On this page we mention, amongst other things, building work that goes on at The Retreat such as new fencing, new stable blocks etc. and we also like to pass on news about fundraising events that have taken place. These efforts, together with people donating money on a one off or regular basis ensure that the above mentioned work can go ahead as well as enabling us to care for the animals. We would like to thank everyone who raises money for The Retreat.
28/11/15 - At The Retreat we have a large number of mice needing good homes. This is Monty Mouse, a friendly boy needing a loving home. Mice are easy companions to care for so please contact us at email@example.com if you can help.
Rabbits need room!
28/11/15 - Try to give your rabbit friends the largest enclosure you can spare. Rabbits need other rabbits (neutered of course), places to rest and play, run and jump, dig and roll...and rabbits love night-time play...if rabbits could speak English they would say "Forget the hutch idea, you wouldn't put your cat in a hutch 24/7".
16/11/15 - Video of Polo, so weak she could not stand, see our page Rescuing Polo.
16/11/15 - Our very special thanks to Ben Sims for his amazing fundraising idea...Ben went off and climbed Mount Toukbahl, the highest mountain in North Africa! Ben's climb is raising money for the animals currently at The Retreat and all the animals who will desperately need our help, to donate please visit Ben's page on JustGiving.
Old/New tools needed
16/11/15 - Dear friends, at The Retreat we need your old - or new - tools. Anything, including hammers, screwdrivers, power tools, saws, work benches, step ladders, nuts, bolts, nails, and screws, etc - any odd DIY bits and bobs, which we can put to good use.
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively send anything to The Retreat, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Ashford TN26 3LJ.
amazing Rita is still looking for a home - she has been here for two
years! Rita has been overlooked several times (as she's black and
white) despite her amazing personality. Please share to try to get her
a home or if she tempts you email us
email@example.com or contact Scott Ludlow on 07403
Saturday is our Halloween black cat open day
29/10/15 - You are invited to our Halloween Open Day on Saturday 31st October from 2 pm to meet the black cats and all our other rescued animals, with delicious food and fun.
Please contact Billy via email if you have any questions
Pigs deserve better
29/10/15 - Of course all animals should be loved and cherished, absolutely none should be seen as disposable items.
Sadly, many species come into favour and soon find themselves desperate for a rescue placement....
it seems it's the pigs' turn now...
silly TV reality shows are promoting "micro pigs", and even rescue centres are rehoming pigs as 'pets' to house and garden homes - so it's not surprising 'pet' pigs now need our help.
We have had
pigs from every situation, high rise flats, back of shops on busy high
streets, gardens, church yards, parks, slaughterhouses, motorways,
airports, rubbish dumps, traveller camps, car parks and schools. You
name it we have collected them from it.
We do not home pigs to people living in houses with ordinary gardens, that would be irresponsible. Even recently a woman living on a caravan park called to rehome a pig.
Pigs are intelligent creatures they belong in groups with lots to do - if you really love pigs and want one then it's time to either sponsor a pig at a rescue centre where you can go and spend time with one and get to know your pig...or provide a field, paddock, meadow or woodland home to a rescued pig.
Please dont buy from breeders, they just want your money. Pigs deserve better - be part of the "pig fund" and help with pigs like Ellie and Lottie (pictured) who were rescued from a 'pet' home gone terribly wrong.
19/10/15 - Did you know that you can donate to The Retreat by getting rid of your old car? Giveacar will collect the vehicle for FREE, scrap or auction it, and the money raised is sent directly to us for the animals. A scrap car donation raises an average of £50, which would help keep our animals warm and fed over the cold winter months.
Call 020 7736 4242, or visit Giveacar to arrange your free collection.
Giveacar take cars of any age or value and collect from anywhere in the UK.
19/10/15 - Eric is six months old but the size of a newborn - see Latest Rescues.
Black Cat Open Day
07/10/15 - Come along to our Halloween Open Day on Saturday 31st October from 2 pm to meet the black cats and all our other rescued animals, with delicious food and fun.
13/09/15 - Our 2016 calendar is now available, many thanks to Hayley Jupp Photography.
To buy a calendar, £7 + £1.50 postage all profits are going to The Retreat, please message Hayley on Facebook
13/09/15 - We are creating a new lake at The Retreat!
Our special thanks to everyone who is making this fantastic project happen.
the animals a round...
13/09/15 - of hay... help us prepare for winter.
Each round of hay costs us £15. Hay provides food for so many of our animals.
Please support us by buying one to store for winter. Many thanks from Team Retreat.
Seven brothers update
13/09/15 - Our recently rescued pigs, seven young brothers, have settled in very well, here they are meeting some of the young team at The Retreat. These dear little souls will never be parted and will stay at The Retreat, loved and cared for all their lives.
02/09/15 - Our wonderful Todd, the roadside foal, feeling better...
25/07/15 - Here are three members of our turkey family, whiling away the morning having a chat.
25/07/15 - Graceful, older Minty came to The Retreat when his human mum needed to downsize her goat keeping.
He's a true gentleman and has happily settled in with our goat family.
