Rescue Stories: Before & After


Champ was a stray dog on the streets of Bahrain. The police had shot him and left him for dead. With bullet wounds, maggot invested injuries, tick fever and a starved weak body condition it’s the biggest surprise he’s still with us today. On top of all this local children threw rocks at him and eventually he collapsed. He spent months at the vets but will suffer with some long term issues due to the bullet fragments. His rescuer is a very kind woman who got him to The Retreat.

Della the Fox

This poor little Fox was found with multiple broken bones. After her surgery she needed intense nursing and care. In time she will be released back to her family area.

Diane's family

Here’s Diane and her family; one of a group of stray pigs found in a local woods. Sadly two heavily pregnant females with their last litters and an adult Male. Some of the babies had been killed crossing the road and by local dogs. Thankfully this time Diane had her family in the safety of The Retreat. Local people wanted to shot them, some even joked of eating them. 


Poor Ranger was found close to death-starved and chained to an old pallet. This poor boy had just been forgotten about. This is not uncommon for animals to receive little to no love or kindness. Thankfully Ranger was rescued and now lives with other dogs and a very loving family


Silver was only a newly hatched chick when she arrived at a The Retreat. She was rescued from an industrial turkey farm. A prison and early death for over 30.000 turkeys. Thankfully for silver she was born with half her face missing and a worker felt sorry for her. Now a big girl and enjoying the sun on her back and room to move freely and happily.

Fiona & Baby Myrna

Fiona was 16 when her owner sent her to market. Being totally worn out and just skin and bones there really was going to only be one place for her. This was until an angel arrived and saved her from the horrors of the slaughterhouse. All her life she had made money for her owner by producing calves to be killed. Fiona arrived at our centre and we set about repairing the damage. It was to our absolute surprise that she gave birth to a daughter a few months later. Myrna was our biggest but most wonderful surprise, how many cows get to stay with their babies for the rest of their lives. They adore each other and at the age of two and a half she’s still feeding from her mum.

Baby Sylvia

Sylvia the calf was only a day old when she arrived at the rescue. Worthless, shaking, scared and hungry was this tiny newborn. Not even the veal man wanted her because of her eye infections. Thankfully Sylvia was a fighter and against all the odds we still have her today (almost two years old) there’s not many cattle on the planet who get to live a long and happy life with people who love them.

More stories coming soon...

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The Retreat Animal Rescue & Sanctuary
est. 1989

The Retreat

Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill
High Halden, Kent, TN26 3LJ, UK


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