FRIEND is a farm animal sanctuary in Kent with nearly 200 animals. They find their way here through being unwanted, abused, neglected or abandoned. The sanctuary offers a free roaming (as far as possible and safe) home to chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, cows, goats, sheep and one alpaca who thinks he’s a sheep, on a 10 acre site nestled in between the orchards and hop farms of rural Kent. The 35+ pigs live in their own paddock with wallows.
We rely solely on donations from members of the public.
Financial donations are spent on food, bedding, essential equipment and veterinary bills. We are a no kill sanctuary, we re-home a small amount of companion animals but most of the animals that live here stay with us until the day they die.
Lotus Animal Sanctuary intends to exist to give and promote love, care, kindness, respect, justice and compassion to all beings! Remaining forever mindful of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings of Plum Village – we will raise awareness of the suffering caused by the destruction of life and help others to learn about the ways they can protect lives of people, animals and our planet.
The Sanctuary is looking to target 4 key areas;
1. To provide love, care & shelter to animals who have escaped slaughter, who have been made homeless, who have been injured, or who have been abused and/or abandoned.
2. To find permanent homes for homeless, abandoned, abused and mistreated animals and to always promote adoption through education and example.
3. To promote compassion, love, respect and understanding for all animals through interaction and education. This will be accomplished through physically visiting the animals at the sanctuary, or virtually via the internet
4. To offer a therapy facility to humans offering therapies, stress management, counselling, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and yoga.
Farm Animal Sanctuary: BRITAIN’S FIRST FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY - Compassionate Caring for 25 years
The last secure place for over 530 animals and birds rescued from abuse, neglect, slaughter and abandonment. Please donate or adopt to keep them safe. Please don’t forget that if you shop online through Give As You Live that helps our funding too!
At the Sanctuary Farm Animals Are for Life And Not For Slaughter
We are a not-for-profit organisation with all the Trustees and most of the volunteers being vegan. All funds raised go to the welfare of the animals who come into The Retreat's care and where possible animals are rehomed in permanent, loving homes. The Retreat operates a genuine no-kill policy.
Our sites accommodate our main rescue centre and wildlife hospital to deal with most animal intakes and emergencies, and our permanent horses, cows and sheep residents - we now have ample room to care for more animals, our intensive and equine rehoming centre, along with care-for-life wildlife and exotics.