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Some honest information in case you are curious.  Or, better still, book a visit and see our work with your own eyes.  

Firstly, please read the answer to “Why is online bullying so rife within the animal rescue environment?” which hopefully helps to explain some of the motivations behind smear campaigners. Bullying isn’t solely directed at Calf Sanctuary, but at Animal Sanctuaries in general.
Things to watch out for: 
• If the accusations are made anonymously
• If the evidence is vague or related to historic issues 
• If accusers use fake profiles
• If attacks are personal 
• If the accuser’s livelihood or “sport” choice relies upon the public not connecting with animals as sentient beings, then the accuser may have ulterior motives - often related to a personal grudge.  On the face of it these may appear to be completely plausible and it is very easy to be misled.  
When you come across hate pages or general "nastiness" that is directed towards a sanctuary or an individual, please think carefully before you allow yourself to be drawn in. Do your own research and seek your own answers.  The sanctuary or individual in question could be innocent and by participating in a hate campaign you are contributing to the endangerment of the animals that you love.
At Calf Sanctuary we are transparent and open. We hold regular volunteer days and have an army of volunteers who provide essential safeguards. We have an open information policy to encourage more people to be involved and perhaps volunteer.  

Bertie the pygmy goat is a calf resident who sadly lost his companion and was sad and lonely - not anymore, he now has two brothers and will live out his life surrounded by love companionship and kindness.

The Interent is a powerful and invaluable tool in today's society but unfortunately there is a negative side and no-one is safe, incredibly least of all animal sanctuaries.  
You think when you set up an Animal Sanctuary you are one of the good guys – right? Working hard for what you truly believe in.  I thought so. Well, apparently that depends upon your point of view.  Persistent negativity and b
ullying in the animal rescue industry is somewhat of a syndrome; we all suffer from it from time to time. Calf Sanctuary opposition has come from predicable sources – a proportion of them are people with conflicting interests, whose livelihoods rely upon the public not making a connection between the protein on their plate - or in their glass - with the sentient animal it came from. We were resigned to that.
But they have also come from unexpected sources who we can only surmise to be disgruntled ex-volunteers or ex-supporters for example, who can be particularly virulent and in most of these cases I admit I never saw it coming. In addition, well-meaning but misdirected "keyboard warriors" can find it easier to attack those of us that are trying to effect positive change through setting up and managing an animal sanctuary than direct their engergies towards making positive change for what they really believe in.   Whatever the motivation, when accusations start flying it is very difficult for the public to know the truth.
At Calf Sanctuary we are transparent and open. We hold regular volunteer days and have an army of volunteers who provide essential safeguards. We have an open door policy to encourage visits and boost our volunteer numbers and enable like minded people to become part of our community.  Please check out the Calf Sanctuary Volunteer Page for more information.
The photo is of our “Poppy” who was liberated from the food chain along with her two brothers, all will live out their entire lives happy, safe and contended.  

Lesson Learned Number One
Resilience, resilience, resilience. I have said that three times, and yet saying it only three times is not enough.  Obviously this sort of undertaking doesn't come without setbacks and I have relied on people who have let me down and cried so many tears over animals who have s
uffered from ill-health. However the knowledge that so many more are safe, happy and well cared for still outweighs the negative elements and keeps me going. I didn’t know quite how difficult this journey was going to be when I set out. Over time, however, with sheer resilience and determination, I turned my well-meaning and admittedly sometimes lofty principles and ideas into workable solutions to protect the future of all of the residents of Calf Sanctuary. 

Lesson Learned Number Two
There are so many good people in this world. And sometimes they are found in the most unlikely places. I have also learned not to judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true and the support I thought I could count on hasn’t always been there. That said, although it’s a bit of a cliche, my experience is that the good people outweigh the bad and Calf Sanctuary would not be here today without them. 

Lesson Learned Number Three
As with most non profit making ventures, the true costs and overheads of running an animal sanctuary go way beyond what I would have expected. Just when you think you have a handle on managing the budget something unanticipated comes along and you’re back to square one. I soon found that however well you budget there will always be unexpected expenses arising.  Our major costs are obviously in providing food, bedding, veterinary treatment and general farm maintenance. We are grateful for all donations – a little can go along way at an animal Sanctuary.
The photo is of one of many resident hens - thanks to Calf she has been rescued from a battery farm existance and we think that is definitely worth celebrating - Yay!!!