Princess enjoying an afternoon sleep in the sunshine, this picture of her was taken around three weeks before she passed
Sadly, our beautiful, elderly lady has gone to Rainbow Bridge, Princess was dearly loved by so many, a truely wonderful soul who will be deeply missed.
Forever in our hearts
Feed the World
30/06/15 - This is what would happen to the planet if we ate less meat -
Eat for the planet (external link)
30/06/15 - are opposed to violence - 7-year-old doesn't want to eat meat (external video)
29/05/15 - Wonderful, kind ex-battery hens ready for adoption, these beautiful ladies will need a safe chicken house and run.
Please contact us if you can help.
Fundraiser Walk 02/06/15
29/05/15 - Huge thanks to supporter Anna Daw-Stopes who is walking from Maidstone to The Retreat - 15.7 miles - on 02 June 2015 to raise funds for our animals. Anna said "I will walk from my home in Maidstone to The Retreat Animal Rescue which is based in High Halden just outside of Ashford, I will have three stop points to sit to have something to drink and maybe eat. I will be meeting up with The Retreat's owner to walk through the village, hopefully some kind people will donate as I'm walking. Thank you for reading and thank you for donating".
Please visit Anna's fundraising page for details of the walk and how to sponsor her.
28/05/15 - Todd's first time in the hospital garden, see Latest Rescues.
20/05/15 - "House of Cards" star Kate Mara Promotes Meatless Monday (external link)
name our pigs
07/05/15 - Today we drove 80 miles to collect two pigs from a slaughterhouse.
These two wonderful chaps were spared due to them being very tame. Whatever the reason, two of the luckiest creatures alive right now.
Please help us name them, both are young adult males, possibly brothers.
are desperately trying to raise £600 to fence our new pig field, all
it will take is 600 people donating a single £1 - visit our Donations
page for the many easy ways to donate, including via a text
from your mobile phone...100%
of your donation goes to us, there's no
cost to you for sending the text message and your free allowance/bundle
won’t be deducted. Special thanks, the Pig Fund.
07/05/15 - Author John Robbins' video 'Anything wrong with eating animals?' (external link)
07/05/15 - Our dear friend Mandy Rossi, Ashford Green Party PPC/co-chair, visited The Retreat to see the animals on Monday.
07/05/15 - The Retreat would like your unwanted books to trade for funds to support our rescued animals. Spring is a very busy and costly time with so many babies. Please bring your books to us at The Retreat, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden TN26 3LJ. Please email us - firstname.lastname@example.org - for any further details. Many thanks.
help us win free haylage for our rescued horses.
The company Silvermoor is running an initiative whereby each month three charities have the chance to win a whole pallet of haylage, one of our fabulous supporters has kindly nominated The Retreat so please vote for us to win!
How it works/How you can help The Retreat - visit the Silvermoor's Facebook site and click on the link to their survey where you can vote...the survey will be open for one week and then the charity with the most votes wins the pallet of haylage, which will be delivered free of charge.
prerequisite to voting is for participants to have liked the
Silvermoor haylage Facebook page. Only one vote will count per person.
23/04/15 - Supporter Anna Daw-Stopes is walking from Maidstone to The Retreat - 15.7 miles - to raise funds for our animals. Anna said "I'm doing this walk because The Retreat took in my cockerel (because he hurt one of my hens) when no one else would, and after finding out they work to help these animals solely on donations I knew I wanted to help to raise money for the animals".
Please visit Anna's fundraising page for details of the walk and how to sponsor her.
Anna with Booth, who is now living at The Retreat.
24/03/15 - We have added five books on our Recommended Reading page.
We also recommend Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret - "a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today". (external link)
21/03/15 - The story of Clarabelle, a rescued cow who remembered her babies had been stolen. (external link)
18/03/15 - Ten ferrets came to The Retreat, see Latest Rescues.
09/03/15 - Nine rescued lambs recently came to The Retreat...
please help them and all the motherless babies we save and care for by making a donation this Mothers' Day to support our lifesaving work.
details of how to leave a legacy to The Retreat please contact us at
A Sad Goodbye
02/02/15 - Many friends and visitors will remember our beautiful Jill, sadly we said goodbye to her yesterday after 17 wonderfully special years.
Jill arrived at The Retreat motherless at just ten days old, costing £12...
hand-reared, she soon grew into a beautiful, gentle, friendly girl, loved by all who met her.
Forever in our hearts
01/02/15 - Our Patron Heather Mills, charity campaigner and vegan athlete, is competing in Channel 4's The Jump.
Rabbits needing homes
07/01/15 - Two groups of baby brothers all looking for their new homes - around 6-7 months old and will be neutered in the next few weeks.
Preferably would like to go in pairs but could go as single if there is already another rabbit present in the new home.
These guys have been here for a while now so if you can help by offering a loving forever home please contact us.
Happy New Year to all our supporters
A huge Thank You to everyone who supported The Retreat during 2014, you made an enormous difference to our rescued animals' lives, many would not be here without your kindness, help and generosity. Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful 2015, love from all the humans and animals at The Retreat Animal Rescue
News 2012 - 2009