Finally I have got round to visiting Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. I saw a fellow cruelty-free blogger went for a visit over the Easter weekend for the sanctuary's open day (and I was very jealous) therefore I felt the bank holiday Monday would be a perfect time for me to go!
Back in January when I originally planned to go, I gave the sanctuary a call to see if they needed any food donations (Please, if you do want to go to any animal sanctuary/animal charity-give them a ring and see if you can pick a few things up from the supermarket for them before you go). I came to the sanctuary armed with cat food (as they currently have 17 cats),cat treats and some carrots. A small amount really but it can all help!
I have been a Vegetarian now since a few days after Christmas day 2014. Now, going to see these lovely animals at this sanctuary I could not even imagine wanting to munch on one! I stand by my decision and it is just one of the loveliest things to see all these majestic animals out in the open enjoying their life. Some of these animals were saved from slaughterhouses, from being shot or generally living in appalling conditions. This is how it should be, animals being animals and not mass produced for the sake of it and the sake of us. I just had the nicest time, it took me back to my childhood in a way and just made me very happy to see these animals happy in a natural environment.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that cares for sick, mistreated & unwanted animals and has been doing so since 1983. This sanctuary is based in Brentwood, Essex. As this is a small charity, they desperately rely on peoples kindness & generosity. It is £4 entry for adults & £3 for children and the sanctuary is open daily from 1-4pm. There is such an array of animals at the sanctuary from snakes, rabbits to horses & Alpacas. It's well worth paying the entry fee-you also know this money is going straight back into the sanctuary. It's a lovely day out, they have a few events coming up throughout the year so try and get down there! I just had the nicest time, it took me back to my childhood in a way and just made me very happy to see these animals happy in a natural environment.
As I have previously said, Hopefield relies on the generosity of the public to keep doing the fabulous work it does. There are many ways you can help not only the sanctuary & all the animals that are currently there, but all the animals that may need their help in the future. .