a sanctuary for unloved and unwanted animals that have found themselves in need a forever home.
So, WHAT IS THE SANCTUARY?
We are a unique self-funded sanctuary homing over 100 rescue animals which come from a variety of backgrounds
We began the Sanctuary in 2015 when it became clear to us that there were so many animals that were falling through the cracks for one reason or another. We all know of amazing places like Battersea but when it comes to many other creatures beyond dogs and cats there were limited places offering help.
We felt that younger animals along with the victims where owners just becoming tired of them would easily find new homes so what we wanted to focus on were those who had been abused, mis-treated and those with mental and physical disorders.
To date we have rescued over 300 animals and make sure they have lived or living their best life with us.
Day to day care
The day to day running of the sanctuary is a job in itself. We start the day feeding the animals, checking each one to make sure there are no new health issues and looking at areas such as eyes, ears, nails and teeth. Next is enclosure cleaning which takes up a lot of each day especially for those living in groups and the more messy animals such as rats, ferrets and rabbits.
One area we concentrate on everyday is enrichment as this is extremely important with animals that live in captivity. Animals are usually very intelligent and can become bored or depressed if they are left without ways to enrich their day and keep their minds and bodies active.
We have all probably seen sad animals pacing enclosures in zoos where they are bored and depressed so we come up with lots of ideas to keep our animals engaged and full of life.
We have various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TickTock where we show lots of photos and videos of the day to day life here at the sanctuary and the 100+ characters we are lucky enough to call our family.
Where is the sanctuary?
We are based in West Sussex in a small area just outside Haywards Heath called Scaynes Hill. The building dates back to 1856 when it was the first school in Scaynes Hill and served a dual purpose as a school during the week and a church on Sundays. The school remained until 1981and the main parish was complete to become The Parish Church of St. Augustine.
These days it is home to over 100+ rescue animals from all different backgrounds living with us here. It seems fitting that the history of the school remains with us now educating all ages on the importance of animal care and welfare.
How to help
The sanctuary costs thousands on average over £6,000 every month to run so all help is hugely appreciated. We always need fresh straw, hay, animal food and blankets. We do have an amazon Wishlist and a CrowdFunding page. You can look at ways to help using the following link:
Visit the sanctuary
Visiting the sanctuary is currently possible and you can find out more about the via the link below: