Our Big Give Campaign is now Live

From 1st – 8th December our Big Give campaign is live!

For one week only every donation made to this campaign will be match funded up to £1900.

We know we ask a lot of our fantastic supporters but every penny really does count at the moment, so if you can spare just £2 it will mean we receive £4 – one donation but double the impact!

If you would like to support us click here to read all about our campaign and make your donation.

Thank you so much for your continued support


Ferne’s Advent Calendar

Welcome to December 2020!

Our Advent Calendar is now live.

Throughout the month there will be a chance to meet lots of the different animals that we have here at the Sanctuary, so pop back every day to see who is next!

Click here to have a look.

We hope you enjoy it!


My Giving Circle

Please vote for Ferne to receive funds from My Giving Circle.

Voting is open until 30th December.

The Charity in #1 for each category when voting ends receive £1000 and #2 -#10 receive £500 – what’s more you can vote every week!

Thank you for your support

Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving

120 different charities will each receive £1000 between the 7th and 22nd December 2020

Ecclesiastical will draw 10 winners each weekday and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw.

The more nominations we receive, the greater our chance of receiving £1000!

Please click HERE to nominate Ferne

Thank you for your support

Local Businesses give lifeline to rescue animals

A second lockdown and now winter, has made it a very tough time for our animal charity which is 90% down on our normal income with COVID closures. Winter is always an expensive time for an animal charity, and we are particularly grateful to our ongoing and our new corporate supporters, Hilton Herbs and Melhuish and Saunders who help to support us through this costly time.

Support from local businesses through our Corporate Sponsorship scheme is an invaluable source of much-appreciated revenue to help us meet our rising costs. The sponsorship we receive from our Corporate Ambassadors, (DP Associates, Rathbone Investment Management, Oscar Meyer and Petplan), our Corporate Partners, (Anthony Harris IFA; PKF Francis Clark; Coombefield Veterinary Hospital, RH Advertising; Everys solicitors and Springvale Equipment), and our many Corporate Supporters, makes all the difference.

“With the massive reduction in our income, our corporate support has been a lifeline to help us continue to look after all the animals in our care. The support from local businesses who are keen to help us continue our work as their chosen local and well-respected charity to support has been amazing” said Elaine Hayes, CEO of Ferne Animal Sanctuary. “Their support makes a huge difference to the work we can continue to do at Ferne, especially at this incredibly difficult time.”

To find out more about becoming one of our lifesaving corporate supporters, please have a look here.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity and relies on the support of the public and dedicated volunteers to continue its vital work.  Ferne has been caring for unwanted and abandoned animals for over 75 years.


Online Auction Now Live

Christmas shopping plans ruined by a second lockdown? We’ve got you covered!

Our online auction is live until Friday 13th Nov at 9pm.  The perfect opportunity to pick up some unique gifts or perhaps a treat to look forward to when we come out of lockdown.

There really is something for everyone and for all budgets; from a 3 night Eco-Treehouse escape, to an equine experience at Ferne, an amazing compact crafting workstation to fulfil all your organisational needs, lunch for two in the Folly at the Pig at Combe, or for the sweet toothed a Belgian Chocolate ice cream kit to make 3 litres of delicious ice cream and SO much more!

Click HERE to view all the fabulous lots and place your bids.

This year fundraising has been incredibly difficult.  We hope this auction will help replace some of our lost income so please have a look and share the link with your friends.

All funds raised will help us continue to support animals in need, animals who through no fault of their own need a little extra care, attention and a safe loving home.

Thank you

Online Show – Dog Classes Winners

Thank you again to all who entered photos to support our Online Show!

Here are the winners of the Dog Classes

Best Veteran

1st Place – Buddy Bear, entered by Catherine Jones

2nd Place – Princess, entered by Tammy Smith

3rd Place – Sophie, entered by Kay Dawson

Cutest Youngster

1st Place – Tilly, entered by Emily Mitchell

2nd Place – Bali, entered by Victoria Newman

3rd Place – Bob, entered by Tania Lant

Most Appealing Eyes

1st Place – Basil, entered by Lynda Dale

2nd Place – Cherub, entered by Amanda Masters

3rd Place – Stamford, entered by Hannah Coleman

Most Handsome Dog

1st Place – Stan, entered by Penny Novis

2nd Place – Jago, entered by Simon Heald

3rd Place – Rolo, entered by Alison Lowe

Prettiest Bitch

1st Place – Sasha, entered by Sarah and Tim

2nd Place – Misha, entered by Sue Govier

3rd Place – Belle, entered by Tracey Walker

Best Rescue Dog

1st Place – Max, entered by Kate King

2nd Place – Crystal, entered by Carol and Julian Babb

3rd Place – Chewie, entered by Jacky Cobbold

Dog the judge would most like to take home

1st Place – Jay, entered by Geoff Gilbert

2nd Place – Maggie, entered by Alison Lowe

3rd Place – Rigsby, entered by Karen Allen

Hope for Eysha

Loving and timid Eysha is a Shar Pei and, at only 14 months old, is in desperate need of medical treatment for a very sore and debilitating knee condition (known as a luxating patella). Sadly, she came to Ferne because her owner was no longer able to look after her. She was overweight, so was started on a diet and strict exercise regime with a gradual increase in the amount of exercise she was given and, over time she became more playful and enjoyed her paddock time with the other dogs.

