At this time of year, we get really swept up in the festivities and planning that naturally come with the holiday season. If you want to give something back at this time of year, here are some ways you can volunteer your talent, time and energy in practical conservation and animal welfare projects. Here’s some information about groups that would love to hear from you this Christmas and throughout the year ahead!
Animal Sanctuaries need volunteers for all aspects of domestic, farm and wild animal welfare, home checking, housekeeping projects and fund raising. Here’s a list of sanctuaries in the UK and US that are run on Vegan values and therefore do not believe in exploiting animals for food, profit or entertainment.
In the United Kingdom
The Farm Animal Sanctuary
Vegan-run sanctuary in Evesham, Worcestershire with over 500 rescued sheep and other farm animals. Run by Janet Taylor. Online adoption scheme.
Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary
Vegan-run sanctuary in Wolverton, Warwickshire for over 800 farm animals, cared for by volunteers. Online adoption scheme.
Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust
A charity in Eridge Green, Kent, which rescues and rehabilitates over 3,500 wildlife casualties a year. Set up by Dave and Annette Risley. Online ‘adopt a hedgehog’ scheme and supporters club.
Forget-Me-Not Animal Rescue
Animal rescue sanctuary in Wales for farmed, domestic and wild animals.
Helicopter Ears rescue, re-home, and retire rabbits and small animals. They are situated in Bedfordshire.
Hillfields Animal Sanctuary
Vegan-run sanctuary in Blackwell Worcestershire. Set up by Lyn Tudor. They care for farm animals, unwanted domestic pets, birds and injured wild animals. They have an online adoption scheme and regular open days.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Sanctuary for rescued farm animals in Frettenham, Norwich. Set up by Wendy Valentine. They have an online adoption scheme and also organise campaigns on behalf of farm animals.
Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary
Vegan-run animal sanctuary in Essex. Set up by Fiona Oakes. See the website for details of the animals which are available to sponsor.
Friend Animal Rescue
This sanctuary is situated close to London and are wonderfully supported by volunteers from London based animal groups who come on ‘work days’.
Brinsley Animal Rescue
Brinsley Animal Rescue in Nottingham is a Registered Charity run on vegan values. The Charity rescues pets, wild animals and farm animals which are re-homed, released back to the wild or provided permanent sanctuary if an alternative is not possible.
In the United States
So as you are enjoying the festivities (are you keeping up with our vegan advent calendar?) why not do something nice for your furry friends this Christmas :)