I am pround to have been a big part of the vegan movement for over 11 years. When my vegan journey began, I was a shy woman who rarely spoke up. Over time, I found my voice by speaking up for those without one; animals that were destined for the food chain. 
In the early days of my journey I was militant with a passion – but I would never turn on a fellow vegan. However, over the last few years I have been attacked by vegans many times. I expected to be critcised by the meat and dairy industry, but I was totally unprepared to find such a negative response coming from fellow vegans. I had set up an animal sanctuary to preserve and cherish life - isn't that what all we animal lovers strive for? 
Yes, I use the wool from my much-loved sheep rescues to raise funds and, more importantly, awareness ~ I can reach a huge audience of non-vegans by educating people and helping them to understand about wool and the necessity for shearing in the interests of animal welfare.   
Yes, I walk some of my sheep in the same as people walk their dogs. I acquired a walking license for one of my sheep and walked him through the streets of my town to help people make a connection between the meat they eat and the sentient animal it came from. 
Therefore, strictly speaking, I suppose that means I am not technically a vegan. Rather than fight it, I made peace with it and changed the orientation of the Sanctuary. Which is more important - animal welfare or a title?
The handful of "militants" that spend hours trawling the internet to find fault with fellow vegans is so short-sightedly damaging to the animals that they supposedly wish to protect. What do they think would happen to the animals at Calf Sanctuary if they were successful in destroying it? That is a rhetorical question as we steadily grow in numbers and continue our endeavours.
I am happy and proud to say that I have a plant-based diet and live a cruelty free lifestyle – based on kindness and compassion.

This photo is of one of Calf's much loved residents. Your support means so much to us. Thank you!

Over ten years ago, I had created a thriving family business. Orders were pouring in and, on paper, I had achieved everything that I had set out to achieve. Ironically, I discovered that although I had achieved my business goals I felt unfulfilled and realised that something was missing.  
ne day, as I sat at my computer finishing some business work, I clicked on a PETA link by accident and a video started. Pamela Anderson was talking about the treatment of chickens by a well-known fast food chain. I saw a few seconds of the slaughter process… and I was devastated. My animal rescue journey began as I knew I had to do something.
With the help of many wonderful people, we secured the finances to set up an animal sanctuary. Since then we have moved premises, had many false starts and have over come many obstables which at times seemed to be stacked against us. We have learned the value of so many genuine and generous people and appreciate their part in building this forever home.  
I am proud of what we have achieved at Calf Sanctuary and I give my thanks and gratitude to all of our many supporters. Thank you we couldn't do it without you!
This photo here is of two of Calf's residents - thanks to Calf they have been taken out of the food chain and found their forever home. We think that is worth celebrating - Yay!!!

This is a very emotive subject and one that I get asked about the most. DEFRA, (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) require our animals to be tagged. I spent hours upon hours on the phone to officials and also to other sanctuaries and reserched alternatives like ankle bracelets that have to be black. However due to lack of the demand in the UK I have been unable to source them.  What a lot of people don't realize is that even if I were able to source anklets for the sheep, for example, they would still require one electronic ear tag. I have been told that some Sanctuaries do not tag their animals and I found that to be true when I have spoken to a number of them.  I then asked the animal welfare authorities why I could not keep my tags bagged for movement and every time I hit a brick wall. I was told that by law you have to tag and if I broke the rules the animals could be removed. Other sanctuaries may choose this option and I respect that, but personally I am not prepared to carry the risk of not doing so.  However I will still keep researching alternatives.
The photo is of our much loved Edgar who has been with us a few years now - saved from slaughter for life x

Calf Sanctuary is a non profit making limited company, meaning that any profits stay in the company and are spent on caring for the animals. We did a lot of research into the pros and cons of becoming a registered charity and after seeking legal advice we found that securing charitable status at this moment in time was not for us. Instead we decided to become a non profit limited company, the same status as many other sanctuaries including Hillside Animal Sanctuary. To qualify as a registered charity, a sanctuary has to re-home a proportion of its rescues. Some comply with this requirement through the re-homing of small domestic animals such as cats or hens. However, as most of our residents are ex-farmed animals requiring forever homes it would not be possible to find alternative homes for them.  Many of our animals are lucky enough to have individual guardians that donate towards their upkeep. 
The photo is of one of Calf's residents - Squirt! Thanks to Calf Sanctuary she has been taken out of the food chain. We think that is worth celebrating - Yay!!!

Many people are totally unaware of how beautiful sheep are and think sheep are all the same - how wrong they are.
We are now home to 70 plus sheep and each and every one of them has a unique character and a story to tell. So we thought what better way to show people how lovely these animals are than to spend time with them, walking them and bonding by getting to know their individual characters.  
We were offered some ex show sheep that were halter trained and they were kindly gifted to us. 
These boys truly love to go for a walk..they get excited when they see their halters and walk like a dream, They are very sociable and love hugs and kisses - very much the same as your dog.
We spend hours with our sheep and they love to be walked as much as they love being around humans - they walk on a halter pretty much the same as a dog and I was blown away by how magical these sheep are. 
Funds raised from walking our sheep, go towards the running and upkeep of our plant based animal community which is now forever home to over 100 animals.
The photo is of our two adorable ex show sheep who will live out their lives at calf sanctuary, doing what they love surrounded by people that they love. Being sociable and giving kisses 
Yay - all for the love of sheep!!!