Latest Rescue Stories  

At The Retreat rescues occur constantly, we often have animals brought to us and we are out regularly collecting or saving animals. It would be impossible to list every rescued/saved animal here so we show a selection as examples of our work.

July 2017

Baby Hedgehogs

Three babies found after some demolition in a garden. They are doing well and have taken to their bottles. 

Tom, Dick and Harry will all be released when they are ready.


May 2017

Mini-Herd Rescue

This month saw the arrival of our mini-herd of forgotten horses. Neglected and just dumped to fly-graze on private land, supposedly monitored by a large welfare organisation, saw one horse drown in the only water source that was available.

Realising that in this herd of horses one pony needed urgent treatment on Easter Sunday, a rescue team desperately tried to get help but the only option they were left with was to attend the field with their vet and the police who removed the pony under the Welfare Act.

Devastatingly two days later the pony they named Easter passed away. That's when we were asked to help.

We agreed to take Lillie, a young female blind in one eye and very skinny,

Cara and Marney, a mummy with her week-old baby,

Star, a heavily pregnant mare who gave birth to baby Billie on the 11th May,

and Amber, another young underweight female approximately one-year-old.

There are, however, six more who we are desperately trying to find homes for.

The equine crisis shows no signs of slowing and these are the lucky horses, we are though tired of seeing this on a day-to-day basis.

Please help us help them and donate whatever you can today. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Team Retreat


Dear Ruby needed a rescue placement when her guardian died suddenly. At only 3 years old Ruby needed a rescue centre that could give her a happy and full life with other bovine residents. At The Retreat she will spend her days with her new family and never leave the herd. Isn't Ruby lucky she found The Retreat. 



Eva was just another old horse needing a desperate rescue place we were told. 

Her real story was very different.

Eva and several others had been living on a very poor site with very little food and they all needed urgent help to prevent them from starving to death.

All the young ones were sold to people wanting a horse but poor Eva had no takers. Tree bark and anything she could find to stay alive was her main meal of the day, her last hope was The Retreat.

On arrival at The Retreat we let her settle into her luxury stable with soft bed and fresh meadow hay. A special diet of organic herbs and build-up food was given often and in small amounts. Eva was exhausted and terrified of humans. It took weeks to touch her and gain her trust. How could anyone have let her down so badly.

When we got close enough to start supporting her so that she could paddock-share with a buddy, we realised that she had suffered a terrible trauma to her head which had resulted in the loss of most of her front teeth, the blinding of one eye and damage to her other eye too.

Eva now gets all the love, support and tenderness she's always deserved from our very committed horse team and her pony buddy Jack.

Jack, who's in his thirties and also totally blind, loves his new wife.

April 2017


Meet Naomi, a very happy little lady. Until recently Naomi lived a life deprived of most things we all take for granted - the seasons, daylight, the earth under foot, varied diet of things we like, peace and quiet and space...for Naomi was a battery chicken with only one use - eggs. It's hard to believe that this nation of animal lovers ever developed this evil system let alone still uses it.

Now Naomi will lead an enriched life sometimes with the sun on her back other times sheltering from the rain. Naomi will form complex social relationships with other birds and be loved and cherished by our team. Hopefully one day she will be adopted into a loving family just like a cat or dog.

Watch a video of Naomi on our YouTube channel

February 2017


Here's our new group of chickens, saved by a supporter. Chickens are intelligent, loving and friendly but these, still only babies, would have been ready for the butcher by day 42 and not much later on the plate. Can you believe born to live a miserable life for just 42 days? So many ways to avoid animal products and help stop their suffering. 


The New Designer 'Pet'

Here's Mighty Moby, a 'pet' who lasted just 48 hours with his guardian. An impulse buy we are told.

We have all heard of teacup pigs, micro pigs,  mini pigs,  tiny pigs etc but the reality is these very intelligent creatures don't want to live in flats, shut in bathrooms or in puppy crates in the kitchen. 


They are still pigs and even if they don't grow to the size of traditional pigs they still have very natural instincts to root and roam and play with others of their kind.

Pigs, like all animals, need love and kindness and access to exercise all their natural behaviour in order to ensure they have a happy and fulfilled life.

Please contact The Retreat if you feel tempted to keep a companion pig, we can give you a full run-down from start to finish on keeping them.

Horse Rescue

Once again the horrors of uncontrolled overbreeding and inbreeding shows its ugly head. 

The Retreat was called to a field of dead and dying horses just next to the Ashford designer outlet.

Kent Online report

(left) The two survivors, 

Gracie and Libby, 

safely at The Retreat.

Only two weeks after their intakes Gracie started producing milk again much to Libby's delight and comfort  Their special treatment costs £85 a week without veterinary costs.

Already many young horses had given up and died of the cold and starvation, below are some of the horses we found dead in the field.


                    RIP beautiful souls

Previous Rescues