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.
New Quarters for Horses
- Our new
winter quarters for our horses were put to good use today.
With many of our special residents needing dry and warm places for winter we are very grateful to our patron Heather Mills for funding the project.
Outside, some were enjoying a tasty new hay bale...
Home needed for Andrew & Danny
12/11/14 - These guinea-pigs are a very friendly pair who were given up through no fault of their own.
Andrew (white) is around 6-8 weeks old and his companion Danny is around 6 months.
Guinea-pigs must have a minimum of 6 hours in their run - out of a cage - each day, otherwise they get very bored, and must have indoor accommodation from Autumn to Spring, inside the house or a shed.
Please contact us if you could give these boys a loving forever home.
08/11/14 - 'Billie Meets Scooter' by Alison Harding - Alison has very generously donated copies of her wonderful book for us to sell to raise funds for The Retreat. We love this book and its compassionate message, it is suitable for young children and tells the story of a girl called Billie who is always ready to help an animal in need, when she rescues a hungry little puppy from the dustbins she knows it will be the start of a very special friendship.
The book is illustrated by Dylon Journey and is the first in a series of 'Billie' books designed to encourage children to love all animals - great and small.
To buy please send £5 (per book, includes P&P) via the JustGiving or PayPal links on our Donations page then confirm your order and your details by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - please put 'Book Order' in the subject line.
Team Quantum Fundraiser
14/10/14 - A huge thank you to Quantum Public Relations, based in Ashford in Kent, we are their 'Charity of the Year' - to support Team Quantum fundraising for all the animals here at The Retreat visit their JustGiving March to Manchester page.
Halloween Party Fundraiser
08/10/14 - The Retreat Halloween Party fundraiser is on Saturday 1st November, from 7.30 pm, at the Priory Club, 169 Picardy Road, Belvedere, Kent DA17 5QL. Dj, cheap drinks, Mystic Niki giving cheap-price readings, free vegan food. Children welcome, fancy dress optional. Tickets £10 per person, pay at the door. The more the merrier so come along, enjoy the party and raise money for the animals. See you there x
02/10/14 - Daddy Daycare's family, see Latest Rescues.
26/09/14 - Special thanks to Mark and Scott of The Kings Head in Wye for fundraising for The Retreat.
Here's Toby and some of our rescued pigs with the generous cheque for £200.
22/09/14 - Many thanks to Shelly and family for this field of hay.
22/09/14 - Choose life - go vegan...for humans, animals and the planet.
New Contact Number
16/09/14 - Our new general enquiries telephone number is 01233 851015.
this is Fergus, he's around 16 years old and a wonderfully gentle creature.
United Nations/European Commission report
UN/EC major report - devastating effects of meat and
"A global drop in meat consumption is vital".
09/08/14 - Wonderful Kathy Foster gets a £1,000 donation to give to her favourite charity after finding herself winning the Baker Tilly Management Limited award.
Kathy, one of our loyal weekend volunteers, was overwhelmed. A huge thank you to Baker Tilly and Kathy.
Farm Rescue News and Videos
04/08/14 - Cyrus is back home after his fifteen long days in the vets after his accident. With his long stint comes an even longer vet bill. We've just had the invoice and his treatment has cost us £4000. As a charity we rely heavily on our supporters for their kind donations, we appreciate every one no matter how big or small.
We are putting out a plea for you to dig deep and to help us...if we all put in even just £1 that will be the bill paid for!
There are several easy ways to make a donation including via PayPal, JustGiving, mobile phone text or bank transfer, please see our Donations page for details. You can label your donation 'Cyrus'.
Urgent Appeal - Help Injured Cyrus
Retreat supporters we need your help - we currently have a horse,
Cyrus, with a very nasty wound at the vets. The bill already stands at
a staggering £2,000 and he is going to be there until at least
Thursday...and each day the bill goes up. Cyrus also needs to be gelded
whilst he is in hospital which is a minimum of £250.
Any donation you can spare, big or small, will go straight towards paying off Cyrus' vet bill and to his recovery. Let's see if we can all pull together and see how much we can raise to help this lovely boy. There are several easy ways to make a donation including via PayPal, JustGiving, mobile phone text or bank transfer, please see our Donations page for details. You can label your donation 'Cyrus'. Thank you for caring x
17/07/14 - New video - Kevin, an eleven-week-old piglet (see Latest Rescues).
Rabbits needing homes
12/07/14 - Here are some of our happy rescued rabbits ready for loving new homes -
please contact us if you can help these dear little souls.
12/07/14 - Our rescued donkeys staying in from the rain.
22/06/14 - Special thanks to everyone who sends us gifts every week from our Amazon Wish List...
the animals are sooooooooooooooo grateful xxx
22/06/14 - Here is an update on Grace, our yearling Frisian who was at death's door when we collected her. We were contacted by her guardian who needed urgent help with Grace's care. Often left for days at a time although her injuries needed constant attention, Grace was left in a lonely stable with no companion and insufficient bedding. She would wait for her carer to appear, needing the help of more than two people to lift her to encourage her to be mobile. Grace was terribly underweight and her body was home to thousands of bloodsucking lice and ticks.
Up until now Grace needed a team of carers to support her physical and emotional healing, a minimum of four people were needed to get her to her feet in the morning then a detailed daily plan including supervised grazing, wound cleaning, administering medications and supporting her to eat a balanced diet.
