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The Retreat, based in northwest Kent, is entirely voluntary and a not-for-profit organisation, with all the trustees and most of the volunteers being vegan.
All funds raised go to the welfare of the animals that come into the Retreat's care and where possible animals are re-homed in permanent, loving homes. The Retreat operates a no-kill policy.
The Retreat has three sites, the main base where most of the animals live; leased fields where some of the older and larger horses, and the bovine family reside; and a site in Ashford where a smaller number of animals live.
The number of animals being cared for by the Retreat fluctuates almost daily, as they try to re-home animals where possible, but it is always in the hundreds.
A brief history
The Retreat was born, over ten years ago, out of frustration at the way the human race treat animals. A rescue centre ,which would save tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death was therefore founded.
Some of the residents include ex-race horses; ex-riding school ponies; injured live export sheep; ex-petting farm goats; injured birds; ferrets; Christmas turkeys; worn-out battery hens; old, feral and FIV cats; and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes.
The Retreat 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; also animals should be neutered to avoid more unwanted litters, and given the care that they need. By re-homing animals they can provide much needed space to rescue more abused animals. All the animals are given the time, veterinary care and love they need to recover before being homed. If a suitable home cannot be found they are never killed, they simply stay at the Retreat for the rest of their lives.
For more information please visit http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/