To all our friends and followers, we urgently need your help.

May 8, 2024

Since 1939, Ferne Animal Sanctuary has rescued, rehabilitated, or rehomed circa forty thousand animals. There are always approximately three hundred animals on the 72-acre sanctuary, and another 200-250 animals successfully rehomed each year.

It is vital that we continue to carry out our much-needed animal welfare work for another eighty-five years, and beyond; yet we find ourselves amid an unprecedented and severe financial downturn and need your help now more than ever.

In the past two years alone, our vet & medical bills have risen by over 46%, feed & bedding by over 30%, utilities and compulsory professional fees by over 50%, and labour by circa 20%+. We have done everything possible to mitigate against these costs, taking action to reduce where possible and grow other income streams to contribute to the animal welfare. However, there is a very real and immediate risk that the cash will run out in just a few months’ time which would be devastating to lose our historic charity.

We must raise funds over the next 4 months to ensure we can continue our work with animals in need. If we can reach our target of raising £100,000 through this urgent appeal, we will have rescued & rehabilitated so many more unwanted and abandoned animals and will also be in a stable position to face the autumn and winter ahead.

Now more than ever, every donation, no matter the size, is a lifeline to the future of Ferne.

Kevan Hodges, chief executive officer said: “In our 85-year history we have never faced such challenging times.

We urge animal lovers across the UK and internationally that can afford to support us, no matter how big or small the donation, to do so.

We urgently need your help. We are caring for over 300 vulnerable animals currently, who are at risk of losing their home.

Please help if you can, no donation is too small. Thank you – from all of us here at Ferne Animal Sanctuary”

Please help and donate what you can as well as sharing our story to ensure we reach as many people as possible.

Updated Opening Hours

Please note the new schedule for visiting Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

5 Days per Week, Thursday to Monday 10am-4pm with last entry at 3pm

Seasonally – Easter to October Half Term. With Special visitor events on February Half Term and during December Annual Pass Holders and Friends of Ferne can visit the sanctuary on any day except 25th & 26th December, and 1st January

Advance Day Tickets and Guided Tours can be booked for any day except 25th & 26th December, and 1st January

Creative Corner will be open in line with the Visitor access above, so bring along the little ones! This change affects the Visitor Centre only, and our Conference room remains available all year round.

Community Conversation

We’re delighted to invite you to our Ferne Community Conversation event, happening on the 4th of June 2024 at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Join us in our Conference Room from 3pm – 5pm for a chance to get to know us better, ask questions and share your thoughts with the team face-to-face. With the recent events at the Sanctuary, we want to offer our valued supporters the opportunity to connect with us directly.

Whether you have questions, ideas, or just want to say hello – we’d love to see you there! Everyone is welcome to pop in, but we’d appreciate it if you could let us know if you’re planning to come so our team can prepare accordingly.

To register your interest, please do so using the quick form. 

We look forward to seeing you for a relaxed and informative afternoon.