order to keep running, and the Petplan Charitable Trust is very happy to have been able to contribute a grant of £XXX towards the construction of a new kennel facility to keep rescue dogs warm and comfortable. The new kennels replace an earlier building that was slow to dry following cleaning and heated by an outdated system that was inefficient and expensive to run. The new building lets in more natural daylight, and an upgraded heating system helps make life at the Sanctuary happier and healthier for the dogs who pass through it.

Not only that, but the facility has increased the Sanctuary’s capacity to up to 50 dogs, enabling them to take on more dogs at a time – invaluable for cases such as puppy farms. The extra space also means that more time can be devoted to rehabilitation for the dogs who need it.

Finally, with the funding from Petplan Charitable Trust, the Sanctuary has been able to increase the operating radius of its rehoming activities, meaning that there are more potential homes for animals to go to. This means that animals stay in kennels for less time, freeing up space to accommodate more needy animals while they await a loving new home.


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