Dear friends of the animals,
The Volunteer Days at the animal sanctuaries have proved to be both popular and enjoyable for people who like the interaction with the animals and therefore I would like to extend the experience out to a second sanctuary I also work with who are in desperate need of help. Starting in January 2014 of the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Retreat Animal Rescue is a vegan run sanctuary that cares for over 1,000 animals at any one time and offers much needed support to all animals - farmed, domestic and wild. Their aims are to educate the public that all animals need commitment, love and respect.
The Retreat is a rescue centre which saves tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death. Some of their residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes.
Billy Thompson is the founder of the centre and has devoted his life to the cause. More information can be found here: http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/
There is always lots to do including feeding, mucking out and/or doing any other sanctuary ad hoc task. You will need wellies, a change of clothing and GLOVES (working gloves probably best). This is also an opportunity to meet like minded people. Please bring food/snack or pot luck to share during your break (this is a vegan place therefore vegan food would be preferred). Coffee and tea is usually provided in the volunteer kitchen.
The plan is to Meet at Charing Cross station at 9.10 - by the ticket office. The fare to Ashford is considerably dearer than Paddock Wood but I hope this will not put everyone off. The return fare is £26.30pp (yikes!) but reduced to £13.15 with a GROUP DISCOUNT for four people. Please encourage friends to join you.
TRAIN TIMES Dep 09:38 London Charing Cross Arr. 10:58 Ashford International Dep 16:33 Ashford International Arr. 17:52 London Charing Cross A GROUP discount for 4 people is available on this route £52.60 which works out at £13.15 per person.
If driving, the journey is fairly straight forward and parking is available at the sanctuary. The Retreat Animal Rescue, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent TN26 3LJ
Unfortunately, the animal ambulance can only accommodate two people so lifts from the station are not possible and would suggest a shared taxi or relying on the goodwill of driving volunteers to pick up from the station.
This is for those who love working with animals and helping where help is needed.
If there are any question please do not hesitate to ask.