We are Our Amazing Animal World, an animal sanctuary in the West Sussex offering unique hands on encounters to all ages
WHO ARE WE?
We are an animal sanctuary giving a forever home to the unloved + unwanted rescue animals. This is fully funded by bringing some of the animals out to various encounters, workshops + events
We currently have over 100 rescue animals in our care and each of these live with us as part of our family in our home which is a very old building that used to be both a school and a church in West Sussex.
Obviously this requires a lot of funding and we create this by bringing a selection of the animals out to different types of settings, celebrations, workshops and events.
We have both always had a passion for unloved and unwanted animals and wanted to help those who fell through the cracks. There has always been a lot of rescue centres focusing on cats + dogs so we wanted to give our time and attention to the mammals and reptiles that, through no fault of their own, need a forever home. When we started this journey it was never meant to be a full time lifestyle - we were both in very different careers ( Mark was an Art Director and Jerry a Special Needs Teacher) but as we waded deeper into the area of rescue it soon became clear we were heading down a new path together.
We officially started offering encounter in 2015 but had been rescuing animals for a long time before this - the workshops were just a natural progression and a way to fund the endless vet trips and specialist diets.
Caring for animals
Caring for such a large menagerie is a huge amount of work which means no time off, holidays or social life - the animals become your life and take up every inch of it but honestly we wouldn't have it any other way (although a holiday does sound lovely!).
For us there are no shortcuts or easy solutions. We choose to hand build the majority of our enclosures or convert old pieces of furniture to give each creature a unique environment to inspire a full and enriched time with us.
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