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Calf Sanctuary


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Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions, below.  Better yet, book a visit, meet our animals, and see our work with your own eyes.  

How Can We Help?

The two biggest needs in any animal sanctuary are hands-on volunteer help and monetary or in-kind donations. Contact Us for info on large donations, current in-kind needs, or volunteer opportunities. 

Visiting Hours

We don't currently have set visiting hours, although that may change as we move forward. Contact Us if you'd like to visit or book a tour to meet many of our animal friends.

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; after seeking legal advice we found that securing charitable status at this moment in time wouldn't benefit the sanctuary animals. Why? Because 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, we don't feel it's in their best interest to find alternative homes for them. Instead we decided to become a non profit limited company—which many other animal sanctuaries do too, including Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

Many of our animals are lucky enough to have individual guardians that donate towards their upkeep, but we could always use more! Donate or sponsor one of our 150 residents today. 

This is a very emotive subject and one that we get asked about the most. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) requires our animals to be tagged. We have spent hours upon hours on the phone to officials and also to other sanctuaries researching alternatives like the use of ankle bracelets or other solutions. However, due to lack of demand in the UK we have been unable to source them.  Even if we were able to source anklets for the sheep, for example, they would still require one electronic ear tag.

We have been told that some sanctuaries do not tag their animals and found that to be true when we spoke to a number of them.  We then asked the animal welfare authorities why we could not keep the tags bagged for movement, and every time hit a brick wall. We were told that by law you have to tag, and if we broke the rules the animals could be removed. This risk is unacceptable to us. Other sanctuaries may choose this option and we respect that, but personally we are not prepared to carry the risk of not doing so. Rest assured, we will continue to research other alternatives.

Bullying isn’t solely directed at Calf Sanctuary, but often 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.  

The internet 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. We thought so, too. But persistent negativity and bullying in the animal rescue industry is somewhat of a syndrome; most of us have taken part in it at one time or another. 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 can be particularly virulent. 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 energies 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.

We encourage you to visit and see for yourself. 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.