On Sunday I had an impromptu visit to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood for their Summer Barbecue. I can’t believe I’ve never been before as this is my nearest sanctuary, but I’ll definitely be a regular visitor now.
Hopefield is a non-profit organisation which rescue abandoned animals.
They have a lot of farm animals as well as exotic animals who have been bought as pets and their owners did not have the specialist knowledge to look after them properly.
I love chickens and the one with the ‘fro just made my heart melt.
There are so many horses! There were a number in the field to came up to see us, as well as those with health issues in the stables.
The pigs were having a great time basking in the sun.
How gorgeous is this guy?
I was really interested in the tanuki, and were surprised some people had been keeping these beautiful animals as pets.
There are also an increasing number of reptiles being looked after at the sanctuary.
Spending time with these animals reinforces my vegan beliefs and why I want to end their use and exploitation.
This is sanctuary’s longest resident and who the sanctuary is named after.
I would recommend you visit Hopefield if you are in the area or you can support them by donating online or sponsoring one of the animals.