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Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary

  • Unwanted Staffies and similar
  • Horses past their prime
  • Pigs, Sheep, Cows: Low ranking animals mostly regarded as Agricultural products

When the animals that fall into the above categories hit trouble, their future is bleak and very few survive, which is very upsetting for those of us who truly care about all creatures. For such people, it is very distressing to know that some animals are very unpopular, and others are our victims from birth to slaughter, sad facts that some of us find very hard to live with, yet find ourselves helpless to change the ways of this world.

Writing to M.P's does not work, pleading with religious groups often proves fruitless. Attending demonstrations may get momentary recognition but a week later all is forgotten. So into this depressing scene, let this writer introduce a ray of hope. For there truly is a Sanctuary called Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary founded by Fiona Oakes, and now run by her with the help of her partner Martin and her very charismatic mother Meg.

Read about a day in the life at Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary

Simon's RainbowThree people who have achieved so much and with your help they hope to achieve much more. It is their wish to always help the least fortunate animals and the Sanctuary currently houses just over 400 creatures, all of whom are happy, contented, warm, well fed and much loved. In fact they all look like animals in their prime and most of them have managed to forget about their past troubles, suffering, dejection and rejection.

View a gallery of our wonderful animals.

However, the truth is that these animals, when they arrived at the Sanctuary, were often in a shocking condition and if they had not been rescued they would have had only pain and a horrible death to follow.

So many victims, all unwanted, frequently neglected and often cruelly treated, the list is endless, some of the dogs were trained for dog fighting by monsters and then left wounded to fend for themselves. Horses that could no longer perform to their owners requirements and their only reward after a life time of service, would have been the meat market. Rabbits left in squalid hutches without adequate food or water, as the child the rabbit was bought for grew tired of caring for his/her pet. Pigs left in utter squalor without food and water or bedding and mercilessly cramped together in conditions which deteriorated even further, when their owner was prosecuted for neglect. Naturally his punishment did not fit the crime but the pigs were moved to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary and that was a real victory.

An injured cow, unwanted as her vet bills would be too high. Another cow said to be bad tempered or even dangerous, well as her calves were regularly removed from her shortly after birth, her anger was justified. Both now happily settled and living with a third cow with a similar history.

There are also 30 sheep in residence, these have mostly been rescued from a local farm, when they were born to cull ewes, who either died giving birth or were just to worn out to produce milk for their lambs. All faced a hasty extinction, some would be left to die, by removing food and water. Yes, modern farming is all about profit and compassion does not enter the equation.

There are also 30 sheep in residence, these have mostly been rescued from a local farm, when they were born to cull ewes, who either died giving birth or were just to worn out to produce milk for their lambs. All faced a hasty extinction, some would be left to die, by removing food and water. Yes, modern farming is all about profit and compassion does not enter the equation.

So again, Fiona to the rescue, who took the orphan lambs and the very weak mothers with their offspring. All had to be bottle fed, kept warm and the ewes needed special care to restore them to health. Very time consuming but very rewarding. And now a flock of healthy happy sheep reside at Tower Hill and they can be seen running with the horses. A lovely scene that depicts peace and tranquillity.

To add to all this, 40 cats also reside with Fiona. They are not house cats as this would prove impossible, as the 38 dogs would not tolerate the intrusion. However they all have access to warm stables, or barns or other nooks and crannies of their choice. They can also visit seven different feeding stations, be as sociable as they wish, or indifferent if they prefer it that way. Anyway, they have all opted to stay and most are friendly and enjoy being stroked. All look in excellent condition, well they should, they are fed on top quality food and water is always available. So, certainly their lot has improved, as like all other of Fiona's animals most of these were throw outs, unwanted then they became pregnant, or just the once loved pet that was found to be inconvenient when it came to holiday time, or vet bills kicked in. The same old story, but now they too have a secure home.

Yes Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary is a remarkable oasis for all the animals, that were once no-hopers and who would have left this world in agony, without anybody to either know or let alone care.

If you would like to support Fiona, Martin and Meg's work you can do this by adopting one of the animals, we now offer for this purpose. They have been chosen, as true representatives of all who live here. For all have similar histories and very sad stories. So by selecting one or even two, you will in fact be helping over 400 once forsaken creatures, but now living in the place where the unwanted are always welcome.

For this sanctuary, which has been running for eighteen years, is run by three people, who believe in, and act upon compassion. When animals are in dire need, they do their utmost to help. They cannot save the whole world, but they have made an enormous difference to those they have rescued both past and present. For one has to include the hundreds of animals, who received their care, before leaving this life. All of whom are remembered with affection, and all left this world, knowing that humans can be kind, considerate and caring.

A great achievement and one that we should all be grateful for.

The cost of all this is terrifying so help is urgently needed. If you do not wish to adopt please consider making a donation, just whatever you can afford, will be gratefully received and used exclusively for the animals. Pictures and videos of all that happens at Tower Hill are available on this website. Spend a few minutes watching this and you should become hooked. I know this writer was and I am now delighted to be a supporter.

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