In the weeks Grace has been with us she has improved 110% in her mood, her wounds and physically.
Grace still has her loving companion Tilly. They are both supporting each other in very different ways.
The Retreat would like to thank all the support from our dedicated volunteers who have guided Grace on her way back to health and happiness.
would like to donate towards the
immediate care of Grace please see our Donations
page for the various easy ways to give, you can label your
donation 'Grace'. Thank you for
02/06/14 - Look who was born on Friday...
here's beautiful Mae - with recently-rescued mum Amanda - when only a few hours old.
Our New Hospital Paddock
09/05/14 - Special thanks to our dear friend Alison in Saudi Arabia for paying the whole project costs of our hospital paddock...
and here are our first patients to benefit - Grace and Tilly.
Big Break for Charity Awards - Vote for The Retreat!
Calling all friends of The Retreat - we need you and all your friends
to vote for us.
The Retreat has been accepted to face the public vote in May for the Direct Debit 'The Big Break for Charity' awards. We're in with a chance of winning a £2,000 donation! We're so excited!
Visit The Retreat Big Break page to vote online
or you can vote by text, by sending the code BIG BREAK 0641 to 78866
(UK residents only, charged at a standard message rate, one vote by text message per mobile phone number.)
Adopt a Rescued Cat
30/04/14 - Summer, Tiffany, Molly and Skye would love to find their forever homes... see information about them on our Cat Rehoming page.
These are just a few of our rescued cats waiting to be adopted, we have many more so please contact us if you can help - or if you cannot offer a home why not volunteer or visit our Amazon Wish List page and buy something for our felines! It is all really appreciated.
Make your own...
23/04/14 - Thanks to Melissa for the link to a useful website explaining how to make vegan cleaning products from everyday household items such as white vinegar and baking soda.
Help these dumped ponies
Retreat is full to bursting, any offers of help with these ponies
- one Welsh mum and foal, one black cob stallion - who have
been left with threats of being shot? Contact
Horses for Adoption
25/02/14 - We have many equines ready to be adopted, including:
Frankie - 14.2hh
year old New Forest X dun gelding. Lightly backed and turned away.
Ready to be brought back into work by an experienced / knowledgeable
rider. Easy to catch, good for farrier / vet etc. Lovely boy with
impeccable ground manners and playful character.
Apple - 15hh 15 year old Trotter X Cob coloured gelding. Amazingly kind nature, excellent manners and gentle with other horses, potential nanny horse. Easy to catch, good for farrier / vet ect. Companion only.
Maestro - 12.2hh 3 year old Dartmoor red and white gelding. Great with other horses and quiet in and out of field. Forthcoming, sweet natured and will do anything for a treat. Would make ideal driving / children's pony and could do well in Mountain and Moorland classes.
Jasmine and Shylow - Pair of Shetland ponies, must stay together. Mother and son small black Shetlands. Jasmine is a very kind and easy to handle mare. She is 8 years old and full of character. Shylow is a 4 year old gelding. He adores people and is extremely cheeky. He is very easy to handle and comes when called.
Pair of Shetland ponies, must stay together. Mother and daughter. Taz
is a chestnut mare approximately 13 years old. She is starting to trust
her care givers. Good for the farrier / vet. Thumbelina is an 8 year
old red and white mare. She is still a little nervous around people so
hides behind her mum for confidence.
With a kind and patient home we know both these girls will become great little ponies.
Jenna - 15.1hh 13 year old strawberry roan Trotter mare. Impeccable ground manners and broken to drive. Would suit light hack once brought on. She is a loving, gentle mare who loves cuddles. She would be better suited to an environment with smaller amounts of horses as she has been bullied in the past.
Please contact Scarlet on 0771 3038367 / email@example.com for more information if you can help.
homes needed for rescued guinea-pigs Kyle, Callum and Charlie...
more details of these dear little souls on our Small Animals Rehoming page.
Generous Donation from Jacksons
- Special thanks to Jacksons for their generous donation of
weldmesh. Very much appreciated.
Baby feeding baby
Darcey feeding Ivy Amber.
12/02/14 - Meet Ivy Amber, a lamb recently born at The Retreat.
31/12/13 - Donations can now be made via PayPal to help the animals at The Retreat, click on the gold 'Donate' button above the menu. Donations can still also be made via JustGiving or TextGiving or bank transfer or Direct Debit.
As we are an entirely voluntary charity all donations go towards rescuing animals in need and providing them with food, safe shelter, veterinary care and rehabilitation - huge thanks to everyone who gives their support, we care for over a thousand animals at any one time so all donations, large or small, are very gratefully received and enable us to continue our lifesaving work.
29/12/13 - The devastating storm on 23/12/13 caused around £15,000 of damage at The Retreat, we have lost shelters that housed some of our most vulnerable animal residents, our dear blind horse Octavia and field sharers Louie and Jaspa lost their warm and cosy shelter. Most of our land was flooded by the torrential rain.
Other buildings have been seriously damaged and flooded, including some of our disabled-wildlife enclosures - emergency housing was needed to provide safety and shelter for our dear rescued souls.
Special thanks go to Scott, James and Neil who fought against the weather to try to ensure no-one was injured or escaped.
Please call us on 01233 850723 or 07941 435829 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Any donations to help us rebuild the shelters are much needed and very welcome.
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