Last week, we noticed that Eysha was holding her hind leg up and we quickly realised that she had dislocated her knee cap. Our Re-homing Manager managed to gently put it back in place. Eysha was immediately taken to the vets for a check-up as we suspected she may have a luxating patella (a condition where the kneecap pops out of the groove it rides in and cannot be returned), and unfortunately our fears were confirmed.

“Eysha is quite a timid dog who seeks reassurance by cuddling up to you,” commented Tara Nirula, Re-homing Manager. “However, once she gets to know you is very loving and, considering she must be in a lot of discomfort, she is always happy to see you. She is a young dog, and we want to do all we can do to make her life pain free and for her to live a long and happy life”.

It was vital that the operation was performed immediately as her lameness would have become progressively worse if left for too long. Over time, the patella wears a hole in the cartilage which also slows the healing process, so this surgery was needed urgently to correct the defect.

We need £800 to reach our £1,200 target to cover her treatment, which includes the operation to repair the luxating patella followed by after care, such as physiotherapy and possibly hydrotherapy to help strengthen her muscles and joints as well as the veterinary medication she will need to help with the pain and inflammation. Eysha is a young dog and deserves a life free from pain.

If you would like to help Eysha, please donate here through our JustGiving Page.

Online Show Cat Classes and Best Dog and Cat Friends Winners

Thank you so much to all who entered our Online Dog and Cat Show we had so many wonderful entries and raised over £600 for the Sanctuary!

Due to the number of entries received we will be announcing the winners of our Cat Classes as well as the Best Dog and Cat Friends today, with our Dog Classes to follow early next week – apologies for the delay but we promise the photos really are worth waiting for and huge thanks to our impartial volunteer judge for giving up so much of your time to support us.


Best Veteran

1st Place – Maisie, entered by Julia Glenn

2nd Place – Lionel, entered by Amanda Masters

3rd Place – Indie, entered by Kimberley Skinner

Cutest Youngster

1st Place – Solomon, entered by Julia Jacobs

2nd Place – Skye, entered by Kelly Evans

3rd Place – Simon, entered by Flora Pakes

Best Sleeping Place

1st Place – Maisy, entered by Abby Parker

2nd Place – Harvey, entered by Julia Rogers

3rd Place – Sky, entered by Nicola Bowen

Most Handsome Male

1st Place – Maverick, entered by Ceridwen Rayson

2nd Place Noodle, entered by Sue Ritcher

3rd Place – Ziggy, entered by Kaiya Morton

Prettiest Female

1st Place – Mischief, entered by Rachel Potter

2nd Place – Lady, entered by Finn, Maisie and Eliza

3rd Place – Daisy, entered by Helen Mitcham

Best Rescue Cat

1st Place – Finn, entered by Kath Joy

2nd Place – Rosie, entered by Sarah Langrish

3rd Place – Ponyo, entered by Kaiya Morton

Cat the judge would most like to take home

1st Place – Maverick, entered by Serena Hall

2nd Place – Ninja, entered by Cheryl Moolman

3rd Place – Danny, entered by Donna McNeil

Best Dog and Cat Friends

1st Place – Miller and Milo, entered by Donna Breakwell

2nd Place – Maisie, Dora and Dusty, entered by Donna McNeil

3rd Place – Archie and Tammy, entered by Karen McGilchrist

Neal’s Yard Remedies – online sale raising funds for Ferne

We’re excited to have teamed up with one of our supporters, Becki from Organic Skin Treats, a natural beauty-based business in Chard.  Becki works with, sells and uses the award winning and organic beauty products from Neal’s Yard Remedies in her business and has kindly offered to donate her full discount on the products to convert it into funds to help us continue to care for all the animals here at Ferne.

Between Monday 12th October and Friday 16th October at midnight, 25% of all sales via the link below will be donated to Ferne!

Neal’s Yard Remedies raising funds for Ferne

You might already know and use Neal’s Yard Remedies ethical and organic products or you may be new to them.  There’s a wide range of products and some beautiful gift boxes now available, for the whole family.   Including organic skincare, award winning mother and baby products, a family friendly Bee Lovely range, hand care products with gentle hand washes, lotions and creams and the much loved aroma diffusers and essential oil blends, ideal to use while we’re all spending more time at home!

FREE Delivery direct to you – We’d like your delivery to come direct to you, so please select 3-5 days on the delivery option. It will be FREE on all orders of £40 or more and will come direct to you from the Neal’s Yard Eco factory in Dorset.